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Google AdSense Tutorials, Tips
After researching quite a bit to understand Google AdSense and how to best implement and optimize AdSense contextual ads for several Web sites, I'm not at all surprised to see that a major key to generating revenue with AdSense contextual ads is the critical importance of interesting, keyword rich content and solid search engine optimization. Great content helps to draw visitors to your site, which in turn brings in the traffic to help your site generate revenue. Optimizing your site for AdSense helps AdSense serve appropriate contextual ads. SEO, SEM, of course, can help your site show up on the first page of search engine results. They all work together.
I was also struck by the tremendous volume of “how to get rich quick” schemes using Google AdSense. If you've done any 'Google AdSense' searches or other searches for how to monetize your website, you've already seen what I mean.
The good news is that the Google AdSense section below provides annotated links to truly helpful information about Google AdSense, monetizing your site using AdSense, and how to make money with AdSense. Within this section you'll find links to official Google AdSense information, tutorials on optimizing AdSense and your sites for maximum results, helpful AdSense tutorials, AdSense for blogs, AdSense arbitrage, AdSense case studies, AdSense tools, such as blocking MFAs (Made for AdSense sites) and ad tracking tools, online forums on AdSense, and Web sites and blogs that cover AdSense and other affiliate programs.
See also Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) here at WebsiteTips.com.
Do you have suggestions, recommendations for helpful, insightful AdSense tutorials, information, AdSense tools, blogs, books, or other resources? Recommendations and suggestions are welcome and appreciated! We'll also thank you by adding a credit link to your site (only with your OK), of course.
On this page:
- Google AdSense General Information, Tutorials
- Optimize Your Site for AdSense: Tutorials, Tips
- Straight from Google - Tips to Optimize Your Site for AdSense
- General Tutorials, Articles on AdSense Optimizing
- AdSense Ad Formats / Sizes, Ad Placement / Locations for Optimizing AdSense
- AdSense Ad Management, Tracking Ad Clicks for Optimization
- Optimizing Content, Keywords for AdSense
- Using AdSense Competitive Ad Filters for Optimization: Pros and Cons
- AdSense Earnings and Optimization: Dramatic Shifts Up or Down
- Optimizing AdSense for Forum Sites
- AdSense for Audio: Tutorials, Tips
- AdSense for Blogs: Case Studies, Tutorials, and Tips
- AdSense for Video: Reviews, Tutorials, Tips
- Google AdSense Arbitrage
- Google AdSense Click Fraud
- An AdSense Case Study
Also within Google AdSense Tutorials, Forums, Blogs, Tools:
Also within Internet Marketing, Online Marketing:
Google AdSense General Information, Tutorials
- 7 Powerful Ways To Make Money from AdSense Using Only Free Tools
7 of the most effective ways make money from AdSense, including writing and distributing articles (and where!), your email signature and using email effectively, bartering your skills, and more. [Article/tutorial by Christopher Kyalo, via WebsiteTips.com's Marketing Articles, Tutorials section.]
- Analyzing and Interpreting AdSense results with Google Analytics
Covers Google Analytics basics, comparing time ranges, Viewing overtime data trends, Ad clicks tracking, Ads performance tracking, Web pages performance tracking, Traffic type performance, Search Engine specific performance tracking, User segment performance tracking, Advanced Cross segment reporting, more. [Article/tutorial dated 03/26/2006, by Miki, ASP.NET 2.0 Resources.]
- AdSense CTR
Helpful forum discussion thread at DigitalPoint's Pay Per Click Advertising forum about CTR (click-through ratio). Common questions answered here with helpful, reasonable answers. Note: it's against Google AdSense program policies to discuss your actual CTR, eCPM, etc. This thread discusses all this in general terms only. [Forum thread dated 2004-2005 via Digital Point Forums.]
- Blocking MFAs from AdSense is Not that Easy
Explains the pros and cons of shared MFA blacklists and also explains how to research and uncover MFA ads from your own site's AdSense ads. [Article/tutorial dated 11/05/2006, by Stefan Juhl, for StefanJuhl.com.]
- The Giant How to Make Money with AdSense Thread
Thoughts on creating a long-term sustainable income with AdSense. Terrific thread at WebmasterWorld with plenty of practical advice, tips for success, and much more. [Forum thread beginning 06/20/2007 - ongoing, WebmasterWorld.]
