is adsense still a 'good' way to get some passive $$$?

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I know time changed.

is adsense still a 'good' way to get some passive $$$?

or, not worth it anymore?

I did it long long time ago, now, have more free time.
#$$$ #adsense #good #passive
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  • Maybe, but not for me. Average income is 5 cents per click.
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    • Profile picture of the author gianbizz
      Absolutely Yes, if you can get a huge traffics at least 10K visitors per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    You're gonna need a lot of traffic.

    I used to make a living from Adsense but there are more lucrative, and easier ways to profit.

    You have time to spare, so why not build an authority website while building an email list at the same time.

    Then you can run promotional offers to your list and invest time in creating your own product. It's a long but rewarding process.
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  • Profile picture of the author newxxx
    if you see that a keyword has a $100 value, G won't pay you $100 per click, but that is saved for the big sites with targeted traffic ... they might pay .25 a click from your site, until it grows in traffic and reputation value
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi AG,

    You'd need a high traffic blog, and also some pretty targeted readers too.

    I'd write and self-publish eBooks, brand yourself, access the monstrous search engine known as Amazon and earn passive coin that way.

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  • Its still an option but if you don't get over 10k visitors a month I would use another affiliate program.
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    • Profile picture of the author copywriterpros
      Why you need 10k visitors to have a regular profit from Adsense? That profit will not be huge for sure but will generate some good monthly cover.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    If you're on YouTube? A big yes.

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    • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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      Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

      If you're on YouTube? A big yes.

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      Does anyone not use Adblock for Youtube™?

      Brent
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
        Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

        Does anyone not use Adblock for Youtube™?

        Brent
        Your suggestion is that creators on YouTube are unable to earn passive income from AdSense.

        I've never known you to be more wrong, Brent.

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        • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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          Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

          Your suggestion is that creators on YouTube are unable to earn passive income from AdSense.

          I've never known you to be more wrong, Brent.

          - Tom
          I didn't suggest anything.

          I asked a simple question.

          Maybe you don't know the difference?

          Brent
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          • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
            Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

            I didn't suggest anything.

            I asked a simple question.

            Maybe you don't know the difference?

            Brent
            Well, we both know that isn't true, but I'll answer it for you.

            Your question, based on the grammar, is this:

            Is there anyone on the planet who doesn't use an adblocker on YouTube?

            Get ready for the answer, Brent:

            There are indeed people who don't use adbockers on YouTube.

            I hope that helps, matey.

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        • Profile picture of the author discrat
          Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post

          Your suggestion is that creators on YouTube are unable to earn passive income from AdSense.

          I've never known you to be more wrong, Brent.

          - Tom
          Tom, I don't think adblock has been a big issue for most successful YTers on Youtube. What I have been hearing is the actual % Revenue has been slowly eroding with Google/YT getting more and more of it with Adsense and not sharing
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          • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
            Originally Posted by discrat View Post

            Tom, I don't think adblock has been a big issue for most successful YTers on Youtube. What I have been hearing is the actual % Revenue has been slowly eroding with Google/YT getting more and more of it with Adsense and not sharing
            Opinions are mixed, mate.

            I believe you're spot on with your thoughts on adblockers, but I sit on the other side of the fence with AdSense income. YouTube is by no means the perfect platform. As a creator on YouTube myself, I'd be the first to tell you that YouTube need to look after us far better. The biggest gripe I have is with transparency and timely information disclosure. We need to be told about upcoming infrastructure and policy changes much sooner than we are being told at present. We can then reshape our approach accordingly. The best example I can give you are the policy changes that came into effect after Adpocalypse One.

            But here's the thing. I know of no other platform that looks after their creators better than YouTube. It doesn't look after us well enough but (I say again) it does look after us better than anywhere else. You've had an exodus of many gaming creators leaving YouTube for Twitch or incorporating Twitch into their business model. IMO, the sensible creators stick with YouTube. Fact is, YouTube need us to earn money. And they need us earning money better than anywhere else. The strength of YouTube is entirely the creators behind it, and YouTube know this. In the last 24 months, especially, we've seen a decline in average creator income, and this is entirely in response to making YouTube work better - IMO. It needs to work for advertisers just as well as for creators and viewers and it hasn't been doing, and still isn't.

