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by amykhar amykhar is offline 28 Aug 2005

Ad banners used to be a good source of income. That's not as true these days, but you can still easily cover basic hosting costs for a small forum with careful attention to your banners.

It takes more than slapping a banner in your header template. It takes a bit of time, patience and effort on your part to achieve optimal banner placement.

Luckily, if you use Google Adsense banners, you have some tools that can help.

The first is a very good document that shows where ad banners generally are the most effective:

https://www.google.com/support/adsen...page=tips.html

The second is the ability for you to control the color of your ad banners. Colors can be used to make the ad banners appear like part of the content. Or, they can be used to make the ad pop out of the page.

The third option is the wide variety of sizes that you can use. Having more choices than typical 468x60 banner ads means that you can work relevant ads into your content without looking like a banner farm.

The fourth option allows you to use alternate ads instead of google's public service banners. Why show ads for free?

Finally, Google gives you the ability to create custom channels. These channels will help you monitor the performance of each ad banner on the page.

Ad Placement
I have found that ads are vital in 2 places.
1. On the archive pages. Most of my guest traffic hits my archives first. If they don't find what they are looking for at my site, the google banner often gives them another viable site to check out. So, they click the ad and away they go.
2. In the postbit template of the first post on the page. (Ideally, the banner should be in the postbit of the LAST post on the page. More readers see the last post than the first. But, putting a banner there causes all sorts of grief for firefox and opera users if they try to use the quick reply box.)

What works for me, might not work for you
That's where custom channels come in.

Google allows you to create custom channels. I have several created - one for each placement of an ad banner in a template. Some examples of channel names are: postbit, header, archiveside, archivebottom, forumdisplay, etc.

After you create your custom channel, get the ad code based on that channel and place it in the proper template.

For example, in my forumdisplay, I use a link-type banner. I set that banner to my forumdisplay channel, then grab the code and paste it in my forumdisplay template.

I can now track the impressions banners on my forumdisplay pages receive and how many times they are clicked. Based on those numbers, I can adjust placement of the ad, colors of the ad, or even the size of the ad.

Google helps take the guesswork out of earning money from banners. I have found that using the tips outlined above, my google revenue has gone up 3,000 percent! Yes, 3,000 percent. Before I started working with google's placement tools, I earned pennies every month. Now, I am covering my hosting costs.

It is well worth any effort you will expend.

Amy
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Old 02 Sep 2005, 23:18
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Fascinating... I must tell you I have traditional banners on a site running since 2000 with 6400+ members (growing every day). My hosting is only $25 a month and our income is roughly $1200-1500/month.

Here it is if you want to check it out.
http://www.GM-Diesel.com

Honestly I have been in college since 2000 (graduated a few months ago) and unable to give the site much attention. Now that I am free of the bonds of education I am in the process of doing some mods to the site including the VB Advanced CMPS on the front page as well as Google AdSense. I am not proud of the site other than the amount of income it is bringing me for the minute amount of effort I actually put into it.

Google actually contacted me about doing AdSense and I am trying to work the technical aspects of it this weekend. Thanks for your posts and insight!
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Old 14 Sep 2005, 19:11
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Originally Posted by Matt Collins
Fascinating... I must tell you I have traditional banners on a site running since 2000 with 6400+ members (growing every day). My hosting is only $25 a month and our income is roughly $1200-1500/month.

Here it is if you want to check it out.
http://www.GM-Diesel.com

Honestly I have been in college since 2000 (graduated a few months ago) and unable to give the site much attention. Now that I am free of the bonds of education I am in the process of doing some mods to the site including the VB Advanced CMPS on the front page as well as Google AdSense. I am not proud of the site other than the amount of income it is bringing me for the minute amount of effort I actually put into it.

Google actually contacted me about doing AdSense and I am trying to work the technical aspects of it this weekend. Thanks for your posts and insight!
oh thats a big number what i hear.How many Ad Filters did you add into your google AdSense?
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Old 20 Sep 2005, 21:33
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very impressive numbers, Matt! how long did it take for your site to get that much traffic? (i have my own automotive forums, it is still relatively new, but i plan on making some money off of it... www.auto-labs.com) Any tips/suggestions? Much appreciated,
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 20:58
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Are you making $1500 just from adsense or from your sponsors and adsense?

My automotive message board is much bigger and more active yet my adsense earnings are quite a bit less than $1500 a month.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 22:10
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I have never been able to get adsense to run ads relative to my site. I run a motorcycle forum and it posts ads about tee shirts.
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Old 29 Oct 2005, 23:52
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Have you tried filtering out the "bad" ads? When I first started I was getting nothing, but ads for bulletin board software, bulletin boards at office supply stores etc... I had to filter about 20 sites before I started getting a steady stream of relavant hits.
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Old 30 Oct 2005, 00:49
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No rick how do I do that?

Okay I figured it out thanx, I will try it out.

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Old 30 Oct 2005, 01:26
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use your Google id in your links (as in view more) put this in an article on a blog. Then syndicate it.
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Old 30 Oct 2005, 15:44
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Originally Posted by amykhar
I have found that using the tips outlined above, my google revenue has gone up 3,000 percent! Yes, 3,000 percent. Before I started working with google's placement tools, I earned pennies every month. Now, I am covering my hosting costs.
Hello, please can you explain what do you mena by this?
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Old 30 Oct 2005, 15:59
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I'm not sure what needs explaining? (I'm not going to name actual dollar amounts)
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Originally Posted by Rick
Are you making $1500 just from adsense or from your sponsors and adsense?

My automotive message board is much bigger and more active yet my adsense earnings are quite a bit less than $1500 a month.

I do about that much on adsense on one of my forums
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Old 01 Nov 2005, 15:55
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Originally Posted by joeychgo
I do about that much on adsense on one of my forums
I bring in low $xx,xxx a month between adsense and ypn now amongst my forums. The key is placement and testing. Spending hours in "research" on what works best WILL pay off in the long run.
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Old 07 Nov 2005, 14:29
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Amy,
fantastic advice! Thanks I have added this to my site www.BeautUtes.com but ...

1. On the archive pages. Most of my guest traffic hits my archives first. If they don't find what they are looking for at my site, the google banner often gives them another viable site to check out. So, they click the ad and away they go.
How to I add adsense to my archive?

Cheers
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Old 07 Nov 2005, 14:44
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Here you go: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...771#post814771

I threw my plugins into a product for you. Tweak as needed.

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