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How To Make Money On AdSense A Guide For Small Business Sites Looking For Local Site Traffic
Got a question here about AdSense, wanting to know if it's a viable way to make money online.
It used to be. For some it still is. But for most, it becomes more difficult to make money with AdSense every day, due to the ever increasing rate of competition. Thousands of new websites are created every single day. Millions of new web pages are created every day. Complicated by the ever growing boycott of Google.
To make money on Adsense, enough money to live off of, you need to find AdWords keywords that have bid rates of $20 or more. The average bid rate of the average keyword is, however, only .20c.
Google pays 61% of bid rate, meaning for every $1 bid, they pay you .61c.
Most people get an average of 10 clicks per 1,000 views. Which results in you earning about $1 per 1,000 views.
This $1 per 1,000 view average has lead a lot of people to incorrectly believe that Google pays you $1 per 1,000 views. This is completely false. Google pays you 61% of bid price per click. Bids start at .01c, meaning you could make only a half a penny per click. On the other hand, bids go up to $5,000 meaning you could make $3,500 per click.
When you hear about people making 6 figure incomes on AdSense, it's because they are targeting keywords with $100 bid range, meaning they are making $61 per click.
Let's look at some figures to show you how much or how little, you could make.
If your page targets a keyword of a certain AdWords bid rate, you can reasonably expect a certain amount of income.
If you pick a keyword with a high bid rate ($20+), a high search rate (1 million+ searches per month) and a low competition rate (1,000 or fewer sites on your topic) then you could, possibly, maybe, see a 6 figure income from AdSense.
Let's look at what your average income looks like based off bid rates alone:
.01 bid x 61% x 10 clicks = .061c per 1,000 page views
.10 x 61% x 10 clicks = .61c per 1,000 page views
.20 x 61% x 10 clicks = $1.22 per 1,000 page views
.50 x 61% x 10 clicks = $3.05 per 1,000 page views
$1.00 x 61% x 10 clicks = $6.10 per 1,000 page views
$3.00 x 61% x 10 clicks = $18.30 per 1,000 page views
$5.00 61% x 10 clicks = $30.50 per 1,000 page views
$7.00 x 61% x 10 clicks = $42.70 per 1,000 page views
$10 x 61% x 10 clicks = $61 per 1,000 page views
$20 x 61% x 10 clicks = $122 per 1,000 page views
$50 x 61% x 10 clicks = $305 per 1,000 page views
$100 x 61% x 10 clicks = $610 per 1,000 page views
Google says the average site can expect to earn around $1 per 1,000 page views, because the average site receives 10 ad clicks per 1,000 pages views, and the average keyword pays 16 and a half cents per click.
That looks like this:
.161/2c x 61% x 10 clicks = $1 per 1,000 page views
Let me repeat this...
Content writing and expecting to get rich on AdSense is something you CAN do, but it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY.
You can make a FULL TIME MINIMUM WAGE income if you put in a lot of hours, a lot of work, and do one hell of a lot of researching into finding keywords within your niche that have HIGH bid rate, HIGH monthly searches, and LOW competition.
But for MOST PEOPLE you are going to find it VERY HARD to earn enough AdSense money to make a PART TIME minimum wage income.
Content writing for AdSense income does make money, but it's not fast, it's not easy, and you need to be publishing DAILY articles of 2,000 words a piece for a minimum of 3 years, BEFORE you'll get your first $100 from AdSense.
Most people who are making money online as a full time career, ARE NOT doing it with AdSense, but rather with DIRECT SALES... meaning they are selling a product... a book, a course, crafts, art, a service, ad space for local businesses, etc.
While you CAN make HUGE amounts of money (millions) from AdSense, fewer then 1,000 websites on the planet can PROVE they actually earn $100,000+ per year from AdSense. Out of several BILLION websites that use AdSense. These are shocking numbers that most people getting started in online income completely overlook.
The fact is, if it was EASY to make millions on AdSense, then why are the BILLIONS of website owners using AdSense not millionaires themselves?
One thing that always pisses me off about internet marketers, is that they are so obsessed with making money for themselves, that they hype up how much money THEY make online, just to get you to buy their get-rich-quick-scam book.
The saddest part of it is, that while they "teach" you how to make money with AdSense, they themselves are in fact making money from DIRECT SALES of their book and are NOT themselves making money from AdSense. The reason being because they COULD NOT make enough money with AdSense to support themselves, thus WHY they focus on DIRECT SALES of their book, rather then actually doing what they preach and making money with AdSense.
Before you get into making money with AdSense you need to realize that a majority of the people preaching income with AdSense are scam artists who are NOT using AdSense as their income source but are instead making money with direct sales of courses telling you how to do something that they themselves have not been able to do.
What is a get rich quick scam?
Get Rich Quick Scam:
Teaching a person to do something that you have never done yourself, teaching them unproven & untested methods for the purpose of making money for yourself off unsuspecting victims who are unaware the methods you are teaching them will never make them rich.
Scamming people out of their money, with promises of teaching them how to make money, using methods you know will not make them the kind of incomes you promise they'll earn.
Teaching someone how to make money on methods you falsely claim you do, when in fact you have never tried to make money using said methods and are instead making money by selling the method.
There is a difference between making a full time income online and making a full time income from AdSense.
People selling you methods, courses, books, videos, etc... are the ones making the really big incomes online, thus why they are selling you methods, courses, books, videos, etc instead of writing content, instead of building websites, instead of using AdSense to earn a living.
Ask yourself this: If you could REALLY get rich quick and earn huge incomes from AdSense, the way they claim in the methods, courses, books, videos, etc they are selling you, why then are they NOT getting rich quick and earn huge incomes from AdSense themselves?
The answer: Because it's ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE get rich quick and earn huge incomes from AdSense, and the REAL way to make huge amounts of money, fast, online, is by selling people methods, courses, books, videos, etc.
Do you remember when Squidoo brought content writing to the public eye and created the mass hoards of people suddenly trying their hand at content writing? And then Squidoo (without our permission) suddenly put their "top 10 highest paid members" on the home page and hyped up huge bold faced lies about our incomes to try to get more members?
For months, I was bombarded with emails from MILLIONS of people, looking for advice on how I reached #3 spot as the third highest paid Squidoo member ever...
...and in every case these people found themselves crest fallen when they found out that my income from Squidoo was ONLY $200 per month.
Two Hundred Dollars, per month... was #3 highest income on Squidoo from 2008 to 2013.
What was Squidoo income? AdSense.
I was being billed (without my permission) as the third top paid member, and suddenly I was being contacted by thousands of people from something called "The Warrior's Forum".
How I Discovered The Warrior's Forum
Do you know what my first introduction to the Warrior's Forum was?
It was the discovery that "internet marketing gurus" had copied word for word, my article "EelKat's Guide To Making Money On Squidoo" and selling it for the low price of $159.99.
An article that was available for FREE online.
They removed my name, and changed my ACTUAL income figures of $200 a month to $2,000 a week, then slapped a $159.99 price tag on the 4 page "book" and started selling it off The Warrior's Forum.
My first introduction to the Warrior's Forum was filing a take down notice to plagers, pirates, and thieves.
I would go on to file more then 100 more take down notices over the 19 years to follow.
It is because my website is so heavily plagiarized by Warrior's Forum members that was the reason for more then 5,000 of the 6,000 pages of my website to be put behind password protection, requiring you to be a member of my local writing group, in order to access the how-to pages for writers.
To date I have found a grand total of 1,371 of my how-to write articles on how to make money via content writing, copied word for word and posted as forum posts by Warrior's Forum members. In some cases, being posted by members using FAKE "eelkat" accounts and PRETENDING to be me.
Please know that I have NEVER sold my how to articles ANY WHERE. They have ALWAYS been available for free. And I have NEVER sold ANYTHING on Warrior's Forum.
Sad fact is, if you bought it off the Warrior's Forum, chances are very high, that you bought stolen articles that you could have found for free on the original author's site or blog. Worse, you bought them from someone who NEVER tested the method and is simply selling stolen goods to scam you out of your money.
One of the worst facts about these so-called internet marketing "gurus" is they are often selling you old out dated information that has not worked in years.
For example, you can still find my "EelKat's Guide To Making Money On Squidoo" being sold by internet marketers, under such titles as "How to Make a Killing on HubPages" or "Make Millions With AdSense".
The current changes, now have my original $200 earnings, changed to $2,000 a day or more.
However... the methods used in that article are Pre-Panda and do not work any more, thus why the article was removed from my website in 2013.
Because the scam artists who stole the article are selling it to people without testing the methods, they have no clue they are selling you advice (now for the new lower price of $299.99) that not only is outdated, but it will also get your site flagged, black listed, and unindexed by Google's Panda.
But do they care? No. Of course not. You paid them the $299.99, so what do they care if you get bitch slapped by Google? They don't.
Because I ACTUALLY AM making money off Google AdSense, I ACTUALLY DO know what I'm talking about, unlike the scam artists who have never tested out any of the advice they sell.
I'm not very big or very popular, and yet 1,371 of my articles have been scraped by scam artists and are being sold at insanely over blown prices ($300 gets you only 5 pages... you have to keep paying them $300 for 5 pages at a time, to get all 1,371 articles).
As small and unknown as I am... if that many of my articles are being stolen and sold by pirates masquerading as "internet marketing gurus"... how many other articles are being stolen and sold from the big sites and big blogs?
Think about it.
There is BIG BUSINESS in stealing articles, respinning them, then selling them for insane prices. And THAT is what MOST internet marketing "gurus" really are, and why so MANY people who buy from "internet marketing gurus" fail to make money online.
The articles they sell are usually old and outdated... written in the 1990s when you COULD make millions on AdSense, using methods that were made obsolete in 2011 when Google unleashed Panda... and because these "gurus" are not PRACTICING WHAT THEY PREACH, they are clueless to the fact they are selling BAD ADVICE.
The days of making millions on AdSense alone, are long gone... they vanished in 2011.
But what exactly IS a full time income?
Squidoo scammed people when they posted that "top 10 list" of highest paid members. They never listed any actual numbers, and simply used terms like "full time income".
But what is a "full time income"?
Yes, I was earning a full time income with my Squidoo AdSense earnings in 2007. But I also live in Maine.
Do you know what my HIGHEST year end income (before taxes) from Squidoo was?
Yes. In 2007, in Maine, $2,864 was a VERY GENEROUS full time income that most people in this area live on quite comfortably.
In fact, my nearly $3k a year income, I was making was MORE then the income of 7 of my nieghbours living on my street, each of whom live on a full time income of UNDER $2,000 a year.
So when people run around calling me "a millionaire" because Squidoo said I was #3 highest paid member ever... you got to realize that what Squidoo called "3rd highest paid member" was an income of $2,864 in 2008, the year I made the MOST from AdSense income while on Squidoo.
That says a lot about perspective.
People heard Squidoo say "3rd highest paid" and "full time income" and put 2+2 together to come to the false conclusion "millionaire".
They did not take into account what a full time income in my geographic region was, nor did they take into account what Squidoo meant when they said "3rd highest paid member".
Yes, in 2007 $2,000 a year was a full time income, here in the wilds of Maine.
But Squidoo neglected to mention that part.
And not many people live in Maine.
And when people hear "full time income" they think of their LOCAL wage rages, not the wage rates of the region in question.
And MOST of the world, looks at Maine's yearly income totals and are baffled as to how any of us survive, stating that $2,000 isn't even enough to cover their monthly rent.
Squidoo deliberately did not tell people a dollar amount and instead said "full time income" knowing full well that the average person had no clue the average income in Maine at the time was $2,000 a year.
