Written on September 23rd, 2004 at 07:09 pm by Darren Rowse

Adsense Tips for Bloggers 8 - Miscellaneous Adsense Tips

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adsense.jpgThis is part 8 (and the last) in a series of posts on increasing AdSense revenue for bloggers. The full series is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 and Part 8.

We have unpacked our Adsense Equation in detail and have given numerous tips for maximising Adsense Revenue. Whilst there are occasions that Adsense doesn’t perform as well on some websites for no particular reason as others we can safely predict that if you work on each of the four areas you should see an increase in the amount of the cheque that Adsense sends you at the end of each month. Remember though that your revenue will only be as high as your weakest link - work on all elements of the equation - not just one or two.

As well as the proceeding tips there are a number of other things that might be helpful to know in using Adsense that we couldn’t find a place for in previous posts.

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Outgoing Links - One theory going around is that pages with fewer outgoing links result in higher click-throughs. Give your readers fewer options of links to click on and they are more likely to click on your ads. This MAY be true, but don’t let it determine your content. My Digicam site has many outward links because it is a page that acts as a hub of information from around the web. I’ve not noticed that this makes my revenue levels suffer - in fact I suspect its because of these helpful links that people come to my site.

Using Frames - If your site uses frames I’m told you should make sure your ads are placed in the frame where you content is or else it will not provide relevant ads for your content. Thanks Greg for this tip.

Don’t click your own ads. - It might be an obvious way to get a few click throughs and increase your Adsense revenue - but Google is very clever at working out if your clicks are genuine or not. Its not hard to track IP addresses and to see patterns emerging between where clicks are coming from. It is not worth the risk of being banned from the program for a few cents per click. Especially don’t click ads from the same IP address that you check your stats from - this is asking for trouble.

Don’t encourage your readers to click on your ads. Its against the agreement that you enter into with Google. Once again they will track you down if you break these rules. I’ve seen a number of people who have been banned from Adsense for this. Let your ads speak for themselves.

Monitor your Statistics. Many adsense users check their stats all day everyday. Whilst this might be overkill (its like watching grass grow) it is useful to track what is happening at this end of your campaign. Use channels to monitor which pages are doing well and which are not. Tweak pages that are not doing well and make more pages similar to those that do.

Alternative Ads - Use alternative ads for when Adsense cannot serve ads to your page. When they cannot find a suitable ad for your page Adsense will serve you with a ‘Public Service Announcement’ (PSA). These ads may be for a good cause, but they will not relate to the content of your page and will not earn you any money. Instead Adsense allows you to nominated an alternative ad that they will serve into the position instead of the PSA. I use Amazon for this, but also have experimented with affiliate alternative ads Affiliate Sensor which I find works really well as it lets you choose from a wide range of affiliate products and still target them to your site.

That is the end of our Adsense tips for Bloggers series. Feel free to submit your own Adsense tips and strategies in comments below. You also might like to check out some of the following alternative Adsense Tips pages for more tips from around the web. You might also like to check out the the Chitika eMiniMall Ad system which I make most of my income off these days. I reviewed it here and have a series of tips for getting the most out of your eMiniMalls.

Adsense Tips from around the Web
- Google’s Official Adsense Tips
- What Google Never Told You About Making Money with Adsense
- Google Adsense Information, hints, tips and examples
- Adsense Tracker

30 Responses to “Adsense Tips for Bloggers 8 - Miscellaneous Adsense Tips”

  • Adsense Tips for Bloggers 8 - Miscellaneous Adsense Tips
    We have unpacked our Adsense Equation in detail and have given numerous tips for maximising Adsense Revenue. Whilst there are occasions that Adsense doesn’t perform as well on some websites for no particular reason as others we can safely predict…

  • Thanks again for the info- very good read!

    Have a nice day!
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  • If your website contains Frames - redesign your website !!!

    Google and other search engines simply can’t deal with Frames. Your page ranking will be reduced, your traffic will suffer, your ad-sense will suffer.

    Make a template page and a common menu system. Frames “seemed like a good idea at the time”.

    GREAT collection of articles.

  • I dumped adsense because all of the ads were competitive and I could not screen them out one by one. Discuss?

  • Adsense has performed really badly on a few of my sites, but they are mostly open source specific sites… I plan on using quite a few of these tips in my new ventures.

    These are an awesome collection of articles that would help anybody starting out, or keeping up with the new tricks of the trade in adsense.

  • Thank your for your generous advise.

  • I really appreciate the advice and researched you’ve shared here. I’m new to the whole thing, so it’s been very helpful to me.

  • Thanks for your advice. I’ve just subscribed the AdSense programme and am wondering what happens next…

  • what type of topics would have a greater revenue???don’t have a clue

  • I was hoping you’d explain how to get Adsense into a WordPress blog.


