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IYABO OYAWALE

Q:How many visitors a day on your website is good enough to make decent money on Google adsense?

A:Yes,you can make decent income from Google Adsense but it involves a lot of hardwork,I won’t lie to you.It is quite frustrating when you open your adsense account only to see earnings of between $2-$5 daily but I tell you,you can make decent money from Adsense but it does not depend on the visitors your site gets in a day.If you have 20,000 visitors and none clicks on the ads because they know you will make money if they click,you can’t make decent income with adsense.It depends on a whole lot of other factors which I will explain below.

1.What is your site about? I have come to realize that sites which review products make more money from adsense.Why? You may ask. When people want to buy,they go online to get more information about what they want to buy. Let’s say they want to buy a camera,they go to a digital camera review blog and then because the adsense will be closely matched to the content on the site,there is no way visitors will not click. I believe such product-based blogs will make more money from adsense.This is purely my view and not based on any scientific analysis.

2. Another factor to consider is the placement of your ads.Are they optimized? What do I mean by that? You just got to be smart about the ads and where you place them.Place them close to your content.Place them where people can see them.Don’t hide your ads.Make them look like regular links in your website :).

This way,visitors to your site will feel the ads are part of your content.Also,match the colours of your ads with the colour of your site or blog.You can see that in action right on this blog.

3.Content is still “king”.You must have solid content on your blog because that is what will bring people to your blog.If you want to make a living off adsense that may be a lot harder.In the end like any blog, it’s going to come down to your content. Fresh original content and having reasons for people to come back EVERY SINGLE DAY.

I think you need to ask yourself, why would someone be reading your blog? What makes you come back to certain blogs everyday? If you are catering your articles to the needs of your users they will come back frequently. I find that by just asking questions in my posts I tend to get more responses than a long drawn out article. Once you get someone engaging in a conversation you answer their questions and then they feel as though they are contributing to the website…

Once they feel like they are a part of the process then I believe they are more likely to return.

Some even say that you should not monetize a blog right from the start, maybe wait a couple months, till it gets some decent traffic, and gradually test some alternatives to see what works best, since adsense is definitely not the only option bloggers have to monetize their blog(s).I think provided that you have a decent blog with enough content to pull up relevant ads, you can easily make a few bucks a week.

2 Adsense Mistakes You Must Avoid

Never click on your ads and don’t tell your friends and relations to click your ads for you.It can result into waht Google calls ‘Invalid clicks’ and can lead to your being banned completely from the Adsense Program.

How I Got Into Adsense

I heard about the adsense program in the year 2006.Later that year,I set up my first blog and I was surprised that within a month,I earned $100. Since then,I have never looked back but I believe Multiple Streams of Income work best.Why restrict yourself to one since Adsense even allows you use alternatives such as Payperpost,Reviewme,Kontera,Sponsored Reviews,Selling Adspace directly,asking for donations,etc.

Alternative Ways to Make Money from Your Blog

1.Sell Advertising -This is likely the most common means of leveraging a blog to generate income. If yours happens to become a well-known blog, or one that is well-received in a particular niche, it’s always possible to sell ad space on your own.Look for companies who are targetting the kind of people who read your blog.For instance,a web design training outfit will definitely be interested in advertising on a web design blog that has many readers.Direct ad sales means you communicate directly with advertisers who pay a fee to have their promotion running on your blog. You do not use a third party “middleman” to deal with advertisers, consequently you have to do more work to locate and manage your advertisers, but you earn more because you don’t have to pay a percentage fee to an ad broker. For lesser-known blogs, services such as Google’s AdSense or BlogAds enable bloggers to establish ad programs.

2)BlogAds, on the other hand, hooks bloggers up with would-be advertisers and levies a commission in return for any ad placements that result.The nice thing, too,is that the ads are relatively unobtrusive.If you want more control over the ads on your blog, use www.blogads.com. BlogAds lets you join its database free and set your own ad prices. Companies (including media bigs such as Paramount Pictures and Random House) then search for suitable blogs and purchase ad space for a set period — say, one month. In contrast to the way AdSense works, your earnings don’t depend on whether a reader clicks the ad. All you have to do is give 20 percent of your net revenue to Mr. BlogAd, and you keep the rest. Perhaps best of all, you can approve or decline potential ads. You are in full control.

3)Text Link Ads.This is sold for a fixed amount per month.You earn each time someone buys a text link ad through your link.

4) Help sell others’ products. Here is another click-through opportunity. Affiliate programs enable your blog to serve as a conduit between readers and online sites offering various goods and services. One popular choice is Amazon.com.If,for instance, you offer book reviews or even just mention a book in passing in your blog, an affiliate program provides a means for your readers to click directly from your blog to Amazon to obtain further information about the book. If they break out the checkbook or charge card, you get paid as well.The cash you get from these transactions vary (you can earn as much as 10 percent per sale from Amazon). LinkShare (www.linkshare.com) claims to run the Internet’s biggest “affiliate marketing network,” with more than 600 companies on its roster of advertisers. Another service, Commission Junction (www.cj.com), runs programs for eBay and Expedia.com, among others. O!,how did I forget the Almighty Clickbank?

5) Ask for donations. If you’re toiling away to maintain a blog that people enjoy, why not ask your guests to show a little monetary appreciation? The online payment service PayPal (www.paypal.com) lets you add a donation button to your blog. You can opt to receive money in U.S. dollars, Canadian dollars, Japanese yen, pounds sterling or euros. When visitors give money, PayPal sends you an e-mail to let you know. Amazon’s Honor System (www.amazon.com/honorsystem) and BitPass (www.bitpass.com) offer similar donation options. You can see paypal’s donation button in action at http://stevepavlina.com/blog.

6)Market your services in your blog. Because blogs give you an instant authority status,you can sell your services on it.For instance,if you run a web design tips blog,you can sell your web design service as well as web hosting etc

What I therefore advocate is creating multiple streams of income on your blog,that is the only way to make decent money quickly.

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