Due to a variety of factors (mainly Squidoo and the chaotic subdomain period) I have a multitude of accounts. A few of them pay out regularly, but my worst-performing account only just reached the fifty dollar threshold last month.
I set the account up in 2014, so that means it only took 8 years to reap a reward!
I'm probably going to delete the account now as it only makes about 16 cents/month...
Hey, $50 is better than nothing, I guess.
Not to change the topic, but out of interest, would you say that having multiple accounts has been beneficial?
I remember reading an article where someone mentioned they have numerous "faceless" accounts for each of their niches. I just wondered what your experience has been like?
There's no big advantage of numerous accounts. Except perhaps it's slightly easier to see what's happening and organize if you have lots of hubs and they are split up.
I created more because in the subdomain period (post-panda and pre-niches), when accounts were soaring like birds then crashing the following day. I didn't want all my eggs in one basket. Also, I wanted to try accounts dedicated to a certain niches or ideas. It wasn't really worth it.
Then I had my two Squidoo accounts moved to HP just to add extra.
It's actually a pain in the ass having lots of accounts!
Appreciate the insight. I think I'll just stick to the one account then!
It's hard to believe that's all you are making. Your dyi articles are stellar, and most dyi do well. Although I do feel I've been very ripped off the last year or so from HP. Seems almost now I get what they THINK I should get. Not actual numbers. I've done the math, some things aren't making sense.
And does the secretive "don't discuss CPM" rule still apply? I know that was a big thing like 10 years ago, but geez. Still do ok with traffic, only during the hot Florida season, but seems like some payout numbers don't match with what's shown via Analytics. Just my 7¢ cents. (Inflation from "2 cents worth"
Wow, Paul, that's incredible! Congrats are in order for that long overdue payout.
Hey Paul, before you delete that account, may I suggest you research the problem for it not working.
It would be a shame to throw away all your hard work you once did on those articles. Maybe all you need to do is update each one in that account to make them work better with audience engagement and Google algorithms.
Sure, it’ll take time, but consider the time you already put into the initial creative work. I’m sure that was valuable work you’ve done, and maybe all you need to do now is improve on them.
I do that all the time. It’s easier to improve existing content than it is to write new stuff. Don’t give up so fast.
Yes, I work on existing content all the time, too. In this case, I'm going to delete though. I don't see eight years as giving up fast!?!?!
The account contains a handful of hubs focused on a particular niche which is a saturated topic. It was a very poor choice and certainly not one that my more experienced self would pick.
It's kind of embarrassing some of the stuff I thought would work in those first few years!
I am writing new stuff all the time, often 5 or 6 articles per week (not all for HP). It can be as quick to newly create as to rewrite and the newer ones can often be more successful.
Sometimes deletion is the correct choice, rather than repeatedly expending time on something. I wasted too much time on that account over the last 8 years.
I was just waiting for it to crawl past the winning post before I deleted...
The most important research that's done occurs before you even start an article. It took me a few years to learn that.
After all is said an done, I agree with your point. Paul. It makes sense to avoid expending time on saturated topics.
That’s a mistake I’ve made in the past. And as you, I too, learned to research my ideas to see if someone else already did it. It’s funny you mentioned that. It took me years before I realized doing that research saved me a lot of wasted effort.
You are absolutely right, though, that updating existing articles is generally the way forward and the best way to increase traffic.
I often feel that I'd be better off focused entirely on that. But writing new stuff is where the fun is!
16 cents/month...Oh! I am definitely doing much better than this
By the way, Congratulations!
I've been waiting for payout from Adsense for a few years. I'm only about a dollar off.
Do your alter egos ever appear in the forums?
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Do your alter egos ever appear in the forums?
Yes. I post with other accounts by mistake sometimes. They all have the same photo and bio. It's obviously me, there's nothing surreptitious. Eugene has seen it happen and commented, he apparently just doesn't remember!
I think at the peak of my Adsense efforts, I once achieved payout in two months. Nowadays, I don't even bother to check it because it's so utterly crappy.
On a positive note, the Euro and dollar are on a near par, so at least we're earning a bit more on this side of the pond. Usually I leave money in PayPal and withdraw it when the exchange rate is more favourable.
Why do you have multiple accounts? Why not write all your articles on one? As far as I know writing about different topics on one account doesn't affect your views or earnings.
It used to.
Yes, as Dr Mark says, things were different before the niche sites were brought in.
We were encouraged to stick to one specialist area of expertise. So, if you wrote about multiple topics (like me), it seemed to make sense to create separate accounts for each niche we wrote about. There is no need to do that now.
I too have my old Squidoo account that only has two articles on it, and slowly limps toward payout a few pennies at a time. It is hard to let go!
Wondering, for you or anyone else with multiple accounts, do you still write new content on all of your different accounts?
Or, do you now stick with one account for all new articles?
I have I think 4 active accounts now. I've been trying to decide if I should write new stuff for the other accounts or write everything, including niche articles, on this one.
It feels weird because I still think of everything as so compartmentalized.
I understand your dilemma.
I generally split my writing between different accounts with the goal of having more payouts.
I feel that 50 or 60 articles is enough for one account. It starts getting unwieldy if and when you have a list of hundreds.
It's still probably more logical to just write with just one account, though.
Do you use the same name on all of your accounts. I mean, obviously not the same screen name, but the same real name?
I understand if you don't want to answer that one. LOL
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