I hope that the No-Good-Deed-Goes-Unpunished rule does not apply here...
Google keeps tossing me $100 AdWords coupons. When you get one, don't ignore it.
I quite simply create ads directing visitors to my hubs.
I set my ad price at one cent. No more. No less.
The visitors roll in. Referral trackers and all.
Do not engage in arbitrage. Whatever your ad promises, your hub must deliver. In spades.
I keep meaning to do that. Other ways to get traffic:
-Write something extremely controversial and well researched on a current issue.
-Use Made For Pinterest images.
-Write titles based on what you think people who want to read your content will type into Google.
-Don't stress about traffic till your content is 9 months old.
OK, go ahead and make fun of me, but I must be confused.
How does that get you any traffic? Google wants to place the most expensive ads it can, where ever it can, because that's how they make money. They would never insert a 1 cent ad in a spot they can put a $1 ad in.
Why would they even consider your ads if it would make them less than a penny per ad?
Unless of course the keywords you target are so useless that a 1 cent bidder is the high bidder. Which of course would mean no one else wants them because nobody searches for them.
I have also used that coupon, but it only lasted a day or two. I placed a $2 max bid on my keywords ad, (most were placed as high bid in the 90 cents - $1.41 range) - and they were used up quickly. As mentioned, I think just a day or two. Maybe I did not understand what I was doing and could have gotten more placements for the $100.
Follow-up with analytics was unable to determine if there was any residual traffic or links from the ad effort. (I did not use the ads for HP)
Your idea is not a bad one - everyone should use that coupon. You can set your maximum campaign costs to the value of the coupon. That way when Adsense has spent your budget - it stops entering your ad into the bid pool, and it does not cost you anymore money.
It was just the 1 cent thing that I don't understand. Did your Adsense campaign report actually show any winning ad bids at 1 cent?
40 minutes... I was kind of hoping that other traffic tips would be posted here...
That is a very clever idea. How is that working for you?
Are you going to explain how you get those coupons or was your good deed just to make us have to still do work?
I assumed I was on their radar because of my AdSense. account. However, after thinking about it, I think the last one was because I opened a Gmail account.
I've never used an Adwords coupon yet. Google kept sending me them in Spanish, because I lived in Spain and I'm still associated there, and I couldn't read them to see what to do! I speak fluent Spanish, but I neither read nor write the language.
I wish they would give us the option, when we live abroad, to receive communication in English.
All the big companies do that - bought an Epson printer from AmazonUK and had it shipped to Spain, and now Epson keep sending me follow up emails in Spanish! Why do they not have a language option?
I have a $50 dollar adwords coupon, I didn't know what to do with it until now, thanks, PDS. I am so fick!
Sometimes the internet really does hand out free gifts.
Not free, gift when I purchased domain. But will attempt to use now anyway.
I am directly soliciting you to post your domain name link. That means it is OK to do so. What is it?
I have two. The first you have visited, the second, for which I received the coupon, does not have any content yet. But soooon, she says with baited breath.
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I note Google is placing highly relevant (sarcasm!) video ads on your blog:
"Roast Beef Platter
Watch Marco make Delicious Roast Beef with Beetroot & Horseradish"
LOL That's par for the course, isn't it? It's not just sometimes you have to wonder about Google - it's ALL the time!
Yes, I'd noticed. I'm just so useless that I haven't worked out how to get rid of them. (I believe this can be done) I need to read those unbelievably boring Google help pages *procrastinates* like never before.
Hmmm. Maybe I'd better start actually reading those emails I get...
One of the 60DC Hubs was on using an Adwords Voucher.
Back then the HubPage design had way to many distractions in the sidebar and wasn't necessarily the best landing page for using Adwords even if it was a "free" Voucher. The new design makes for a much better landing page.
Just one thought ... regarding arbitrage, if you are bidding on one cent clicks in Adwords and hoping for larger clicks at Hubpages - that is the very definition of arbitrage.
Luckily, arbitrage is not officially disallowed.
Of course you could just be enjoying some HP impressions or trying to sell Amazon/eBay items - cant imagine many commercial terms are coming through at 1ct though.
I have something like $4000 USD in those damn vouchers on my desk right now, shame I cant use them myself! I have been giving them away on my Facebook Business page on random fridays.
Those vouchers will come in the mail if you create a google places/+ page, set up a google account, webmaster tools, they are offered if you buy a hosting account etc etc.
They are really easy to get - it is funny so many people let that free money get by. I was surprised many times by HubPages authors who might turn $100 in 9 months yet never took the iniative to experiment with those $100 Vouchers for adwords ($50 Facebook ones are real easy to come across also)
I have set up google accounts, webmaster tools etc etc but have never once received a voucher... am I in a minority??
Crap, I wish I'd seen this post earlier. I got one of those $100 AdSense coupons in the mail a couple of days ago and canned it cuz I didn't think I had any use for it. Sigh.
I currently have a Google coupon for 100 and will put your practice into work. However, I have joined two photography forums and have seen traffic increase. I use those that let insert a link into your signature
They are Canon Digital Forums and Photography Forum & Digital Photography Forums.
At the very least they provide very good backlinks
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