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test ONE autoblog at a time and find your way

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by pdoods, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    Just my lousy 0.0002 cents:

    We all know that setting up an autoblog that brings profit is faaaaar away from an easy task. I've also seen many people recommend that we should slam dozens of autoblogs and "its a numbers game" etc. Well, if one doesn't know the exact way for how to make even ONE autoblog to bring that $1 per day, I would say setting up dozens of them and hope the best only costs a dozens of domains and loads of work hours and doesn't return nothing more than frustration.

    People who make $100 per day from autoblogs (like 100 blogs / $1 per day or whatever) must know EXACTLY HOW to set-up a blog that very likely returns something back. I just can't believe it's just pure luck what kind of autoblog works and what not. Nooo way. The probability to make 100 autoblogs bring profit just by luck is purely impossible.

    I've run a test autoblog over a month now and there's traffic and all but it doesn't profit. So I've done something wrong with it. Dunno what it is: it could be the niche, keyword optimization, promotion, ad placement... nobody knows... that's what I'm going to find out and with my next autoblog I do things a bit differently.

    So in my opinion, first make only ONE autoblog to profit and when you do, LEARN why it's profiting and create another one in a same way and see if it's a succeed and then do a third and fourth and so on.

    There's a LOT of guides in BHW how to set up an autoblog (ernesthemingway's stuff must be the best), and they're good kickstart but in the end I think everyone's just have to find their own way how to setup an succesful autoblog and it's a way of trial and error ;)
     
  2. nam6641

    nam6641 Supreme Member

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    if you get traffic but dont have any adsense profit then it's your ad placement that needs to be worked on.
     
  3. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    So far I've tried all the possible positions for my adsense ads, but still no clicks. I've been testing the most recommended placement: just below the post title and before the actual post 250x250 or 300x250 ad. No results.

    I get 100+ ad impressions per day, but 0 clicks.
     
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    just so u know 100 impressions isnt alot.
    you should have some clicks some days but that is nowhere near the amount of impressions you want.
     
  5. ooodaveb

    ooodaveb Junior Member

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    100 impressions a day for a month is 3k impressions. You should at least get one click for your impression. You sure its not you visiting your site throughout the day creating so many impressions?

    Where are your visitors coming from? What page are they landing on? By now the adsense bots should have visited your site and figured out the relevant ads to place. You should get just random clicks with that many impressions even with ads not placed so well.
     
  6. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    hmm.. now that I think of it, it must be the traffic quality that sucks. I better check out where and what kind of traffic I actually get.
     
  7. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    Yeap. It's around 100 daily and I'm not visiting 100 times per day on my own blog :)

    yea I really need to find out where's the traffic coming from.
     
  8. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    nice advice though dude it really isnt worth setting one up unless you know what your doing if you cant optomise it or it doesnt give you a good return try something different eventually you will find what works for you!
     
  10. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    exactly!
     
  11. rawasch

    rawasch Junior Member

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    The thing with just setting one up and testing it is: it will take months until you see results and know this particular blog is working. Why not just set 10 (or so) different ones up and test them at the same time.
     
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    I may be wrong, but I would say your target audience knows what adsense is and therefore highly unlikely to click
     
  13. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    Yea, but exactly HOW to build them differently? I only know one way and that's just not working and now I need to find out WHY it isn't working. After that I know what needs to be done differently.

    If I would have set up 10 blogs, I pretty much would've build them all in a similar way (maybe different niches), which would've been the wrong way because I'm not sure yet what's really working. Plus, I would have lost $90 (domain cost) for nothing :)
     
  14. pdoods

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    That's what I've been thinking too. Traffic is mostly from reddit, stumbleupon and tweeter and people coming there simply won't click adsense ads.
     
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    ooodaveb Junior Member

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    I would not worry too much about that. You can always goto DP or some other forum and sell your sites for $50 a pop once you got enough content easily.

    I would also suggest you start with a few blogs and if some dont work flip them for quick profit.

    Worst case would be out of your 10 blogs you'll have 0 working, then sell those blogs one by one on auction sites, and dp etc. If you did 10 sites in different niches you should pick up 1 or 2 which will make couple of dollars a day.

    I agree it will require an initial investment of $100 or so but you'll have the option to flip them. And if you go the flip route make it look more professional and flashy, newbie people think that's awesome.
     
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  16. ooodaveb

    ooodaveb Junior Member

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    Try selecting a niche that would not be as aware of adsense ads, and also give it time. You already paid for the domain so you're good for a year and hosting is negligible. Let it build itself and focus on link building. I am certain you'll see result.

    Also try to limit the user's choice once they land on your page. Either close the browser or click on adsense. Don't put too many options for them to click on.

    You should definetely analyze your traffic and see what they're doing. Are those 100 uniques? or like 5 people making 20 impressions? That could be a problem too if all you're getting is 5 people and all they do is visit 20 posts and leave.
     
  17. pdoods

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    hmm.. you're right.. this was a kind of eye opener to me :)

    Now that I think of it, my example blog is actually PR2 blog so that should give it a bit more value if I flip it ?
     
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    Part of the problem with autoblogs is the monetization. You're not going to make much with adsense if most of your traffic comes from web 2.0 related properties. You might do better with targeted affiliate programs.

    You need organic SEO traffic and promote the site to the top of the SERP while paying attention to primary keywords focusing on both info and buyer-based. Now with hundreds of these autoblogs, that becomes extremely hard and not practical for one person to do.

    Adsense works best with content-rich niche sites of over 50 pages. You get the content from rewriting articles or rewriting PLR. Then promote one site at a time and keep adding articles daily. You'll see adsense earnings and traffic grow and continue to optimize for high CTR. Stop making hundreds of sites a week. Make and promote 2 or 3 sites a month and continue adding articles and promoting and you'll have winners at the top of google's search.
     
  19. ooodaveb

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    Absolutely if you got PR2 you could work on it for another month or two and see if it'll bring in consistent cash or not. If it falls apart you'll probalby have PR3-4 by a month or two. You could sell it for low $xxx for it by then.

    And then just scale it up a bit. If it takes you I dont know say 1 day to set up a perfect auto blog and another day to get some link thats' 2 days you spent. Keepin the site for 3 months and selling it for I dont know $200 still gives you $100/day on average.

    Good luck. I'm actually going to do what I just suggested!
     
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    Your blog is not monetized well at all. One single ad...not going to cut it. I'd recommend a change of themes too so that it's easier to blend the ads in. The theme you have right now you could still blend them well, but not as many/easily. Change the colors to blend them better, like for the theme you have now, I'd have the titles at #3E3E3E, the text at #787878, the url is ok, but may play with #00BBFF too. The background is tougher because of the gradient but I'd still smooth it in more at #FAFAFA which will not be all that big of a noticeable change, but I'm a stickler like that. But for the reasons of not being able to blend all to well, I try to avoid themes with a gradient background on posts.

    That along with finding out where your traffic is coming from [and increasing it even] and then tweaking that will help.

    I'd add more tags too. Something is odd when you have a pr2 domain not getting any clicks; though 100 impressions is not enough to be getting steady daily income--maybe a random click here and there-- so I'd just focus more on gettting more traffic after you have optimized your layout a little better.