Squidoo scammed people with false advertising to get more members, and it resulted in me getting bombarded with several thousand emails every single day, from people all over the world, who read Squidoo's saying "full time income" and some how translated it to mean "millionaire" when in fact, they were already making more per month then I was making per year.
Keep in mind too what exactly a full time income is here in Maine... it might shock you, but the average 2 job family of 4 working two 40 hours a week jobs, is $11,000 a year.
Yes, $3k a year was a full time income in Maine in 2007.
What is it NOW in 2017?
Minimum wage in Maine is only $5.13 an hour.
Let's take a look:
What does $5.13 minimum wage look like for income?
Waitress = $3.50 x 32 hours a week x 52 weeks = $5,824 total yearly income before taxes ($112 a week income)
Temp Job = $5.13 x 15 hours a week x 52 weeks = $4,001 total yearly income before taxes ($76.95 a week income)
Part Time = $5.13 x 30 hours a week x 52 weeks = $8,002 total yearly income before taxes ($153.90 a week income)
Full Time = $5.13 x 40 hours a week x 52 weeks = $10,670 total yearly income before taxes ($205.20 a week income)
Over Time = ($5.13 x 40 hours a week) + ($3.50 x 12 hours per week) = $205 + $42 x 52 weeks = $12,844 total yearly income before taxes ($247 a week income)
Those are the average yearly incomes of average people here in Maine.
A two job family would combine two of those yearly income totals.
Average yearly incomes right now in 2017 (before taxes) in Maine are therefore:
Temp Job: $4,001
Part Time: $8,002
Full Time: $10,670
Over Time: $12,844
According to the Census.gov the average family in Maine has 2 adults and 4 children, is a 2 income family, and has an average yearly combined income of $26,000 before taxes.
Thankfully, after a lot of protesting and petitions and finally getting it on the ballot, in November 2016, minimum wage increased to $7 and the vote approved a .50c increase per year until it reaches $14. So by next year minimum wage will be $7.50 and the year after $8 and the year after $8.50, etc, until it reaches $14, so long as the governor doesn't overceed the vote and veto it - AGAIN. This will be the third time we've gotten this vote on the ballot and the first time we've made it past 6 months after the election without LaPage vetoing the vote and overturning it.
Let's Ask Google What Google Thinks of Internet Marketers' Shoddy Out Dated Advice
Let's head now to Google AdWords' website, to the Google Keyword Planner Tool, (a tool created by Google to help you track current trends in keywords) and get some random keywords from various popular topics that many internet markets say are the best topics to target.
Most internet marketers suggest you create a site on the following topics:
making money online
How 1990s are THOSE topics, eh?
We will also look at the topics my own website targets:
old orchard beach
writing fantasy novels
voodoo spell casting
psychic card readings
According to the Keyword Planner Tool the top paying keywords for each of these topics are as follows:
making money online
internet business $24.39
make money in the internet $20.88
make money trading $8.83
how to start an online business $8.46
make money advertising $6.65
internet money $6.37
business money $6.07
make money online quick $6.03
how to make money with a website $5.92
how to start an internet business $5.83
current news on health $20.27
medical articles today $17.56
current event health issues $6.18
magazine health articles $5.95
health care current event articles $5.74
top health websites $5.73
health ins $5.68
new medical research articles $5.50
health information websites $5.36
best health websites $5.18
lose weight online $22.15
weight loss success $17.99
how weight loss $13.46
how to healthy diet $12.31
weight loss diet program $11.91
weight loss results $11.90
healthy diet program $10.84
food diets that work $10.70
weight loss information $10.58
i need a diet plan that works $10.04
homemade beauty tips $9.11
natural beauty tips $8.50
product beauty $8.47
beauty school $6.57
makeup beauty tips $5.70
beauty tips $5.67
makeup looks $5.57
foundation makeup $5.36
best beauty tips $5.34
makeup foundation $4.90
diet program for weight loss $17.24
how to get weight loss $16.14
weight loss retreat $12.42
easy weight loss programs $11.38
lose weight by walking $11.07
healthy diet $4.52
trust building exercises $3.29
trust exercises for teams $3.28
kudos diabetes medicine $3.11
trust exercises $3.04
pornhub careers $3.00
Unfortunately, the internet marketing "gurus" only look at the bid prices, which do look good is you see ONLY the bid price, and not the rest of the report.
When you look at the ENTIRE report for these topics, they are actually VERY low performing, because people do not search for them often enough in comparison to the fact that the topics are seriously over saturated, with an extremely high competition load.
Okay, so ^^^ THOSE ^^^ are the top recommended topics for internet marketers. Did you watch those numbers? Good. Notice how NONE were over $20 bid range and MOST were in the $2 bid range?
Don't get excited about those $20 bids, each one also reports only being searched for 0 to 10 times per month, meaning it could take over a year to get 1,000 views or 10 clicks.
Meaning it could take a year to make $10 on the page using those keywords that come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by "internet marketing guru" as "The best niche topics" for someone looking to get started in content writing for niche markets.
And all of the others on this list were searched for fewer then 100 times each in the past 28 days, according to the chart on Keyword Planner Tool; they also all report as HIGH competition, meaning all of those keywords are over saturated and likely to not bring in any income for you at all
Google... Google, just told you those keywords are bad... those keywords that internet marketing gurus say are "the best performing". We just asked Google itself, got the answer straight from the horse's mouth. And Google says those are BAD topics to do.
So why do the internet marketing gurus recommend them?
Because in the 1990s, those WERE the top keywords to use.
Top keywords change DAILY. What was a good keyword 20 years ago is not still the best keyword today. Hell, a good keyword today may be a poor performing in just 24 hours...
trends in search change too fast for you to try to reach top topics. That's why a far better way of making money online is by writing topics you enjoy, instead of chasing the trends.
Not only do "internet marketing gurus" not know what they're talking about, but they got their heads stuffed so far up their asses, that they don't even bother to do any research to find out those keywords that worked back in the 1990s, when the PLR books they are quoting were written, but haven't worked at all, for close to two decades.
Did you ever notice how the internet marketing "gurus" who recommend those keywords have also NEVER USED those keywords themselves?
The internet marketers are just rehashing the same old outdated advice they've been spouting out for 2 decades. They are NOT following the ACTUAL trends in either keyword searches or Google algorithm changes.
Let's take that one step further... did you notice the internet marketing gurus who recommend those as "the best" keyword niche topics, also ARE NOT content writers, don't get ANYTHING ELSE they say about content writing, right either, because they KNOW NOTHING about the job of content writing and just quoting what the PRL books told them to say?
Did you also notice, that after they get done rehashing the same crap to you over and over again, always exactly in 400 words... they next tell you to buy their book on how to make money online?
Have you ever bought those books?
Have you ever noticed that they are ALWAYS SELLING THE SAME BOOK, but that, the cover is always different, and each one has THEIR OWN name and not the ACTUAL author's name on it?
Next time you buy one of those 4 page books for the 1 time low price of only $399.99... compare the words line by line to every single other one out there.
Do you know what PRL marketing is?
Private Rights Label Marketing... it means, one person wrote a book, but instead of publishing that book, they went to a place like the Warrior's Forum and sold the rights of that book, to all the scam artists, I mean internet marketing gurus, who are now telling you those above keywords are the ones to go with.
It MEANS that not one of those so-called internet marketing gurus ever wrote a damned word in their life, are plagiarizing a book written decades ago, and have not looked into the CURRENT best topics for keyword niche topic content writing.
Not only is the information they are given you STOLEN, it's also outdated, and they are only telling you to do it, because they need you to pay them that $399.99, because selling you respun goods is how they make money.
A look at this site's niche topic keywords and how very broad a single topic can really be
Now let's look at the topics I use on my own site.
Pay close attention, you're have you're eyes popped as those bid prices change...
I'm hitting some whoppers on my site. $100 keywords with high search rates and low competition....including the ACTUAL #1 niche topic on the internet... one that surprisingly, not one single, solitary internet marketing guru EVER tells you to try.
You'll also notice though that MOST of the keywords I'm targeting are NOT the low demand high bidders, but rather the high demand low bidder, with almost no competition, meaning I get a higher rate of clicks on the lower bids adding up to more money in the long run, then waiting for 1 or 2 clicks a month on big bidders.
Also, keep in mind that the AVERAGE bid rate of the AVERAGE keyword is .20c, whereas, when you look at my list of the primary keywords used on this site, you see that the AVERAGE bid rate for my keywords is $4, with a very high rate of keywords with $30 to $100 bid rates. Yes. I am hitting $100+ per click keywords.
Let me point out here that contrary to what the so-called internet marketing "gurus" tell you, the topic "psychics and metaphysical science" is the #2 top income maker from Google's AdSense, something that many studies have proven, multiple times.
The #1 place goes to "banking and stock markets"
#3 place goes to "travel & airline sales"
#4 is... this one will likely surprise you, but #4 most profitable topic is "children's birthday parties"
These are results that have been proven in multiple studies of Google's top paid web masters.
Those are the top ones because they all get 1 million+ searches per month, have LOW competition, and MEDIUM to HIGH bid rates.
Now, actual studies have proven these to be the top 4 ACTUAL highest income earning niche topics:
banking & stock market
psychics & metaphysical sciences
travel & airline sales
children's birthday parties
Let me ask you... how many internet marketing "gurus" have ever recommended ANY of those PROVEN top income earning niches?
None. They are too busy telling you to focus on:
making money online
... topics which those same studies proved to be over saturated poor performers that haven't brought in high incomes since 2011... proving once again that the "gurus" are simply selling you old outdated advice that they never tested for themselves.
yaoi (one of my site's small SUB-TOPICS)
bl manga h $1.89
gay manga english $1.49
gay manga $1.40
popular bl manga $1.32
best bl manga $1.29
bl manga recommendations $1.26
free bl manga $0.73
bl manga $0.58
manga bl $0.50
bl comics online $0.47
self publishing (one of my site's small SUB-TOPICS)
self publishing companies list $15.51
self publishing business $14.75
printing and publishing companies $12.73
books on self publishing $12.24
print my booklet $12.12
famous self published books $11.90
ebooks self publishing $11.59
self publishing ebook sites $11.30
how do i get my writing published $11.08
how can i publish my own book $10.66
publish your work $10.66
companies that publish books $10.59
how can i self publish a book $10.49
looking for a publisher for my book $10.47
help me publish my book $10.31
self publishing my book $10.22
self publishing academic books $10.17
best online book publishers $10.14
self publishing success $10.01
how do i self publish my book $9.98
christian book publishing companies $9.92
good self publishing companies $9.92
christian self publishing companies $9.89
book printing services online $9.86
traditional book publishing companies $9.74
self publish an ebook $9.65
electronic book publishing $9.63
self publish your own book $9.49
self publish my book $9.47
where can i get my book published $9.34
how much to get a book published $9.31
can anyone publish a book $9.27
guide book publishing $9.25
how ro get a book published $9.21
self book publishing companies $9.14
book self publishing companies $9.11
where to self publish a book $9.09
self publishing books online $9.07
self publishing a book $9.02
online book publication $8.98
how to self publish a book online $8.95
how to publish your book online $8.86
google seo for local business (one of my site's small SUB-TOPICS)
seo services company $46.32
mobile seo $38.41
seo optimization services $35.98
best seo company $32.45
local business seo services $31.68
off page seo $31.27
local seo marketing company $29.99
professional seo $29.70
local seo company $29.23
best local seo company $28.95
google places local $27.27
seo company $25.95
professional seo services $25.46
seo marketing services $24.84
how to put my business on google search $24.48
seo marketing companies $23.95
best seo services $23.69
google local seo $23.05
seo services $23.03
website optimization services $22.36
outsource seo $22.29
seo expert $21.91
local seo services $21.89
seo outsourcing $21.61
seo consultant $21.27
search engine marketing company $21.14
seo marketing $20.83
affordable seo $20.70
And important thing to point out is that ALL of the keywords listed so far have been by highest bid rate. However if you search by highest search rate, you find the bid prices are much lower.
