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You have no control over whether or not a website, or anything, goes viral. Going viral is a phenomena where something gets insanely popular for (usually) no apparent reason. Anyone advertising a product/service/website hopes their ad and product go viral but it happening is out of their control. It's more a freak occurance then a created result. How you ...


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I went with Open-X self hosted for several reasons: It installs in just a few minutes, setting up advertisers and campaigns is really, really easy. Its free / open source I'm adamant about self-hosting as much as I possibly can While its great software, my decision was (mostly) strategic. I know a lot of people that outright block *.doubleclick.*, and ...


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I recommend listening to Podcast #64 of Stackoverflow where they discuss their disappointment in Adsense. I also tried it on my personal blog where I get only about 50 visitors per day on the high end. In that case it's definitely not worth it and after a few months I ended up taking it down. From the Stackoverflow podcast mentioned above: On the ...


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When you're at bottom, I believe the only way to move yourself up is to outwork the competition. It's not the fun or easy answer. But when money isn't readily available, you have to overcome your limitations by working harder. To translate this idea, it's time for --you-- to start writing, or to find people who can help at no cost. If you have a great ...


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Most advertising agencies stick to a pseudo-standard for banner sizes. You can find them here. In case that link ever goes dead, the most common in use are (in px): 486x60 (Full Banner) 397x72 (Navigation) 120x240 (Vertical Banner) 120x90 (Button) 120x60 (Button) 88x31 (Micro Button) 234x60 (Half Banner) 160x600 (Vertical Tower) 125x125 (Square)


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Blocking people from blocking ads is virtually impossible, as at the end of the day the user has full control over their browser. If I want to disable 99.999% of all ads on the internet today, I would Disable Images Disable Javascript Disable iFrames from my Firefox and although the internet would look pretty crappy and broken, I 99.999% of all ads would ...


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The best way to promote your blog is not so much promoting the blog itself, but the information contained within it. By this I mean, if you write an article about how to solve a common programming problem, then do a search for people who are having that problem. Then provide them with a link to your solution. People are interested in the solutions to ...


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Unless you need it for a portfolio item or this website has a clear business plan in a market where you are guaranteed a lot of traffic, don't work for ad space. Unless the other person has a proven track record of revenue producing sites, you're essentially working for free. It's spec work. Some things you need to ask yourself: What is my hourly wage? How ...


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I run a hobby website that gets about 140K visitors per month and about 5.3 pages per visit. I decided to put a few Adsense text links on it several years back and I have been totally surprised at how much it has brought in. I was able to place the text ads in a very tasteful manner that doesn't ruin the user experience. It is not enough to live on by any ...


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Sexual education isn't necessarily adult content. Here in the U.S. sex ed. is taught to students in elementary school (around 4th grade, I think). So just because you use words describing genitalia or sex doesn't mean it's adult content. There are healthcare sites with sex education content that have been approved for Adsense. I'd just contact Adsense and ...


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Tracking offline conversion is tricky, but here are some potential strategies to measure the effect of an online ad on physical store sales: Build a discount voucher system Create a coupon code system to track the source of sales. This could be a simple offer code that visitors quote at the physical checkout, or a voucher to print. Here's a system to ...


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From docs: The number of times pages from your site were viewed in search results, and the percentage increase/decrease in the daily average impressions compared to the previous period. (The number of days per period defaults to 30, but you can change it at any time.) Can you point out exactly where Buyselladds is mentioning impressions in their case? ...


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There is no fold, as in there being any such thing as The Fold, especially when you start factoring in weird custom toolbar configurations. Not that it's made any significant progress toward making people stop asking for this. The true answer for your site is going to require looking at your analytics and seeing what the most common window size is. Note I ...


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Capitalization is important (they are cap-sensitive), unless you set your GA filter to be case insensitive utm_ is specific to Google Analytics. It dates from when GA was called Urchin (it stands for Urchin Traffic Monitor. utm_source: This is the site or advertising service you're using (beetsandtreats.com, admob, etsy.com, etc) utm_campaign: This is ...