            Don't take my word for it, though. Just look at your own favourite influencers on YouTube. Yes, many of them complain, but - they're still on YouTube. 2018 is going to be one hell of a year to be a creator. Never before has YouTube had such nose-to-nose competition. Amazon want market share. Twitch want it. Facebook want it. IG want it. From a creator perspective, this is going to mean only good things. Namely: you should be seeing far more love from YouTube. To hold their market share and to grow, they're going to embrace the creator stronger than ever before. The last thing they want or need right now is an exodus of influencers. It almost happened over Adpocalypse One and Two. They won't be letting it happen, IMO. We're also seeing infrastructure changes in regards monetization - positive ones. At a guess, I would say "sponsorship" will become widespread in 2018, phasing out the use of Patreon.

            Overall: if you earn from AdSense, then YT is the place to be, as far as I'm concerned. As I say, though, opinions are mixed. It's important to keep in mind that creators have always been very vocal about income on YouTube (as we should be) so it's a hot topic and I don't know anyone who's 100% happy. It's also a good topic to grab traffic.
            From where I sit: we're a great deal happier on YT than elsewhere.

            BTW: I've seen your videos. You're a natural.

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            • Profile picture of the author discrat
              Originally Posted by Tom Addams View Post


              Overall: if you earn from AdSense, then YT is the place to be, as far as I'm concerned. As I say, though, opinions are mixed. It's important to keep in mind that creators have always been very vocal about income on YouTube (as we should be) so it's a hot topic and I don't know anyone who's 100% happy. It's also a good topic to grab traffic.
              From where I sit: we're a great deal happier on YT than elsewhere.


              - Tom
              Yep, also I notice some of the HUGE YTers are branching out and selling Merchendise. They're building a brand and then putting it on shirts, clothes, cups etc..etc..

              My daughters got Merch from Santa for Jake Paul this past X- mas....ughhhh lol
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              • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
                Originally Posted by discrat View Post

                Yep, also I notice some of the HUGE YTers are branching out and selling Merchendise. They're building a brand and then putting it on shirts, clothes, cups etc..etc..

                My daughters got Merch from Santa for Jake Paul this past X- mas....ughhhh lol
                Want a stuffed capuchin?

                You're right. Small to large, creators have increasingly embraced new forms of monetization. That sounds quite dry. To liven it up: merch', endorsements, sponsorships, affiliatie products, self-created products.

                Adpocalypse One and Two had (in sum) a silver lining.

                First, it encouraged creators to become marketers, learning how to further grow monetization, how (in short) to do all manner of things required of a real business.

                Second, the general viewing audience were given a stark wake-up call: we're not providing content for a hobby; it's a business. Joe Viewer is now less likely to shout "sell out," because he knows the score.

                I'd be the first to say YouTube could have handled those two situations better. (They've said as much themselves.) The media focuses on the negative sides (views!) but more good than bad came out of Adpocalypse.

                Oh, and Santa has taste! (Cough!)

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  • Profile picture of the author Web Geak
    AdSense will always remain one of the fastest and high paying Ads program
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  • Adsense is still viable, but like others said, you need alot of traffic. Without a doubt there are more lucrative ways to make faster money online. Find a niche market, build an authority site around it, and become the "go-to" leader in that market. With some good marketing, it's not hard to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author uncia
    I would try targeting non english speaking countries, like northern and central europe
    the competition is much smaller there, and can rank the sites in google easier
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Adsense is still a great way to earn money provided you target the right niches

    Even if you a small trickle of traffic, if you target the right niches, you can still earn over $5 per click

    It also helps if you have a sustainable long term traffic strategy

    You have to string your content together to maximize dwell time
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  • Profile picture of the author natostanco
    If you have one small site around a microniche it is not worth it. If you have a network of small sites or an authority site then adsense and cpc in general starts to make sense. For small websites you want cpa or if it is a product use ebay/amazon partner programs or directly scout potential sponsors related to your field and offer some advertising space.
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  • Profile picture of the author shah aqeel
    i think this is good way to earn money ....
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolzGadgets
    Yes, Still Adsense if a good source of Earning money.
    But you can still earn money by putting some Affiliate Links, By Selling Ebooks and Courses. And also by using media.NET to give the initial boost to your earning and make it passive.
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  • Profile picture of the author CoolzGadgets
    Yes some are making $1000/Month and also some are making 7 Figures per month
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  • Profile picture of the author Shreya Surana
    You can make big bucks using adsense if you know how to correctly use it.

    Read the instructions on google adsense and abide by them.
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  • Profile picture of the author xeniux
    Do some research on Adwords, LongTailPro or KWfinder or any other keywords tools for high CPC keywords, find domain related to the keywords, do your onpage and offpage SEO, get some good backlinks, leverage the power of social media and search engines.