I've found that best practice is to take the top 10 highest bid rates, the top 10 highest search terms, and the top 10 LOWEST competition... a total of 30 different keywords.
Check to see if any keywords appear on 2 or even all 3 lists. If it does, focus on THAT keyword first.
Take these 30 keywords, and spend a month making a new page every day for your site. Make one page make for each of these keywords.
This practice of using the top 10 from each list, gives you the advantage of higher search results, higher bid rates, and lower competition.
Once you have done that, check the lists again... you'll notice that the top 10 of each, will be DIFFERENT every month.
Once again, pick the top 10 from each list, again 30 different keywords. Make a new page every day, using one of those words each page.
Repeat this step every month for 3 years. At the end of 3 years you will have around 1,000 pages on your site at which point it should start bringing in at least a part time income just from AdSense alone, without the addition of affiliate programs or direct sales.
If some words are the same as last month. Use them again. Repeat words each month, means those words are trending and will bring in repeat income for longer periods of time.
Contrary to what internet marketers tell you, you CAN use the same keyword over and over again for many pages.
Also while internet marketers tell you to focus on only 1 keyword per page, Google themselves says to use "no less then 5 and up to 20".
Also, you should never use a keyword more then 2 times for every 100 words of text.
How different are the three lists for one keyword topic?
Let's look at the one that makes up the bulk of my Google search traffic, from non-local readers:
writing fantasy novels (my site's TRIADARY [3rd] topic) The High Bid Rate List Top 10 Bid Rates On May 11, 2017
fantasy books to read $16.61
write novel online $9.23
science fiction writing $8.28
fantasy writing ideas $7.40
creative writing $7.02
novel writing format $6.42
writing novel tips $5.96
fantasy fiction publishers $5.92
writing fantasy $5.82
fiction writing classes $5.41
In this topic, there are no bids higher then $16, but the nearly the full first 100 keywords are $2 or more, and, you'll also notice that for most of the keywords their are 10k to 1million people searching for them each month, and yet most of these keywords are bringing back very low competition of a 1k or fewer sites covering that topic, making it a high demand, low competition, yet high paying topic.
The results also came back with more then 700 keywords meaning you can write at least 700 page for your website before running out of topics.
writing fantasy novels The Search Rate List Top 10 Most Searched For On May 11, 2017
how to write a book $2.08
how to publish a book $5.54
writing a book $2.26
how to write a book $2.08
how to publish an ebook $2.97
christian publishers $6.28
e publishing $2.86
This topic has many keywords getting 100k to 1 million searches per month.
writing fantasy novels The Low Competition Rate List Top 10 Lowest Competing On May 11, 2017
It's in this list you run into the interesting issue of keywords with no bid rates ($00.00).
You can do 2 things here.
Either you can use the first 10 on the list, regardless of lak of bidders, and hope that in the future there will be bidders (because you'll notice there are still people searching for them.)
Or two, you can skip everything with a zero bid rate and pick only the first 10 on the list which do have bid rates.
Or a third option is to do both, adding 40 keywords t your total list instead of 30.
As I often publish more then one article a day, I often use both lists, simply because I write more then 30 articles a month.
Here is the difference between both lists:
Top 10 Lowest Competing On May 11, 2017 But the top 61 keywords on the list are $00.00 bid rate
great fantasy writers
heroic fantasy novels
top ten fantasy writers
sci fi book authors
top 10 fantasy series books
top fantasy list
best written fantasy books
writing historical novels
famous fantasy book series
fantasy books best
list of fantasy writers
The first 61 keywords on this list have no advertisers currently bidding on them, however people are searching ffor them, and bidding changes daily meaning something with zero today could have $100 tomorrow, whereas something with $100 today could have .10c tomorrow.
For that reason, I use the 0 bid keywords as well, because you never know when the bidding for a keyword will get going and you want to be there when it does.
Top 10 Lowest Competing On May 11, 2017 Using the first 10 to have bid rates
classic fantasy novels $2.68
epic fantasy $2.14
best fantasy epics $2.21
list of fantasy book series $0.89
science fiction $2.54
best fantasy $1.75
all time best fantasy books $1.15
how to write sci fi $2.08
list of fantasy books $2.25
great fantasy series $2.60
It is important to point ut here that most of the words on this list had fewer then 100 searches in the past month. Which is likly why they are low competing... content writers tend to focus on only the high bid and high searched for lists. But rarely use the low competition list due to the extremely searchers.
However, smart content writers know to use the low competing words as well, because these have the highest change of getting you rated #1 on page 1 of the Google search results for those words.
As you can see this now gives me a list 40 keywords long, of the primary topics I should focus on writing about this month, over the next 30 days.
Here is that full list together in one:
fantasy books to read $16.61
write novel online $9.23
science fiction writing $8.28
fantasy writing ideas $7.40
creative writing $7.02
novel writing format $6.42
writing novel tips $5.96
fantasy fiction publishers $5.92
writing fantasy $5.82
fiction writing classes $5.41
how to write a book $2.08
how to publish a book $5.54
writing a book $2.26
how to write a book $2.08
how to publish an ebook $2.97
christian publishers $6.28
e publishing $2.86
great fantasy writers
heroic fantasy novels
top ten fantasy writers
sci fi book authors
top 10 fantasy series books
top fantasy list
best written fantasy books
writing historical novels
famous fantasy book series
fantasy books best
list of fantasy writers
classic fantasy novels $2.68
epic fantasy $2.14
best fantasy epics $2.21
list of fantasy book series $0.89
science fiction $2.54
best fantasy $1.75
all time best fantasy books $1.15
how to write sci fi $2.08
list of fantasy books $2.25
great fantasy series $2.60
You will notice that in June, if you search to create this list again, the keywords will be different then they are now in May, as well the bid rates, as these change daily.
Around holidays you'll see things like "Christmas romantic fantasy" or "Santa Claus myths" show up on this list.
In August you'll see search terms like "top 10 fantasy beach reads"
When Harry Potter books or movies are in the news, you see search terms like "Best Harry Potter movie" or "list of Harry Potter wizards" on this list.
Because the search terms and bid rates change on a daily basis and follow current search trends of the season, it is best practice to check these lists (on Google AdSense Keyword Planner Tool) at least once a month, so that you are always writing new pages that of of fresh current trends within your topic.
Please note that meta tag keywords are not the same thing as on page keywords.
While on page keywords help Google bots determine what your page is about, they ignore meta tag keywords entirely as though they wee not there at all.
An important thing to keep in mind is that Google DOES NOT rank your site based on meta tag keywords. Since 2007, Google has not used meta tag keywords as part of the ranking system.
Keyword meta tags are NOT read by Google bots and they haven't been for over a decade now.
Bing on the other hand DOES still use keyword meta tags for ranking.
It is best to use keyword meta tags for Bing, Yahoo, and DogPile search engines as they do still use those, but know at the same time that added meta tag keywords to your headers DOES NOT increase your chances of getting higher on Google's search results.
There is a trend the past few years of sites removing their meta tag keywords based off the fact that Google no longer uses them. Then they immideatly report a decrease in traffic and asume they got hit by Panda.
No. What happened was that by removing the keyword meta tags, you inadvertently unindexed yourself from Bing and Yahoo who do in fact still use keyword meta tags to find your pages.
Bing's index "rebuilds" itself every 10 days. If you are on it last week, that doesn't mean you are on it next week.
Bing sends out the crawler bot about every 10 days to reupdate it's index. If you have removed your meta tags, the Bing bot will not find you and your page will not be in the new index.
If you want to be in the Bing index, you need to not remove those keyword meta tags as their crawler spider still relies on them to find your pages.
Remember there are more then 50 "big" search engines out there and hundreds of smaller ones.
Not every one uses Google.
And Google is the ONLY search engine that does NOT use meta tag keywords to index you.
For every search engine that is not Google, nothing else matters if you don't have keywords. You could have the best articles under the sun, but without keywords, search engines are just going to treat you like you do not exist.
To add keywords, go into the header section of your site and add the following snippet to your code:
<meta name="keywords" content=" tag 1, tag 2, tag 3, tag 4 , tag 5, tag 6, tag 7, tag 8 , tag 9, tag 10, tag 11, tag 12 , tag 13, tag 14 , tag 15, tag 16, tag 17, tag 18 , tag 19, tag 20">
Change TAG 1 to your primary keyword, Tag 2 to your secondary keyword, etc.
Having keywords on your site is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL to getting Bing and Yahoo bots to notice your site. Without them, they can't even find your site, let alone index it.
Also, a lot of search engines require you submit your site map to them before they'll index you.
The biggest sites on the planet, with the most traffic, are the ones who have done the work have had their site maps indexed by as many as 800 different search engines.
If you want more traffic, seek out the search engines and start submitting your site map to them.
Your site map is your RSS feed address. It'll end in .xml instead of .com.
For example, mine looks like this:
Every website has one, though few web masters are aware of this or know where to find it. It'll be in different locations depending on your host. If you can not find it, search your web hosts help section. They should have an article telling you where to find your .xml feed for your site.
The fastest way to get indexed by both Google and Bing, is to contact them directly, and submit your .xml feed to them. Once you have done this your site will be automatically updated every time a bot goes out, and as a result your new pages get indexed in a matter of hours instead of waiting weeks.
Keep in mind that it can take Google up to SIX MONTHS to index a page of your site unless you contact Google directly and submit your page. If you have not done so, you have to go to Google Analytics, create an account (will have same log in as your AdSence) and make sure that the Google Analytics code is properly inserted on your site. If the code is showing in your Google dashboard as "verified" you're all set and you just have to wait for Google to start indexing.
If your site is verified, nothing much else you can do but wait for Google's RankBrain to notice you.
You can speed up the process by manually submitting each link to each page of your site to Bing Analytics.
Google does not like Bing indexing a site before they do.
I'm not sure why, but direct pinging Bing, triggers the Google bot to head right for your site within 24 hours.
It appears that Google's bots run scans of Bing's index looking for any new page Bing has added to immediately cross ad it to Google as well. I'm not sure how this works, all I know is it does, so now I ping Bing every page I make soon as it's published, which adds it to Bing and Google at the same time, usually within minutes of it having been pinged. It's the fastest way I've found to get indexed.
Also, it's common for web masters to assume that if they are not getting high traffic, they must have been penalized by Google. However rarely is that the case.
The way to tell if Google flagged your site is simple:
#1: check to see if you got an email from Google telling you they have unindexed your site. Yes. Email. They will ALWAYS send an email to the web master 30 days before unindexing your site, giving you a list of what's wrong and a chance to fix it.
#2: Check you search results in BOTH Google Analytics AND Bing Analytics. You should see similar search trends on both. If your site was ACTUALLY flagged by Google, you will see a stark drop in Google traffic but NOT on Bing traffic. If you have lost traffic on BOTH Google and Bing charts, then your lack of traffic has nothing to do with Google blacklisting your site and is instead something to do with seasonal trends, and will thus pick up once your topic becomes popular with searchers again.