- Google AdSense: eCPM Trends August 2007
Extremely insightful forum discussion thread with posters commenting on their AdSense earnings trends — many finding a noticeable shift in their earnings late July, beginning of August 2007 - positive and negative. Of note, posted by 'cline', 03 August, 2007, 4:25pm:
There has been a change on the advertiser side. Advertisers now have access to the “Placement Report” with data going back to 1 June 07. We've run these reports on all of our clients' accounts and have identified many content network sites that underperform. We block these. Also, many accounts are now in the CPC site targeting beta. We've moved high-performing sites into CPC site targeting and lowered content network bids for non-targeted sites. If many advertisers are doing what we're doing, CPC bids on the median sites should go down while the CPC bid average remains the same. A few sites should be experiencing big increases, while the average site experiences decreases.While you will read everywhere that earnings will fluctuate, this is an especially interesting, insightful forum discussion. See also this similar thread that started Friday 03 August, 2007, Are You Having A Quiet Friday? Has the Net stopped & everyone got off? [Forum thread beginning 07/30/2007 - ongoing, Webmasterworld.]
- Google AdSense: Income, Implementation Best Practices, Pitfalls
Terrific article on AdSense, and one of the best I've seen so far. Covers implementation best practices, obstacles to success, and resources to succeed with Google AdSense. This is Part II of the site's “Research Report on Google AdSense as a wealth creation strategy, focusing on the implementation and income potential from AdSense.” Topics covered: So how much income can you expect from Google AdSense? Difficulty of Success with AdSense; Many ways of Implementing Google AdSense; Best Practices; Test, Test, Test; Getting Free Traffic to Website; Generating Serious Income from AdSense; Success Examples; Resources. [Article/tutorial by Character & Wealth.]
- Google Tests New “Show More” & Related Words AdSense Units
News, screenshots and links to more information about Google testing a “Show More” feature within AdSense ads, and news of an outage that took down all Google PPA ads over the previous weekend. [Article/tutorial dated 08/06/2007, by Barry Schwartz, for Search Engine Land.]
- How To Make Money with AdSense
Author Eric Giguere explores four key factors in this Google AdSense tutorial - traffic, target niche, content, and optimization. Helpful insight and no-nonsense, practical advice about how to make money with Google AdSense. [Article/tutorial by Eric Giguere, via WebsiteTips.com's Marketing Articles, Tutorials section.]
- Learn how to Setup AdSense Channels
“Understand the use of AdSense channels and make use of the benefits of targetable AdSense channels.” Great tips on how to setup AdSense channels with advertisers in mind while also making them useful and optimized for tracking your site's AdSense ads. Lots of helpful insight here. [Article/tutorial dated 02/27/2007, by Hans, for Kriya Yoga Cyberspace Ashram.]
- What Happens When an Google AdSense Publisher Dies?
Helpful information and links to more information, too. [Article/tutorial dated 10/29/2007, by rustybrick, for Search Engine Roundtable.]
- What To Do When You're Kicked Out Of AdSense: A primer to get you back in and other tips
Very helpful insight and information in this forum post on how to get your AdSense account reinstated after you've been kicked out. See the follow-up forum posts, too. [Article/tutorial dated 03/24/2005, by asp4bunnies, for Webmasterworld.]
Optimize Your Site for AdSense
Straight from Google - Tips to Optimize Your Site for AdSense
- Optimizing with Channels
Google's tutorial and guide on how to implement and use channels within AdSense. Topics covered: URL Channels: Creating URL Channels; Custom Channels: Creating Custom Channels; Generating Channel Reports. Editor note: Using channels can make a huge positive difference with optimizing your site for AdSense. Channels can help you see exactly what's working and what isn't and where. I use a combination of URL channels and custom channels to track my various ad placements and their URLs - it's a fabulous tool and easy to set up. [Article/tutorial via Reports and Earnings - Channels, Google AdSense Help Center.]
- What is section targeting and how do I implement it?
Google's short tutorial on their AdSense tags to use to emphasize specific areas of Web page content and also to ignore. Includes cautions about their use, too. [Article/tutorial by Google AdSense Help Center.]
- Where should I place Google ads on my pages?