    Then set Adsense on your site.

    It is not an easy milestone, but if you could done it, surely Adsense still rocks!

    Best,

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  • AverageGuy,

    Adsence can be a way to make money, You may be better off promoting your own product and bidding on keywords related to it. It will take a lot of traffic to make money from Adsense.

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  • Profile picture of the author leadmachine2
    I worked with the adsense in the pest and I made a good profit but at one point price per click simply drop down and I lose lot of $. Meanwhile I find some other work so I am not sure about the current situation. In the past Google know to pay well for a good website.
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  • Profile picture of the author prasad varma
    Yes absolutely Adsense is better for passive income
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  • Profile picture of the author omnitec1018
    I made a good profit, when i started.. but now i am not sure about the current situation..
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  • Profile picture of the author andrewthomas
    Adsense is good if website having lots of traffic like 10K or more.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by newxxx View Post

    if you see that a keyword has a $100 value, G won't pay you $100 per click, but that is saved for the big sites with targeted traffic ... they might pay .25 a click from your site, until it grows in traffic and reputation value
    Google's advertised CPC hasn't been reliable since they split the content network (Adsense) from the search network (Adwords) years ago.

    Back before the split, clicks on your content paid the same as clicks from search results. So a CPC of $100 might pay $50-$60 to an Adsense publisher. After the split, that keyword with a CPC of $100 for search might have a CPC of $0.50 on the content network. Google also offers CPM advertising on the content network for image ads (last time I looked), with CPMs in the $2-$10 per thousand exposures.

    Has absolutely nothing to do with the size of the site.

    Originally Posted by Web Geak View Post

    AdSense will always remain one of the fastest and high paying Ads program
    If you truly believe that, I have some beach front property you might be interested in. But we'll have to wait for low tide to see it, and it's cash only -- no checks.
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    • Profile picture of the author daronch
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      Google's advertised CPC hasn't been reliable since they split the content network (Adsense) from the search network (Adwords) years ago.

      Back before the split, clicks on your content paid the same as clicks from search results. So a CPC of $100 might pay $50-$60 to an Adsense publisher. After the split, that keyword with a CPC of $100 for search might have a CPC of $0.50 on the content network. Google also offers CPM advertising on the content network for image ads (last time I looked), with CPMs in the $2-$10 per thousand exposures.

      Has absolutely nothing to do with the size of the site.
      Adsense is for publishers putting ads on their sites. Adwords is for advertisers wanting to advertise on publisher's sites and on serp.

      They're two different things. I don't think there is any split that you speak of. Can you link to an article that says so?
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by daronch View Post

        Adsense is for publishers putting ads on their sites. Adwords is for advertisers wanting to advertise on publisher's sites and on serp.

        They're two different things. I don't think there is any split that you speak of. Can you link to an article that says so?
        Adsense (display network) and serp result ads are both part of Adwords, Google's contextual advertising auction.

        During the heyday of the MFA (Made For Adsense) sites, when some publishers created networks of sites solely for generating adwords clicks, there was no distinction between bids showing on serps and bids showing on blog pages and other 'content'.

        This disturbed advertisers, because the quality of clicks from Adsense tended to be much lower than those from search, where people were actively searching for information rather than being interrupted.

        The initial split came when Google made using the content network voluntary. Meaning that I, as an Adwords advertiser, could choose not to show my ads on the display/content network.

        To encourage use of the display network, Google allows bidders to set up separate campaigns for search and display, as well as allowing CPM bidding on the display network. The result is much lower bids on the content network.

        If you really want to see how this works, set up a free Adwords account and set up a trial campaign. You don't actually have to start it, so you don't have to spend money on it. But you will see that bids on the two networks within Adwords do not have to be linked.

        So, when looking at Google's estimated CPC, know that you are looking at the estimated cost for search advertising only.

        If you want a citation, this one is pretty good:

        http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/20...s-adwords-cost

        The relevant bit for this post is:

        In the US, if you average across all different types of businesses and keywords, the average CPC in AdWords is between $1 and $2. That's on the search network. On the display network, clicks tend to be cheaper, and the average is under $1.
        (bolding is mine)
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        • Profile picture of the author daronch
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Adsense (display network) and serp result ads are both part of Adwords, Google's contextual advertising auction.