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From an advertiser's archived correspondence with Google: Repeated clicks on the same ad is known as 'click spamming'. We take click spamming very seriously and work to ensure that our advertisers are billed only for legitimate clicks. The AdWords engineering team proactively identifies and filters fraudulent and excessive ad impressions. Once we ...


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I use manual - simply because I want to be in control, especially when it's my clients money. When manual, it makes more sense to control what times, or if the advert appears over a whole day or until the money runs out. If money is not an option, go with automatic. We (web users) click impulsively and so sometimes being position 1 is not best but why would ...


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Hi NotMuchOfAProgrammer, It's not a real backlink since the JavaScript is injecting the URL after the page has been loaded. If you disable JavaScript you will see: <noscript> <a href="http://ads.garden.org/www/delivery/ck.php?n=aa4a0d78&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE" target="_blank"> <img ...


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It's on case by case basis, but I would say that they are trying to build a user base first and monetize later on. Perhaps they have Venture Capital (VC) funding that is keeping them going for the moment. A prime example of this is Instagram, never made a penny, sold for $1bn, they effectively sold their user base to Facebook. Tumblr is another great ...


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Regularly post great content, obtained by whatever means are available to you. There's nothing wrong with ghost writers. They give you better control to define what you're site is about. Regularly promote the site, by whatever means are available to you. Don't forget the routes traditionally used by any new product; eg newspaper, magazine, journal ...


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At the end of the forum topic you posted, a Google employee says you should block evonytwo.com (although some users still report problems). There are also various posts with long lists of URLs to block. Personally I haven't seen an evony ad on my site since I blocked evonyonline.com but I don't know if that's because of the blocking or just because AdSense ...


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There are 4 that I know of that let you host open source code: http://bitbucket.org/ http://github.com/ http://www.codeplex.com/ http://sourceforge.net/ http://sharesource.org These sites serve both as a place to host your code and as a way to advertise because they get so much traffic and you can include documentation which will make you show up more ...


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It sounds like the two are related. Google have likely dropped a cookie on your computer that recognises that you've visited the AdWords site. Clear your cookies and see if the issue continues. The good news is that this behaviour is probably just targetting you, and not your site's general audience.


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There is a limit to the number of Adsense units allowed per page per the Adsense ad placement policies: Currently, AdSense publishers may place up to three AdSense for content units on one web page. This includes a maximum of one 300x600 ad unit per page. You may also place a maximum of three link units and two search boxes on each web page. If you ...


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I don't have any data that directly correlates page speed with click thrus. However, this article shows how important page speed is in a variety of other areas and may be useful to you: Amazon: 100 ms delay caused a drop in revenue. Google: 400 ms delay caused a 0.59% decrease in search requests per user. Yahoo!: 400 ms delay caused a 5-9% ...


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We have a website that we advertise via Facebook but in Google Analytics only 30-50% of the clicks appear. This is quite common with ad programs, including Facebook ads as can be seen here. As covered there: Facebook Ads reports clicks. Many third-party reporting packages report visits or page views, which may not correspond directly to ...


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This is an interesting question, but probably not one with a simple answer. I think, unless you're already well-connected and well-known from something else, it's just down to having a good idea and executing it well, and then from there you simply have to trust in free word-of-mouth promotion (if you don't have a marketing budget). Sites like Tutsplus ...


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Your budget is not really not most important thing when it comes to PPC. While a budget sets a cap on the amount you can spend the real question should be on how well your ads work with the pages they point to. A well optimized page and ad is worth its weight in gold. Just remember ad campaigns are not instant revenue most of the time. They are like all ...


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A giant topic here. Online marketing and advertising could almost be a whole stackexchange site on its own. Who should I use for advertising? So you can sell your ads yourself using, say phpAdsNew You can sign up for a service that sells ads like BlogAds You can add contextual ads like AdSense You could do something like selling sponsorship What ...



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