Google doesn't allow us to tell you our RPM or CPC or CPM (the numbers that tell you just exactly how much each click is worth, what the advertisers are bidding to get listed on our site, and actual pay per click) So I can't tell you how much money I make on AdSense, due to ToS agreement. But, you can see my click rate and the bid rates of the topics this site covers. You can do the maths yourself.
What I find as "best practice" based of my own experiance, is to create a new page for your site daily or almost daily (4 a week seems to work well if you can't do daily) and have each of those pages focus on keywords in this manner:
Every week, create 1 page that uses a $20+ keyword
Every week, create 1 page uses a keyword that gets searched for 1 million times per month
Every week, create 2 pages that uses a LOW competition keyword with mid range bids ($1 to $5 bid rates)
Every week, create 3 pages that uses a LOW competition keyword with low range bids (.01 to $1 bid rates)
This gives you a page that brings in a higher rate of traffic. (The million search keyword) On that page, put a link to your high bid ($20+) keyword page. This gives you a higher chance of getting the $122 per 1,000 page views pay rate that comes with the $20 bid keyword, even though a $20 bid keyword may normally only get 10 searches a month.
While having lots of LOW competition pages in the low to mid bid rate, gives you a higher rate of clicks faster, and even though they pay less, the higher rate of clicks means those pennies start adding up fast.
This gives you steady consistent, but lower income, combined with spikes of less frequent but much high income, in the end resulting in a full time income that you can live off of.
Also, if you find bid rates of $50, $100 or more - use them. All of them. As often as possible. In as many variations as possible.
What Are My Top Performing Keywords?
Okay, because so many of you have asked over the years, exactly what keywords I use, and this question I'm answering now also asks, let's take a look now at what exactly my top performing keywords are...
I guarantee, you're not gonna like it.
You really ain't.
Especially if you live in the terror crazed town of Old Orchard Beach.
My top performing keywords here on EelKat.com in 2017 are the same keywords that were my top performers on Squidoo back in 2007... and SpaceDock 13 back in 1997.
If you've followed me long enough, you know what they are.
I've owned hundreds of websites, dozens of forums, and 32 blogs and on every one of them, my top performing topic is a topic YOU can not duplicate:
Etiole and The World's Most Haunted Car.
On EVERY site, every blog, every content farm, ever Squidoo lens... it's always Etiole that out performs everything else.
It's always Etiole that brings in the most traffic, the most direct sales, and the most AdSense money.
Here's a list of what those keywords look like:
Keywords Used In The Series: Amphibious Aliens: Etiole & The World's Most Haunted Car
firefighter search and rescue $41.40
the ghost car $21.35
dodge 330 $12.32
sirius a and b $11.51
sirius planet $10.02
angel falling from heaven $6.64
firefighter duties $5.06
angel has fallen $5.02
old cop cars $5.01
dogon tribe sirius $4.98
christine movie car $4.59
sirius c $4.58
polara push buttons $4.34
angels fall $4.30
signs of being possessed $4.17
sirius god $4.15
dodge demon $4.11
dodge custom $3.61
sirius mystery $3.57
ghost car police $3.45
what was the name of the fallen angel $3.38
fallen angels on earth today $3.37
1964 dodge $3.31
the sons of god came down $3.19
fallen angel bond $3.13
fallen angels names in bible $3.11
who were the sons of god in genesis 6 $3.08
what are the nephilim in the bible $3.08
fallen angels scripture $3.04
alien abduction marks $3.01
real stories of possession $2.99
demon possession today $2.97
fallen angel quotes $2.95
bible fallen angels $2.94
can a person be possessed by an evil spirit $2.94
possessed by evil spirit $2.92
youtube ufo abductions $2.92
story of aliens $2.91
paranormal aliens $2.90
alien abduction reports $2.90
angels in chains $2.89
demonic possession exorcism $2.88
fallen angels bible $2.88
ufo activity increasing $2.87
fallen angels from the bible $2.86
meaning of nephilim in genesis $2.86
fallen angels nephilim $2.85
dodge coronet $2.84
legion demon possession $2.84
the names of the fallen angels $2.83
physical symptoms of demonic oppression $2.83
ufo conspiracy $2.83
best ufo site on the internet $2.83
aliens and ufos videos $2.83
demons people $2.81
who are the nephilim in the bible $2.81
what were the nephilim in the bible $2.80
the fallen angels in the bible $2.78
recent news on aliens $2.75
true stories of demons $2.75
are exorcisms real $2.73
how many fallen angels are there $2.73
where in the bible does it talk about fallen angels $2.71
real life demon stories $2.71
what is a fallen angel $2.70
signs of demonic infestation $2.68
angel of satan $2.68
what do real demons look like $2.65
information on maine $2.62
are angels really aliens $2.62
what does the bible say about demonic possession $2.62
what is demon $2.61
alien site $2.61
signs of demonic activity in a person $2.60
demon facts $2.59
conspiracy theories lizard people run the world $2.59
story of the fallen angels $2.57
history about maine $2.49
names of fallen angels in the bible $2.48
maine state facts $2.46
fire department $2.45
fallen angels in the bible $2.41
alien true story $2.41
how to get rid of demonic possession $2.40
how to know if you have a demon $2.37
the angel that fell from heaven $2.32
real abduction stories $2.28
demonic oppression symptoms $2.27
fun facts about maine $2.27
demon possessed children symptoms $2.25
historic maine $2.23
dodge polara $2.21
history of maine $2.20
why are aliens real $2.20
evidence of alien abduction $2.20
the names of fallen angels $2.11
dodge police car $2.11
how to know if you re possessed by a demon $2.10
1964 polara $2.07
alien communication stories $2.02
ufo real $2.01
best places to see in maine $2.01
extraterrestrial races $1.98
what is maine famous for $1.93
dodge police vehicles $1.92
is satan a fallen angel $1.88
fallen angels banned $1.87
abduction stories $1.87
maine's history $1.84
facts about maine $1.83
names of the fallen angels $1.83
i was abducted by aliens $1.82
fallen angels and aliens $1.81
maine summer $1.80
articles about aliens $1.78
alien technology $1.77
how do demons look $1.72
alien encounter stories $1.65
what is maine known for $1.61
aliens are fallen angels $1.59
car curse $1.58
alien articles $1.58
alien footage $1.56
maine history $1.53
biblical demons and fallen angels $1.50
can angels possess humans $1.49
demons and fallen angels $1.48
books about alien abduction $1.44
who were the fallen angels in the bible $1.43
extraterrestrial life $1.42
paranormal stories $1.37
are there aliens $1.36
people with lizard eyes $1.36
known alien races $1.35
demon child $1.34
best things to do in maine $1.34
maine in october $1.33
youtube aliens $1.32
maine facts $1.32
historical events in maine $1.31
alien races on earth $1.30
aliens are here $1.29
pictures of maine $1.29
falling angel $1.26
maine united states $1.24
reptile man $1.22
places to see in maine $1.21
who is the fallen angel $1.21
breeds of aliens $1.19
facts about alien abductions $1.17
places to visit in maine $1.17
fallen angel names $1.15
alien races list $1.14
tourist places in maine $1.12
famous alien abductions $1.11
is alien abduction real $1.11
travel to maine $1.09
where to go in maine for vacation $1.09
maine vacation spots $1.08
maine state $1.08
extraterrestrial species $1.07
maine vacation ideas $1.07
alien conspiracy $1.07
vacation in maine in august $1.07
maine foliage $1.06
trip to maine $1.06
coast of maine $1.05
angel demon $1.04
vacation in maine $1.02
attractions in maine $1.00
places to stay maine $0.98
things to see in maine $0.97
how many types of aliens are there $0.97
real reptilian pictures $0.96
fallen angel powers $0.95
maine things $0.94
where is maine $0.94
road trip to maine $0.93
reptilian signs $0.92
beach maine $0.91
maine ocean $0.91
maine information $0.90
attractions maine $0.90
alien evidence $0.88
alien types $0.87
types of aliens $0.82
are aliens real $0.82
maine attractions $0.80
what to do in maine $0.79
are demons fallen angels $0.78
who are the fallen angels $0.78
lucifer fallen angel $0.78
stephen king movies $0.77
christine stephen king movie $0.75
alien species $0.75
dogon tribe $0.73
alien drawings $0.71
is lucifer a fallen angel $0.69
are fallen angels demons $0.69
are we fallen angels $0.67
fallen angel $0.62
different types of aliens $0.60
alien stories $0.53
alien abduction $0.51
real alien species $0.48
different alien races $0.43
demonic possession $0.34
ancient aliens $0.33
sirius constellation $0.32
alien races $0.32
alien species on earth $0.28
ufo news $0.26
who are the watchers $0.26
types of aliens on earth $0.26
reptilian abduction $0.24
reptilian aliens $0.22
are reptilian aliens real $0.22
mermaid alien $0.20
alien sightings $0.20
pictures of aliens $0.19
benevolent aliens $0.13
ufo sightings $0.12
dogon tribe sirius b $0.12
64 dodge $0.12
reptilian bloodline $0.09
reptilian race illuminati $0.08
reptile orders $0.08
reptilian leaders $0.08
reptilian brain $0.08
how to spot a reptilian alien $0.08
the sirius mystery $0.08
how many aliens are there $0.07
reptile aliens $0.07
alien shapeshifter $0.07
draco reptilian shape shifter hybrid $0.07
shapeshifting reptilian $0.06
underwater ufo $0.06
reptilian humanoids $0.04
known alien species $0.04
types of aliens visiting earth $0.04
friendly alien $0.04
types of alien races $0.03
different races of aliens $0.03
alien description $0.03
how many types of aliens $0.01
different kinds of aliens $0.01
Yes. The one with
both the LOWEST bid rate and the LOWEST search amount (10 to 1,000
search for each keyword per month) is the one bringing in the MOST
traffic and income.
Because I own the
world's most haunted car, and all the articles about it are first
hand experiences from my own life. They are 100% unique to me, all
original info on events, that you literally can not find any info
about on any other website out there.
If you want to make
money online with AdSense, my advice to you is EXACTLY the same thing
Google says: write 100% original content, unique to you, about your
own personal experiences.
Don't shy away from the .02c bids. Remember the reason they are .02c bids is because they are getting 1 million or more searches per week, meaning you could easily get 1,000 clicks per day and think about it:
.01 x 30,000 clicks = $300 a month, from a single .02c keyword... $300 for one page.
One article that pays $300 every month.
$300 x 30 articles = $9,000 a month.
Can you see now why you write a page a day?
It doesn't take many high search, low bid keyword pages to add up to a lot of money.
How To Place KeyWords On Your Page
You should have at least 1 primary keyword, 5 similar keywords, and up to 10 synonymous keywords for EACH page of your site.
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD (and preferably ONLY word) of the url. The url mysite.com/SEO is going to outrank mysite.com/the-top-10-best-ways-to-rank-in-seo
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the title
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the header <h1>
The page's primary keyword should be the FIRST WORD of the subheaders <h2>, <h3>, and <h4>
The page's primary keyword should be in the first 90 word of the first paragraph, preferably in the first 7 words.
The page's primary keyword should be in the first 100 words of EACH paragraph on the page.
The page's primary keyword should appear 1 time per 100 words AND there should be synonymous of it 2 to 3 times in every paragraph.
Google will NEVER index a page with fewer then 400 words and will take longer to index an article of 1,000 words or less. Google is quicker to index pages with 2,000 words or more, giving preference to articles in the 2,500 to 3,400 word count range, indexing them faster and higher ranked.