Provides fairly general but helpful tips on the best places to add Google ads within your Web pages. Also includes a Web page “heat map” that illustrates ideal placements on a sample page layout. Here's an enlarged version of the heat map, too. The darker orange colors represent the strongest performance and fade to lightest that represents the weakest performance. Note that each page is truly different, and it's important to fine tune your pages based on your site's unique content and visitors. [Article/tutorial by Google AdSense Help Center.]
For ad placements for forum sites along with a Forum Heat Map, see the section below, Optimizing AdSense for Forum Sites.
General Tutorials, Articles on AdSense Optimizing
The annotated links in this section each cover the broad topic of optimizing AdSense, covering many areas. Following this section are sections on specific areas of optimization: ad formats / sizes, ad placement /locations, ad management, tracking ad clicks, optimizing content, keywords, using AdSense competitive ad filters, dramatic shifts up or down in AdSense earnings, optimizing forum sites, optimizing blogs, and more.
- 8 Shrewd Ways to Optimize Google AdSense
Reasonable, sound advice, insight on how to optimize your site and placement for your Google AdSense ads. Topics: Less is “more”, Choose the ad size type that fits your design best, AdSense psychology, Experiment, Use AdSense site search, Target keywords, Use color schemes that fit your design, Spreading content to multiple pages. As stated, “the most basic principle in optimizing your AdSense is to serve interesting ads to your users that will make them click. This principle can be achieved with the right layout, right size of ads, and right blending of ads. Here are some effective tips to optimizing your AdSense.” [Article/tutorial dated 05/11/2007, by Robinson Go, Advice for Bloggers.]
- 10 Little Known Ways to Skyrocket Your AdSense Earnings
Practical, helpful insight, helpful links, and great tips on each of these topics: 1. Ad creation, 2. Ad placement, 3. Ad quantity, 4. Image or text ads?, 5. Channel your ads, 6. Track ad-size perfomance, 7. Competitive ad filter, 8. Target your content for high-paying keywords, 9. filtering your content of negative keywords, 10. Split testing your adsense ads. Very well done article/tutorial. [Article/tutorial dated 10/14/2007, by Jest Staffel, Ajaxflakes.]
- AdSense Secrets: Getting More Clicks on Your Ads
The importance of keywords and topics, your ad position and color, getting highly targeted traffic, choosing the right anchor text for backlink campaigns, wisely choosing the title text, helping Google detect the theme of your page, your site, meta tags, title text, headings, using Google's section targeting, using Google's channels within AdSense to analyze your ads' performance, blocking junk websites and competitor websites, and more. Well done article/tutorial here. [Article/tutorial by Keyword Country.]
- AdSense Tips: 15 Tips to Increase Your AdSense Revenue
Covers keywords, focusing on a theme, fresh content, the best formats, and much more. Practical, helpful tips here. [Articles/tutorials series by DeadLine Online.]
- Factors Affecting AdSense Ad Clickthrough Rate and Earnings Potential
Questions to ask before launching AdSense on your site; intelligence, age, and the types of people who tend to click ads more; searches that signify desire for advertisements; ad integration; quality and quantity of ad alternatives; the top SERPs; site authority; and more. Great article. [Article/tutorial dated 05/21/2006, by Aaron Wall, for Aaron Wall's SEO Book[*note].]
- How I Increased AdSense Earnings by 50%
Covers tips and observations about ads format, ad placements, site promotion and development, identifying the most profitable keywords, experimentation, adding new sites, and overall thoughts. Excellent article. [Article/tutorial dated 02/17/2007, by Brian Turner, for webpronews.com.]
- How to Improve AdSense Revenue
Topics covered: improving your website's traffic, How to get a higher CTR, Ad Colors, Ad Placement, Ad Format, Targeting, CPC, Google Search Box, Optimization Tips for Forums - Ad Format & Placement. Great article that covers a lot of ground. [Article/tutorial by Dominik Mueller, via WebsiteTips.com's Marketing Articles, Tutorials section.]
- Optimizing Google AdSense
Helpful information and insight about optimizing your site with Google AdSense in mind. Topics covered: Select the Google AdSense Ad type that fits your design best - and gives the best CTR, Select a Colour scheme that fits the design of your pages, Do SEO (search engine optimization) on your website, Optimize your website for high paying AdSense keywords, Increase website traffic, Use Google AdSense Adlinks on your site, Use Google AdSense site search. [Article/tutorial by Chris Hansen, AdSenseGuide.]
