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Secret Formula For Google AdSense Money Making Websites

money There is a lot of information out there about how to make money with Google AdSense. Most of it boils down to some version of:

  1. Research Keywords
  2. Write Keyword Optimized Posts or Pages
  3. Build Backlinks to Optimized Articles
  4. Move Up in Search Engine Rankings
  5. Profit

If this sounds about right to you, I have some bad news for you. There is a very good chance that even if you fully succeed at the money making method listed above, you may never earn more money from AdSense than a few pennies.

If earning money from Google AdSense ads can’t be done by following the methodology above, then why do so many people repeat it?

First, off, congratulations on asking the right question. Secondly, the answer to that question is actually in the question itself. So many people repeat what they have “learned” about search engine optimization, or SEO, and making money with AdSense that it has become accepted conventional wisdom, even if it is not entirely true. If you are serious about making money writing online, it is imperative to be able to distinguish knowledge that has been used and verified first-hand, and the so-called knowledge that has been copied from sources second-hand.

The good news is that the formula for making money with Google AdSense above is not false, so much as it is incomplete. The most important step for earning money with AdSense has been left out of the formula, unintentionally, by hundreds of writers and webmasters trying to make a name for themselves as money making bloggers by reading information and then passing it on. There is nothing wrong with doing this. I do it everyday as a professional freelance writer by creating content and articles for publication based upon research that has been given to me, or data that I have researched myself. The catch is, that in order to be useful, the research that writing is based on must be both accurate, and complete. (You can read my freelance writing blog for more information and freelance writing tips.)

What Is Missing From Google AdSense Formula for Earning Money?

The key to making money with AdSense is getting clicks on the ads that are placed on the website or the advertisements displayed on the webpage that you have build with perfect keyword optimization. Most AdSense manuals of instruction provide the insider information for making money using Google AdSense by saying that you can expect a one percent (1%) click through rate on the Google ads displayed on your high-ranking webpage. However, while that number may be inline with most reported click-through-rates or CTR studies, that number is an average CTR rate, not a standard CTR rate.

The reality of Google AdSense is that some keywords get much higher click through rates. The bad news, is that many keywords get much lower click through rates.

If you spend a lot of time optimizing high-quality content and then linking it to the #1 position in Google search results (sometimes called Search Engine Results Pages, or SERPs), but nobody clicks on the ads that get displayed, you won’t make any money with AdSense no matter how good you are at high-ranking, keyword optimized, content for the web.

How do you find out what searches have keywords that get clicked a lot? Unfortunately, the only true answer is trial and error.

Some webpages can literally get a 25 percent CTR or even higher because the people searching for that information are so likely to be in need of services or products provided by Google’s advertisers. Other webpages can get less than 0.01% CTR because the people looking for that particular information have no need for the products or services provided.

The best way to find high-paying keywords for profitable AdSense targeting is to research high-volume, good-paying keywords and then publish well-written, high-quality web content around those keywords. Then, build some links to those articles and webpages in order to increase web traffic by having high-ranking search results linking to your content. By checking your AdSense Reports and your Google Analytics reports, you can determine which webpages are resulting in high click through rates and cross-reference those pages with what keywords are driving traffic to those webpages. Using those keywords to create high-ranking, top-quality, keyword optimized content to drive profitable traffic to your website that will actually click on your Google AdSense placements is the key to making money writing online by using AdSense.

Next Steps Making Money With AdSense

When you are ready to get serious about earning money with AdSense, important steps cannot be skipped.

First, you will need to start a writing business so that you don’t have to give your social security number out to everyone in order to get paid. Second, you will need to get approved for Google AdSense accounts. Third, it can help to be approved for Google AdWords as well. Finally, you will need to build a profitable website. One of the easiest ways to create a quality website is by using WordPress. Don’t get bogged down in WordPress themes that are search engine optimized and flashy. They are not any better for making money with AdSense and can cost you more dollars for webhosting if they use too many resources. Instead, look for great WordPress themes for writers that can feature your content without appearing boring or amateurish.

Then, grab the Make Money Writing Online Feed to stay up to date on all of the best money making writing techniques.

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Best WordPress Writers Templates Features

wordpress-menu-customize-writers-themes Regular readers here at make money writing online know that I am on a quest to find the perfect WordPress theme for writers. After numerous new free themes came out proclaiming themselves to be WordPress themes for writers based on the fact that they were “plain” and therefore made “writing the focus” of the blog, I wondered what features and WordPress options would make the best theme for writers.

Obviously, this is no small undertaking. Writers come in all shapes and sizes. From writers looking to earn money writing online as a side business, to professional freelance writers, all the way to those looking to startup a writing business from home, covering all writers is tough business. However, as we’ve searched the WordPress theme gallery, and Google searched our way around the WordPress theme world, some very useful WordPress features have stood out as necessary to a top WordPress theme for writers. We’ve been cataloging those things that WordPress themes require to be the best money making writing themes out there as we go along so that until we do find a nice catalog of great WordPress themes for professional writers you can use the features for writers we have discovered to do your own analysis of themes that you find for yourself.

Today, we look at an important WordPress theme menu navigation feature that all good writer’s WordPress themes should have.

