For the first two or three years that I had a blog online, I did not believe that anyone could really make money using Adsense. I had Adsense on my blog, and made if I was lucky about $1.00 a month. Getting to the Adsense payout of $100.00 seemed impossible.
However, with a new set of skills, and a much better understanding of how Google Adsense works, I can tell you that my beliefs have changed, and I am one of the people making significant money with Google Adsense. While I have not made a living wage with Adsense so far, I have made well over payout each month since March 2o1o. I expect to start out this year (2011) making about $300.00 a month from Adsense, and continue to grow from that point.
So, I know now that it can be done, because I have done it. And therefore, I am telling you that you can do it too.
We cannot earn Adsense directly on Squidoo. This is where a large portion of our lensrank payouts come from. But you can earn Adsense on many other sites, including Hubpages, any blogs you have, and many revenue sharing sites.
It does not always pay to put Adsense on your sites until you actually have regular traffic though.
Here are some ways that you can earn more money with Adsense that I have learned over the last year:
- Sign up for Adsense. You do this on the Google website. There are some restrictions, especially if you are from specific countries, but most people are accepted pretty readily.
- If you also sign up for Google’s affiliate program, the money paid out goes into the same account.
- Adsense works best on pages that have clear, focused keywords. The ads will match up with the keywords on your page. The only problem comes with having a topic that doesn’t have good matching ads.
- People click on ads if they are “above the fold” much more than further down the page. Ads work best above and below your title, and at the top of your sidebar.
- At first you may only get penny clicks, because Google is no fool, they will put the less expensive less desirable ads in places where there are unproven publishers (that’s you). The longer you are in the program, the better and higher paying ads you will get as you send more and more targeted traffic to the advertisers. I have had clicks as high as $10.00 for one click although that is still rare.
- If you are starting a brand new blog or site, you may want to hold off adding Adsense until it has established traffic. Google will often judge your complete ad base including the lower paying sites when it sends ads to your pages. When I removed some low paying revenue share sites from my Adsense program this year, my other pages started getting much better ads.
If you want to work with Adsense in a writing platform to get more familiar with it and how it puts ads on pages, Hubpages is a great place to learn. Hubpages ads get a lot of clicks, and the Hub layout is a natural for ad placement. There is an excellent article on Hubpages about on page search engine optimization that includes a layout for Google Adsense. This can help you understand how to layout any page for ad placement.
If you have any questions about Adsense, feel free to ask them here, and I will do my best to answer them. Google also has a very good FAQ where you can find many answers to questions that you may have.