How to Monetize A Free Website
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 sponsors.
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 every time someone clicks on the
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 attract.
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.
It makes perfect sense to make dollars with
Adsense. With this source of revenue, you can
upgraded your website and take it to it’s full
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