I've read and participated in lots and lots of discussion in the 'How to make a domain earn £1 a week' thread, and I've learned tons from it and tried to implement its wisdom in the minisites that I have created.
Rather than flogging that thread to death with endless updates, I thought it might be good to start a new thread (in honour of that one) showing off the fruits of that thread, along with reviews/tips/advice to improve on people's sites' performances.
So far, I have 9 minisites online, all launched since ~4th January but not at the same time. Some are far more successful that others. Since I started, my average as of today is $1.14 per day. This includes one bumper day due to Gumtree ads which netted $11.35, and which was a total one-off. I get an average of 58 impressions a day, and 2 clicks.
My initial target was (and still is) to reach £1 per day (so roughly $2). It's a small target, and that's why I made it. Ad Types
Ad types have been very variable for me. My oldest sites (like Noisy Neighbours
use the same template, and as yet Wide Skyscrapers set under the site menu have had the most success. Skyscrapers in general have had the greatest success for me, with CTR of 2.24%.
Other people seem to have had great success with Big Square ads positioned on the left of a block of content (like http://www.scottishrealestate.co.uk/...rket-2008.html
) but my CTR is almost non-existent for this type of ad. I'm wondering if the users going to my sites are too savvy for these types of ad?
Standard 468x60 banners have had some success, but nothing like the Skyscrapers.
This is odd, because Google themselves say that ads which are wide, which people can read easily, usually have the best CTR. Still, I've only got those big squares on my newer sites/pages and therefore the lack of traffic may mean their CTR cannot be accurately compared with the Skyscrapers. Ideas
I'm wondering where to go to next to reach my initial target (except making more sites). I've got the formula for building a minisite pretty much perfected, but I'm sure I'm missing things with SEO
and ad placement. I want my current sites (and in turn my minisite workflow) to be as efficient as possible, so I can be sure that each site is performing at its maximum potential before moving onto the next one.
Do any minisite gurus or SEO
magicians have any thoughts for us new minisite creators in that vein?