A site that focuses all it's articles on ONE primary topic, and has tiered articles with 3 to 5 similar but on focus sub topics, received higher ranking and faster indexing then one with lots of topics and no clear focus (Tier 1 being topic 1, tier 2 being topic 2, tier 3 being topic 3)
(for example my own site has a primary topic of: how to write fantasy novels; sub topics are writing Yaoi, writing Erotica, and self publishing - 4 separate topics, all closely connected)
(Notice too that I said A primary topic, not THE primary topic. While writing is a primary topic found on this site, the primary topic is Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Pay attention to differences in THE primary topic of your site and a primary topic which is one of many lesser topics; each of the above having sub-topics. Additional tiers include the fact that each sub-topic in turn has smaller sub-sub-topics within them. Think of you site in layers like this and you can have many topics covered, all within the umbrella of your one biggest topic.)
You need to pick a niche, a single topic, with a couple of sub-topics, and focus just on that, targeting one specific keyword for each article, aiming to have 500 different keywords about a single topic, with 500 pages on your site about that one topic, each page 2,000+ word each.... BEFORE Google is going to give your site any sort of high ranking.
From the few dozen pages I clicked open, most of your site appears to be lists, none of them unique. No different from the millions of other nearly identical lists on millions of other nearly identical websites.
What are you an expert in? Write about it.
What is your favorite hobby? Write about it.
What issues are near and dear to your heart? Gay rights? Animal rights? Speak out. Speak up. Write about it, whatever it is. Feel your passion burn within you and unleash that passion in a firey fury upon the world.
Be unique. Be you. Let your voice be heard.
You have the start of a good site, now expand on it. Narrow your focus. Look deep into your heart of hearts, to find the REAL you, the TRUE you, and let that person out to write lots of content for your site. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Break the mold. Be unique. Make Google WANT to send traffic to you.
Think about it this why: If your site doesn't stand out from the rest, then WHY should Google send traffic to you?
Give Google a REASON to send traffic to you and not the other guy.
Basically you have set up a foundation that needs work to build a strong structure out of. You are off to a great start, but it's just that: A start, you have a long ways to go before you build your tower tall enough to see over the tops of the trees. Your site as it is now is a foundation, now you need to build upon it and make it bigger, better, and stronger.
If you are reading this and asking: "What the heck is an AdSense ad? How would I know one if I saw one?"
THIS is an AdSense ad...
Ads by Google
Note that, we've been approved by Google to test out a new type of Google ad program, that displays "intelligent" and "responsive" ads based off of YOUR internet browsing search history, showing you ads based of YOUR interests.
These new AI ads are part of Google's artificial intelligence program, known as RankBrain, and are displayed based on which web site you've visited in the last 28 days, as well as items you've bought off online stores, and any search terms you've typed into your browser. We at EelKat.com have no control over what ads this AI ad program displays, as the ads are based off your browser history and not our web site topics.
So, I have no idea what it is Google is going to stick in that box there. It'll be based entirely off what type of web sites you have visited, searched for, and bought from in the past 28 days.
AdSense by the way, is my third best income earner, bringing in around 10% of my total monthly income.
And if you are asking, how is an AdSense ad different from an Affiliate ad?"
THIS is an affiliate ad...3 different ones...
Unlike AdSense ads which are PPC (Pay Per Click) affiliate ads are Pay Per Sale. They pay a percentage of the costs of items bought by the visitor.
NOTE: ALL affiliates you see on EelKat.com are products I use and/or companies I have bought from myself. You will never see an affiliate link on this site, for items and companies that I have not personally tried.
I was an Avon Sale Rep for 16 years and one thing I learned doing that was to never promote a product or company you didn't feel comfortable backing.
For example, as the founder of the Proctor & Gamble Boycott, you will never see P&G products promoted here.
You also see a lot of "hippie companies" like Magic Cabin and HearthSong, because Magic Cabin and HaerthSong are two of my fave companies, each a company I've been buying from for decades.
How much do they pay depends on the company, the ad clicked on, the products bought, and the agreement signed by the site owner. Income varies from .01% to .70% depending on the company and their terms. When you sign up for affiliates, be sure to read all the fine print because pay varies dramatically from one company to the next.
Also... be careful of using too many affiliates. March 28, 2017 Google unleashed and update known as FRED, and it's KILLING content sites, specifically content sites that focus on banner ads. Since the release of FRED. if you put banner ads above the fold, it's an automate black list from Google.
As already stated in several other articles EelKat.com was not effected by FRED. The reason being because The Nexus Tax, a law passed in Maine that BANNED affiliate marketing.
FRED was released March 28, 2017... by site was not effected because it had NO affiliate banners on it, so, FRED had no reason to bother it.
The law banning affiliate marketing in the State of Maine (passed August 2013) was over ruled April 4, 2017. Yay! As of April 7, 2017, this web site is now monetized with affiliate links, something you never saw here before.
Also, important to note that if you use affiliate income, the federal government regulates those and you must have proper disclaimer in place, regarding them.
Laws require that we place this notice on our site informing you of this change.
Before the law banning affiliate income in Maine, this was a big income earner for me.
At the moment however, the option has only been available to us Maine residents for less then 30 days, so at the moment it is undetermined, what so of income affiliates will be for EelKat.com as this is the first time this particular site has ever had affiliates.
And if you are asking, how are AdSense ads and affiliate ads different from an Amazon ad?"
THIS is an Amazon ad...
Hamsa Eye of The Grigoi Eye of the Watchers Eye of God Hand of God Eye of Protection Evil Eye Gypsy Curse
A type of affiliate ad, Amazon allows you to select individual products, instead of just promoting banners.
Back in my Squidoo days, (before Maine's ban on affiliate marketing) I was making far more money from Amazon affiliates then anything else. This was my #1 income earner from 2004 to 2013. Now that Maine gov has lifted the ban on affiliate marketing, this will likely once again become the #1 income earner, once I have time to reset up the links I had on my previous sites.
And this is a different style Amazon ad:
And if you ask, how are all those different from Direct Sales?
Everything you see on Zazzle is paintings, drawings, and photography made by me.
Unlike AdSense, which is pay per click, and affiliates, which pay me a percentage of what their customers bought after clicking the banner, direct sales are a full 100% income.
Direct sales (not to be confused with drop shipping, which is a different thing entirely) means the product is made by you and sold only by you and not available any where else.
Art sold by an artist = direct sales.
Books sold by the author = direct sales.
This means the artist or author makes all the money from the sale.
In my case, I am using Zazzle's service to sell my products for me, so I don't have to deal directly with costumers. Because they do that part, they keep a percentage of the sales. (So the opposite of an affiliate program, when I get a percent of the sale, they in turn get a percent of the sale. Because Zazzle also creats the prints, they take a cut for that as well; in the end meaning they keep quite a large cut... 55%, with me keeping 45% of the sale price; in other words a $100 print makes me $45 per sale)
Zazzle btw, is my #1 income earner, bringing in more then 50% of my total monthly income.
And here is Direct Sales product from Amazon Kindle...
Same as Zazzle, Amazon's Kindle, because I allow Amazon to handle the customer service, they keep a cut of the sales. (They take 30% of cover price, meaning I earn 70% of cover price. Meaning for a $4.99 book I earn $3.49 per sale.)
Kindle is my #2 income earner, bringing in about 35% of my total monthly income.
Those are all methods I use to monetize this website.
When you see links like those anywhere on my site, those are the links which make money.
But as you can see, AdSense is far from my big income earner.
Same as every one else, Direct Sales is for me, a much bigger income then AdSense or Affiliates, and again, this is why you see me promoting Direct Sales far above and beyond, promoting ads or affiliates, because it's been proven again and again, that AdSense and Affiliates can't touch the income of Direct Sales.
Unlike the internet marketers who hype up their fake "incomes" to sell you 4 page "reports" for the "great low price of $199.99", I am fully transparent with my income and what I do to get it. Telling you exactly what worked for me, how and why, as well as what didn't work for me, how and why.
I give you actual income figures, not the fake figures of tens of thousands each week shown by the very same "internet marketers" who can also be found posting on the Warrior's Forum asking questions like: "I can't get traffic; I can't make money; what am I doing wrong?"
- uhm... how can you sell a report saying you earn $25,000 a week AND post on WF saying you are struggling to earn $100 a year? Something's not right there. Scams like that need to stop.
"How many words do you write? Do people actually read them?"
Most of my articles are in the 4,000 to 7,000 word range. Though they vary from 2,000 to 20,000 words per page depending on the page in question.
Yes. Most of my pages have an average read time of 12 minutes. That means I have some people leaving at 2 minutes and yet 50% of them are staying for 24 minutes per page, meaning, yes, they are taking the time to read what I wrote.
"Nowadays people are not interested in long winded copy but want to get straight to the point."
Not necessarily. Depends on the reader.
You need to know your target audience. Know what type of person is looking for the type of article you put out and target them.
There is an audience for super short 400 word articles. There is an audience for super long 20,000 word articles. And there is an audience for every word count in between. Different people want different things. There is no one size fits all expectation for writing articles.
If you are writing to please Google... Google favors articles that are 2,000 to 3,000 words long. Which is the word length of more traditional magazine articles. In fact studies have shown that the longer the article, the more value Google perceives it to have, and thus the higher ranking it is in search results.
The thing is, that number is only "general" and when you divide up into subjects/topics/niches you start to see some topics the favour is towards shorter 750 word articles, while other topics the favour is towards longer 7,500 word articles.
The trick is to know what YOUR target readers are looking for, and write for THEM. If you try to write for everybody, you end up pleasing no body.
My feeling is that people looking to get into copywriting and/or content writing often focus on the basics needed to get started, figuring out how to do the bare bones of the trade, but rarely do they ever dig below the surface and put some muscle on the bones they built. I think that's why so many fail in this trade. They build the skeleton, but forget to build a network of muscles to hold the bones together. Remember: building your foundation is only your first step, you have to build your tower on top of the foundation to see over the trees and succeed at reaching the top.
By that I mean... after you've learned the general basics of the trade, then you have to learn the advanced step of your niche. Who is your reader? Who is searching for your article? Why? What do they hope to get out of it?
Let's look at the people who come here for my writing articles.
I can tell you EXACTLY who my target reader is:
A female 25 to 45 (maybe as young as 14 or as old as 60, but not as likely). She loves Elves, wizards, unicorns, Dungeons & Dragons, and probably reads comic books, CosPlays at conventions, watches anime, and plays RPGs (table top, CCGs, and video games.) She probably likes the Witcher franchise and the InuYasha series.
Most importantly, she loves Yaoi, Barra, Bishonen, Twinks, Ukes, Semes, Sissies, Transvestites, BDSM, CBT, Monster Porn, and other similar forms of Gay Erotica, which she obsessively reads, and when she can not find more new titles to read, she starts writing gay slash fan fiction porn for to satisfy her need for more gay Elf wizards.
Why is this my perfect client? Because I'm a Yaoi author. The main character of the series I write is a bisexual transvestite Elf wizard. His lover is a gay unicorn. His other lover is a Half-Elf/Half-Demon. He also has 4 wives.
When I'm not writing Yaoi novels to sell on Amazon, I'm on my website writing articles on how to write Yaoi novels and sell them on Amazon.
Meaning my ideal client is the young women who wants to read Yaoi (so buys my books) and then after reading Yaoi wants to write her own Yaoi (so heads to my site to read my articles on doing so.)
She also has a lot of friends on Tumblr and shares her Yaoi obsession with them, recommending my novels to them, then recommending my articles. Together they gather on Reddit and FanFiction.net to tell even more people about my books and articles, and thus she drives traffic from far and wide by telling everyone she can, every where she goes.
