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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by CollinEm, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. CollinEm

    CollinEm Junior Member

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    As some of you have seen I've had a lot of threads about making a microniche site. From then we have come pretty far, I've read the V2 100k Blueprint and that helped us out a great deal.

    Today we will be buying domain and hosting services! We will be getting both from namecheap. Once we install wordpress, what are some plugins we should get and some adsense friendly themes?
     
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    0_00_0 Senior Member

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    I use plugins like SEOPresser (get it free on this forum), Yaost SEO and captcha plugins. Do a search on the forum for good adsense themes there's tons to pick from.
     
  3. CollinEm

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    So I just purchased the domain/hosting for one year, when can I start going to my website? I tried accessing cpanel but it won't work or anything :/
     
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    I always thought it was a bad idea to buy a domain and hosting from the same company, they could take over the site or something.
     
  5. CollinEm

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    Too late for that now I guess. Why would they want to take over the site anyway? Its just a microniche adsense site.
     
  6. Vinzen

    Vinzen Newbie

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    It is not to late for that.

    You should make a account at the national domain company, in The Netherlands it is sidn.nl. Tell your hosting company to transfer the ownership of the domain to your account; you will then need to edit the DSN servers config in your new account to link the domain to the host. Just ask the hosting company at what DSN servers your host is located.
     
  7. CollinEm

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    I have no idea how to do things like this, and I'd prefer all of it to be within the US. This is my first website so :(
     
  8. Vinzen

    Vinzen Newbie

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    If it really bothers you, you can PM me and I will guide you though the process. Although I dont think you have anything to worry about if you picked the right host.
     
  9. CollinEm

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    Well I picked namecheap, I heard they were really good. First choice was GoDaddy, heard what they were like and it was an immediate no.
     
  10. Dawgtown

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    Congratulations on taking the first steps into IM! Most people starting out tend to shy away from taking any action...so good for you! Just get something up, tweak it, and test, test, test!

    WP plug-ins can be a bit confusing to wade through but keep in mind that you are creating an Adsense site. Try and keep things to a minimum here. There are plenty of posts in the forums so do a search and make a list. Compare several lists and then draw your own conclusions as to which ones you would like to use.

    My personal recommendations are to start with Google XML Sitemaps, All in One SEO, Contact Form, and Why do work Adsense. These aren't must-haves but they work really well for my Adsense MNS. There are several more out there so keep digging.

    For themes, I don't have a particular preference as I use many different types depending on the niche that I am targeting. CTR Theme works well (even though it's a bit ugly), Thesis has worked well for me, and I've also used Niche Website theme. Heatmap is a pretty good theme that is quite flexible and simple themes like Mono Sense are good too.

    Your theme is never as critical as your content and ad placement / ad types. keep your pages simple, uncluttered, and use muted colors such as white backgrounds, grays, and blues. Whenever possible, make your ads appear to be part of your site's content. This can be done by customizing your ad colors.

    Best thing to do, once you get your Wordpress running on your site, is to experiment. Test everything! Then re-test! I have had sites with 2% CTR jump up to 4-5% CTR just by making simple positioning changes to my ads. Load your content on the site and wait a short period of time before enabling the Adsense and try not to go too crazy with ads.

    Much luck to you in your new venture!
     
  11. CollinEm

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    Thank you very much for taking the time to write all this out to help me! This is my first site so it's pretty much a test, though I hope to make money with it. I'll definitely take your advice, after I structure the site and add new content everyday I'll get to work on backlinks and stuff.
     
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    Good luck, just remember... link diversity and velocity :)
     
  13. Dawgtown

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    Excellent! Remember, experimentation and testing will go a long way to providing you with knowledge about what works best in your niche market. I also like that you have a plan as far as writing more content, backlinking, etc. Stick to your plan and work at it everyday until you reach your goals.

    Then, rinse and repeat! Create more niche sites, maybe even sell off a few poor performers and create some new ones.
     
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    I can't seem to find a very nice theme, could anyone point me in a good direction?
     
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    Are you looking for a free theme or a paid one?

    Many of the themes that are typically used for Adsense aren't very pretty and may require a lot of modification. Some of them will perform better in certain niches than others. (Not going to ask you your niche but check your competition out)

    Thesis (paid) and Heatmap Pro (paid)work well for tech niches. CTR Theme (paid) is popular but requires a little modification.

    Other good free themes include Heatmap Reloaded, Clearness, and Blue Sense.

    I still use Magazine Basic (free) on many Adsense sites as it lets me customize it with ease. I run Multisite Wordpress on my host with sub-domains enabled so I can literally create an MNS in a little more than an hour if I like. My plug-ins are the same for most of my pages and shared across Multisite.

    Whatever theme you eventually settle on, be sure to maximize your CTR by proper placement, number of ads, and blending of ad colors to fit in seamlessly with your pages. Often, a simple ad block on the right sidebar will outperform many others as people tend to gravitate to the right side of a page with their mouse pointer (that's where the scroll bar is, isn't it?).
     
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    I'd say don't bother with blending Adsense ad colors. As raw as they are they will perform fine. Some even say blending can lead your site being banned, as you clearly will be manipulating your visitors to think that those ads not ads at all but part of the content.

    But this is purely opinion of my friends dabbling in Adsense. And my opinion too. I've noticed some notorious IMers ("gurus") moved to basic default colors.

    As for plugins, check out "Get the image" and "Video Thumbnails".
     
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    Why do work adsense is the easiest adsense plugin to use by far.
     
  18. Dawgtown

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    Yeah, for blending of colors, it totally depends on the niche and content. It just takes setting something up and running tests. I have had sights with high bounce rates that improved after modifying my color scheme a bit. For those pages, I make sure to include Google and 3rd party disclaimers on my privacy policy page to stay out of trouble with Big G.

    Some niche sights that I have made I left default just because it is expected to see ads on those types of information pages. These had pretty solid results so I never really tampered with them. Everything is a test.

    Those plugins you mentioned are both quite nice. Have used the video thumbnails one on some affiliate review sites for Youtube vids.