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Google Adwords Alternative

When it comes to running a PPC campaign, the first name that comes to your mind is AdWords from Google. While this is a really good ad network, it is also a very expensive one. Even with careful keyword selection and targeting, it is not an exception to pay more for AdWords ads than you make in revenue. Cost is the main reason to look for alternatives to AdWords. Fortunately, such alternatives do exist and the best is that some of them could even outperform AdWords in terms of return on investment. Here are 12 great AdWords alternatives to consider.

1. Facebook Paid Ads


Facebook paid ads are a great alternative, especially if you are targeting a younger audience. Facebook is the number one social network and (almost) the whole world has an account with it. Facebook ads offer lots of targeting options – you can choose age, location, gender, hobbies of the audience to watch your ads. However, do have in mind that with Facebook generally the click through is lower, so don’t get discouraged if on Facebook you get fewer clicks on your ads than on other networks – this is pretty normal.

2.Yahoo!/Bing Ads from Microsoft


Bing and Yahoo are Google’s competitors not only in the area of search engines but also in online ads. Yahoo!/Bing Ads, formerly known as Microsoft AdCenter appeared after the ad networks of Microsoft and Yahoo! joined forces in order to beat Google AdWords. Yahoo!/Bing ads isn’t a cheap alternative to AdWords but you should also consider it because it is really good. Basically they offer search advertising (i.e. ads are placed in the search results of Bing search engine) and if you manage to correctly identify your keywords, you can see huge results.

3. Amazon Product Ads


The biggest online marketplace is also a huge ad board. Amazon Product Ads place your ads on product pages. This makes the positioning very targeted because if a user is reading about a product similar to yours, your ads are likely to catch his or her attention. Since Amazon sells everything but space ships, it is a good alternative for almost any niche because chances are there will be numerous products in your niche to publish your ads alongside.

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How to get traffic from Pinterest

Pinterest is the latest social network to take the world by storm. While social network skeptics will call it just another site, the fact is that it is different from the other countless similar sites. What is more, you can use Pinterest to successfully promote your business.

What Is Pinterest and How It Is Different from Other Social Networks?

Pinterest defines itself as “an online pinboard”. It’s a place where you pin (mostly) images and other stuff you find interesting and share them with the world. Similarly to the other social networks, you follow people and have followers. Also, other users can repin your pins, thus spreading the word.

While there are no limits on the type of stuff you can pin, Pinterest is not suitable for all kinds of brands. It works best if your product/service can be presented in a visual way (i.e. clothes, furniture, etc.) and in this case the publicity you and your products get on Pinterest could do miracles for you.

Tips to Make the Most Out of Pinterest for the Benefit of Your Business

In order to make the most out of Pinterest rather than waste your time or even worse- do damage to your brand, you need to know how to use it. Here are some tips to help you with this.

1. Be Active on Pinterest


As any social network, Pinterest is a huge thief of time. You need to spend time on it daily in order to be able to follow what others are pinning. to comment on it, etc. You can’t expect benefits from Pinterest, if you are not active on it on a daily basis.

2. Use High Quality Images


Pinterest is about visual appeal. This is why you can’t go with crappy images taken with your 10 year old mobile. You need images with professional quality because otherwise you will be doing your brand more harm than good. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to hire a professional photographer – with the right equipment and some skills you can create the images on your own.

3. Post in Series


When you keep your followers interested, they develop the habit of visiting your board every now and then. One trick to keep your users interested is to post in series. In other words, if you have 10 images you want to post, don’t post them all at once but post them one a day in the course of 10 days, stating that this is image 1 of 10, 2 of 10, etc.

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How to Make Money with Google Adsense

Google Adsense is one of the best ways to make money from your site. You might not become a millionaire with your Adsense monetized properties but with some luck, and above all knowledge about what works with Adsense sites and what doesn’t, this could become a stable source of income for you.

 How Much Can I Make With Google Adsense?


This is a question almost everybody asks before jumping on the Adsense wagon. There isn’t a universal answer – some Web masters are making a fulltime income from a single Adsense site, while others with 5 or more sites can’t even cover their hosting fees.

 How much you will make with Google Adsense depends on many factors. Some of them are outside your control – i.e. the overall state of the economy or what advertisers Google has managed to attract. However, there are also many factors within your control. For instance, obviously, if you have one site with 10 pages only you will make thousands of times less than if you have 10 sites with thousands of pages. Basically, all equal, the more content you have, the more you will make.

1. Choose a Profitable Niche


However, in addition to sheer volume, there is one more very important consideration – what your site is about, or to put it more professionally, which niche your site is in. Different niches aren’t equal – there are more and less profitable ones. There are niches, such as health or finance, where high value clicks are common and niches, such as culture or history, where you can make almost nothing with Adsense.

 This is why you need to choose a niche where clicks pay well. It is true that good niches are very, very competitive but even in the most competitive niche, there is always place for one more good site. After you choose the niche, you need to find the high volume keywords in it and optimize your site for them. To search for keywords with high search volume, use the AdWords tool.

2. Place the Ads in Visible Places


Strategic placement of the ad units is vital for your profits. Quite logically, when you place ads where they are visible, this seriously increases the number of clicks you will get. The best places are above the fold (i.e. in the top half of the page) and in the text itself. Basically, the closer the ads to the text are, the better. You can have a look at these AdSense placement tips from Google to see which places are considered good, best, and worst for ad placement.

3. Optimize the Ads for Higher CTR


Strategic placement is important but there are other aspects you need to take into account when you optimize your pages for high CTR (Click Thru Rate). Here are some more tips how to fine-tune your ad units in order to attract more clicks:

 Choose the right ad size


Adsense offers numerous sizes in the form of rectangles, squares, buttons, and bars but the truth is that only some of them convert well. Generally the sizes Google recommends are 300 x 250, 338 x 280, 728 x 90, 160 x 600, and 320 x 50 (for mobile banners). The first two are suitable for intext use, the third is suitable to put under the site header, and the 160 x 60 one works best under the menu, if you use left/right menu navigation. Of course, you can also experiment with the other available sizes and see if they work better for you.

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