She likes reading. She likes reading a lot. She hasn't got time to waste on pitiful 500 word fluff meant to paid affiliate banners. She wants meat on her bones, big articles, packed with information she can sink her teeth into and apply to her own budding writing career. She wants details. Lots of them. Step by step instructions. With examples. An challenges. And writing prompts. And exercises at the end. She wants something the equivalent of a writing course, but without having to take classes.
She's also not afraid to email her favorite Erotica author and ask the question: "Are the heroes in your books circumcised or uncut? Which is better for CBT penal sub-incision fetish BDSM Erotica?" (Yes, that is an actual question one of my readers sent to me and I not only answered it in an article, but I made a whole video series on the topic of writing uncircumcised men in sex scenes and how to properly deal with/write about not damaging the foreskin in violent CBT sex scenes.)
Keep in mind too my real life lifestyle... the fact that I am with a partner who has a sub-incision injury, one he really is ashamed of, something that kind of destroyed his self esteem and sex life and something that, never bothered me, so we've changed our sex life as a result of it. I am aware of the fact that he's with me because I never judged him for injury he has.
I AM in fact writing what I know here. I am very well antiquated with the sub-incision fetish sex life. I live it. It's why I know how to write it so accurately.
I do know what it is like to live with a man who has the injury, I write my characters having. The injury Quaraun is described as having in the Quaraun series - my partner really has that injury.
Now ask you - how many content writers out there think "I'm going to become an Internet Marketer and I'm going to do it with Content Writing.".... next go on to pick "How To Not Damage The Foreskin of an Uncut Man in a CBT Erotica Sex Scene" as the nich topic they are going to write about?
No. No one thinks of that as a topic to make money off of. But if you live in the CBT sex life, you really do want to know that information, because if you aren't careful you can castrate a man quite easily. And so, yeah, there are actuall people out there, who want to know that information and if you live that lifestyle yourself, then, it's the logical topic for you to write your site about.
My point is quite simply that you can make money online with ANY topic. You don't have to write about diet pills and weight lose to make money online.
Write what you know, no matter how strange or freaky it may seem to others. Some where out there are people who want to know that information that you know, no matter what that topic is.
Use what you ALREADY KNOW to make money off of.
Really... ASK EVERY MEMBER of the Warrior's Forum, who write content articles and 90% of them are going to tell you they write "a blog on how to make money" because they think in order to be an internet marketer you MUST write about making money.
Me? I'm an internet marketer, but I don't write about making money. Nope. I write satire about sex. How to do it and how to write about doing it.
When people tell you to pick a niche, a topic you love, and write LOTS of articles about it... they don't mean, pick a sub-niche of the topic of making money and tell other people how to make money... no... they REALLY DO MEAN: PICK A TOPIC YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT.
What am I passionate about? Well, it certainly ain't making money online, I'll tell you that. Nope. My passion, my niche, my topic: Yaoi. Gay Porn, featuring gay Elf wizards. That's my niche. That's my topic.
And that's why I'm successful. Because I have a niche that is something I do every day. I didn't go out looking for a "popular" niche, I went with a niche I already knew.
You don't need a popular niche to succeed.
I used the Yaoi example because it's my LEAST popular niche topic. It's likely one of the least popular niche's out there. You'll never become a millionaire with Yaoi. You can however make a living off of it. And that's my point.
I write a lot of topics, some more popular then others, but they all have two things in common:
I was actively participating in them as a hobby, for years, sometimes decades, before I started writing about them and making an income off of them.
None of them on their own is popular enough to earn a full time income.
By writing about ALL of my passions, hobbies, and fave things... together their combined incomes is enough to live off of AND I'm writing about things I ALREADY KNEW... I didn't have to go out and learn them for the sake of making money off them.
Too many people jump into online money income, thinking they have to do some popular topic in order to make money. They completly over look the faact that ANY topic can make money. You don't have to look at "top income" topics. When you do that, you have to compete against people who are ACTUAL experts in the topic, and you, knowing nothing about it are not gonna be able to beat them.
It's far better for you to look at topics you do know: hobbies you do with your kids, things you do in your spare time. What do you do?
Do you go on weekend fishing trips? Then build a website about fishing.
Do you love taking pictures in old style black and white 35mm film? Then that's the topic you should be writing!
Do you collect Golden Age comics? Then make a collectors guide site for people looking to get started in Golden Age collecting?
Are you a Dungeons and Dragon's Dungeon Master? Make a site advising new DMs on how to run a game. Complement it by livestreaming your game sessions on Twitch, the uploading the sessions to YouTube... that's 3 income streams right there. Add Amazon affiliates selling D&D books, and you got a 4th income stream. Do you make hand carved wooded dice? Toss them up on Etsy, that's income stream #5. Written a chart of fumble throws for your game group? Make a PDF of it and upload it to RPGnow.com, and you've got income stream #6... all because you are a Dungeon Master who wants to make D&D your full time career.
Fan sites are often over looked by internet marketers, but they are big income earners. Make a memorial tribute site to David Bowie or Alan Rickmen, or both!
Got a favorite movie? Make a fan site to it.
Love Star Wars? It's one of the BIGGEST income earners for affiliate marketers.
I have a friend who's bringing in $16,000 a month of a Star Trek fan site. He writes reviews of Star Trek episodes and monetized with every Star Trek affiliate on the planet (and there's dozens of affiliates who carry Star Trek products.)
Love 50 Shades of Grey? Make a fan site devoted to it.
Are you in the BDSM community and hate 50 Shades of Grey and the mockery it makes of your lifestyle? Make a BDSM site devoted to why 50 Shades is NOT BDSM.
Think about it.
There are MILLIONS of topics out there. You are NOT limited to diet pills, beauty, and get rich quick schemes. Those things are over done and done to often by people who don't know a thing about them.
Find a topic you REALLY like, one you are TRULY obsessed with, and turn it in your income.
THAT is how you make money online.
If someone who knew nothing about Yaoi tried to build a Yaoi niche site, they'd fail and fall flat on their face. I succeed in Yaoi niche, because it's a topic I know and love. I make it work, even though it's so unpopular no one else thinks to do it, because it's the topic I personally enjoy writing about. It's as unpopular as bloody hell, but I don't let that stop me from doing it anyways.
And THAT is what you have to do to succeed in nich topic content writing: write about the things you love, the things you know, the things you do, the things you do for fun even though you don't get paid to do them.
Take the thing you do for free in your spare time and turn THAT into your niche topic to monetize.
I'm not wallowing around saying: "How can I find a niche?" No. I'm running like a half crazed screaming fan girl after every gay Elf wizard of every Yaoi novel I can find, and when I couldn't find more, I started writing my own novels, and when I found out there was a whole bevy of other women out there just like me, I set out to teach them how to write about the thing they love best in the word: gay Elf wizards having sex with Liches, Unicorns, Demons, and everything else I can think of to toss in his bed.
That is why I know WHO my target audience is, what she wants and how to write exactly the thing she wants to know.
I took my passion, found a need, filled that need, and turned it into an income vis internet marketing.
Can you tell me very specifically, just like that, who YOUR articles/content/copy are aimed at?
Another thing is that copywriting and content writing are two completely different things, but often people treat them as interchangeable words meaning the same thing; I've done both and I prefer content writing to copy writing. Why? Because copywriting favors short 750 word articles while content writing favours long 4,000+ word articles and I prefer to write long content to short copy.
Now what I do, actually falls into the category of both.
I write content articles, the big ones, teaching newbie writers the trade.
You keep saying "copy" but I write content (articles) not copy (blurbs of ceral boxes). I'm not sure you know the difference between content and copy, based on the way you are using the word copy when talking about content.
I write copy as well, descriptions and blurbs designed to sell a product (my novels).
And that's where I see long and short coming into play and a place for each. In copy 400 words is often plenty. You want to hype a sale, wet the appetite and drive them to the sales page. That's what copy writing is designed to do, and so then, short and sweet is best.
But no matter the length, no content or copy is going to attract readers at all if it lacks drive and passion. You the author of the words needs to be driven with burning lust for your topic.
Find a topic you are ALREADY passionate about. Something you ALREADY know and love, something you can sing praises to for eternity. Doesn't matter what it is. Knitting. Sewing. Reading comic books. Playing video games. Breeding Ranchus. Collecting Action Figures. Restoring old cars. Growing herbs. Playing chess. No matter what it is... THAT thing, THAT thing that you love, THAT is your ideal niche, the thing you should be focused on writing copy for. Because your drive and passion for it is what ultimately will draw readers in and turn it from just your passion into your full time career.
Once you know WHAT your topic is, then research what others in your topic are doing. Are they writing long or short? Only then is it time to start looking at word count... look at word counts used by your direct competition. Those are the word counts you have to be competing against. Every niche has a different style a different expected word count. It's not going to be the same for every niche.
"Is there a reason your copy is so long? Doesn't Google only require 400 words?"
It's because I actually have something to say.
Unlike the average internet marketer, who is only using visitors the get money out of them, making money off the visitors to my site is not my goal. That's why you don't see ads all over my pages. The bulk of my pages have no ads on them at all and the few that do only have 3.
I'm not trying to get people to click on ads... Why? Because if they click ads, they leave my site and them leaving my site defeats the purpose of my site. The purpose of my site being to share knowledge.
My site is her to be READ, not to act as a landing page to trick people into clicking on ads that look like page links.
Did you notice how I don't have all those scammy fake news ads that say false claims about aci berry cures and weight loss teas? I absolutely refuse to degrade my site by adding crappy junk like that too it.
I'm a writer. Writing is what I do. And if you think my articles are too long, then you seriously need to reconsider your goals in starting a content site, because, writing long articles is in fact what writers of content sites actually do.
You mentioned 400 words. Google says if there are fewer then 400 words on the page, they will count it as an empty page and not index it. Google also says they recommend the page be no fewer then 1,000 words and says that rank preference is given to articles of 2,000 words or more. Google also said 4,000 words or more was best.
You really need to stop and ask yourself how much you like writing, because you really do need to be about to write several thousand words a day, each and every day, to be a content writer and if you don't like writing even 400 words a day and are complaining now before you even get started, then you will not be happy doing this business long.
I only recommend content writing as a career, IF writing is already a thing you like doing.
If you don't like to write, and write a lot, you won't like this job.
Or are there better ways of structuring it or am I just overthinking it?
If you go to Google's web site, and then to the help sections for AdSense, AdWords, Analytics, and YouTube, and read all of the several hundred) articles written by Google to teach you how to properly do SEO, you will find there is an article on "three tier internal linking" which they say is the recommended format to use.
They had several info graphics showing exactly how, step by step to lay out the urls of your site, to best allow their spiders to index the pages.
The format of the urls they showed in the example, matched your 3rd grouping, not your first two examples.
The three tier format as Google themselves explained it goes like this:
Level 1: The Domain
Level 2: The Topic Indexes/Categories
Level 3: The Pages
In your example it would be done like this (according to Google themselves)
Your site has ONLY 1, Level 1 page (https://hotels-example.com); from this page you link all the Level 2 pages into your navabar
Your site has ONE Level 2 page PER TOPIC or category (Your site will only have 10 to 30 or so Level 2 pages)
https://hotels-example.com/hotels-in-Old-Orchard-Beach (Hotels In Old Orchard Beach, Maine)
https://hotels-example.com/hotels-in-Boston (Hotels in Boston, Mass)
are Level 2 pages, that contain NO CONTENT other then to act as a list of links to ALL your Level 3 pages for that category. (With a short 100 word description for each page.)
