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My manual blog not making money!

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by kijkij, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. kijkij

    kijkij Regular Member

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    I have a manual blog about programming articles and my blog have avg. 130 visitors/day but I am not making any good money using adsense. Click through rate is less than 0.7%. How can I improve my earnings?
     
  2. TheDreamHat

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    I don't have a blog myself, but I work with some clients who have blogs. How "fresh" is the content on your blog? Are the ads in a place to where they can click on them and see them? The main thing I believe is content. If the content on a website is boring (or blog) then they'll just click away.
     
  3. gin.of.da.game

    gin.of.da.game Newbie

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    First of all, you need to look upon a few things like:

    • The niche ur targetting doesn't seem to give in high paying keywords.
    • Secondly, you need to check ur ad placements (optimize it !!)
    • Thirdly, it definitely takes more than 130 UV/day to get a decent paycheck from google adsense.
    I would advice you to stroll around this forum, and you may understand what m i talking about !!

    Good luck.
     
  4. iquickship

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    Try monetizing with cpa.

    Also in your niche, you might want to become a web hosting affiliate.

    Try BlueHost, also bigcommerce. You can become an affiliate of both and try to promote via your blog posts
     
  5. kijkij

    kijkij Regular Member

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    My niche can be problem but not ad placement. My adsense ads can be seen easily and clicked. Only the problem is keywords.
     
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    You might want to reconsider the placement and strategy of your ad$ense. Tech niches have a fairly savvy userbase. This makes things like blending and keyword targeting even more important.

    When you say they can be seen "easily"....perhaps too easily if you know what I mean?

    Hosting affiliate offers have very high profit margins, so as the other poster wrote that might be another avenue to pursue.

    You could also add in some affiliate products related to the niche (think wprobot or the like, adding a small mix of niche-relevant amazon/clickbank/ebay products for example).
     
  7. orlandolongwood

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    Remember, a lot of your traffic on tech blogs are going to be people googling for immediate help on a particular problem. I've found that the 125x125 ads, custom affiliate programs, books, special reports, white papers, etc do a LOT better than adsense on tech blogs.
     
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    Enter forums in you niche and find out what questions your readers have. Then give the answers to them in the form of an eBook, e-course, membership site or whatever fits the situation and product. Good luck.
     
  9. kijkij

    kijkij Regular Member

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    Thanks to all for useful tips.

    Can you tell me from where I can get these to sell? Sorry, I dont want to use CB!
     
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    dmz84123 Newbie

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    This is spot on. IM'ers are jaded towards any type of copy. Tech savy people will know that it is a google ad and will likely not click on it unless it is 100% what they are looking for.
     
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    When I am looking for programming help I go completely tunnel vision mode and go through different results very fast quickly skimming through the article to see if it's what im looking for.

    In this tunnel vision mode, you could hold a gun to my head and I still would ignore ANY type of monetization. If the article didn't have a solution I am hitting back, if it did I am back to programming. EVEN if you had a content blocker survey crap then I already know your content is crap and will look elsewhere. I don't even bother running a script to pass it.

    When it comes to hosting ads in programming related sites, all programmers I know will always google for legit reviews and after that if it looks good they will go to the site themselves.

    Now, I of course cannot be sure what everyone else is doing when they look for programming articles but this should give you an idea why you are not making any money. Personally I am surprised that you even have a CTR.

    If you are passionate about programming and good at it, I suggest you make useful programs that you can sell or sell services using the programs. Programming is fun so you could keep blogging about it without worrying about getting money from ads. If programming isn't fun for you and you are just writing to get money from ads I suggest different niche.
     
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    when I look at my search traffic, i see more traffic of less searched kw's
    and my low traffic sites make more money then my higher traffic sites
    really strange, so am gonna focus more on micro niches
     
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    It is the quality of the traffic, not share volume that counts. Long tail KW-s have much less traffic than generic ones, but it is qualified traffic, one that's already determined what it wants and zoomed in on you.

    Plus there's likely more traffic from less searched KW-s, as there's less competitors out there and you rank higher.
     
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    Search for PLR downloads on our forum - if you do not find anything suitable, then tradebit has items much cheaper tahn CB, starting at one dollar.