Well, I guess meeting the quota for Google Adsense is now out of the question…I woke up this morning to check my email, only to find this in my email inbox:
After reviewing our records, we’ve determined that your AdSense account poses a risk of generating invalid activity. Because we have a responsibility to protect our AdWords advertisers from inflated costs due to invalid activity, we’ve found it necessary to disable your AdSense account. Your outstanding balance and Google’s share of the revenue willboth be fully refunded back to the affected advertisers.
Please understand that we need to take such steps to maintain the effectiveness of Google’s advertising system, particularly the advertiser-publisher relationship. We understand the inconvenience thatthis may cause you, and we thank you in advance for your understanding andcooperation.
To be honest, I’m extremely pissed off. I was almost at the $100 mark to get paid, and a day or so before I could meet that amount, my account was disabled. After doing some research, I found that C4C on Tumblr was the cause, because it breaks the TOS in some way (though it was stated in the small print). I was getting social traffic, rather than getting organic traffic (i.e. asking people to click my ads and in return, I would click theirs.)
So, to those who are using C4C, please be careful! Find another alternative to monetize your Tumblr, or open an actual website, otherwise you could meet the same fate. I’m sorry to those who have been clicking my ads, you were a great help and you gave me hope! I’m sorry that you wasted your time, though. Thank you so, so much for helping me with the gas situation to get me to and from school…I really do appreciate it.
I just hope that none of you end up with disabled accounts too - Google may begin to crack down on this “fraud” soon and take your accounts out as well.
Actually, it’s not in fine print, and it’s told to you not only in the ToS, but when you sign up and they give you a short page of basic rules.
Not to mention, it’s pretty obvious that asking for clicks is fraud.
As someone who uses AdWords to advertise, it’s pretty crappy to find out someone’s been clicking your ads with no intention to buy, just to make money. It costs the advertisers money every time you do that. It’s not like you’re taking from the billion dollar Google corporation (they profit)…you’re actually taking from the advertiser, who is often just a little guy like me who’s extra money goes into ads because they’re trying to get their business off the ground (about 75% of businesses fail in the first year).
More recently, there has been a surge in peer-to-peer sharing, and formal sharing institutions are quickly becoming a thing of the past. It doesn’t require an in-depth analysis to recognize the role of technology in this shift. What started online as the sharing of information has quickly turned into a full-fledged economy, with individuals sharing their homes, cars, and skills with the help of mobile devices.
What started online as the sharing of information has quickly turned into a full-fledged economy. As the sharing economy grows and individuals assume the risk of sharing personal property, they are turning to technology as a way to mitigate those risks. People renting their homes through services like Airbnb are relying on social network profiles and online reputations of potential renters to gauge who they should share their home with, while services such as TaskRabbit link directly into public records that allow them to perform background checks of potential “rabbits.”
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I don’t care what you do with my stuff as long as you link back to me.
The first step is to stop Googling things like, “how to make money online.” Not because you shouldn’t want to make money online, but because the stuff you’re going to find by doing that is going to help you losemoney online. Sort of like asking a casino owner how to make money in Vegas…
Don’t pay anyone for simple and proven instructions on how to achieve this goal. In particular, don’t pay anyone to teach you how to write or sell manuals or ebooks about how to make money online.
Get rich slow.
Focus on the scarce resource online: attention. If you try to invent a way to take cheap attention and turn it into cash, you will fail. The attention you want isn’t cheap, it’s difficult to get via SEO and it rarely scales. Instead, figure out how to earn expensiveattention.
In addition to attention, focus on trust. Trust is even more scarce than attention.
Don’t worry so much about the ‘online’ part. Instead, figure out how to create value. The online part will take care of itself.
Don’t quit your day job. Start evenings and weekends and figure it out with small failures.
Build a public reputation. A good one, and be sure that you deserve it, and that it will hold up to scrutiny.
5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Get More Clicks For Your Spend With Adwords
Do not make visible to mobile devices This produces a frown among many experts because it sounds contrary to what you are after — a higher click through rate. However, seeing as you pay for each click, it makes a lot of financial sense to post your Adword campaign to show up on PCs, laptops, netbooks and such only. The reason being is that although users may see your ad through their mobile devices and such, rarely do they make or complete a transaction through it. They usually wait until they get to their laptops or desktops where they will feel more secure in making any kind of financial transaction. Since the same individual will access the ad from two different IP addresses, you will have to pay for the two clicks.
Stay away from irrelevant search results Not many people know this and that includes the so-called experts. Assuming your site deals with Information Technology solutions, you do not want to have your Adword campaign to show up on sites that deals with crime, the military, death, profanity, sex and bizarre contents. Here’s how you do it when setting up your Adword campaigns. Click Help on the Google Adwords page, type “exclusion tool” on the search box and select the first entry on the results page (How do I use the site and category exclusion tool). If that doesn’t work, copy and paste this on your address bar “this adwords.google.com/select/ContentExclusionStart” without the quotation marks.
Under the Topics tab, you will have to click the different sub-categories that are not relevant to your Adword campaign. Clicking them will exclude them from displaying your ad. The reason why you may want to do that, again, relates to savings on those clicks that are very likely not going to be converted into sales.
Under Page Types, you will likewise have to click Error pages and Parked domains. There is no sense in showing up on error pages. Parked domains are essentially websites that are not working at all so a person clicking on your ad from these kinds of sites are hadly going to close a transaction.
Filtration In any Adword campaign, you would want to minimize clicks that do not convert. Hence, filtering out non-buyers, various other products and searches that are not relevant drastically cuts down on unwanted clicks and increases your return on investment.
