Q&A: Can You Really Make Money with Google Adsense?

Yes, but if you want to make really good money with Google AdSense, you either have to be in a unique niche in which advertisers will pay a lot for clicks on their ads or you have to get a ton of traffic.

Google AdSense with niche sites

The way this works is, you build a website around a particular high value keyword. By “high value keyword” I mean a keyword that advertisers will pay a lot to target. (This might be a good time for a refresher on keywords.)

Finding those unique niches takes a bit of keyword research and usually doesn’t happen by accident. There are many people in the business of hunting for these high-paying niches, creating websites strictly for the purpose of capitalizing on valuable keywords and making a lot of money in the process. If you want to see a real life example of building a site like this, check out Pat Flynn’s very interesting series, Niche Site Duel.

Google AdSense with high traffic

For those of us blogging in niches without valuable keywords, high traffic is the key to making good money with AdSense. I know plenty of bloggers making hundreds (and in many cases thousands) of dollars every month with AdSense.

In my case, as of this writing I don’t have my main AdSense ads up (I’m always experimenting you know). However, before I took them down, I was making several hundred dollars a month.

But that’s just peanuts compared to many.

I recently bought Laurie Turk’s online course called Mom Blog to Money Blog* (see note below). Laurie gets 7 million pageviews a month on her craft blog (TipJunkie.com) and makes over $12,000 a month from Google AdSense alone.

Another excellent (and free) resource to learn the ins and outs of Google AdSense is John Saddington’s A Blogger’s Guide to Earning More with Google Adsense series. If you’re interested in getting more details about AdSense, this is a great place to start. Free is always nice.

Takeaways

There are no magic bullets. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another and vice versa. There are no guaranteed, across-the-board results either.

Google AdSense works well for some and not so well for others. It really depends.

If you’re just starting to monetize your blog, I still think the best way to figure out what might work for you is to look at well-established bloggers in your niche and take note of the monetization methods they use. Start there.

But don’t limit yourself either. Always experiment. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And aim for a diverse number of income streams.

Note: If you’re interested in Mom Blog to Money Blog, I definitely recommend you start a website first (I will shamelessly plug my How to Start a Blog series here) and only consider taking her course once you gain some good traction. Her course is definitely more suited to someone who has been blogging for a while and has a solid understanding of blogging basics. She’s been blogging since 2007 so she’s been at it a while. Also, 7 million pageviews a month would be really hard to duplicate for the vast majority of us so our results are likely to vary drastically.

*There are affiliate links in this post.

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Comments

  1. says

    Great beginners tips. Google Adsense can be one of the most lucrative to make money with your web page forms. But Adsense is not a get rich program. A primary requirement is to work, if you want to make good money. But do not spend the overnight. You have to build a site with a lot of traffic to make it worth while. However, in order to make your website a success, you must have the original and exceptional content and have a large number of visitors.

  2. says

    I have actually done away with using AdSense completely on my blog, and other ads and ad networks. The reason being, you really do have to have a decent amount of traffic to make good money with the program. But there is more to it than that. We have our blogs as a capture place for people looking for specific content and information. So why would you want to lose a potential visitor on your on site/blog and make a few cents off of them? Doesn’t make sense to me. Much more money and value in offering visitors specific products through affiliate programs. It also makes your website less spammy with ads and helps your visitors and readers pay more attention to what you have to offer. I think AdSense is a great program, don’t get me wrong, but you can make more money and provide more value through other programs, besides ad networks. One other thing – AdBlock Plus (ABP) plugins, etc, do block ads and with more ad more people using Google Chrome and Firefox, its just blank space. Google may block those plugins at some point or at least they should because they are losing revenue from it. Popups and interstitial ads are annoying and definitely should remained blocked, though. This is just my two cents, take it for what its worth.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Josh. Good point about the ad blockers. Same goes for apps like Pocket and Evernote that allow the reader to block out the ads too.

  3. says

    Google adsense is the most popular and easy way to monetized with blog but it is also very easy to get ban from google. Someone click on my adsense many time and google banned my account and there is no way to get back my google account.

  4. says

    Excellent article. I have been making a lot of money using Adsense for the last few years now, and if anything, I have noticed that my revenue keeps climbing. In other words, Adsense for me has shown absolutely no sign of stopping. However, what I have been noticing with many is that they think Adsense is a get rich quick scheme. It is not. It takes a LOT of work to make good money with it. More work than many things.

    In fact, what I have noticed is that top earners treat blogging as a full time job. That means that they are working at least eight hour days and putting in nights and weekends sometimes. Some like to say that you don’t need to do this, but for many, the truth is it does take a lot of work. Nothing good is easy.

    Adsense is just one product for making money. Many people not only use Adsense on their blogs, but do consulting, write ebooks and use affiliate networks. Also, many people comment all over the internet to get views on their blog. Learning about SEO and trends and finding niches are yet other ways in which one must spend time. There is so much to learn about making money online.

    Good luck to all of you who are serious about making money with Adsense and blogging! It can be done, but it takes time – a concentrated daily effort.

    • says

      It is definitely not a high paying niche. Also, a lot of people who read/follow tech blogs, know what an ad is and they are sort of blind to advertisement. However, on the bright side, you can still make money from your blog. A lot of top full-time tech bloggers make most of their money from affiliate sales and providing other services like WP installation, help with hosting, etc.

  5. says

    I just installed adsense onto one of my sites that had gained some decent traffic, then found your article as I began digging for more info on the subject. I just wanted to say thanks for linking other great resources into your article – looking forward to learning more!

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