Building a blog and monetizing with AdSense still viable?

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I've got a few succesful affiliate websites, I am also building lists with these sites. Instead of continuing to build the same kind of sites, I want to diversify and start a blog to make money with AdSense. I guess I can also build a list and promote affiliate offers with this blog as well. But I would like to make some passive cash with AdSense and 1 website. I hear a lot of people use to make like 60 mini sites with AdSense, but I'd rather build one high quality blog and make some AdSense money.

Is this a good idea to diversify my income? Or is their something better out there?
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  • Profile picture of the author eklipz316
    Blogging with Adsense is still a great way of building income, and your plan to build an email list along with it is great. The only thing that is bad about Adsense versus other networks ,or way of monetizing, is Google takes a larger percentage of the cut than others do. Again, Adsense is still great though, and if you have an active and engaged audience, you should have no trouble making money with this method.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
    Any idea how much money can be made with just AdSense? If I have targeted traffic in a well paying niche like investing/stocks? How much $ would be made per click?
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    • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
      Originally Posted by webmonopoly View Post

      Any idea how much money can be made with just AdSense? If I have targeted traffic in a well paying niche like investing/stocks? How much $ would be made per click?
      You can use the Google keyword tool to estimate how much you would make per click on certain keywords.

      For investing/ stocks you should be able to make $0.50 to $3 on average per click.
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      • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
        It may be different for other people but Ive found that the keyword tool is full of crap when it comes to estimating click value...no consistency at all.

        After a while you'll see which articles do better as far as revenue... then you just write more articles on that particular topic.....I guess this would depend on how wide your niche is though... my particular niche allows me to write on a ton of different topics and still be relevant to the niche itself.

        One thing that will bug the crap out of you with adsense is that there's little consistency. One of my articles went huge one day and got me over 9000 uvs in one day... I made $25 that day. Ive had days since then where ive done $20 for 1000 uvs... its really hard to predict. This is one of the reasons Im trying to get away from adsense...it just leaves so much of your revenue up to luck.

        Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

        You can use the Google keyword tool to estimate how much you would make per click on certain keywords.

        For investing/ stocks you should be able to make $0.50 to $3 on average per click.
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  • Profile picture of the author DiggitySEO
    I have a friend that makes $1000's a month from just Adsense. He's completely white hat and provides a resource on what I thought would be a completely unmonetizable niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      Originally Posted by DiggitySEO View Post

      I have a friend that makes $1000's a month from just Adsense. He's completely white hat and provides a resource on what I thought would be a completely unmonetizable niche.
      1k per month from adsense...

      that means his site get lots of traffic ...
      per day at least must have a few K to hundred K visitors...constant everyday!

      don't tell me he use adfly?
      how he do it?
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      • This will work providing you target the right market and can get your site ranked decently. If you can't get it ranked on the first page, you are going to need some social traffic to make a decent living at this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    The idea of diversifying is terrific, especially considering you're already seeing success with affiliate programs. Adsense is for sure a venue to consider, but be realistic in your expectations. More recently they've become very particular about the quality of traffic your site receives (mainly, EXTREMELY targeted) and as such have no qualms about cancelling your account on short notice.
    So consider it for sure. But I'd also suggest looking into some CPA offers that you could put up on your sites that are already converting.
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  • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
    Ive ran a regularly updated blog for about a year using adsense, Ive made decent money and have been able to generate decent traffic by being syndicated by other sites and im slowly starting to grow in the ranks in google... finally got a pr2 status recently as well.

    Having just one blog is a different kind of ball game because unless youve got some sort of linking network you're not going to be able to build a ton of good links for every post. That being said, its easier to reach out and network with other blogs in your niche than doing SEO imo... it takes time but with social media, referring site links, blogroll backlinks, forums signatures you can start getting googles attention in the serps without doing "traditional" off site seo.

    In short it really comes down to focusing more on building an audience and networking than getting search traffic...that's been my experience at least.

    As far as adsense, my biggest month was about $300 from this 1 site. it hovers in the $200-$300 range most months...traffic is anywhere from 15-25K uvs a month.

    However, I'm moving into selling ad space directly now to have more control over what ads are on my site. There's also a lot of content I dont get to write about in my niche because of adsense's TOS. Once Ive got enough ad space sold I plan on ditching adsense altogether.