Check low performance keywords Aside from the fact that keyword relevancy is given emphasis by Google, you will have to check your keyword periodically and optimize them accordingly. Optimizing can cover items such as your clickthrough rates, conversion tracking, your call-to-action, landing page, and so on.
Benefits Tell people the advantages they get when going for your company or product. You can talk about offerings or specials using verbs like low cost, instant processing, fastest delivery, extremely affordable, and the list goes on. Face it, everyone wants a freebie and for those who seemingly give it out constantly, they also rake in the money since a lot of people would want to get that something special along with what they purchased.
This was a guest post by Chris Burns, who writes for Search Engine Optimization X, a company providing PPC Management services to clients in any vertical market.
Owner of SERPd.com, Guest Blog It, and Burn SEO. I enjoy web development, semantic web architecture, ecommerce, seo, and internet marketing. I would say it’s my profession, but I spend so much of my free time thinking, talking, and doing things in this arena I suppose it’s much more than that. Please feel free to contact me at any of my sources listed in this profile!
Pinterest is the latest “hip” thing in social media and it’s spreading like wildfire. In January 2011, they had around 120,000 users. Now, just over a year later, they have over 4 million active users. From the standpoint of a social media marketer, that’s a huge potential audience. But what does it do for SEO?
Optimize your website so that search engines can find you organically. You can either outsource or utilize the various tools available in the Internet to apply SEO to your website.
Broadcast your site once live by sending out a press release to your e-mail contacts and to media partners as magazines, newspapers, radio, and television stations. Also gather your contacts list and managed them in a system, this can be using a simple Excel worksheet, or you can use Customer Management Relationship software or other contact management systems.
Offer an incentive to your affiliates – Offering an incentive to your affiliates might just give them that extra 10% motivation to spend more time promoting your program. More promotion means more sales.
Your website needs to have a better presentation than your competitors. This means a more engaging demonstration of what you offer, some are using videos to demonstrate the uniqueness about the business, which can be very effective for consumer related products or services.
Add a page of content – Write an article and add it to your site. The more pages Google can see on your website, the more chances you have of ranking for any particular keyword; keep adding more pages each day and build a habit in doing this.
Facilitate and run contests and giveaways via your website, even just a small free download report or some kind of coupons or vouchers. Companies like Groupons can work quite well for many start-up businesses.
Look for websites endorsing products or services that are complementary to the products or services that you promote and get in touch with the site management to propose swapping of links. There are also services out there that help members swap links with each other without cost.
Build an email database list and send regular newsletters with great content and offering
Write articles in your field of proficiency and disseminate them to editors to serve as web content for their website with a request that a link to your website and a one-liner about your product or services be included in the article. This can significantly enhance your visibility.
Establish a business blog offering first-rate content and customary industry observation. Make the blog site interactive so you can not only create a solid brand presence but also utilize it to collect feedback. If you are too busy in writing articles, consider either outsource or use some of the industry news to create web traffic to your site.
You can also consider listing your products or services with auction sites.
Registration with the many search engines available is basic in Internet marketing because latent and prospective customers will normally find you through search engines. Remember, you should also register on search engines in different languages, in North America, it is good idea to register both in English & Spanish, in Europe, you should register in all different languages search engines you are targeting.
Promote your site in industry, specialized, and other key directories - doing so will help your ranking and obtain traffic for your website. By listing on directories, you can be exposed to industry specific members and professionals.
Dominate your marketing niche with affiliate, reseller, and associate programs.
Write one piece of content and turn it into multiple pieces of content. For example, let’s say you write a 250 word blog post on Monday. On Tuesday, you can simply turn that blog post into a podcast, and on Wednesday you can turn that same piece of content into a video. This will save you tons of research time trying to come up with the right topic to create content around. Article marketing is one of the best ways to generate traffic, and you can also partner with part-time journalists to help you out.
Create a web page on popular personal social sites such Facebook and Twitter etc.
Create a special discussion forum on professional social sites such as LinkedIn, Xing and others.
Social Bookmarking - This technique involves using popular social sites and bookmark particular post you have made. After posting a video to Youtube, for example, you may want to get additional traffic and backlinks to your website. Bookmarking will help you rise up in the search engine rankings if used correctly.
Writing Articles- Article marketing is probably the best online marketing strategy when it comes to promoting your home business website(s) online for free. With a little time and effort on your part, you can easily push out 1-2 articles per day and post them to high rank and traffic places.
Request an analysis from a business coach who has both offline and online marketing expertise, they can offer advice such as changing your web look, changing your online forms and other ways to capture database or create revenue opportunities.
Condiment is a digital magazine that is fully designed to have the same type of look and feel like as you’d see in a print media magazine, versus a traditional digital media or blog format. I shared a sneak peek about the project and details on its creation/development this past week. I mentioned that it had been in the plan for some time to create something like this. I want to experiment with what’s possible or what could be done differently in content.
Here’s a look at today’s cover:
Creating content like this is not necessarily easy. But it’s worth it.
I admit I love working on it. I’m always a little obsessed with the things I make like that. It’s been fun to experiment and create and I’m excited about working on it.
Here’s my favorite article format for today’s edition:
As a reminder, it’s still in a beta stage. There will be things to tack down and work ongoing for the next few weeks and months.
Condiment is the second digital media company I have created. I founded one in 2004 that was bought in 2007 by somebody else.
I’ll share posts and what’s going on, what I’m learning, etc. as we go here when I can.