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How to keep 100% adsense revenue from weebly sites?
Weebly needs no introduction. It is one among the most popular website builders and hosting providers. It has become famous by its simple user friendly drag and drop menus that have allowed many people, especially those who know nothing about coding but who still wished to have their own website, to create their websites without paying any cent.
Among its wonderful features, weebly allows website owners to earn from google adsense, irrespective of whether one is a free user of a paid user.
As a free user, one gets to create up to 10 free websites per account, each website allowing unlimited number of pages, uploading of unlimited number of files of up to 10 mb each and bandwidth is not a problem with weebly irrespective of being a free user or a paid user.
However, features are added as one moves from being a free user to upgrading sites to starter or pro. Such features include, among others, hosting of HD videos, customized footers, site search, header slide shows and protected pages.
However, in this article we are rather going to see the implications of upgrading on adsense earnings.
As free users, weebly is among the few that allows us to earn through google adsense ads. However, weebly is a revenue sharing site for free users. This means, when ones sites are hosted for free on weebly, one has to share 50% adsense revenue with them. This is considered a fair deal in the sense that it also costs weebly to host the site and to provide bandwidth and spaces for uploading file among others.
How to put adsense ads on weebly as a free user?
First of all you need an adsense account. You can either have the account before you create your site to weebly or you can apply for one through weebly itself.
After you have created your site and while you are editing it, click on revenue. You will see the adsense widget. Click and drag it at a place you want it to be placed on your site. If you have already an adsense account, you will be asked to enter your publisher ID and to allow access to weebly for revenue sharing purposes.
In case you do not have an adsense account, you may follow instructions from weebly that will guide you on creating your adsense account. It takes a few days to get approved and for ads to show.
Free users share 50% of adsense revenue with weebly.
As said earlier, free users or sites that are hosted for free on weebly share revenue with weebly.
Please be aware that you share 50% adsense revenue with weebly only for sites you have with weebly. This does not affect revenue that you earn from other sites like hubpages, webanswers or your own other sites.
Also note that your adsense reports shows final earnings after being shared with weebly. No amount will be deducted from earnings that you see on your adsense reports.
Weebly allows free users to upgrade their sites, against a fee, in order to benefit more features as mentioned above. Previously, weebly allowed the whole account to be upgraded. So, once a free user pays the monthly fee (usually paid for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years), all sites in the account benefit the pro status and get all the features.
However, since January 2013, upgrades are no longer on account basis but on site basis. This means, if one desires to upgrade for a site, only that site will have the pro features. All the sites in the same account will continue to have features of free sites unless upgraded.
Also, given that when upgrading a monthly fee is paid, weebly no longer forces adsense revenue to be shared. This option remains at the discretion of the user. If one still wishes to share revenue, then ads are to be placed using the adsense widget in the weebly website builder menu.
However, when one wishes to take all 100% revenue from adsense, then one has to use the custom html widgets and insert codes generated from one’s adsense account. This is quite simple to do. All you have to do is generate codes as follows
- Log in to your adsense account.
- Click on the My ads tab on the top left corner of the page.
- Click on +New ad unit.
- Name your ad, select size and type.
- Save and get code.
- Copy codes and paste in custom html widgets in your weebly site.
(You may create many ads each of different types and sizes. Each ad created can be used again and again in various sites.)
You can keep all adsense revenue for yourself. You will not share any with weebly.
Is it worth upgrading to stop sharing revenue with weebly?
Nice question, isn’t it? Well, that depends. Let us take the most expensive plan which is Pro at $6.63 per month compared to $3.29 per month for starter.
Also, remember when you upgrade a site, weebly offers $100 adwords credit which you can use to drive traffic to your site.
If you do not upgrade a site, your net earnings per month will be equal to your adsense earnings from that site. Let us see two examples:
You earn, on average, $5 a month after sharing 50% with weebly, your net earnings per month is, therefore, $5. Had you upgraded the site to Pro and used your own adsense codes, your earnings would have rather been $10 per month as you would not have shared with weebly. However, you have to deduct from it the $6.63 that you have to pay for the upgrade. This makes your net earnings become $3.37 ($10 - $6.63) compared to $5 as free user.
You earn $8 on average per month as a free user after sharing with weebly. So this is also your net monthly earnings. If you upgraded to Pro and used your own adsense codes, that would be $16 a month. Deducting $6.63 per month payable to weebly for the upgrade, you are left with $9.37 ($16 - $6.63) which is higher than the $8 per month as a free user sharing 50% revenue with weebly.
So, by now, you should have got my point. It is worthwhile upgrading and using own adsense codes when as a free user the 50% revenue earned is higher than the monthly upgrade charge You may still upgrade if you feel your monthly adsense income will increase a lot in the near future. Else, if your monthly adsense earnings are still less than the monthly upgrade fee, better keep on sharing revenue with weebly until your website is firmly established.
Henceforth, weebly users no longer share the 50% adsense revenue with weebly. This was a holiday gift as announced on their blog on 31 December 2013.
However, upgrading to a paid weebly does have lots of benefits. Among others, using a personalised domain name like yourdomain.com rather than yourdomain.weebly.com is only possilbe as from weebly starter.