What is Google Adsense and how does it work?

Google Adsense is one of many (and arguably the best) online programs available for website owners to publish adverts on their website in return for revenue.

Website owners simply sign up to the program for free, get provided with a small snippet of code to paste into their website wherever they want their ads to appear and viola, that’s it.  You can then generate revenue from the ads every time a person clicks on one.  How much you earn is dependent on two main factors; the volume of traffic going through your site and the topic area of your site.
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How to filter your own visits/IP address from Analytics

Starting a new website and obsessively checking analytics daily to see if Google has rewarded you with a high ranking result?  You might want to filter your own IP address first!

On your analytics home page, hit the “Admin” tab at the top right of the screen. After this you want to go to the options on the left under your selected account and select “All filters”.

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Analytics Admin > All Filters > Exclude IP Address

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The formula for a website that makes money from Adsense

An experiment I’m currently undertaking is making a few different templates for sites to see which performs the best.

I’ve had an interest in Adsense, SEO, the general topic area surrounding getting traffic to your website and making a profit from this, for a long time.  I’ll first share a few brief points I’ve noticed before I move on to the template or formula for sites of mine which are most successful.

Before you start any project, it’s worth keeping in mind that it will be a while before you notice results.  If you have a relentless work ethic, you might be lucky enough to hit a traffic stream after a month or so.  Typically it will be at least a few months before you have any significant traffic or profits.  You need to be in it for the long run.  Patience, and persistent hard work is the winning combination here, above any “formula” that anyone can give you.  Keeping this in mind, there are certainly methods which work better than others and can save you a lot of time. (more…)

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YouTube layout has changed – Re-design/Update

YouTube have this week revealed an insight into a possible redesign of their website.  I occasionally get these early redesign surprises because I opted in to trial Google products and updates somewhere along the line of signing up for my Google account – yes, that’s how much I love them.

The latest redesign is clean, more bright and slightly more minimalistic. Everything seems a little more compact.  I was just beginning to get used to the last version of the homepage though, to be honest (which there was nothing wrong with).  I suppose if I were to put myself in their position, having such a large website, I don’t think you could ever settle for a final design.

It might be just a temporary “feature” but currently the page is aligned to the left, leaving a large empty space on the right of the page, even larger if you have a 23” monitor like myself.  I almost feel like there’s a gravitational imbalance when I look at the page.  When your balance starts being affected by what you see on your monitor, you either spend too much time on the (more…)

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