AdSense Blog Idea – Should I Go For It?

AdSense Blog IdeaI’ve been chewing over an idea I came up with and thought it would be worthwhile discussing it in a blog post to see if you have tried anything similar in the past.

Basically I want to try and ramp up my AdSense earnings, but at the moment I can’t devote much more time than I currently do to writing my own content.

See what you think….

So What is the Big Idea?

Well it’s not really such a big idea, and I’m certain it has been tried many times before, I just haven’t got a clue as to whether it is a waste of my time or not. My idea is simply a niche blog, only monetized using Adsense (nothing new there then!). The difference is, since I can’t devote much time to writing my own content, almost all the content I post would be re-published articles from directories such as eZine, Go Articles etc.

The idea occurred to me when I was checking how some keywords for one of my sites were performing in Google. I actually found one of my own eZine Articles re-published (legitimately with all my links and bio intact) on a blog with .ru domain name. So it certainly looks like it might be possible to gain SERPs traffic in this way.

Pros and Cons

So having thought it over, my initial thoughts on the pros and cons are as follows:

Pros

  • I don’t have to write the content
  • I can still provide a source of valuable content to my visitors
  • I can maintain the quality by selecting only the best articles

Cons

  • Duplicate content – How will it rank and will it be penalized?
  • Difficult to promote via blog commenting as it may not be viewed as a “proper” blog
  • Most directories set limits on the number of articles you can re-publish per year
  • Am I truly providing visitor value or just spamming the Internet?

My thinking on the duplicate content issue, is that I could use my own keywords in the post titles and in introduction and summary paragraphs. This would hopefully still comply with the re-publishing rules as I would be posting the entire unedited article in between, but I would still be applying my own individual on-page SEO.

Would this be enough to still appear in SERPs?

I think I could overcome the blog commenting problem by perhaps inserting a number of my own posts at regular intervals, and provide quality comments on related blogs following my own personal posts.

Part of me thinks that this is a bit of a non-starter, but part of me is saying that it will only cost me a domain name and a minimal amount of work to set up and maintain. So what is there to lose?

Well then, over to you! Is this a daft idea? Ever tried anything similar yourself? Do let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your take on this one.

15 thoughts on “AdSense Blog Idea – Should I Go For It?

  1. Hey Des,

    Interesting Post buddy. Great Pros and cons. I think the idea is awesome and it is enough to appear in SERPs. I know Adsense is one of the great way to make money but you can try other methods also.
    You can promote affiliates products to make more money from niche blog and i bet the affiliates earning going to be high as you’re targeting search engine traffic.
    Looking forward to see your progress.

    Thanks for sharing this great Post.
    .-= Dev | Technshare´s last blog ..Blog and Win $1000 from DesignCrowd =-.

    • Thanks Dev,
      if I do give it a go, I will have to give some thought to whether or not to include other affiliate links. So far, I don’t have a site or blog that only uses AdSense. So I was thinking it would be interesting to test whether it raises the AdSense click through rate if no other advertising is displayed.

  2. Des, besides listing pros and cons, I think you should just go for it. You’ll learn a lot from the experience. You can only for sure if you give it a go, wholeheartedly.
    .-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..The Power of Seeing =-.

    • Hi Moon,
      you are most probably right, and if it doesn’t work out I still have another new domain that I can do something else with.

      I’m just waiting for someone to say “we used to do that five years ago, but it doesn’t work these days”. :-)

  3. Well, like you said it only costs a domain and minimal effort. What I can say is that you shouldn’t get penalized for the content – after all it’s a perfectly legitimate thing to do to repost articles – but you might find it harder to rank initially. That’s just what I’ve read about things like this, but you honestly never know!
    .-= Ruth – Web Career Girl´s last blog ..Inspiration is So Important =-.

    • Hi Ruth,
      it’s the possibility that the articles might not rank well enough that concerns me most really. The article directories actually encourage you to re-publish, so long as you follow their rules.

      I might give it a try in a niche that I could steer towards my own content in future. That way nothing lost if it doesn’t work.

  4. I have thought of this exact thing. I look at websites with 100% republished articles and they are PR 4 or 5, and ranking well in serps. I don’t know if maybe they will get the boot sooner or later, but it sure is intriguing.

    Also, I don’t feel you will be a spammy internet person, because you are actually making it easier for people to find quality content. I think I might try this with one of my left over domains. They have plugins that pull the articles directly into wordpress for you, and leaves it as a draft for you to review, it is almost no work.
    .-= Patrick Toerner´s last blog ..Awesome Site for Cheap, Unique Content =-.

    • Hi Patrick,
      I think that needs to be at the core of doing something like this well. Bringing together great content into one convenient repository is the thing that benefits the reader.

      Interesting about the plugin you mentioned, I’d not come across that. I may go with hand selecting the content (to start with at least). I think that will encourage me to be more selective.

      Many thanks for the input!

  5. The following comment is made to help; I do care.

    Ever heard the term “MFA” it means Made For Adsense and is Googles #1 kick toy.

    The first slap was a few years ago and the biggest Google slap in history, to this day. Literally thousands of “top marketers” lost millions of dollars overnight.

    Not an exaggeration, in 24hrs time the SERPS were cleansed of THOUSANDS of sites. Garbage sites purely made for adsense. 1-5 pages of crap.

    It’s still done, but way differently. IF you decide to do it, make damn sure it’s high quality content…as good as you’d put on your own blog, even if you don’t write it.

    Good money can still be made if done correctly. Please think on it. :)
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..New Form of Human SPAM – Now via Yahoo Messenger =-.

    • Hi Dennis,
      yes, I’m certainly aware of the term MFA, and agree that there are still a lot of sites out there designed to basically con people into clicking AdSense ads (not to mention people selling guides on how to make them!).

      But that’s not what I had in mind at all. I was thinking quality content mostly derived from directories, but re-published conveniently for visitors in a niche site.

      So not violating any AdSense rules, but it may possibly fall foul of duplicate content and simply not rank in Google SERPs

      • Des,

        This is what makes no sense. If reprinting directory articles, makes “bad” duplicate content, article directories wouldn’t exist…it’s what they’re they for.

        Go for it. :)
        .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..WTH? To Say I’m Perplexed Would be an Understatement to Say the Least =-.

        • Hi Dennis,
          I guess it’s a case of getting the mix of re-published and original content right.

          Anyway, I’ve decided to go for it, so I built the majority of the structure of the site this weekend. As usual I won’t publish the exact niche on here, but it is basically a review site which needs a lot of content to give it initial traction and credibility (hence the re-publishing idea. It is also quite a high competition area, but something I love writing about, so it will be a long term project I think.

          Thanks again to everyone for their opinions on this!

          Des.

  6. It is also quite a high competition area, but something I love writing about, so it will be a long term project I think.

    That alone tells me it isn’t “set and forget” which makes it different…good job!
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog ..The Future of DEDC – Part 2 – This is Part 1 Simplified =-.

  7. ya google will rank those sites,, lots of autoblogs are making money with this method,, but note that some authors won’t their content get copied by others eventhough there is a backlinks,,, so this may create problem,,
    Ashok´s last blog post ..How to get lots of Freelance Projects

    • Hi Ashok,
      I know that at least with eZine Articles you can select whether or not you want your articles to be re-published. So hopefully so long as you only pick up articles from authors who allow re-publishing it should be OK.

      eZine do recommend that you send a courtesy e-mail before re-publishing, but not all authors pubish their contact details.

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