Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bite Size: How to Make Money on Adsense

You may have noticed that we here at Stock Lemon use Google Adsense as a source of revenue. We've tried to tone it down a little over the last few months--again, a little--but they are still obvious enough for people to see.

You also might remember, some time ago, we partnered up with the folks at Cash Shark. Cash Shark orginally had a website to assist people in making money online, but is holding out on some of the information garnered over the years while they work on a more efficient web site. For now, anyway, we are fortunate enough to have Cash Shark at our disposal to talk about all topics related to online money making.

Cash Shark will be penning a new column for Stock Lemon every so often, titled Bite Size, since they once had an entire website and now are reduced to a small column over here.

Can you guess what the first topic is? That's right... Adsense! Since Adsense is a product that we use and endorse, we thought it would be a perfect first subject for Cash Shark. So without further adu, here are some of what Cash Shark is biting on.

Welcome to our shark tank, ladies and gentlemen, located conveniently on the Stock Lemon website. As the intro says, we're here to talk Adsense--but mostly to tell you about one of the things that bugs us not with Adsense users, but with Adsense bloggers!

For most new bloggers looking to find out more information on Adsense or other easy ways to make money through advertising on their site, a simple Google search qualifies as their research. This is fine, but many of the sites that pop up in the search results are bloggers simply looking for traffic to their own Adsense site, and providing little to no information to people actually looking for ways to make a little spare cash with the program.

Many of the pages that pop up give generic information about Adsense, and then tell you to buy their book or other product to learn more. Just to let you know, buying these products is like taking a dip with the Cash Shark... you're going to get bit! These sites are a total rip off, as we hope the fine readers at Stock Lemon know (we wouldn't want Lemmy getting duped into buying something like this).

The problem is that these people providing answers are hosting their sites for the sole purpose of making money with Google Adsense, so their content is always vague enough so that search engines can hook them up with traffic for searches such as "How to Make Money on Adsense." While there are some legitimate Adsense help sites out there, many of them are looking out for themselves, not the readers. We recommend checking out an Adsense forum such as this one, and getting information from other Adsense users who don't have a hidden agenda.

While some people make good money on Adsense simply by talking about Adsense, many more people fail doing this. The bottom line is if the content on the site is not updated regularly and is not of a high quality, nobody is going to come to your site. The key is to find some other niche market that you're interested in, blog about that, and Adsense will give you ads related to the content on your site. If you're the blogging world simply to make money, it's going to become like everything else you do just to make money-- a job. If you're in it to blog about something that interests you, and have Adsense to make a little spare cash on the side, you'll have much more success.

Take Stock Lemon here, for example. This is a site about sports and stocks, which also happens to host Adsense advertisements, and while we would guess that the monthly Adsense checks don't look quite this big, they do well enough to generate some extra revenue for other areas of their company. We've also heard that Stock Lemon saves up the money they make on Adsense and wagers it all on Super Bowl Prop bets to close out the NFL season with a bang. Whatever you do with your Adsense money, the bottom line is that you will be much more successful and for a longer period of time if you simply write about something that interests you and have the Adsense come secondary. Before you know it, what is secondary might even become primary, and you can spend less and less time on your blog.

Be warned, though, that generated traffic to a blog, no matter what the topic, is hard work. Some of the sites that pop up in the search engines might have you believe otherwise, but this is no get rich quick kind of thing. That hard work, though, if used correctly, can be very profitable in the end. Speaking of the end, we'll conclude our new Bite Size feature with a corny little gambling joke we've always liked.

What kind of a shark is always gambling?

A Cardshark! We would also accept the answer: a Cash Shark. See you soon!

Cash Shark will swim ashore to Stock Lemon from time to time, so be sure to keep watch for Bite Size!


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