Monday, November 28, 2005

is AdSense a good idea?

Now this question is primarily for the guys that publish via Blogger or similar services.
I've resisted adding the AdSense to my blog, not wanting to "sell out." But recently signed up, figuring that if it does actually earn a few bucks, I could buy a new digital camera in time for the New York Auto Show, and I would have nicer original photos to post.

Do any of you have this on your blog? Is it worth it?
Does it increase traffic?



Blogger Racedriven said...

On the AdSense, I had it displayed on my site, in one month I earned 75 cents, I have heard some sites earn $80 in a month, I am going to redisplay the ad again. If you don't mind filling out all that IRS forms, it could be good for a site that gets good traffic, What is your hits per day? Pages displayed per day or month? Try it.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Croak said...

In the three weeks I've been using it, I've earned 35 cents. ;)

I figure if my traffic increases, it'll be enough to pay for the web hosting and maybe a few beers every month. I don't expect to make bank on it, being a "niche" blog about BMWs isn't exactly going to draw tons of traffic, and making real money blogging is all about very high traffic rates.

I could probably start a crappy iPod or Xbox360 blog today and get more hits by tomorrow than I've gotten on The Bavarian Falcon all month. ;)

And if you really want traffic, start ranting about Bush, or ranting about those ranting about Bush.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Big Ford Fan said...

Racedriven, thanks for the feedback, I get about 200 hits a day, not many I'll admit.

Croak, thank you also for the input. I guess I'm in a similar boat, blogging only about Ford.
So far, this blog doesn't cost me a dime, so any money generated would be gravy, but it looks like I'm not buying a camera with any real earnings.

I'll see if traffic increases, it started at 20 hits a day and now it's between 150-300 a day, with the average of 200.

I won't post on Bush or anything too far off topic. I don't feel I can inteligently contribute to any such discusion. Not that pearls of wisdom drop from me on Ford, but at least I feel strongly enough about it to have my say.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Racedriven said...

Wow.. I get anywhere between 20-50 hits per day, but it all depends on your pages viewed either per day or per month, I get anywhere between 1200 to 1600 per month, not is not much.

Good luck to everyone in making atleast a little money, but my site only costs me $8 per year for each domain name, I own 2.

Traffic is the key...

10:53 AM  
Blogger gabe said...

I've been using it for a year and a half now and have had some success. On MotoringFile it typically generates well over a couple hundred dollars a month. I'm not sure how this compares with other sites out there as MF gets around 10,000-12,000 visits a day.

I've recently heard a few people are getting better results with Yahoo's ad service. It's still in beta but I believe you can sign up for it.

In terms of selling out. I don't think that's as much of a negative as it used to be. I think people expect site owners to be making a little bit of money or at least covering their costs. As long as it's positioned as a way to keep the site running I can't imagine people having any real issues with it.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Croak said...

Something else to consider for us small volume players. Running ads can help give your blog the appearance of legitimacy, as long as they're not overdone or over the top.

Back it up with good content and regular updates, and I think you'll attract more sticky readers than you might scare off with a few AdSense or Amazon ads.

Ads can indicate traffic, traffic can indicate good or relevant content(even it it ain't true), and might help that first-time reader decide to bookmark you/RSS you and come back again.

Appearances help a lot, and that first impression is likely to be your only shot at making a reader "sticky".

Me, I want sticky readers to visit not because I get paid per click or page view. I want them to stick so they can comment, and start a community.

Once that sort of thing reaches critical mass, I think running the blog might become a lot more fun..a sense of satisfaction, a sense that you're not just talking to yourself, and some good old-fashioned ego-stroking always feels good.

Whatever money you might earn from those visitors is just gravy.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Cars! Cars! Cars! said...

AdSense is okay for me, about $160/month. I don't get a lot of traffic (27,000/month but it's still growing which is a hoot!) but I do have a pretty big bloglines subscription set (2500+). AdSense is supposed to have ads in the RSS feeds soon (they didn't accept me for the beta program for that) so maybe I could make a few bucks. I'm not looking to sell out like Joe suggested but just a make a few bucks (I now have two kids and I'm a stay-at-home dad... one income is harder than hell in NYC... crap, anywhere).

8:16 PM  

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