    Go for it, it cant hurt.... I started out as a content writer for other people, now I write for myself and make twice as much money and dont have to deal with client headaches.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by RickCopy View Post

      Ive ran a regularly updated blog for about a year using adsense, Ive made decent money and have been able to generate decent traffic by being syndicated by other sites and im slowly starting to grow in the ranks in google... finally got a pr2 status recently as well.

      Having just one blog is a different kind of ball game because unless youve got some sort of linking network you're not going to be able to build a ton of good links for every post. That being said, its easier to reach out and network with other blogs in your niche than doing SEO imo... it takes time but with social media, referring site links, blogroll backlinks, forums signatures you can start getting googles attention in the serps without doing "traditional" off site seo.

      In short it really comes down to focusing more on building an audience and networking than getting search traffic...that's been my experience at least.

      As far as adsense, my biggest month was about $300 from this 1 site. it hovers in the $200-$300 range most months...traffic is anywhere from 15-25K uvs a month.

      However, I'm moving into selling ad space directly now to have more control over what ads are on my site. There's also a lot of content I dont get to write about in my niche because of adsense's TOS. Once Ive got enough ad space sold I plan on ditching adsense altogether.

      Go for it, it cant hurt.... I started out as a content writer for other people, now I write for myself and make twice as much money and dont have to deal with client headaches.
      Nice, I'm gonna go for it. How many posts do you have on that site?
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      • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
        Originally Posted by webmonopoly View Post

        Nice, I'm gonna go for it. How many posts do you have on that site?
        about 100 now....they're usually 1000-1500 words, with a doctored up public domain graphic at the top. Adsense banner in the right sidebar, above content and in the middle of content....feedburner signup form at the bottom of the post... up to about 600 subscribers now, 1600 on FB, about a thousand combined on pinterest, tumblr, twitter etc...I just post links to my articles on my fan groups.
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  • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
    I hope you have a lot of experience in that niche and can write really well. That's going to be one tough community to get into IMO.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by RickCopy View Post

      I hope you have a lot of experience in that niche and can write really well. That's going to be one tough community to get into IMO.
      Im an investor, but I might need to polish up my writing skills lol.
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  • Switch to either clickbank ads that look like adsense or cpa ads.
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    • Profile picture of the author RickCopy
      Originally Posted by MarketSecretsBlogger View Post

      Switch to either clickbank ads that look like adsense or cpa ads.
      Ive tried both.... adsense was a lot more profitable. could just be the niche though, ymmv. Definitely worth it to test numerous monetization methods to see what works best with your traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author bostjan33
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    There are people who make a lot of cash with Adsense, but you need tons and tons of traffic and excellent CTR, to make a decent income. Personally, I'd rather stick with CPA offers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Adams
    If you can plug yourself into the Facebook groups for your niche, this could be a winning idea. Another way would be to find forums that are similar to your blog niche (such as if it's about investing, then go for real estate or stock investment forums) and establish yourself as an expert in the forum. You will get a lot of traffic from people who click through your signature link to see what else you have to say.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lisa Paule
      About 4 months ago I built a site strictly to see if I could make passive income from adsense.

      It was in a super low competition niche, the search volumes were not that great but without off page seo and I started ranking high.

      The site makes me about $3 a day, and that is only with 450 to 500 page views a day.

      Haven't touched the site in a while, and it continues to make money everyday. It might not seem like much, but for me it was a surprising success for me, and it encouraged me.

      So, for me it is definitely worth it, because the site took me less than 5 days to put together.
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      • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
        Originally Posted by Lisa Paule View Post

        About 4 months ago I built a site strictly to see if I could make passive income from adsense.

        It was in a super low competition niche, the search volumes were not that great but without off page seo and I started ranking high.

        The site makes me about $3 a day, and that is only with 450 to 500 page views a day.

        Haven't touched the site in a while, and it continues to make money everyday. It might not seem like much, but for me it was a surprising success for me, and it encouraged me.

        So, for me it is definitely worth it, because the site took me less than 5 days to put together.
        Nice! Since you in a low competition market your earnings per click must be low? How much are you getting per click?
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