I was reading a blog the other day and I canme across an article on using the Competitive Ad Filter.
I had nothing to lose so I tried the advice.
Wow - since using this wonderful little section on Adsense, my Google revenue 'ratio' has increased by 80-90% - amazing.
Do a search on the forums for 'Competitive Ad Filter' and you'll find a great old forum entry with suggested sites to add to this filtrer...well worth doing!
Thank you so much for creating a Forum as this. I'm still trying to master Google Adsense.
I spent a couple of hours visiting each website to see if it were still in use and to get more of a feel to what to look for when I come across the MFA (made for Ads) and LCPC (low cost per click).
I can't wait to see the results.
I build free websites and have gotten very good at it. It's nice to know I have control over what ads are being placed on my websites.
If you or anyone in this forum creates websites make sure you verify you website within you Adsense account. I did that today too.
There is so much to Adsense. It goes so deep. OK, thanks again.
It wouldn't be spamming if you gave us a direct link to that forum post, SimeyC. I think a lot of people could benefit.
True - here's the original link:
..and some background info!
What this tool allows you to do is to list sites that either don't directly relate to your content (and therefore won't get clicked) or to some low paying 'spam' sites - so from my experience I seem to get a lot more 'high' paying clicks.....
haha, just read the original thread, the first ad I blocked as well was for the scientology website.
Thanks for the info, I'll be checking it out. Any suggestions on what kind of site to block?
The link I listed has a lot of suggestions - including a full list from one person! I just used a generic list I found on the web and got decent results!
You want to block out sites which you do not think anyone will click.
So for example, on a vegetarian website, you would not want adverts for chicken recipes.
I spent hours going back through all my hubs, checking to see if the ads were relevant, etc. ALL -- literally -- of them were. So I didn't see the need to add the filter.
Am I just lucky with what ads are posting, or am I overlooking something?
Remember, any ad filtering is only going to work when your own affiliate ID is on the Hubs. It won't work when the HubPages preferences are in play.
Thank you for pointing out the thread. Much appreciated. I can use or test theories a little at a time and see what's what.
Thanks for pointing to that thread. I have blocked all the sites that were mentioned in that forum(I guess the list was genuinine, I dont want low priced ads)...How much time will take for the list to take effect??
I noticed a difference straight away.....I was pleasantly surprised!
ad blocking has its purpose especially relating to relevancy and competition, but keep in mind the ads that display on your page are the current high bidders, blocking them means you will now get the next LOWEST bid, but you may in turn get more of those clicks.
The best way to increase your ads cost per click and relevancy is to rephrase your titles and capsule headers until tasty high payers are displayed.
I found that by blocking a lot of 'spam' type sites that only pay 0.01c a click, I got about the same number of clicks, but the value was higher - it certainly didn't work out that the 'next bid' was lower.....my general revenue has gone up about 50% - it's a little harder to gauge now as I found a niche and am getting tons of traffic - but when my traffic was static, the revenue definately went up noticeably after applying ad filters. Perhaps I was getting more relevant ads? or the better quality ads were more prominent, whatever it was - it happened directly after filtering the ad content!
I believe your experience..but in the adwords business model, high bidder wins..if your highest bidders are .10 cents than you will get replacement ads worth < or = .10 also
A spam site that only bids .01 cents wont beat a higher advertiser...why would google serve a penny when they could make a dime?
It would be easy to gauge you can see if your volume or cost per click increased ..they are the most visible factors
I do block a big list of MFA sites and supposedly notoriously low bidders like (believe it or not) ebay and yahoo, but I did it long ago after reading some random forum thread also, i dont think its made a positive difference. I enjoy a greater than $7 ea per thousand by careful keyword tweaking
heres the blacklist i used years ago...
http://www.johnchow.com/using-the-compe … -earnings/
adsense serves the highest bidders in the prime spots on your pages..the low bidders shouldnt be appearing at the tasty locations if they get clicked occasionally ..shrugs
youll see most of the commenters claim similar results as you though..
I'm so pleased I came across this Forum. I added the websites to the Competitive Ad Filter within my Adsense account. Thank you guys.
I also made all of my channels targetable. I look forward to seeing if there is any significant changes to my adsense revenue. I'll be back to let you guys know. Thank you again.
Hi, anyone has an updated list? The list seems old to me. SimeyC, SunForged? Anyone?
This is the top 30 as of this moment!
Wow! Thanks for this post...very helpful...needed to get rid of the pest control ad on my hub about growing tomatillos!
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