- A Publisher's Guide to Contextual PPC Ad Optimization
Tricky Optimizations, Google Hints & Section Targeting, and more. Helpful tips and links here. [Article/tutorial dated 07/29/2006, by Chris Beasley, for websitepublisher.net.]
Tutorials, Tips on AdSense Ad Formats / Sizes, Ad Placement / Locations for Optimization
Where should you place your ads? What sizes or formats earn the most money? How many ads should you have per page? These tutorials address these specific issues.
- Banner Ads: The Best Performing Banner Ad Sizes, Formats, Locations, and Colors
Choose the best banner ad sizes and locations for your site, along with choosing effective colors - all based on the latest facts, recommendations, and trends. This in depth article provides charts of current standard ad sizes, Google AdSense ad sizes and Yahoo! Publisher Network ad sizes, followed by statistics and recommendations on the best performing ad locations, best performing ad sizes, and blending or contrasting your ads with your site. [Article/tutorial by Shirley Kaiser, SKDesigns, for WebsiteTips.com's Marketing Articles, Tutorials section.]
- Location, Location, Location
Ad placement tips and an eye-tracking graphic that shows how the eyes typically track on a Web page. Although intended to help people with Yahoo! publisher ads, the same information can also apply to AdSense ads. [Article/tutorial dated 05/10/2006, by Michael Mattis, Blog Editor, for Yahoo! Publisher Network Blog.]
- Optimizing AdSense For Better Performance And More Money!
Topics cover: Positioning, link units, Leaderboards & Skyscrapers, Square & Rectangle Ad Units, Optimizing AdSense: Taking out non-related ads, Filtering AdSense Advertisers, the importance and value of numbers of pages, multiple pages, the use of channels, Google search with AdSense, and more. [Article/tutorial dated 07/10/2005 by Martin Lemieux, for WorkZ.]
- Optimize Your AdSense Efficiency
Helpful basics and how-tos on optimizing your site for AdSense efficiency. “Increase your AdSense CTR and eCPM by adjusting the number of ad-slots according to advertisers during the course of days and weeks.” [Article/tutorial dated 02/15/2007 by Hans, Kriya Yoga Cyberspace Ashram.]
Tutorials, Tips on AdSense Ad Management, Tracking Ad Clicks for Optimization
- AdSense Gold - Tracking AdSense Ad Clicks by Page and Keyword
Creating a wide net, using software to track AdSense clicks and earnings granularly, keys to understanding how to profit from content, tracking earnings at keyphrase search level, manufacturing sitewide relevancy, tracking AdSense clickthrough stats, and more. Very helpful article. [Article/tutorial dated 06/01/2006, by Aaron Wall, Aaron Wall's SEO Book[*note].]
- AdSense SSI using PHP
“Manage your advertisement-codes without an ad-server - a few lines of code make your AdSense control a whole lot easier.” Hans explains how to use PHP includes to manage your AdSense ads, but he also explains why it matters so much to be able to manage your ads centrally using include files - not only ease of management but also the ability to easily rotate ads, change ads, and more. He includes PHP code samples, and CSS samples, too. He also writes about optimal ad placements and more. Very helpful article/tutorial. [Article/tutorial dated 02/15/2007, by Hans, for Kriya Yoga Cyberspace Ashram.]
- Don't Blind Optimize Your AdSense
Insight on using Google's own tools, using third party tools, and more. [Article/tutorial dated 01/31/2006, by Nick Wilson, for Performancing.]
- The Importance of an AdSense Journal
How keeping a journal about the changes you make with your AdSense ads can help you track what's helping and what isn't helping for your AdSense ads and optimization. Good tips here. [Article/tutorial dated 06/25/2007, by Joel Comm, JoelComm.com.]
- Utilize Exit Page Strategy To Maximum Adsense Earnings
Explains exit page strategy, the best exit page for AdSense ads. Editor note: A unique idea here that makes good sense. Well worth checking out. [Article/tutorial dated 07/02/2007, by KC, KC Hut.]
Tutorials, Tips on Optimizing Content, Keywords to Optimize AdSense
While some of the listings within Tutorials, Articles on AdSense Optimizing also cover content and keywords, these listings are specifically about this topic.