  • Nice short summary what to do and dont’s. Keep on the good work.

  • Very helpful! I have just added adsense today to www.teamadness.com.

    I want to respond to Ellen Finkelstein’s message. Ellen, you can get the WordPress Adsense plugin from the public-spirited Phil Hord.

    Good luck. Thank you Darren.


  • Thank you very much for good ideas and sharing your experience!

    I’m also a blogger that runs a digital photography (but software) related website and I was very pleased woth the fact that you also feel the massive trend digital phtogoraphy is.

    In my opinion, digital video is the next biggest trend to work on. Intenet bandwidth and storages capacity increase dramatically day after day. I see a big future in digital video and even already boght some domains for that reason.

    How do you think?

  • After six months or so of successfully using Adsense I installed performancing.com analytics on my blogs, in the hope of gleaning information as you so helpfully suggest. This system, like the more recently launched Google Analytics, uses a short javascript include on the tracked pages. Within a week, to my horror, I was barred from Adsense for ‘using click-enhancing software’. I dropped the performancing.com includes pretty fast! I don’t know if performancing.com was at fault, and Google never told me whether or not this was the cause. They reinstated my account after two months, although I lost two months revenue. So beware of using third-party monitoring software.

  • What a way to learn about Google Adsense. I can’t believe that these tricks are unpacked to a novice like me in such a simple fashion. You have a knack of impressing your readers with good method of expression. Kudos and thanks for making this work. I will make some tweaks and see my performance.

    iON Admin

  • I want to thank you for this series. I am just starting with my first blog, and even though it doesn’t have a specific theme I do it ’cause I like it!
    To start off, a lot of reading went into it, but “what a surprise” I got overloaded. Your clear and well structured articles are refreshing.
    Now I have a lot of work to do - but I think it will be fun.

  • What a great series. You had great advice that I hadn’t found elsewhere. And your links to outside sources of information was excellent.

    Much appreciated.

  • I just started using AdSense on two of my blog this week, well actually yesterday. While hanging around, looking for more ways to make more money with the ads, your site, enternetusers, made things sweet and simple!

    Thanks for the series you did on adsense and blogging, worth every sound advice and tip mentioned.

  • Thank you so much for the detailed write up! I’ve had google ads for almost a month now and would have never through of some of this stuff. However, I’m wondering if anyone knows a way to publish in content ads if I’m using a site such as blogger which publishes all of my entries on to one page?


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this series of blogs, and am planning on implementing them into my Political / Religious blog to see if anything comes of it, wish me luck!

  • Wanted to thank you for a well put together, informative site. I’m on the verge of putting together a blog / media center on my website that targets health related info and this will assist in elevating my learning curve from initiation onwards.

    keep up the great work


    Merlin X
    Program Development

  • Thanks for all the information. I have read through many of your posts and find them so helpful, and I haven’t even scratched the surface. You have compiled a great resource. Much more than I have found at any bookstore lately.

    I’m hoping since my site promotes family travel, I can put some of your tips to great use - and now I have a better idea of what type of ads AdSense will serve up.

  • I figured that AdSense as a promary source of income is a pretty dumb idea!. If you really want to earn, affiliates do much much better than AdSense.

    google has a lousy habit of dropping your site overnight and putting it back on just as suddenly. It happened to me.I guess the world just has to move to a more reliable search engine!

    All the same, this article is EXCELLENT. Thanks!

  • Thank you for sharing the information!
    Im yet to get any high paying ads, would like to slowly experiment with that.

  • This series of posting are eye-opening for me. I didn’t know there are so many possible ways to make ad sense work harder for you. thanks!

  • Thank you for all of this information. Most I knew about but how to put it together was something I was missing.

  • Hi! I found your blog thanks to Yaro who talks a lot about you…so I thought well if Yaro’s saying good things about “enternetusers”, I’m off to see what all the fuss is about - and I’m glad I did! :-) I’m Actively looking to improve my own blog for my readers but I also want to start making a bit of money via it too. So yup, got to agree with most of the above comments - this series of posts was really imformative to me, as I really had no idea on the subject of Ads. Cheers Darren, really appreciate it!


  • Thanks a lot for this info! I used to be of the mind that people shouldn’t commercialize their blogs but after two years of blogging and looking for ways to develop a career out of this my attitude has changed. I find the tips on this site very helpful!

  • Thank you so much for showing us newbies how it’s done. I just started my first blog in the last month and added adwords but never thought there were so many ways to maximize the potential, I’m off to try out some different ideas you listed here now.

  • Thanks a lot! I learned a lot of things here since i just started blogging recently. I’ll try to use some of the ideas you presented here. Very helpful!

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