          During the heyday of the MFA (Made For Adsense) sites, when some publishers created networks of sites solely for generating adwords clicks, there was no distinction between bids showing on serps and bids showing on blog pages and other 'content'.

          This disturbed advertisers, because the quality of clicks from Adsense tended to be much lower than those from search, where people were actively searching for information rather than being interrupted.

          The initial split came when Google made using the content network voluntary. Meaning that I, as an Adwords advertiser, could choose not to show my ads on the display/content network.

          To encourage use of the display network, Google allows bidders to set up separate campaigns for search and display, as well as allowing CPM bidding on the display network. The result is much lower bids on the content network.

          If you really want to see how this works, set up a free Adwords account and set up a trial campaign. You don't actually have to start it, so you don't have to spend money on it. But you will see that bids on the two networks within Adwords do not have to be linked.

          So, when looking at Google's estimated CPC, know that you are looking at the estimated cost for search advertising only.

          If you want a citation, this one is pretty good:

          http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/20...s-adwords-cost

          The relevant bit for this post is:

          (bolding is mine)
          Thanks for the comprehensive explanation. How many years ago was this? Because I used to have sites where I get CPC of more than double digits.
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by daronch View Post

            Thanks for the comprehensive explanation. How many years ago was this? Because I used to have sites where I get CPC of more than double digits.
            Going from memory here...sometimes a scary proposition.

            Seems as if it was somewhere in the early 2000s. I lost my Adsense account in 2006, and it had already happened.

            Slightly off-topic...

            Last time I looked, G's webmaster guidelines had a section telling people to report sites violating the guidelines.

            If you use Adsense, don't do it.

            I reported several sites that were scraping my content and republishing it without attribution or permission. Turns out that all of them were owned by the same syndicate. Since it wasn't hard to figure out that the sites they lost were the ones with my content, they proceeded to click-bomb my sites out of existence.

            How do I know?

            I went through the entire appeals process and then went through several layers of support on the phone until one of them finally shared the reason. When I asked to have my account reinstated, I was told that even though I had done nothing wrong, I still represented a risk to advertisers and my account would remain suspended.

            Since the split dropped CPC payouts dramatically, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

            I have no doubt that there are still keyword groups that pay well, but they are hardly a secret. (The article I linked gives a list of the highest CPC keywords.) Therefore, they have a lot more competition. Add in G's increased ability to determine the nature of entire sites, and adding a page about one of the big class action lawsuits or DUI lawyers to your knitting blog doesn't really work anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexandar33
    Adsense is nice and still very stable after so many years. I get paycheck always on time and income is good so far.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by AverageGuy View Post

    I know time changed.

    is adsense still a 'good' way to get some passive $$$?

    or, not worth it anymore?

    I did it long long time ago, now, have more free time.
    Everyone will have a different opinion on this.
    Personally I like Adsense if many other options have been tried to monetize without success.

    Personally I find there is often more money to be made by promoting cpa offers
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  • Profile picture of the author seotprosperity
    Depends on where your traffic geographically is coming from.

    You may appreciate this response I just read:
    https://www.quora.com/How-much-does-...make-per-month
    There also isn't a fixed price for advertising. The price of advertising varies depending on the keyword category, and also the location of your audience.

    For example, ads are more expensive in first world countries like the UK where business is very competitive, but ads can be much cheaper in countries like India where there is less competition. In fact, my audience in India is 5x larger than my audience in the UK, but my UK audience makes me more money than my Indian audience, with 5x less viewers! That's because they watch more ads and the price of ads is higher in the UK.
    Generally if you know what you're doing it can work.
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  • Profile picture of the author navyvai
    Of course the Adsense is a good way to earn money, there is no doubt about it. If you have a good traffic, you will be able to earn a good amount of mony from the Adsence. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    No definately NOT.

    The ROI is bad: if u can deliver a lot of traffic necessary to earn decent money to a website, it's better to deliver it to an opt in page so you can do lead generation and list building
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  • Profile picture of the author zeus136
    Our personal experience is that we receive millions of page views per month on a network of blog pages and the adsense income is paltry and certainly not worth the time spent setting it up.
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    • Profile picture of the author Judey
      If you want to start investing in adsense business, it not bad all and it can still workout for you, but you have to be careful so you don't get banned and waste all effort.

      If you really want to go into blogging, I suggest you start a niche blog, add some value article every week and sell an e-book or video course to your blog visitors.

      Also, you have to be patient and consistent by always putting up quality valuable articles on your niche blog that will benefit your audience and in return buy your program.
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