I'm always one for creative tactics in making money, I don't know if this has been done but I've seen no one discuss it previously. It works, I tested it, but is it blackhat... you tell me?
This tactic works well for web designers. When you build a site for a client, small business, friend, family, etc
The method name:
"when you show a site to a client and they click everywhere effect"
We design quite a bit of websites for clients, I have basically a little production line going in the Philippines and it works rather well, allows me to make a profit and provide a reasonably priced service to customers.
I've noticed that every time I ever show a website to a client they click around the site... every link.
They show their wife/husband, friends, family, etc...
I thought it would be interesting to see what happened when I placed an AdSense ad block on their site, well...
they clicked on it. Free will, no forcible clicking, clean white hat placements within context.
It happened first on a small business "cleaners" website, the ads were targeted to Local keywords and displayed ads for other cleaners on his website and he was concerned. I explained it was just an Ad Block holder where we will display your promotions.
Regardless... $1.20 was made.... interesting
I tested it on a different client, this one was a lawyer.
When I was showing him his site's framework, instead of the normal "Ispum Lorem" text used for place holder content, I used HIGH CPC keyworded content in the "lawyer" niche.
Produced $60 in AdSense Revenue. With a 4% CTR.
I don't have time to explore this method, and don't want to risk any of my accounts. However, maybe someone that is new can utilize this creative method to make their first dollars online.
My view on the method:
It's not a valid click, and it's just side change.
The 'place holder content' used to target the AdSense ads should be surrounding the business you are building a site for. Ex) lawyer content around a lawyer's site.
They don't go crazy click happy, just once or twice... to the machines it would look natural, and you are removing the links anyways...
so it's grey without a doubt, maybe grey-black, I won't risk it, but still an interesting case study.