Will Google Kick These Tossers Where It Hurts?

December 4, 2008

If you’ve ever had your content scraped by some spammy “made for Google Adsense” blog, you’ll know how annoying it can be. Trouble is, these content scrapers never have any contact details on their blog.

And I’ve ignored them up until now - but I was really pissed off when I discovered that - 47 Brilliant Marketing Resources For Bloggers” had been scraped. It took about thirty hours to write and he’d taken the whole lot.

So, I decided to kick the tosser where it hurts. Google now have a comment section beneath each entry, so I left a comment to say that it was stolen content. And as the idiot is breaching Google Adsense terms of services, I reported him.

To do this, you just click on the ads by Google sign on an ad on the offending page, then click where it says, “Send Google Your Thoughts On The Ad Or Site You Just Saw.” Then click, report a violation.

I did this over a week ago and his ads are still there, so I don’t know if Google actually take any notice of these reports. I hope they will continue to focus on clearing the Internet of spam and ban these tossers from Google Adsense, rather than continuing to rake in the extra ad revenue they make from this crap.

On a brighter note, I’m now getting more search traffic from Google and other search engines than social network traffic. This either means Google loves me, or the social networking sites think I suck. As I’ve mentioned before, search engine traffic brings more paying customers than social networking traffic.

And if you don’t get much traffic from search engines, you really need to get SEO School. There’s more expensive and complicated products out there. But SEO School is easy to follow and it does what it says on the tin.

Do you get much traffic from the search engines? Have you got over the “SEO will ruin my content mindset” yet, or are you still struggling?

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Is Google Smart Pricing Your Ads?

November 27, 2008

Do you run Google Adsense ads on your blog or website? Is Google paying you a pitiful amount per click? Then Google might be smart pricing your ads.

Recently, I mentioned new strategies I have been trying out, to increase my Google Adsense revenue. And while the new ideas I’ve implemented have increased my clickthrough rate, the amount of money I’m getting per click has plunged.

Then, I read about Google smart pricing, through another blogger who was penalized on his site buy Google, because one of his sites sucked. And he doubled his income from Google Adsense, by removing the offending sites.

If you own a blog, which Google doesn’t like for some reason; or if ads on your site convert badly, they’ll give you crappy irrelevant ads and pay you a pittance for them. Apparently, if your blog is about making money blogging - you may also be penalised. Many people who blog about making money blogging only get around 5 cents a click. But I’m betting most of them probably deserve it.

Trouble is, if you own more than one blog or website, they’ll pay you a pittance for the ads you show on those too.

Recently, my Google Adsense earnings took a dive. Initially, I thought it was because of a couple of new sites I’d added. But it didn’t take long to figure that Google was penalizing my former hideous website that used to be one of the worst websites on the Internet.

Evere since I beautified the site a little - Google has served it with crappy, irrelevant ads. The annoying thing is, the content is almost the same - it just looks better. So it looks like Google prefers ugly sites.

If you’ve recently added new sites to your Google Adsense account and your earnings have dropped, you may want to remove ads from them for a few days and see if they go up. And if you’ve got one of the ugliest websites on the Internet, you might want to think twice, before giving it a facelift.

Also, if your earnings per click have always been bad, you may have been smart priced all along. Apparently, most of those make money blogging blogs are usually smart priced and they make terrible earnings per click.

Unless you get a huge amount of traffic, it’s crazy to rely on Google Adsense alone to make money from your website or blog anyway. You can make a lot more money using affiliate programs. And you can learn more about affiliate programs from the Super Affiliate Handbook.

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November 6, 2008

Almost everyone seems to run Google Adsense on their websites. Oprah even has it on hers, so it’s got to be worthwhile. But Google Adsense seem to perform well on some sites and badly on others.

Obviously, to make a huge amount of money from Google Adsense, you need lots of traffic. But you also need to tweak your Ad placements, colours used etc, to discover what will work best for your site. And, you need to suss out what keyphrases will bring you a higher amount per click.

I’ve done ok with Adsense on other sites but on this blog my clickthrough rate has been lousy. In fact, sometimes it’s been as low as 0.01%. So I’m always trying to tweak it and find new tips to improve my Adsense earnings. According to Google Adsense Case studies, sites like Ask The Builder, Hometips, Woot and TestMagic are making mega bucks from Google Adsense, so I don’t see why we can’t do the same.

Tip 1: Increase Your Google Adsense Revenue By Choosing What Content To Match

I got the first excellent Adsense tip from Al of Self Made Minds. And Al is on target to make seven figures from blogging this year, so he’s certainly worth listening to (note - Al doesn’t write all his posts himself, he pays people to do it for him).

Al suggests that instead of allowing Adsense to choose which text in your posts, is most relevant for your ads, you choose your own. You simply pick out the text which you’d like Adsense to use when choosing your ads and wrap code around it, as he shows in this excellent Adsense code placement example.

Tip 2: Increase Your Google Adsense Revenue By Choosing Which Ads To Display

The other Adsense tip I got was from Vered of Momgrind. She was so tired of seeing ads she didn’t approve of on her blog, that she has set up her adsense account up to block ads from certain domains. This feature is also useful if particular ads pay badly, or do extremely well.

There’s two ways you can do it. You can click the competitive ad filter on your Google Adsense dashboard and enter the url’s of advertisers that you want to block from appearing on your website. Or you can click on allowed sites and list only the URL’s that you do want to allow on your website.

Tip 3: Increase Your Google Adsense Revenue By Becoming An Adsense Pro

Obviously, Google Adsense amounts paid per click can vary tremendously. Some keyphrases do pay in excess of $50 per click. But often, they’re for keywords that have heaps of competition and get little traffic. I’m determined to get Adsense working well for me, because once you do get it right, the income requires little effort to maintain. So I’m working my way through these Adsense video’s by Michael Cheney, who earns over $30,000 a month from Google Adsense.

If you’re not a member already, it’s free to join Google Adsense.. And if you’re already a member but you don’t think Adsense is right for your site, you might want to sign up to one of these instead.

Have you tried out Al’s, Vered’s or Michael’s ideas already? It certainly seems like a smart idea to control who advertises on your site, or which content Adsense uses when placing an ad.

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