The content of your Level 2 Page will look like this:
This url: https://hotels-example.com/hotels-in-Old-Orchard-Beach wold contain a list like this:
The Sand Piper Motel, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Beaver Creek Condominium, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The Wagon Wheel RV Park, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The Brunswick Hotel, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The Powderhorn Campground, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Each of those pages is a Level 3 page, your site will have hundreds, possibly thousands of Level 3 pages; each level 3 page, featuring details of only 1 motel. The urls of those tier 3 pages would look like this:
(including the postal zip code is recommended as it helps Google's Pigeon index your pages in the correct local directories which are used in conjunction with search results in Google Maps - I know the Powderhorn's full 9 digit zip code because they are my abutting neighbour... 04064 is the zip code for the town Old Orchard Beach, the 4 digit tag 1520 at the end is the zip code for the street Portland Avenue; if you know both zip and street codes, this will boost your page in Google Map & Local Business search results dramatically - my own web site gets 80%+ of it's traffic from a 14 mile radius of the 04064-1520 zip code because of this; this is a little known technique used by travel sites that actually took the time to read Google's own help pages on how to format your local travel/business sites for Pigeon optimization - if you are looking to do a travel site, you want to do heavy research into Google's Pigeon algorithm, because that's one - not Panda - is the one that'll be hitting your site hard.)
Anyways, that's the format Google says to use. I highly recommend you do some heavy duty reading of their Help Section articles, because it's far better to get advice straight from the horse's mouth. I mean, who knows better what Google wants you to do, then Google themselves, right?
"Is it best to have a brand name or a long tail exact name domain?"
My url is my brand
name, then each page is my keyword
Each keyword, has
dozens of relevant similar keywords, resulting in LOTS of pages about
1 topic, which in turn allerts Google to the fact that this site is
about one topic, because the topic is all over the site, in headers,
page titles, text body, etc, rather then just in the url.
For example, let's
pretend you are a cat groomer in Maine, your business names Sudds.
The best url for you would be sudds.com and then make each page
keyword named, with pages titled stuff like:
The url being named
the name of the company, makes it easy for customers to find the URL.
Every page having a
long tail keyword, makes it easy for your customers to search within
your site to find the page they are looking for.
Every page of the
site being long tail keywords also tells Google your topic is Cat
Grooming In Maine. It helps Google index your site in the proper
categories and helps get the correct traffic to you (people who live
in Maine and are searching for local cat groomers)
I used to use the
exact name domain method years ago, and before Panda of 2012 it worked GREAT; now
it just works meeh, okay.
Brand name with long
tail keywords works far better nowadays, which is why I switched to
it. I switched to in 2013, after Panda went through and made it
harder for exact name domain to rank on top.
While there is no
evidence that Google punished exact name domain, they no longer reward them with
traffic boosts the way they did in the 2003 to 2010 era when exact name domain urls
were the way to go.
Got a Local Business That Needs Targeted Traffic?
The question also asked:
"What are the sources
for getting instant traffic for any website?"
I know people tend to laugh at the fact that I refuse to make any attempts at gaining traffic, and I've never paid for traffic either, absolutely refuse to, but fact remains, organic traffic is gonna convert better then any form of instant high traffic. Outside of a few rare and unexplained boosts in traffic, most months my best performing site (the one that brings in the bulk of the income) only gets 1,000 to 3,000 page views. I have other sites with way higher traffic, but it's more general traffic and doesn't convert as well. The traffic to my best money making site, comes direct from people just searching in Google, Bing, Yahoo, DogPile, FanFiction .net, Tumblr, and Reddit on their own when looking for something. Because they were searching SPECIFICALLY for the topic in question, they end up being someone who actually interested in buying products.
My main source of income is people buying my art off Zazzle, my books off Amazon, my fabric off SpoonFlower, or my hand crafted items off Etsy. Direct sales make up more then 80% of my online income. The remainder being from AdSense. I live in Maine, so the option to do affiliate marketing [I](which was illegal in Maine)[/I] was not available until the laws changed April 4, 2017, so I've recently added affiliate links to my site for the first time since starting my website (my site being 19 years old, though it's current url is only 4 years old), but it's been less then 30 days since I added affiliate links to my site so it'll be a while before we know if affiliate income is viable or not.
Perhaps, because I'm from a place where affiliate marketing was illegal and not allowed until 20 days ago, perhaps this is why I've never seen a need to aim at wide spread, non-targeted traffic? Not sure. I'm not familiar with affiliate traffic vs direct sales traffic. I'm used to very narrow focused traffic, targeting just the people who actually want my products, rather then wide flinging looking for traffic from everyone, even those with no interest in my product or even mental comprehension of it.
I deal with a topic (Twinkie Uke Yaoi aka Transgender Fetish) that has a very small audience and is often the butt end of anti-LGBTQ hate jokes from the (largely transphobic and anti-gay) general public Thus why I only focus my search for traffic to Yaoi communities on FanFiction .net and Yaoi sub-Reddits and Yaoi & OtherKin Tumblr communities and similar such places. Because I just narrow focused targeting only people actually interested in the topic itself, I end up with what other site masters view as very low traffic, but the fact remains, my particular topic has an audience of about 7,000 people world-wide, and I'm getting traffic for nearly half of them. It's repeat traffic from those same few thousand people over and over again and because they are ACTUAL customers as opposed to random browsers, this results in a high rate of sales conversion, even though a seemingly low number of monthly page views.
It also helps if you are very active online and offline in the community of your topic. I am transgender myself, btw. And being part of the trans community, means I also have access to most of the private forums, FB groups, and communities for transvestites who make up a large portion of my target audience; because I am also OtherKin (ElvenKin) I am also active in the LARPing, CosPlay and Convention circuit - meaning I go to conventions and meet with CosPlayers, Kin, and Furries face to face and have actually meet in person, 30,000 of my readers; being Carnival Gypsies we also travel in Festival and Carnival circuits and do a lot of offline sales of my books, art,, and crafts direct in face to face sales as well. I live in Old Orchard Beach, a beach front tourist town run by "Stephen King's" Gypsies (this being the town he filmed the Thinner in) and hand out business cards to all the tourists who come up here to my farm, which was the filming location of Thinner. Because I meet most target audience in person, often multiple times as they return each summer, I don't have a need to target anyone else.
In other words, my
experience has been that the BEST traffic for your site is not online
traffic, but rather offline traffic, local traffic, people in the
real world, who you can send to your site directly. This results in a
large portion of my site visitors, actually typing the url, rather
then searching for a keyword at random, resulting in even higher
targeted traffic and even high sales conversion, even though the
traffic itself is very low/not many page views per month.
I would think that
every niche is the same way. Where if you are actively participating
in the topic's community, both online and offline, you get better
conversions of page views vs sales, because you are targeting your
primary audience specifically, rather then just tossing out blind
requests for traffic from everyone on the planet. Each niche has an
audience, and narrow focusing your marketing towards just that one
audience will give you better sales conversions, then wide flung
traffic coming from everywhere and buying nothing, because they are
not your target audience.
I would suggest,
rather then seeking lots of traffic, you instead write up a profile
of who exactly your target customer is and then focus on getting out
there where they are. My feelings are that smaller but targeted
traffic is far better then general non-targeted traffic.
"How many page views do you get each day? I was told not to monetize my site until I had 10,000 page views a day, but you seem to be living off your online income with much less."
Before I answer your question. Let's start posting pigeon pictures. I want to see, if you can guess, WHY I'm posting pictures of pigeons in my answer to your question. I will tell you, so don't worry, you'll find out if you don't already know why pigeons are important to answering your question.
The thing is, if you DON'T know why pigeons are VERY important in answering your question, that tells me, you don't know much about SEO or internet marketing. Before you head off to build a website hoping to monetize it through SEO and traffic... you might want to do a bit of research on pigeons in reference to SEO.
Now, if you DO know what pigeons have to do with SEO, then, yay, you!
Let's jump into answering that question of your's now, shall we?
It's like I keep saying over and over again: you don't need HIGH TRAFFIC to your site, if you have HIGHLY TARGETED keyword usage.
My site averages around 300 page views per day, most days, which in online marketing terms is considered pretty low. In my high traffic days I get up to 3,000 page views a day. (Making this the highest trafficked, most visited website headquartered out of Old Orchard Beach. There are a few hundred business owned sites in our town, none of them get the traffic levels of EelKat.com) It fluctuates seasonally, with my site getting most of it's traffic during tourist season when more people are searching for information about The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Most internet marketing gurus tell you, not even to bother monetizing your site until you are getting at minimum 10,000 page views a day. That's just absolute foolishness. Tell, me, how much money did that scam artist, I mean guru, ask for to tell you that load of guano?
Beware of where you get your making money online advice from. Make sure they are ACTUALLY DOING what it is they are telling you to do, and not just rehashing some PLR marketing course they bought to resell to you, without every ACTUALLY DOING any of the methods in it.
I'm fully transparent in what I do. Tell it like it is. Tell you what worked for me, how I did it, what didn't work for me, what I did, and leave it at that.
I don't tell you what you SHOULD or MUST do to make money. I tell you simply what it is I did myself and results I got good or bad, and let you decide from that if it's something you think you want to try.
I'm not trying to sell you some get-rich-quick-money-making-scheme so I have no motive to hype up fake results, the way they do.
I'm not selling email lists or backlinks, so unlike them, I've no reason to promote either method. Make sure you look at who gave you that guano load of advice telling you to have 10,000 page views before monetizing...9 times out of 10 people who give that advice, are ALSO selling FAKE page views.
No niche topic content site needs high traffic, it only needs targeted traffic and don't you let any scam artist internet marketing guru tell you otherwise.
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My site is about The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and it's primary audience are in fact the RESIDENTS of The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, a town that only has 3,000 residents.
I have a target audience of 3,000 people total on the planet. If I waited for 10,000 page views a day, I'd have a long wait.
Did you ever notice my website url is painted on my car?
Or the fact that I hand out several thousand business cards to summer tourists every summer?
Or the fact that only a small fraction of my books are available online, with most of them sold direct sales from my car?
Or that while I talk about my psychic readings and spell casting services online, you can only buy them offline and in person?
I am running a local business and my income is dependent on both local residents and summer tourists.
It's rather stupid for me to market my website to the world, when most of the world is never going to come here to Old Orchaard Beach to buy from me locally.
Yes, a few of my books and most of my art can be bought online, but the bulk of my online marketing is to drive LOCAL traffic to my local business.
Let me repeat that:
My primary audience are in fact the RESIDENTS of The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, a town that only has 3,000 residents.
Figure out what Pigeon has to do with this yet? Keep reading, I'm about to tell you.
Because of the way my site is set up, I can track every ispn that visits my site, and you know what? Those 300 average views a day are coming from within a 2 mile radius of my driveway, meaning not only are they residents of my town, but they live on Portland Ave right along with me.
And there's only 3,000 year round residents in this town... days I'm getting 3,000 views means EVERY PERSON in the town is reading a page of my site that day.
Note when I say 3,000 I mean the people who ACTUALLY live here. Owning a vacation home, staying here at any point from May to October only, and only staying a few weeks, doesn't make you a resident. It makes you a vacationing tourists who simple owns a summer home as opposed to renting like other tourists do. Brave the winters here, year after year for a few decades and then many I'll consider you some one who actually lives here.
My ability to make a full time living off an online income and do so while living in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine is another topic you see me cover here, as I'm doing what just about every "internet marketing guru" says should be impossible - making money online WITHOUT a list, without buying ads, without backlinks, and with what is considered by most internet marketers to be low traffic.
Think about it: no lists; no backlinks, no paid ads, no bought views, and 100% targeted traffic with a 46% click rate.
You heard that... 46% click rate. That means instead of averaging 10 ad clicks per 1,000 views I'm getting 46 ad clicks per 100 page views.
