Example of an Adsense Niche Site that is actually attractive

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Has anyone ever seen an example of a 5 page Adsense-monetized niche website that is actually attractive and visually appealing, etc.

I'm a WordPress theme designer -- about to work on a new "niche site theme" and i'm looking REALLY HARD for a nice 5 page adsense niche site example.

But there aren't many out there...

Part of the problem is that the Adsense blocks themselves are usually not very visually appealing.

ideas? links?

thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hlatky
    The point of the 5 page Adsense site is to get people to click on the Adsense, not to look pretty.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    I don't think pretty and adsense site, belongs in the same sentence. The aim is not to distract your visitors away from your adsense code
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    • Profile picture of the author IamBaksi
      Originally Posted by Alex Blades View Post

      I don't think pretty and adsense site, belongs in the same sentence. The aim is not to distract your visitors away from your adsense code
      Yup agreed
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Hes right man, the more appealing the web page the less likely you are to get clicks. Plain that people can read better.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    I know

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    the ugly ones usually do the best

    but still looking for a pretty one
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
      Originally Posted by thatkeywordguy View Post

      I know

      : (

      the ugly ones usually do the best

      but still looking for a pretty one

      People don't do pretty when it comes to adsense, they want results. I think you are targeting a small audience. People want to see click thru rates, not some pretty design meant to distract people away from their adsense code.


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  • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
    Originally Posted by thatkeywordguy View Post

    Has anyone ever seen an example of a 5 page Adsense-monetized niche website that is actually attractive and visually appealing, etc.

    I'm a WordPress theme designer -- about to work on a new "niche site theme" and i'm looking REALLY HARD for a nice 5 page adsense niche site example.

    But there aren't many out there...

    Part of the problem is that the Adsense blocks themselves are usually not very visually appealing.

    ideas? links?

    thanks!
    Try looking for examples of the old CTR theme. I thought it is pretty attractive.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Adsense sites are deliberately ugly. They lure you in with usually crap content and have an ugly site so that you are more likely to just click away on the Adsense ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgerryd
    Even just for a bit of old fashioned research to see what type of MFA sites do well Alexa is always a good start along with Worth Of Web, search Alexa by category and do a little digging.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    Its a tough one

    at empireflippers this quote appears in a big orange block

    “We go with the uglier layouts because they make us more money.”
    - IntelliTheme: Behind The Scenes On A $50K Launch

    i havent seen their sites though. i wonder what they look like
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    • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
      Originally Posted by thatkeywordguy View Post

      Its a tough one

      at empireflippers this quote appears in a big orange block

      "We go with the uglier layouts because they make us more money."
      - IntelliTheme: Behind The Scenes On A $50K Launch

      i havent seen their sites though. i wonder what they look like
      Trust me, the sites don't have to be ugly. The CTR Theme looked fabulous, especially after relevant pics are added. The color combo and layout were actually pretty good. Also, the CTR for the theme can go into the double digits.
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      • Profile picture of the author HeatMap
        Originally Posted by mikelmraz View Post

        Trust me, the sites don't have to be ugly.
        Its true.
        I've spent a lot of time thinking about this problem (weeks, months years even!)
        Here are some conclusions I've come to...

        - Make sure you get a good looking theme to start with and try not to break the designers initial beautiful intentions by filling it with ugly content
        - Ads need to be thoughtfully and consistently spaced within the theme layout.
        - Nicely designed logos and thoughtfully chosen images go a long way to making a site look good
        - 'In your face' ad placements that push content below the fold are always going to look ugly no matter what. Google is trying to discourage these kinds of placements in their guidelines now.

        So there a choice:
        a) Make a site fugly so people just want to get out of there by clicking an ad
        b) Make a site well designed so people stick around to read content long enough to click on an ad and want to visit again.

        For medium to long term strategies, given the way things are going with Google/Adsense my preferred approach is (b).
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  • Profile picture of the author happili
    Yep, plain and simple will be better.
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  • Profile picture of the author cssbuttoncode
    Adsense sites need to look plain and simple to increase click-through. Beautiful rich design sites may have low click-through
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      You may not remember the bad old days of mass-produced MFA (Made for Adsense) sites. The objective (well-met, IMO) was to put up a butt ugly site with content so bad that people would click an ad just to leave the site.

      This was also the impetus behind the article spinner. Actually being able to read the content and make sense of it was contrary to the objective.

      Before the inevitable crackdown, and some structural changes to the Adsense program, it wasn't hard to make five figures per month, even without cheating.

      Once Google split the content network (Adsense) from search (Adwords), payouts on Adsense plummeted. And when big G stomped the mechanical MFA sites out of existence, it got a lot tougher to make a living on Adsense.

      If you want ideas for a pretty site, check out sites like Open Source Web Design. If you want a theme that works for Adsense, go for fugly.
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficTrader
    Ugly is the trend..my friend! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    EzineArticles.com... best one i can think of.
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    have you tried looking on flippa to see if one has sold recently?
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Money
    yeah I second the vote for filppa. I would just go and look at what has sold in the past few days. I am sure they all can't be dogs...lol
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  • Profile picture of the author thatkeywordguy
    Good idea to check out flippa. I sorted by "monetization adsense" and found a few decent ones

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  • Profile picture of the author leoj888
    what's your definition about the pretty adsense site? everyone must have their own opinion to an adsense site.actually.the most important part for an adsense site is simple,clean,and get more clicks.
    if you don't know where to find pretty adsense site,design it yourself or hire somebody to do until it fits your need
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