Running a blog for income and other blog questions.
Ok I have a few questions and figured I should group them up and present instead of doing a bunch of post. First, As for adsense what is the ratio of page impressions to clicks? I know you can't make people click your ads but what would be a rough guess on average how many page impressions equal a click. You see my goal is to get $1000+ a month from my blog and was wondering about how many page impressions would I be hoping for. Next, how many blog articles do you do a week? Does it vary? I am averaging 2 a week but, plan to raise that to 3 a week. And, do you think posting too many blog articles a week or month, etc could be counter productive. I figure you have too many blog articles posted good ones might easily get lost in the shuffle. And another question, how do you get a successful forum started? Does it take time like starting a blog. I set one up and only have one person who joined yet I know people are checking out the forum just not posting or joining. You know I feel I have forgot something, oh well. I do have to say my blog is finally getting off the ground with many visitors and even many vistors by way of finding my blog on search engines, at least three a day. It has been going great the last few months but I am looking for ideas to get more visitors.
Thanks for your time.
First, read blogs about blogging. People who are earning a living from blogging. A good place to start is Blog Tips to Help You Make Money Blogging - ProBlogger .
Second. Space your questions when you write a post, there is nothing harder to read and respond to than a block of text.
The answer to all of your other questions is:
Different audiences click more often.
Different audiences read more posts per week. (I think consistency is important)
Different topics have bigger audiences.
There is a difference between running a blog for money and running a blog to provide value, but you also make money from.
As for the forum, I haven't set one up so I wouldn't know. But it would make sense to:
a) Have a lot of traffic (users) on your blog
b) Encourage (give a reason) people to use the forum. (atleast let them know it exists)
Good luck defining your purpose.
Hope that helps.
As the poster above mentioned, it depends.
The earning potential of your site (when it comes to Adsense) will vary greatly depending on the primary topic. A blog on personal finance will make much more money than a blog on your favorite movies. Personal finance ads pay more. So it depends on your theme.
Click through ratios depend on how your site is laid out. Do a search for "heat maps Google Adsense" and you will find some interesting information regarding where to place your Adsense ads on the page. This can make a big difference.
My CTR will range from 3% to 10% depending on the blog.
In terms of posting frequency, my sweet spot is one new post per day. I don't always hit this mark, but I find that my sites do the best when I am producing one fresh article per day.
Starting a successful forum is hard. First focus on getting that blog traffic, and then you can start pushing the forum.
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