I keep thinking of the advice I read recently from Will Spencer, webmaster of The Tech FAQ, Be a Private Investigator, Fort Liberty and other sites.
In explaining how he made $18,010.13 in one month running Google Adsense on "around a dozen websites," Will's advice was practical and without all the over-hyped hyperbole others preach.
Instead, Will gave tried-and-true tips like these about how he makes thousands per month:
- It takes time. Took him two years to start making the big bucks.
- Provide value to your customers. I'm finding this to be true with my new site that takes the guesswork out of where to watch free TV shows online. Give people a reason to come back by giving them good service. Plus, having a niche site has improved my click-thru rates over on WatchFreeEpisodes.com because more people interested in watching free TV online are clicking on the ads of the same vein more so than this blog.
- Good design and certain ads improve click-thru rates. Will favors the 336x280 Google Adsense ad unit, with matching colors and no borders for the best clicks and performance -- and making that much in one month, I guess he should know! But I'm also finding that the plain ol' link units in the header of this blog and especially the WatchFreeEpisodes.com site are my most clicked upon.
- Build sites that you're passionate about. You can find high-paying keywords or trends and create websites around them, but if you're not really into the subject, your interest will wane. I'm finding that I love writing about TV and films because I love watching TV and films.
All in all, Will's advice is inspirational and pragmatic:
"Build 1-3 awesome web sites...Don't give up. Don't slack off. Slow and steady wins the race. Keep at it and you will succeed. Build new content every single day. Don't focus too much on CTR, CPC, CPM, or even your traffic stats. Focus on taking care of your site visitors and they will take care of you."
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