- Attracting AdSense Revenue with Quality Content
“Keywords are still important, even essential, but the surrounding text must be relevant, informative, interesting, and original.” Willis discusses originality of content, along with several technical issues regarding keyword usage - keyword density, key word frequency, and keyword proximity. Helpful insight and information here. [Article/tutorial dated 05/24/2007, by Seth Willis Jr., for Idea Pulse.]
- How to Improve Content to Attract Targeted Ads
Helpful tips with important ingredients within your Web page to be sure to optimize for your determined keywords, keyphrases, and more. [Article/tutorial by AdSense How Tos.]
- How to Improve AdSense Ad Relevancy
Covers tips on the importance of relevancy and why it matters, section targeting with AdSense, meta tags, keywords, content, titles, sidebars, pictures, contacting AdSense support. “AdSense is not very good at reading between the lines of what your post is about - it needs to be explicitly told.” Although the post refers to improving AdSense relevancy for blog posts, the tips can help any type of Web page. [Article/tutorial dated 11/16/2006, by Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.]
- Never Pay for High Paying Keywords ....Find your own
Short blog post with ideas on how to research your own keywords, keyword phrases, targeting the high-paying keywords and keyword phrases for your site to help improve your earnings with AdSense. [Article/tutorial dated 06/25/2007, by Andy Martin, for Learning Thinking Earning |AdSense|.]
Tutorials, Tips on Using AdSense Competitive Ad Filters for Optimization
While some of the listings within Tutorials, Articles on AdSense Optimizing also cover filtering ads, these listings are specifically about this topic. Should you filter out MFAs and low-paying ads in addition to competitors? Many feel it's worthwhile and increases their earnings, while some don't. See these articles and forum discussions to help you decide.
- Competitive Ad Filter
Google's official help, support information about the AdSense Competitive Ad Filter. Includes how to use it, how to locate the URLs of the ads you wish to filter without clicking on the links (important!), and more. [Website section: Google Help Center.]
- Filtering Ads
Index page listing all the FAQs and information about filtering ads within Google AdSense. This is Google's official help, support information. [Website section: Google Help Center.]
- To Filter or not to Filter: Google says I filter too much...
Discussion of Google's Optimization Team's monthly optimization report that always seems to tell everyone to reduce the number of filters in their competitive ad filter. Discusses using competitive ad filters for low-paying ads and MFAs, not just for competitors. Excellent tips on using an Excel spreadsheet:
Keep track of your filter list in an Excel sheet. Upon entering look up once other relevant information, e.g. registrant or target IP address. Then determine whether these guys are annoying, bad or really bad. ;-) When you run out of space, throw out the annoying ones first. If you still need more space, have a look at the bad ones' Alexa charts. Often, from the chart you can already see whether they are still actively advertising (in this case you see a spike in traffic). Then you may be able to release the sites in question as well. Never release the really bad sites. They will keep on advertising. Maybe they are just pausing their campaigns and do the domain-switch thing...More insight, ideas, and discussion here, too. [Forum thread beginning 10/16/2007 - ongoing, WebmasterWorld.]
- Google AdSense: How did I Increase My AdSense Revenue with SAME CTR?
Tremendous insight here on how the author had “done everything right” with keyword-rich content, good SEO, and more, but he still had low earnings. He carefully analyzed his site's ads to find consistently low-paying ads inundating his site. This article goes into detail about how he figured all this out and then how he solved the problem. Fantastic article and unique insight and helpful ideas here. A must-read article on AdSense.[Article/tutorial dated 12/15/2006, by Raj, BlogHASH.]
- Using the Competitive Ad Filter to Increase AdSense Earnings
Blog post that explains how bad MFA sites are for your site visitors that click on MFA site ads, in addition to negatively impacting your AdSense earnings. Editor note October 2007: Although Google has taken action to ban MFA sites since this blog post was written, there are still plenty out there. [Article/tutorial dated 11/04/2006, by John Chow, John Chow dot Com.]
- What does YOUR Filter Look Like?
In addition, “What types of sites end up there, and are there any trends you notice?” In addition to responses about filters, you'll find other tips, such as using Excel to track your filters. Some tell what and why they filter certain ads, such as direct competitors, parked domains, scams and email harvesting schemes, eBay, 'get rich quick' schemes and others. Also a lively debate on whether or not it really matters to filter out ads - pros and cons. [Forum thread beginning 07/27/2007 - ongoing, WebmasterWorld.]
- Why filter MFA and Directory Sites?
