I’m on a quest to earn my first $100 from AdSense. I’m very close.
Today I decided to switch things up ad-wise on Haunt Jaunts, which is my current leading AdSense revenue generating blog. (Although, even though I haven’t been as active with the SAHW Experiment, it’s already trickling in cents here and there. I can see how that one might be the main breadwinner if I started investing more time in it.)
But as far as AdSense overall, it’s been a little stagnant lately. Which I sort of expected. When I switched things around last time I was curious to see what kind of an impact it would have.
I’ve read all sorts of tips about how to get the most out of AdSense. Everything from the size of the ad, to how many you have (you can only have 3 at a time, which you should always do), to colors, and most importantly placement.
Placement, above all, has definitely been the one thing I’ve noticed matters most. The second I moved AdSense ads from HJ’s sidebar alone to the little box within HJ’s header, I noticed more pennies piling up in my account.
Also, ads within posts, which I took out last time as part of my experiment, seem to matter. Sidebars do okay, if there’s nothing else to compete with. But ads within posts are golden.
However, I’ve got other affiliate accounts too. I’ve now come to realize you don’t want too many of those, though. It’s too many ads which makes things look cluttered and cheap.
Instead, I’ve tried to hone in on key affiliates. For Haunt Jaunts that’s mostly iTunes, Halloween Express and Spirit Halloween. Although I also have Amazon, but I can link to specific products within my posts and I’ve found that works rather well actually.
Except I’ve now removed the AdSense ad from HJ’s header and replaced it with an Amazon one. I had to, because I have a Google Search box which also counts as one of the three allowed AdSense ads.
I also removed the AdSense sidebar ad and replaced it with not just one ad, but two, within posts. One at the beginning and one at the end. Two different sizes and not both in the same location. (One is centered, one is aligned to the right.)
AdSense is the one it’s taken me the longest to accumulate money for a payout in. I’m bound and determined to have it earning at maximum capacity and getting me paid out no later than the end of next month. (If I had thought about implementing these changes sooner, I might’ve even been able to manage it this month. Oh well. Hindsight is 20/20 and all that.)
Still, it’s going to be very exciting reaching that goal!