Customizable Menu Options for WordPress Themes

It is bad enough that as writers we have to dumb down our writing to fit into the outdated model that Google uses to index and rank search engine results. Clever titles and crafty writing are nothing more than suicide notes from writers who want more traffic to come to their websites. With that in mind, the writer should not also be further boxed into small minded navigation and menu options by theme developers who claim that all writers want from a WordPress theme is simple black and white text display.

While most on-page SEO tactics are nothing more than snake oil pedaled by SEO consultants and other search engine optimization experts, one critical SEO feature for writers is getting the right keywords in the titles of their webpages. Nothing gives a writer (or anyone else) a better chance of ranking high for a keyword or key phrase than exactly matching the search query typed into that little box on Google’s home page. To do that, requires titles that are occasionally wordy, or poorly framed. Fortunately, those bad writing titles can be hidden within the unused (by humans) title tags of the webpage in question. Then, a more sensical (but still optimized) title can be used in the H1 tags of the page.

All of this works provided that WordPress theme does not insist on taking whatever title it finds and jamming it into the menu bar or link list displayed automatically by the theme’s source code. For example, consider this money making blog theme currently being used here on makemoneywritingonline.com.

You see that menu in the upper right corner?

See that last tab? The one that says, “Writing Business Start-Up Guide“? You can about imagine why that is the title of the page. Fortunately, this particular theme uses small text up there and it doesn’t mess up the look of the theme, but that isn’t always the case. The problem is particularly acute for web developers and content publishers looking to take advantage of the Page functionality of WordPress. Many themes insist on listing all pages as menu options, and of course, using their full titles to do so. Unfortunately, most of them do not have the ability to deal with a WordPress blog that has enough pages to require two rows, or provide the webmaster with any easy way to configure which pages to display or how to have them titled when they are displayed.

So, we add another criteria for a good WordPress writer theme. Menu bars, side menus, and features that work based on displaying Pages must be configurable both for display as well as for which ones are displayed. All other themes shall be relegated to the for use only by Internet marketers and those who like flash over substance and success.

Theme on, my friends.

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Easy Updates For Every Page In Your Website

new-content-graphic Keeping your content fresh is an important component of staying on top of everyone’s search engine results rankings, including Google.

But, sometimes, content just goes stale.  Maybe there is nothing more to write on the subject.  Maybe the problem that you found a solution to that nagging problem that you have been blogging about, but you still want to make sure that others can find those articles so that they can find the solution too.

And, let’s face it, sometimes, you are just too busy writing, designing, building, and fixing things to do the search engine spider’s bidding and get out an update your content just so you can keep that #1 search ranking.

The truth of the matter is that just because something was written a while ago doesn’t make it any less relevant, factual, or entertaining.  Sure, some things go cold like elections, tax season, Christmas, and all manner of other things with a built-in shelf life.  But, other things are still relevant.  Tips on touch-typing would be just as useful today as they were in 1999.  Likewise, tips on reading Latin, using a feather duster, building a birdhouse, and learning how to make origami penguins would all be unchanged despite the march of progress.

Unfortunately, the Google Spider doesn’t know any better.  To him, fresh is best, even if your timeless article is way better than the garbage ranked ahead of you.

Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to update every page on your website in just seconds, if you build it properly.

Update Every Web Page With Little Effort

Whether you have a blog based website, or other website, chances are that it has some sort of sidebar, header, or footer that has at least one part that is consistent across the entire web site.  A quick change to that part ensures that every single webpage in your whole website changes enough to be considered “new” again.

The trick is to make a substantial enough change to be considered more than just a minor change without throwing off the look and navigation of your website.  That is why, you want to build in a section that you can change, complete with its own coding to ensure that the area is always the same size regardless of the content in it.

Again, the best areas for such a defined block are the header, sidebar, or footer.  Insert an introduction, a recent events section, or a blurb about the services or products you provide.  Then, once a month or so, make a single change to that section and watch all of your pages be shiny and new again, at least to the spiders.

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Make Money Writing Resumes Online

help-wanted-adFrustrated by trying to break into the world of freelance writing?

Try writing resumes.

With the economy’s current troubles layoffs are hitting many people hard.  For some, their last job hunt was 5, 10, or even 20 years ago!

Dusting off the old resume and then trying to update it to include the most recent job and duties, as well as make it look and feel current by today’s standards can be a daunting task.  People will gladly pay a professional resume writer to take care of the whole thing.

How-To Start A Freelance Resume Writing Business

  1. Brush up on your resume writing skills.  Read some of the career resources out there, contact your alumni career center.
  2. Hunt For Freelance Gigs.  Guru, Elance, and other sites might be good for regular freelance writing gigs, but job seekers aren’t experienced in the freelance writing world.  They go to Craigslist and places like that.
  3. Start a Job Hunting Blog.  The easiest jobs you’ll ever get are the ones that come to you.  Write a job hunting blog filled with useful and relevant information and job hunters will find you before they even know they want a professional resume writer.

These quick and easy tips should be able to get you started.  Writing resumes may not be your end goal, but they can be a great way for a writer to make ends meet while building up that dream freelance writing practice you want.

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