Excellent discussion on the pros and cons of using AdSense Competitive Ad filters to block MFAs. [Forum thread beginning 11/16/2006 - ongoing, WebmasterWorld.]
Tutorials, Tips on AdSense Earnings and Optimization: Dramatic Shifts Up or Down
While it's common knowledge that AdSense earnings will fluctuate, you might find that your earnings take a dramatic drop and wonder what happened and why. On the other hand, if your earnings skyrocket, you need to make sure that someone hasn't hijacked your site and its AdSense ads. Here are some articles/tutorials on how to handle these issues.
- AdSense Smart Pricing Explained
Explanation of AdSense 'smart pricing' with links to more info. Smart pricing may or may not be the cause of earnings drops, though. It's good to understand what it is, how it works, etc. [Article/tutorial dated 04/19/2005, by Darren Rowe, Problogger.]
- Anatomy of an EPC Collapse: Building a List of Causes
Fantastic forum thread begins with an article on reasons for earnings to collapse with AdSense. Discussion follows with at least 131 posts with ideas and thoughts, findings and observations, and much more. Packed with helpful insight and information. [Forum thread beginning 03/05/2007 - ongoing, WebmasterWorld.]
- The Curse of Google AdSense 'Smart Pricing'
Author's AdSense earnings plummetted, explanation, and email from AdSense team about what may have happened, smart pricing info, more. [Article/tutorial dated 08/13/2007, by Grey Viper.]
- The Facts about Smart Pricing
Blog post by Google AdSense team to dispel myths and misinformation about smart pricing and its impact on AdSense. [Article/tutorial dated 10/28/2005, by Suzie - AdSense Publisher Support, for Inside AdSense (official AdSense blog).]
- Getting More From Google AdWords
Google's announcement of smart pricing to AdWords customers. [Article/tutorial dated 04/2004, by Google AdWords.]
- How's Your AdSense Income So Far for the Month of October?
Blog post and links to other posts about what could be impacting AdSense earnings positively and negatively, such as PageRank changes, smart pricing, advertisers changing or dropping out at certain times of the month due to budget, increase in low-paying ads and MFA sites, and more. Author shows screenshot of his earnings and how they've drastically dropped, what can be done about it, and more. Interesting post. [Article/tutorial dated 10/16/2007, by Gaman, Sabahan.com.]
Tutorials, Tips on Optimizing AdSense for Forum Sites
- Getting Your Forum Site to Perform Well with AdSense
Using MegaGames Forum as an ongoing forum site case study example, you'll find more helpful tips in this blog post from Google AdSense. Topics: The welcome box ad, the forum post ad, blending colors and breaking down borders, and improving ad relevance with section targeting. [Article/tutorial dated 07/26/2007, by Magnus Yang - AdSense Optimization Team, Inside AdSense (official Google AdSense Blog).]
- Six AdSense optimization tips for forums
Helpful blog post on optimizing a forum site for AdSense. Great insight here, along with a Forum Heat Map showing the strongest placement through the weakest placement. Topics covered: the importance of ad format for multiple ad units; Display your ad units where repeat users will notice them; Place a leader board immediately after the last post; Use horizontal link units; Opt-in to image ads; Be sensitive to your forum community. [Article/tutorial dated 10/07/2005, by Sandra - AdSense Publisher Support, for Inside AdSense (official Google AdSense Blog).]
- Forum Optimization for Better AdSense Performance
Short concise tips on where, how to optimize your forum site for AdSense - AdSense placement tips with a welcome ad box and within forum posts, handling colors and borders. [Article/tutorial dated 07/27/2007, by Arnold Zafra, for Search Engine Journal.]
AdSense for Audio: Tutorials, Tips
- Google Audio Ads - Review
Detailed review of Google Audio ads by Goramba via Digital Point Forums. Good insight here and covers pros and cons, outcomes of the tests done with Google AdSense for Audio. Reviewer covers an outline of the process, ad creation, selecting areas to play your ad, final steps, actual tests and their outcomes, and overall opinions. [Forum thread dated 09/24/2007 via Digital Point Forums.]
AdSense for Blogs: Case Studies, Tutorials, and Tips
- AdSense Blog Case Study
Helpful case study about improving your AdSense revenue by tweaking a bit - ad design blending with your site, ads closer to your content, a focused blog topic, HTML title element text, and more. [Article/tutorial dated 03/24/2006, by Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.]
