Google Adsense

t seems every few days I’ve been reading about someone joining the Adsense UPS club (over $10k per month), or coming out with the latest website, book, or blog on how to make more money with Google’s Adsense. So I decided to gather up some tips from across the web and mix in a few of my own. I’ll compile … [Continue reading Google Adsense]

Blogging for Attention

If you’re a regular reader you probably know I’m a big advocate of using pen names. Whether it’s to fulfill people’s impression of who a blogging author might be, or building a more intriguing “character” , if it makes it more interesting, I just do it. You may also remember my post When A Pen Name Backfires where this actually … [Continue reading Blogging for Attention]

Increase Your Adsense Earnings With Different Sizes and Placement

When you are an Adsense publisher, or even if you are just looking to make more money from your hobby website, one of the most important things you can do is experiment with sizes and placement. Most of the time, publishers use a single template for all of their page/posts; however, this doesn’t always give the highest payouts. If you … [Continue reading Increase Your Adsense Earnings With Different Sizes and Placement]

Advertising and Usability

As the web matures and begins to displace, replace, or work with established news, information, and entertainment sources, the advertising that pays for this content to get created is going to change as well. When you combine this with the growth of smart phones like the blackberry, android, and iphone and appliances like the ipad, advertising will soon be faced with new … [Continue reading Advertising and Usability]

Integrated Versus Interruptive Advertising

When I was first starting in Internet marketing, one of the first books I read was Permissive Marketing by Seth Godin. The point of this book was that customers who give you permission to market to them are more valuable than those you have to interrupt, and you shouldn’t abuse that trust. One of the second lessons came from adsense, … [Continue reading Integrated Versus Interruptive Advertising]

Seth Godin Wants to Cheat Advertisers with Fake Clicks

Seth Godin has an article today called ads are the new tip jar, where he advocates clicking on webmaster welfare Google adsense or other contextual ads to help bloggers get paid for their work. He of course completely ignores that advertisers will be paying for clicks from people who had absolutely no intention of using or buying the service advertised. … [Continue reading Seth Godin Wants to Cheat Advertisers with Fake Clicks]

Is Web 2.0 Creating An Ad Trend Towards Promoting Content?

If you pay attention to the ads that monetize most of the web, you’ve likely noticed a trend towards ads that promote content.

Site Targeting and Niche Blogging

I’m not the first one to say this, and I surely won’t be the last but if you use AdSense on your blog you really need to pick a niche topic and stick with it. This point become especially important if you allow site targeting on your blog. I have advertisers who target this blog and I have absolutely no … [Continue reading Site Targeting and Niche Blogging]

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I

I was building new site this past weekend and I got into the liquid width versus static width debate with myself again. Now I’ve been involved in designing, programming, running, and optimizing websites in one way or another since 1998, and while I’m no usability expert I think I’ve seen and built enough websites to have a educated opinion, so … [Continue reading Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I]

Will Facebook Niche For Dollars Or Food?

Ed Berrera contends that as Facebook advertising gets more niche, it will become less profitable to Facebook… methinks he be wrong. (And methinks further that writing like a pirate be good. Arrrh.) Ed’s article confuses short term inefficiencies and arbitrage – eg, Facebook selling ads at higher rates to lazy advertisers – with long term profitability. He suggests that long … [Continue reading Will Facebook Niche For Dollars Or Food?]

Is Your Blog Advertiser Friendly

There are times when I’m maybe a little harsh on the lifestyle blogging community, but more than anything it’s a Judge Judy kind of  tough love. What I really want is for people to grasp the concept that just because some people (who happen to be exceptional writers) are able to make money being  lifestyle bloggers, doesn’t mean everyone can. … [Continue reading Is Your Blog Advertiser Friendly]

Adwords Quality Score – Why It Won’t Roll Back

I’ll admit that when I first saw the new adwords quality score I thought they were crazy, they’ll have to roll this thing back, and was not alone in this belief. However after poking ad proding the beast a little I say it’s here to stay.

Malcom Gladwell, Mavens, Connectors, and Digg

So I’m finishing up Malcom Gladwell’s Tipping Point before my trip to Pubcon next week where’s he’s the keynote speaker. Now if you are serious about real marketing (not the push button kind) this book is required reading, you really get an understanding about how viral marketing works. Which leads me to one of the biggest viral marketing tools that … [Continue reading Malcom Gladwell, Mavens, Connectors, and Digg]

More Adwords Quality Stupidity

So exactly why do I have to raise my bids to $0.20 and $0.30 for terms like [michael gray] , [graywolf], and [greywolf] when there are only 2 other people bidding? Am I somehow not relevant for those terms?

How to Integrate Advertising into Your Blog

So you’ve been blogging for a while, your getting some links, traffic is growing, but your blog isn’t making any money. While you do like blogging maybe it’s getting kind of hard to justify the amount of time you put into it, if it’s not putting any money in your pocket. For this tutorial I’m going to show you how … [Continue reading How to Integrate Advertising into Your Blog]

Adwords Quality Score Interview

If you’re interested in reading what I have to say about the adwords quality score check out An Interview With Michael Gray aka Graywolf I gave over on PPC Blog

Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part II

In Maximizing Profits With Website Design and Layout: Part I, we looked at some examples of screen resolutions, and content placement. In part II I’m going to show some examples of how I look at and approach design considerations, specifically where the important “money making” parts are in relation to the screen break.

Adwords Pricing – Things That Make You Go Hmm…

So I’m bidding on a keyword where I’m the only person running an ad. It’s getting between 1,000 and 1,500 searches a day and getting between a 3-4% CTR. I’m a little baffled how they come up with the $0.12 a click figure since there’s no one under me.

Adding Revenue Streams Into Your Website or Blog

One of my more popular posts from 2010 was about How to Integrate Advertising into Your Blog. In this post, I’m going to expand on that from a strategic point of view and talk about ways to add revenue streams into your website or blog.

Sponsored Posts Experiment

There’s an old saying … You’ll never make the shot you don’t take. It’s in that spirit I’m announcing that, starting today, I’ll be experimenting with some new advertising here in the form of sponsored posts. I’m doing things with a different approach, so hopefully you’ll give me the opportunity to explain the program in more detail.