Did you know the average internet marketer reports 1.3% click rate. I get 46%, with only a quarter of their pages views. It's called niche topic targeted traffic and it works...
...and pigeons are how.
Think long and hard on that 46% click rate.
First there was Panda.
Then there was Penguin.
Next came Hummingbird.
Fast followed by Phantom.
Then they unleashed Pigeon.
Followed by RankBrain.
Now there's FRED.
Those are the Big Bots.
Google has hundreds smaller ones. And if you own a web site, you can guarantee you are gonna get attacked by every one of them. Google is gonna send their entire barnyard at you and if you aren't on top of what's going on in the Google zoo, your website will be mascaraed by Google blood-thirsty hoard before you can even get off the ground.
And while other web master run in terror from the Google Zoo, I choose to run with the pack, move as the flock moves. Dive when when the flock dives, soar when the flock soars, and my 46% ad click rate is proof this method of galloping along side the Google Hoards works.
Why is this possible?
I focus all of my SEO on Pigeon.
And while Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird, Phantom, RankBrain, and FRED as raising hell of internet marketers everywhere, I'm flying under their radar and soaring into local search results with Pigeon.
The Google bots can make or break your site. Know the bots and you don't have to try to get high traffic, you only have to get targeted traffic.
If you want to target local residents you want to work with Pigeon.
If you are a small mom & pop business (like I am) with no need for a global presence seeking only local business (like I do), then traffic from all over the planet is NOT what you want. Rather you want traffic from ONLY a 15 mile radius of your business location.
And you will NOT get local traffic UNLESS you focus on targeting Google's Pigeon.
Pigeon is the Google bot that sends local traffic to small business websites.
Most internet marketers build the SEO of their website with Google's Panda or Penguin in mind.
The majority of internet marketers will tell you not to even bother worrying about Pigeon.
They say, target the world, buy backlinks, buy lists, buy ads, buy fake traffic... and in the end they get clicks per thousand while I'm getting clicks per hundred.
However, Google designed Pigeon to seek out LOCAL LISTING websites, and instead of putting it in world-wide search results, puts it in search results made by people from the same zip code as the website's location.
I'm not targeting every person on the planet. I'm targeting ONLY people interested in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Thus I focus my SEO on targeting Google Pigeon.
To get local, local, local, you NEED pigeon, pigeon, pigeon. There's no way around it. Instead of fearing the Google Bots I learn to work with them.
My web site is located at 04064-1520 (146 Portland Ave) and more then 80% of my traffic comes from 04064, the majority of it from Portland Ave and Cascade Rd, here in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Did you know that 14% of the population of Old Orchard Beach, reads at least one page of my site EVERY DAY.
You want to know what else I have... if you're an internet marketer, get ready to have a heart attack with this next number...
My average page time is 0:7:43.
Average internet marketer reports 0:0:30 as GOOD page time. 30 seconds of time spent reading your page is considered average. My viewers actually stay long enough to read what I wrote. And as I'm actually writing stuff with the goal of it BEING READ rather then writing 400 word meaningless nothing just to have a place to post ads, that long page time tells Google my site has REAL content that keeps readers reading and coming back for more.
That's means my viewers stay on EACH page of my site for an average of 7 minutes and 43 seconds. And that's site wide total.
The SAME ispns return to those same two pages and average of 3 times a day, for a period of 7 to 12 days. Meaning they return multiple times to read the ENTIRE article.
Some weeks those 2 pages each average 02:00:00 view time - meaning the viewers stays for 2 full hours to read the entire article in one sitting.
New to the site is Flamboyant Nipples, only a few days old and all ready that one page is averaging 198 views a day with a view time of 15+ minutes per visit, with repeat visits from the same readers, returning multiple times over a period of several days to read the entire page.
56% of that repeat traffic is from readers who live less then 7 miles of Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach.
So while you may be content to have an average 30 seconds of page view time, I'm getting an average of 7 minutes across the board, with up to 2 hours on a page by page stat.
While you may be content with averaging 10 clicks per 1,000 (thousand) views, I'm getting 46 clicks per 100 (hundred).
While you may be content with 3% repeat traffic, I'm getting 84%.
And while you may be content with targeting every one and reaching no one, I'm targeting only a specific demographic and seeing actual results.
Do you have any idea how many small businesses on the planet would kill to get the kind of local traffic percentages I'm getting?
I'm a member of a "local business SEO training program" that sends out 3 new courses a week, plus gives me access to all of the courses they've made since 2003. It costs $30 a month, but it's hell worth it.
When Panda hit in 2012 I was already two steps ahead.
When Hummingbird went slashing through, it didn't touch me because I already knew it was coming and had made changes to my site before it hit.
When Google's Penguin army stampeded across the internet I side swiped them by knowing what they were looking for a cutting it all out of my site before the Penguin army made their death march across the internet.
When Google unleashed Pigeon I learned to sail hand in hand with the flock of death, rise above their death flap instead being crushed by it.
I follow Google's every move obsessively, know every algorithm change, learn the patterns of every bot and learn to work with them not against them.
It's called white hat SEO. It means I obey Google rules to the letter and use no black hat SEO methods. Google likes that.
THAT's why I can do what I do: live full time off my income with only a fraction of the traffic the internet marketing "gurus" claim you MUST have to succeed.
I don't try to get wide spread global traffic, because the entire planet is not my target audience.
My target audience is any one interested in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
And let's face it, there's no way around this part: Old Orchard Beach is not for every one. We get sweltering heat for 3 months of the year, followed by 3 months of hurricanes, and then spend the rest of the year with -20F average sub zero daily temps and braving the daily onslaughts of 3 foot blizzards burying us back to back.
There are people around here with doors on their roofs... tourists ask "What's that for?"... it's so we have a door taller then the 21 feet of snow we can expect to have come February.
Then you got the local crazies to deal with - big burly men, stomping around with their rifles... and hey... visit WalMart, you can buy those rifles over the counter, no permits, no background checks, no questions asked. (We gun protesters have our work cut out for us to change Maine laws and make it tougher for deranged KKK terrorists the guns. The KKK is a big problem around here and they wouldn't half so dangerous if they had to get permits and background checks on those guns they shoot at gay men with.)
Red necks with pimped out cars that dance better then humans can.
Drug dealers who can get away with anything because the police are their best customers.
A tavern next door to the kinder garden and primary school.
Gay men hanging naked from flag poles.
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The town that invented the nudy shirt. Step into a photo booth naked, get your boobs or dick screen printed onto your speedos than walk around, "almost" naked and pretend you're on a nudest beach.
Ku Klux klan marching the streets at sunset.
Lobster men with machine guns shooting other lobster men's boats out of the water.
Nazis wearing swastika arm bands and shouting "Hail Hitler!"
Moose strolling down main street.
Home of New England's Port-A-Potty King. (Who is also my next door neighbour - the view from my yard is about 20,000 port-a-potties; dozens of garbage trucks, and few dozen honey dipper sewage trucks.)
Family friendly by virtue of being the 99.9% white town of the 99.9% white state of Maine, the whitest town of the whitest state. Only town in the country to pass a law banning gays from owning property, as part of their campaign to make the town "family friendly"... forget about the Nazis, KKK, drug dealers, shoot outs, and topless bars, no it's the gay men they drive out to make the town "safe for children". It's the KKK hanging gay CHILDREN from flagpoles, you stupid 'gits!
Welcome to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
The honky tonk capital of New England. Quebec's playground.
It's an acquired taste.
It's not for every one.
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We who live here, we love it.
The rest of the world looks at us and thinks we're all nuts. Our entire town is a freak show.
But, think about it... most of the world has no interest at all in the daily lives of us hicks in the sticks. So why bother targeting the world? I only need to target the people who actually know and like this psychobilly crazy town as much as I do.
Other then the local residents, the summer tourists, and Stephen King, (who based more then a dozen books off our town, because the creepy nut-case residents are so whack-a-doodle) not many people on the planet are interested in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
If you are reading this, it's because somehow you wanted to know something about something (person, event, or thing) that exists in Old Orchard Beach.
And, if you said "No, I was here because...." EVERYTHING on this site, exists in Old Orchard Beach (even me) and if you had any interest in anything on this site, that therefore translates into an interest in Old Orchard Beach, even if you didn't know Old Orchard Beach was the place where that thing existed.
Yes. There you go. Logic by EelKat. Totally free of charge!
And just think, you could have bought a stolen version of this article for the low price of $299.99 over on the Warrior's Forum. I didn't charge you a penny for it.
Continuing on with the question...
"So what is your website about, anyways? I couldn't determine your site topic."
What Is This Site?
My site covers one topic and one topic only.
The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
And while it covers just one, single, solitary topic, it also covers every, single, tiniest, minutest, possible aspect of that one topic.
On first appearances, it may seem that I have "hundreds" of "completely random" topics all over the place, however, when you start to ACTUALLY READ the articles, you realize fast that in reality my site as only one topic: The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
EVERY single topic on my site, is about The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
Because I help local businesses in the Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with their SEO and offline promotions and internet marketingmaking money online, you see that stuff here too.
I'm a vlogger and a gamer, both of which are done in the Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine and thus you see me talking about how I do my YouTube career as well.
The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine has a lot of history to it, a lot of things to do and see while you are here, a lot of cultures and traditions found no where else, including not found elsewhere in the State of Maine.
Because a lot goes on in our town, I am able to cover a lot of topics which on first appearances don't seem to go together, until you realize, they are all things you can find, see, and visit here in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
In other words, if you can find it in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, then you can find it on my site, no matter what it is: from amphibious aliens to zoos that shut down in the 1970s... if it ever existed in The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, it is on my website.
This website is the largest and most visited site on the internet that is devoted to The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine.
And for those who ask "Why EelKat.com?" Because that's my name, and in testing out various search result on the old url, it was determined most people looking for articles written by me, typed the search term "eelkat of squidoo" and were NOT seeking out my articles by searching "old orchard beach". My name outranks the town's name in search engine optimization tests we did in 2013, before changing the url.
This site was founded in August 17, 1997 with new pages added almost daily since then, there are now 6,000+ pages on SpaceDock13, but not all of them are public access. If you reach a page that asks you to log in with a password, that page is members access only, reserved for members of our writing group. You have to be a local author and attend the meetings to gain password access to the private pages of this site. At the moment only 1,030 pages are public access. However 700+ of those are set to "no follow" so you CAN NOT go to Google/Bing/Yahoo/DogPile/Jeeves and search for them as I have search engine bots blocks from indexing them. There are only about 300 pages that have search engine bot access, all other pages can only be accessed by clicking links to them, found on other pages of this site. It has changed urls multiple times as best fit the times. As of September 23, 2013, this site is now on EelKat.com url.
Here... have a banana... internet marketing "guru" Tom Addams thought we didn't have enough of them around here, so, gotta add some more...
heck... take an entire bunch of bananas...
and you might as well take some some banana bread while you're here...
Ku Klux Klan's web site about the LGBTQA+ citizens of Old Orchard Beach.
Built by Tom Addams - internet marketing "guru".
It 'cussed them of fucking flamboyant sheep with pink bananas... we just had to go out and find some flamboyant sheep and pink bananas to add to this site, now didn't we? ... you just knew I would.
And there you have it, that's what this site is about.
The Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, brought to you by EelKat... bringing you online insanity on a stick since 1997...
What's a website in the Space Dock 13 Network without Gene Wilder memee?
...and what better town for the queen of insanity to feature on her website then the small Maine town where residents are so insane they inspire Stephen King to write about how insane Maine residents are?