- AdSense Optimization Case Study - BuzzMachine
Fabulous post that shares tips about an existing blog and how to optimize the current AdSense ad placements and why it matters. Helpful comments at the end of the post, too. Although dated August 2007, this information is just as true now... it's not outdated at all. [Article/tutorial dated 08/24/2005, by Darren Rowse, ProBlogger.]
Covers ad placement for the blog's homepage, individual blog entries, section targeting using AdSense channels, customizing ad colors. There are also 2 graphics that show different layout possibilities with AdSense ad placements. [Article/tutorial dated 01/30/2006, by Sandra Tsui - AdSense Publisher Support, for Inside AdSense (official Google blog).]
- Hacking Movable Type to Create and Integrate Advertising Posts
Great tutorial here with Movable Type code snippets that shows you how to add AdSense (or other ads) to your blog posts. [Article/tutorial dated 04/27/2006, by Aaron Wall, Aaron Wall's SEO Book[*note].]
- Optimizing Scott Hanselman's Blog for Improving AdSense Revenue
Case study on Computer Zen, a popular blog by author Scott Hanselman. Shows before and after screenshots of AdSense ad placements on Scott's blog, pros and cons of existing ad placements, recommendations for improvements with explanations, and more. Good insight here. [Article/tutorial dated 11/23/2006, by Amit Agarwal, for Digital Inspiration.]
- Using AdSense Channels with Movable Type
Great instructions and tips on how to use AdSense channels with Movable Type. [Article/tutorial dated 07/14/2004, by John, John's Jottings.]
- When Should You Put Ads on Your Blog?
Blog post that discusses varying opinions about this issue as well as the author's opinion and reasons. [Article/tutorial dated 10/12/2007, by John Chow, John Chow dot Com.]
- Why You Need a Popular Post Section
How a popular posts section can help your PPC earnings, including AdSense. [Article/tutorial dated 10/05/2007, by John Chow, John Chow dot Com.]
AdSense for Video: Reviews, Tutorials, Tips
- How To Set Up Google AdSense Video Units Via YouTube
This tutorial gives helpful screenshots showing you exactly what to do to set up Google AdSense video units. See also the corresponding forum thread, AdSense Video Units - Enabled and Ready To Use. See also Google AdSense for Video above. [Article/tutorial dated 10/10/2007, by rustybrick, for Search Engine Roundtable.]
- Introducing AdSense Video Units
Interesting forum thread discussion on AdSense ads with YouTube Video. Tips, how it works, opinions abound. [Forum thread beginning 10/09/2007 - ongoing, Webmasterworld.]
Google AdSense Arbitrage
What is “Arbitrage?” Some Definitions
Helpful information and definition from Wikipedia. Topics include: Conditions for arbitrage; Examples; Price convergence; Risks; Types of arbitrage: Merger arbitrage, Municipal bond arbitrage, Convertible bond arbitrage, Depository receipts, Regulatory arbitrage, Telecom arbitrage, Online advertising arbitrage; The debacle of Long-Term Capital Management. [Article/tutorial continually updated by Wikipedia. hat tip: Affiliate Arbitrage - What Is It? Can I Make Money?, by Mark J. Welch.]
Helpful information about arbitrage and how it applies to Google AdSense and AdWords. Links to resources and more info, too. [Article/tutorial by Marziah Karch, Your Guide to Google, About.com.]
- Online Advertising Arbitrage
Section defining online advertising arbitrage via Wikipedia's Arbitrage definition. [Article/tutorial continually updated by Wikipedia.]
Articles, Tutorials about AdSense Arbitrage
- AdSense Arbitrage is Hurting Your AdSense Earnings - How to Fight Back
Using Google AdSense Competitive Ad Filter and the AdSense Preview tool to block these MFA sites. [Article/tutorial dated 07/08/2007, by Sheila, for Flipping Web Estate.]
- Google AdSense disabling arbitrage publisher accounts as of June 1st
Insightful information here about Google cracking down on AdSense arbitrage publisher (and good news, IMO!). [Article/tutorial dated 05/18/2007, by Jennifer Slegg, JenSense. hat tip: Google Cracking Down on AdSense Arbitrage, by Kevin Newcomb, Search Engine Watch Blog.]
