Friday, November 24, 2006


How to Monetize Your Free Website

  • Friday, November 24, 2006
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  • For some time now I have been aggressively marketing my Geocities website
    without the prospect of any financial return. The site is content based so I did
    not expect to generate any product sales and neither was I able to lure potential
    But that has quietly changed. Google has decided to reward webmasters with
    quality free websites the chance to rake in some cash for their hard work.
    Google’s contextual advertising program Adsense has been around since June
    2003. Back then the program was open only to webmasters with their own
    domain names and many quickly took up the opportunity to cash in on their
    labor of love sites.
    When the Big G announced that they were expanding Adsense to accommodate
    free sites, some people scoffed at the idea because they believe that freebie
    sites are full of junk.
    I first learnt of this move while browsing around a few webmaster forums and to
    my surprise some persons were against this move by Google. I believe that
    Google’s intention is to bring in as much as possible quality websites under the
    Adsense umbrella.
    My first application for Adsense was rejected and I got an explanation stating
    that my site was still under construction. I thought that this was a mistake so I
    reapplied the same day and got accepted. Right away I was able to log in to my
    account and start putting the code for the ads on my pages.

    The control panel is easy to understand and Google provides stats and figures in
    order for you to track your performance. You can also add Adsense for search
    where visitors can search the web or your site and you get compensated
    everytime someone clicks on the ads displayed.
    Developing content sites is key to success in Adsense. Why? Because Google’s
    technology uses the content of each page to guess which ads are most suitable.
    The higher the quality of the content, the higher quality and paying ads you will
    Please note that getting accepted into Adsense does not guarantee that you will
    receive a check from them. Your success depends on many factors.
    Some of them include the number of visitors, the placement of the ads, the
    value of the keywords on the page where the ads are shown and how many
    persons who will clickthru on the Adsense ad panel.
    For those with unscrupulous minds, Google has ways and means to find out
    where each ad click is originating from. Therefore no click spamming.
    Adsense is a win-win situation for all the players involved. It benefits the visitors
    with additional information, the search engines because of higher quality
    websites and you with a check every month.

    1 Responses to “How to Monetize Your Free Website”

    Anonymous said...
    3:46 PM

    ooh! that would be useful.
    any tips for my blog?

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