Yes, it’s time for a new experiment. I’m letting my affiliate sites + Adsense percolate a bit to see how it goes. I’m getting roughly 2 sales a month from one site and just started another one a week ago, so we’ll see how things progress.
The idea is that an average person can build sustainable incomes working part time from home. It’s a collection of articles written by people who made this work in the real world, so hopefully the BS quotient will be low and the ability to actually apply these techniques will be high.
So I’m going to start working through this book a little at a time and I’ll share my results. For only $27, you get a nearly 250 page book documenting 20 different techniques to try, so I’m going to mine it for all its worth.
Keep your fingers crossed! Anybody out there already gone through this particular book?
Well, I have a few things to report on my Ad-sense Publisher Experiment…
First, as I reached the magic $50 limit for cost, I put my ad-sense campaign on “pause”.
As you can see from the above picture, I had 287 clicks in 30 days, with 566,614 impressions, an average CPC of $0.25 and a total cost of $52.19 for that campaign.
And as you can see (as the “well, duh!” moment), my campaign went downhill after I put it on pause.
My traffic has dropped off considerably.
In addition, I have had no new sales since August 9th. I wasn’t making much money before that anyway – maybe one sale every couple of weeks, but at least I was getting sales. 🙂
So I’m torn… The AdSense stuff obviously helped with traffic to my affiliate site. And it’s not really AdSense’s fault that the clicks weren’t converting to sales. So I think I may go ahead and let it run another month to see what shakes loose.
Anybody else having luck or have any good tricks for AdSense? I’m all ears!
I recently had an interesting experience. I had someone out of the blue send me an e-mail asking if they could “sponsor” my blog. What it boiled down to was a paid link back to their website and the best income I’ve seen from any blog I’ve created so far.
(Every time I think of sponsorships… I think of NASCAR or the movie Cars from Pixar… Is that odd?)
My only qualm about the whole thing is that its topic (beauty product reviews) isn’t really something I thought of as a target ad for my blog (which is mainly entertainment reviews). That said, I reconciled it with the fact that probably 1/2 of my readers are women (just playing the odds here) and at least a portion of those probably use beauty products.
So I happily took the money, added the link, and was off to the races. The $$ from there will allow me to advertise via Project Wonderful and Google Analytics to further see what kind of revenue I can generate.
What do you guys think of sponsors? Are they a good thing? Let me know!
Thought I’d put up an update on Day 10 of my latest experiment. It’s been interesting.
I dropped one of the two ad campaigns and decided to just keep the ad campaign for my affiliate site. And I have to say (and I know this won’t shock all the experienced ad words folks out there) that impressions and even clicks don’t necessarily mean sales.
So for my active campaign, over the last 10 days, I’ve had 122,601 impressions and 60 clicks for a click through rate of 0.05%. And between the active and inactive campaigns, I’ve spent $16 of my $50 budget allotment for the month.
Out of my 60 clicks, I’ve had zero conversions to sales.
Considering that I’m doing this pretty much blindly at this point, the fact that I have impressions and clicks is a good start. But I’m bummed that I haven’t had ANY sales come out of my $16.00.
We’ll see if another 10 days makes things any better.
Any words of wisdom from my readers would be great! 🙂
Thanks in advance… Talk to you in another few days.
It’s been a while, I know… I’m trying a new experiment. This time I’m actually paying for ad placement at Google. This is something I’ve read about over the last couple of years, but never thought I’d actually try.
However… I decided I’d take the plunge and see how this works. I created a couple of ads. One for my main blog and one for an affiliate blog I’ve been running for a while.
Over night last night with my main blog, I received three clicks for about 3000 impressions. And today with my other blog ad I received 1 click for 610 impressions, but it’s slightly more targeted than the first one.
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll check in occasionally over the next week or so to let you know.
How are you guys doing with placing Google ads? Any luck?
So in true monkey see, monkey do fashion, I’m trying out a new ranking system from IZEA – the same folks who brought us PayPerPost. IZEARanks uses visitor data to define one blog’s standing relative to other blogs in the program or in specific categories.
According to their FAQ, RealRank scoring weighs blogs using the following criteria:
70% on daily unique visitors
20% on daily active inbound links
10% on daily page views
All of these statistics are provided by the IZEA Toolkit (ITK) based on a piece of code you embed in your blog.
Folks participating in the program can choose whether or not to publicly disclose their traffic or just their RealRank score. By providing more detailed information, advertisers have a much better handle on how a particular blog can address their particular advertising goals.
The idea is that with Google phasing out/changing how PageRank is used, RealRank can step in and provide an independent, more comprehensive approach to blog ranking for advertisers. And of course this doesn’t hurt IZEA’s bottom line either, since they’re a major player in the advertising market with their various other offerings.
According to IZEA, RealRank is more accurate than Alexa and Google PageRank because it’s based on real traffic instead of a sampling of site visitors or a censored link-weighting algorithm.
We’ll just have to wait and see what it can bring to small fish like myself. I’m not holding my breath, though I have to say that more statistics is probably a better thing than less.
This term keep surfacing in my web surfing… Meme. According to Dictionary.com, the definition is:
a cultural item that is transmitted by repetition in a manner analogous to the biological transmission of genes.
There’s a cool service for us tech junkies called Techmeme.
Techmeme’s mission is as follows (according to the Techmeme About section):
At this moment, the next big story in technology may reside on a blog you’ve never heard of or a news site you don’t have time to scan.
So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.
Coverage is driven by a mix of industry insiders, passionate independents, and established journalists. So Techmeme gets the story no matter where it appears, and often days before it hits major sites.
Techmeme has consistently provided interesting stories from the forefront of technology… Today’s headlines include information about the iPhone, FCC, AOL, Google, Intel, AMD, Blogging… and so much more. It’s a feast for the mind for us techno-geeks.
And if that wasn’t enough, Techmeme also provides a leaderboard for the top sources for the information on their pages.
So if you’re a tech junkie like myself, you can keep abreast of what’s going on in the industry pretty easily by browsing the headlines here. Techmeme does an amazing job of transmitting these technological items repeatedly!