(update – today, my click thru on AdSense is 1.97% with just over 4 hours to go til the day end. Odd, right?)
For sure, I don’t have many sites with AdSense as the center of monetization. Not nearly as many as I used to have, anyhow. But the ones I do have, and although some of those are seeing regular visitors – well, they are not seeing clicks.
Where at one time they seemed to be doing okay for clicks – some of them were seeing a regular 14 – 25% click through, I now would be fortunate to be in receipt of 6% click through. Take yesterday for example – a 1.96% click through over-all. That is diabolical! And that is fairly representative of the past week or two. Some days, anyhow.
I suspect I have left AdSense set up on some sites where it should not be. And I’ve forgotten where, actually. You know how Google have this thing about only showing you a certain percentage of where your income and visitor flow has come from? I really wish they would show more. After all, I must only have about 20 sites with Google AdSense, so why can’t they show all the stats?
Even on sites that used to see reasonable clicks – its currently so poor. May be just a mid-month crisis sort of thing. I have found that when folks are not buying in general (mid – month tends to be bad for buying) then they are not clicking on ads either. Not sure if you find that with your own sites?
I always dreamed of making my AdSense fortune but maybe this is a sign. Maybe I should focus on other forms of monetization from now onwards.
eBay does pull my chain, its got to be said. However, I am very fearful of relying as heavily as I currently am doing upon eBay. eBay can be (almost) as temperamental & fickle as Google, so what if one day you wake up and find that they changed all the rules and no more income from eBay?! That’s a big OUCH from me! Look what’s happened to BANS! I never had any BANS sites fortunately so was not caught out with that.
For sure I have many of my eBay sites set up in that they can be re-focused on either AdSense or on Amazon products. Not all but most. But the amount of work to change over would be scary. It would take a full month at the very least working every day to do this. That would mean a real plunge in income for at least a month.
And further, there is absolutely no guarantee that the sites would do nearly as well as they have been with eBay.
Hmmmm… on the other hand, they may do better…
What about turning my attention back to Amazon?
Oddly, when I was utilizing Amazon on about 30 of my sites I was finding that folks were clicking through to the main Amazon site, but they were merely browsing when they got there. If I remember some stats from those days when I relied more on Amazon for doing the goods for me, many months were seeing something like a 1% buying rate, and that was from those who had already clicked through from my own sites.
With eBay, and for the same sites (many of my previous Amazon sites I redirected to eBay instead) I am seeing a much better buying ratio. To provide exact stats is not possible but I would take a guesstimate that its more like 3 to 4% month on month. May not sound much but its a huge improvement on Amazon!
Oh and I don’t use the likes of Commission Junction because CJ sellers tend to want to assess your website and visitor stats before granting permission to sell their wares. I got fed up of that even though there is good reason for them wishing to do so. Its kinda like “BIG BROTHER” says who gets in and who does not. Nope, not for me Big Brother!
What about selling ad space?
In a recent post I read on Famous Bloggers by Hesham, he quoted figures like you have to have 30k unique monthly visitors to your site before you could expect to receive $15 a month per ad slot.
Oh come on! Even though I do very poorly with AdSense its still a lot better than that!
None of my sites gets any where near this volume of monthlies anyhow. Its not my game. I go for lower end traffic volume which tends to be less competitive, and have never built up a super site on the scale to be receiving 30k plus visitors per month. Its not my game.
Having said this, the SEO tips blog that you are reading now may one day be achieving this sort of visitor flow, but for now its no where near this. Mind you, its 3 and a half months old, so what to expect? And I’ve only just begun to target specific keyword phrases for SEO’ing. I use the Link Juicer (links to my previous post – the Link Juicer review) for that as its very easy to do.
On a brighter note. I checked my AdSense account today only to see a sudden rise in visitor numbers to one particular site. Odd. I have not even looked at that site for 4 months, and have a single backlink to it, nothing more. Ooops, that’s a lie – its received about 8 backlinks, according to Yahoo Site Explorer.
I checked it in Scroogle and sure enough, its risen to third in Google ranks. What the heck is going on?
I check in Google Analytics and yesterday it received some 53 uniques, where the average was 3 per day. Haha. Finally something has gone in my favor and I did not have to do anything!
Mind you, when I check in Google AdSense, the page impressions there simply do not tally up with Google Analytics. Either I’m missing something really big here, or Google are lying to me. Which of those do you think it is then?
As always, any and all comments are welcome. But those who want to write about Xerox photocopiers, no thank you! Spam, spam go away, and don’t come back another day!