I've posted my Adsense stats in the past and I like to do it fairly regularly, particularly if there is an observation that I can make from them.
Here is the chart of my Adsense ad views since the beginning of the year.
The sharp increase in early June resulted from the insertion of Adsense ads into my Feedburner feed. I have three feeds, only one of which runs through Feedburner, so the Adsense ad views represent my blog page views plus roughly one-third of my RSS feed views.
Adsense doesn’t load an ad into a page or a feed unless it has been opened in a browser or a reader so this is an accurate measure of the number of views I am getting on the places I have Adsense running.
I know that my blog averages about 2,500 page views per day, so the increase to about 8,000 ad views per days says that the Feedburner feed is driving about 5,500 ad views per day. And if I were to add Adsense to my other two TypePad feeds (atom and rdf), then I’d probably have about 20,000 Adsense ad views per day.
That’s an impressive number for a one guy/part time one hour/day operation. Assuming I could get a 1% click through on those 20,000 ad views, that would be 200 clicks per day. And if I could get $0.50 per click, I could make $100 per day. That’s $700 per week, and $36,500 per year. For one guy/part time one hour/day, that’s a huge number.
But alas, it doesn’t work that way. I suppose you all knew that it wouldn’t.
First, I don’t have Adsense running on my two TypePad feeds. If I could run them through Feedburner, I could run ads easily. But so far, neither TypePad nor Feedburner has figured out how to make that happen for me. I hope they will soon.
That cuts my earning potential by 60%.
Then there’s the nastly problem of little to no click through in the RSS feeds. I was getting a 0.5% click thru rate before I added RSS feeds (down from 1% for all of last year, a decline I still can’t figure out). With the addition of RSS, my click thru is now 0.2%.
Here is a chart of my click thru rates since the beginning of the year.
If I assume the web ads still have a 0.5% click thru rate, then I am getting 13 clicks on my blog on the web on an average day. That means the extra 5,500 RSS ad views are generating an average of 3 clicks per day.
If you buy that math, RSS is generating a 0.05% click thru rate (one tenth the rate the blog page generates).
So it’s hardly worth getting ads into my other two RSS feeds until the RSS click thru rates improve.
I don’t read my blog in RSS so I don’t closely monitor what kind of ads are running on my RSS feed. I’ll take a look and report back, but this is a concern for everyone who is betting on ads in RSS to make them lots of money.
So in conclusion, what happened to the $100 per day that I projected I could make with my current traffic? It’s a tiny fraction of that. Currently its running at around $4/day, and that’s still “labor of love” territory. Here is a chart showing my dollars per day since the beginning of the year.
I don’t keep the money I make on Adsense, I donate it to the Grameen Foundation, but nevertheless I am troubled by something.
In February, I was generating 2,000 Adsense ad views per day and was making north of $5/day on a good day.
Today, I am generating over 8,000 Adsense ad views per day and making less than $4/day on a good day.
Some of this is due to the RSS issue, but even without it, my traffic has gone up by at least 20% since February and I am making less.
Something is wrong and I think it’s the targeting and relevancy of the ads. There’s $96/day of opportunity for someone who can address this problem and that sounds like a big bucket of money to me.
Please let me know what you think.