Best Adsense month so far

Last month I made $6.51 from Adsense revenue, the best month so far since I started this experiment. Although I didn’t hit the magic “1 roll of Portra 400” mark, it came pretty close.

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I credit a lot of the new Adsense revenue to switching to a WordPress theme and using the Adsense plugin by Google. Everything appears to be better optimized, but I’m sure I could do more.

Python Script Experiments

I also started experimenting with some modified Python scripts to automate some of my Twitter tasks. My automation bot R2D2 spends time each morning scanning popular #ai and #machinelearning posts and then retweets them.

Since I’ve been doing that, I’ve noticed a deluge of Twitter users putting me on a list. I suspect that’s some sort of Bot scanning retweets and then auto populating me on a list. I will monitor this as a I go along.

I’ve also noticed a bump in new followers but also a strange unfollowing within 24 hours. I think there is some sort of automated script running that autofollows me in the hope that I’ll follow them back and then it unfollows me. I’ve noticed the same handful of Tweeple follow me and then follow me again. So they must be unfollowing me between the two follows.

 

Latest Writing Elsewhere for November 2016

October and November have been a busy content months for me. Wrote a lot of internal stuff at RapidMiner and blogged quite a bit too. I even presented a webinar that went off to a smashing success. Here’s my monthly digest of my writing and content elsewhere:

  1. Webinar: Want Awesome Models, Build Awesome Training Data
  2. Data Prep for Data Science: Data Exploration
  3. Tips & Tricks: Reading FRED API data in RapidMiner
  4. Accelerate Your Data Science with Building Blocks
  5. Tips and Tricks: Adding Path Properties to RapidMiner Server
  6. Tips and Tricks: Using the Execute Script Operator

Presidential Election 2016

I was in France last week for my neice’s wedding. We had a great time and really enjoyed the French countryside. We got sample some delicious wine and food, danced, and met lots of great people. We talked and laughed but eventually all our casual conversations with the French turned toward our Presidential Election and Donald Trump.

Needless to say, many French that I talked to are appalled by Donald Trump but some like his authoritative style and that bothers me. From my personal observation, especially after Brexit and now President Elect Donald Trump, there seems to be a wave of authoritarianism that’s making its way through the world. Even in my ancestral homeland, Germany, there’s a creeping movement (AfD) toward more populism.

I’m not sure if this a backlash to the “ruling elite” or globalization in general, but it is a cause for concern since it could cause societal disharmony.  On the other hand, the old trader in me would ask how can I make money off this?

The Adsense Money Making Experiment

I haven’t updated my readers in a while about how my Adsense experiment is going. I recently made a switch back from Blot.Im to WordPress to turbocharge SEO and Adsense.

In the past two months (September and October) I only made a total of $0.24. This was pitiful indeed, it would take me forever to earn enough revenue to buy a single roll of film!

Optimizing Adsense with WordPress

After migrating BACK to WordPress and installing Google’s Adsense plugin, things are turning around. Just 8 days into November and I’m already up 200% from last month! My impression to click ratio just about doubled.

While this is all good news, there still is a lot of work to do as I clean up my bouncing pages and go through all my posts. There’s a lot of SEO work to be redone but the effort is well worth it. If November turns out to be a good month, then I will start adjusting my experiment goals upwards!