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How Blogging Increases My AdSense Income

June 29, 2006 by · 23 Comments 

I am excited to see how my AdSense income has been increasing since I started blogging. It was a record day yesterday when it reached USD62.71 per day.

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This amount is derived from several websites and blogs and not from Sabahan.com alone.

Well actually this was not an all time record; I have had higher daily revenue from AdSense in the past before I realigned my focus away towards affiliate marketing at the expense of my AdSense income.

Early this year, I’ve made a decision to ramp up my effort to concentrate on AdSense again by blogging and this is the first time I’ve reached over $60 since then.

Although I am still making much more from affiliate program, this extra income from AdSense means I can spend more on Google AdWords to market my products and affiliate programs and hopefully increase my total income even more.

Google Video Ads Start Appearing On My Site

June 29, 2006 by · 2 Comments 

My assistant has noticed recently that video ads started appearing in one of my sites. Here’s how it looked:

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It’s still early to see any significant impact of these ads on my site.

From a publisher point of view, I think it can go both ways, lower or higher pay per click (CPC) and click through rates (CTR), depending on the following reasons:

Lower CTRs could be due to:

  1. When someone clicks on a video, they are playing the video and do not go to the advertiser’s website straight away. This extra barrier increases the chance of lower conversion when ROI does not occur immediately, advertiser would lower the cost per click CPC to cover cost and this reduction is passed to the publisher.
  2. People do not want to watch video ads due to time constrain. Successful video ads spread virally, not via some pay means.

Digg 3.0 Launched

June 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

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Digg
has rolled out a public beta of version 3 of the service on Monday. The new version has expanded its coverage beyond technology and now includes several newly added categories from Business, Entertainment, Science and Gaming.

Digg is also branching out into YouTube territory by allowing its visitors to digg online videos.

Another significant update is the change in the design and placement of their Google AdSense ads.

Their AdSense ads are looking a little different from what the normal publishers have. The reason for this is because the digg probably have the premium publisher status.

The premium publisher program is for very large publisher with at least 20 million page views per month but that’s not a concrete number. They can also negotiate their price and once a pay rate is agreed, a contract between both parties is signed.

Test Drive Microsoft Office 2007 via Your Web Browser

June 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

In an effort to attract more interest in the upcoming release of Office 2007 next year, Microsoft has launched an online preview of the software.

The online preview allows you to play around with the software without going through the trouble of downloading the large beta versions because it’ll run via your browser.

Still, to use the online demonstration, you must use IE 5.5 or later. You may also need to download a plug-in and must register with the company.

To be honest, I haven’t tried it myself but I’ll do that soon to see if it’s worth the upgrade from my Office 2003.

Test Drive Microsoft Office here

Sabahan.com Demographic Prediction According to MSN adCenter

June 28, 2006 by · 3 Comments 

According to the Demographics Prediction tool from Microsoft adCenter Labs, 63 percent of my visitors are male which I think might be right. In term of age, 23.43 percent visitors are between 25 to 34 years old.

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Interestingly adCenter predicted that 16.13 percent of my visitors are 50 years old and over. I don’t know this blog has such a big an appeal to this demographic.

Anybody reading this post belongs to this age group?

For another site that I manage, MSN adCenter predicts that 95 percent of my visitors are female. The gender poll I conducted agrees that the majority was female but only 62 percent of them were female.

While the main age group should be between 18-24 years old, adCenter predicted that the biggest readership is between 25 to 34 years old.

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How MFA (Made For AdSense) Sites Make Money

June 26, 2006 by · 21 Comments 

I was searching for “paint sample” at Google when I noticed most of the sponsored links are nothing more than MFA (Made For AdSense) sites.

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MFA sites are sites with very little content or sometimes none at all. It’s typically made by scraping content from other websites and litters their pages with ads from Google AdSense to make money.

These sites make money by exploiting the AdSense ranking factors, which are the click through rate and cost. If the ad manages to get a high click-through rate, it’ll cost less to appear higher on the page.

I am sure Google is very much aware of this problem and most probably is doing something to stop this.

In the mean time, people continue to make money from MFA sites. Not that I recommend you to jump ship, unless you want to get banned from AdSense.

Free Ebook: 55 Ways to Have Fun With Google

June 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

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Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped has released the full PDF version of his book entitled 55 Ways to Have Fun with Google.

The paperback version of the book cost $19.66 at Amazon.com.

However, according to Philipp, the PDF version is Creative Commons licensed, so you are encouraged to copy, read, share, remix, convert, quote, browse, and print the PDF to your liking, meaning you do not have to pay $19.66 to add it into your book collection.

Download 55 Ways to Have Fun With Google here.

View Your AdSense Earnings on Firefox Status bar With AdSense Notifier

June 26, 2006 by · 5 Comments 

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Are you suffering from GAD (Google AdSense Disorder) who needs to check their stats every few seconds to see if you are making more money than you were three seconds ago?

At some point, most people probably have experienced this syndrome :) I know I have.

Fortunately there’s a quick and easy cure for this. All you have to do is install the AdSense Notifier plugin for Firefox.

Adsense Notifier displays your AdSense stats on the status bar. You can specify how often to update your stats and what stats to show.

Another nice feature that I like about this plugin is the ability to access and login into my AdSense account easily just by right-clicking the stats on my status bar.

Create Blogs Without Links

June 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are an eBay user, you can now get a free blog under your eBay user name. You can do nearly everything you’d like to do with a normal blog such as allowing people to subscribe to your RSS feeds, tag it etc.

Strangely, your posts can’t contain any link to any eBay products, auctions or offsite links.

Explore Web Pages Indexed by Yahoo! Search With Site Explorer

June 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Web Publishing Blog’s Andrew Johnson points us to a little tool called the Yahoo! Site Explorer which can help us learn more about all the web pages indexed by Yahoo! Search.

According to Yahoo, Site Explorer allows you to view the most popular pages from any site, explore their site map, and find pages that link to that site or any page.

The inlink feature works fine but I am not quite sure how they determine page popularity. If the data is based on traffic sent by Yahoo search result pages alone, then the data is somehow not very accurate.

When I compared the top 10 results from Yahoo! Explorer search result with the 10 most popular keyword searches from Yahoo organic obtained from my Google Analytics data, the only pages that appear on Yahoo! Explorer top 10 result is the Yahoo Toolbar adds tabbed browsing for IE , besides the index page of course.

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