How To Improve Adsense Earnings On Your Blog

In certain niches including the niche this blog falls within you can run into problems when using Adsense.

1) Your readers may be savvy and recognise Adsense blocks, and they don’t click on them.
2) None of the terms which relate to your topic/ niche are very competitive, and so even if readers click them, they only pay very little.
3) A large percentage of your traffic comes from social media sites which lowers your CTR (see smart pricing).
4) You don’t want to alienate your readers by placing large Adsense blocks at the top of your articles.

So what do you do? How can you make good money from Adsense on these types of blogs?

Basic concepts:

  • Adsense performs very well when you use the large rectangle format, and place the ad blocks in your content, normally at the top, so it is in front of every person who views the page.
  • Visitors who arrive at your pages from search engines (particularly Google) are those who are most likely to click on Adsense ads.
  • Your regular readers probably don’t deserve to look at Adsense, and they probably don’t click Adsense ads anyway.

After considering this information it makes sense not to put Adsense on every page of your blog, but just on those articles that are getting a lot of visitors from search engines. For this you need to look at the stats for your blog. I use Google Analytics. Look at old posts and select those that are getting traffic from Google or other search engines. Place a large rectangle ad block at the top of the content on these pages, probably beneath the title.

Problems and Solutions:

The first problem you might have is that even with only having ads on old posts, none of the clicks are paying well, because your topics are in a niche where there is no competition for keywords.

The second problem you may have is that you don’t get a lot of search engine traffic.

Both of these issues can be addressed by doing a little keyword research before you write your article.

Since this article is about Adsense, I will use this as an example. For the information below I used a tool called Niche Inspector, but you can use : This Free Wordtracker page for basic keyword research.

The “Searches” heading gives an estimate of the average amount of searches for that term each day. So the more searches, the more potential. However some terms will obviously have much more competition than others.

Google and MSN Pages gives you an estimate of pages out there that relate to the term, which shows how much competition there is for the term.

CPC (Cost Per Click) gives you an estimate of how much a click will pay out for that term.

Keyword

Searches

Google Pages

MSN Pages

CPC

adsense 110,459 48,800,000 3,260,000

$20.01 – $27.93

google adsense 29,176 22,300,000 10,800,000

$18.27 – $24.18

adsense publisher 10,980 224,000 137,000

$4.87 – $6.08

adsense ad 4,863 171,000 140,000

$3.75 – $4.69

google adsense publisher 705 171,000 66,900

$3.41 – $4.27

template adsense 439 3,530 5,950

$5.85 – $7.30

adsense tool 370 26,900 9,360

$5.85 – $7.31

adsense format 259 18,500 33,700

$6.55 – $8.19

adsense alternative 227 61,000 41,300

$1.56 – $1.95

adsense earnings 191 385,000 176,000

$7.43 – $9.29

adsense tip 189 23,700 14,600

$9.07 – $11.34

adsense ready 156 219,000 224,000

$2.30 – $2.87

adsense program 126 359,000 366,000

$9.68 – $12.10

google adsense alternative 125 13,100 6,770

$3.41 – $4.27

adsense keyword 123 65,300 28,900

$2.37 – $2.96

adsense web site 108 45,100 10,500

$3.75 – $4.69

adsense site 106 192,000 90,900

$1.72 – $2.15

adsense secret 103 112,000 14,900

$0.95 – $1.18

google adsense program 90 198,000 198,000

$12.62 – $15.78

msn adsense 90 5,630 1,040

$3.07 – $3.84

adwords and adsense 88 94,300 72,700

$8.02 – $10.02

how to make money with google adsense 88 98,600 21,700

$3.24 – $4.05

how to make money with adsense 86 81,700 18,100

$2.19 – $2.74

adsense income 85 313,000 125,000

$2.81 – $3.51

adsense google 84 711,000 1,110,000

$21.02 – $27.45

make money with adsense 79 308,000 78,200

$1.71 – $2.14

adsense template 77 35,700 9,510

$1.27 – $1.59

adsense tracker 74 79,900 54,600

$1.00 – $1.26

google com adsense 72 280,000 175,000

$18.74 – $23.43

adsense forum 71 163,000 163,000

$6.65 – $8.31

adsense money 71 241,000 81,900

$2.08 – $2.60

adsense revenue 70 630,000 343,000

$6.52 – $8.15

adsense adwords google 68 37,500 129,000

$15.13 – $18.91

making money with adsense 67 205,000 53,700

$1.81 – $2.26

adsense ready site 66 8,220 1,670

$0.95 – $1.19

adwords adsense 64 171,000 225,000

$4.05 – $5.06

google adsense keyword 60 39,400 9,040

$3.06 – $3.82

google adsense secret 58 86,400 1,570

$4.21 – $5.27

adsense make money 58 71,500 27,000

$1.59 – $1.98

yahoo adsense 54 18,900 16,700

$2.97 – $3.71

adsense profit 53 35,900 12,100

$2.65 – $3.32

adsense exchange 53 3,010 456

$1.71 – $2.13

 

In an ideal world you would rank in Google for all the main terms, and you would make bucket loads of cash. However this isn’t realistic. It makes sense to target keywords that still payout well, but have less competition i.e fewer pages that relate to that term. There is a point where the phrase doesn’t get enough people searching for it, so it isn’t worth targeting. But it is worth considering, if a term has 50 people a day searching for it, but no competition, it will be so much easier to rank for. If you find yourself ranking first you will get many of those visitors hitting your site each day, something like 90% of people click the first result in a Search Engine Result Page (SERP), and as low as 3% click the result at the bottom of the first page.

Once you have selected some appropriate keywords and phrases, make sure you use them as much as possible with out spoiling your reader experience. You should also use your main keyword in the title of your article, or if it sounds ugly, use a post slug to get it the URL. I also recommend WordPress users using the plugin Headspace, and adding the keywords into your posts meta data.

I hope this article helps you improve your Adsense earnings. I have found that most people a not so happy to share how they earn using Adsense.

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