- The Death of AdSense Arbitrage
Blog post and comments about Google taking action to stop AdSense arbitrage. [Article/tutorial dated 05/23/2007, by Joel Comm, for JoelComm.com.]
Google AdSense Click Fraud
For more on click fraud, see also Online Marketing Tutorials Tutorials, Articles on Preventing Click Fraud, Pay-per-click Anti-fraud Strategies.
- AdSense Click Fraud
Article on a new click fraud scheme that uses specific keyword searches within a site's search forms totally unrelated to your site. On the surface, it makes no sense, but reverse click-fraud is the probable cause. Details on what happens and what to look for in this insightful exploration of yet another form of click fraud. [Article/tutorial dated 10/10/2007, by Justin, for DSL Reports.]
- Click Fraud
Helpful article explaining what click fraud is as it applies to Google AdSense and AdWords, and defines click fraud in general, too: “Click fraud is the name attributed to the practice of utilizing methods that mimic legitimate internet user clicks on a web publisher's website in order to gain profit.” [Article/tutorial by MFABlocker.]
An AdSense Case Study
- In the Beginning... (pt1 of 3)
Part 1 of this 3-part case study introduces a brand new project site at the time of this first post, Ringtone-Search blog. Plans to write about how to create a site that's interesting for visitors, optimized for search engines, and optimized for AdSense. Plans and topics for the case study include: studying the markets and selecting topics, selecting the right blogging platform for the job, keywords in domain name - do they matter, sandboxing, geo-location issues, relying on quality content vs. link/publicity campaigns, search engine traffic vs. other sources of traffic, and ad positioning. Whether a brand new site or an existing site, this 3-part study can provide plenty of helpful insight. Part 2 gives a status update and search engine results after a few weeks and Part 3 gives plenty of helpful AdSense insight. Well worth the time to read all 3 parts of the case study and visit the project site for yourself. [Article/tutorial dated 04/08/2006, by 2k, for SEOMoz Blog.]
- The Project: ...There Was Silence - About Google SandBox And Geo-location Issues (pt2 of 3)
Part 2 of this 3-part case study is written after the new Ringtone-Search blog site has been online a few weeks (see the part 1 description directly above). He's submitted the site to a few directories but has primarily relied on natural linking and the 10 or 11 articles written to that point - and the articles were written for interest to visitors while also targeting specific keyphrases for search engines and AdSense. Blog post also provides a spreadsheet screenshot showing the status of keyword phrases and search engines to that point and his thoughts about where things stand to that point. Helpful insight. See Part 3 for AdSense optimizing and insight, too (described directly below). [Article/tutorial dated 04/25/2006, by 2k, for SEOMoz Blog.]
- The Project: Generating AdSense Revenue From Low Traffic Site (pt3 of 3)
Part 3 of this 3-part case study, tutorial discusses methods to increase AdSense revenue for low traffic sites by utilizing limited assets more efficiently. The project site, Ringtone-Search, at the time of the post is about 2 months old, has about 150-200 unique visitors per month from search engines and about 300-400 unique visitors per month from other sources. Covers both theory and practice on:
- how to improve the price per click factor, including insight on how to target content for specific high-paying keywords and how to write content for high quality, niche markets
- how to improve click count, including insight on placing focus on ad positioning and writing content that attracts users in buyer mode
- The Project: Generating AdSense Revenue From Low Traffic Site - the Sequel
Three months after writing the initial post in this series, In the Beginning... (pt1 of 3), 2k writes a follow-up that includes using the data collected about user behavior. Data is from Web server log files, a log of AdSense clicks, and information on how much each AdSense click generated. “When you take a combination of these and drill down from a specific angle, you get lots of valuable information - like what pages are the best performers in terms of clicks, what ROI each keyword has, etc. When looking at information like this, it doesn't take much imagination to find out new means and methods to make the site even more successful and profitable.” Helpful insight here. [Article/tutorial dated 09/23/2006, by 2k, for SEOMoz Blog.]
Several Google AdSense sections have moved to Page 2: Google AdSense Forums, Blogs, Sites, Other Resources (October 2007):
Several Google AdSense sections have moved to Page 3: Google AdSense Tools - Web Site Reporting, Tracking, Plugins for WordPress, Firefox, Internet Explorer (October 2007):
Several Google AdSense sections have moved to Page 4: Google's Official AdSense Documentation, Information Resources (November 2007):
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