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.
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.
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!
I had a better month. I made a whopping $3.62, most of it through a single click! I was on track to be just as bad as July but my SEO changes have started bringing in more traffic.
Blog Income August 2016
I did make one big change that will affect the Google Adsense income, I changed my template. That caused the sidebar to disappear and valuable ad space.
I’ll continue to monitor this but I might ditch the Google Adsense in favor of actual sponsors. I’ll sell a small ad space for a reasonable price based on my unique pageviews.