Welcome to the first Traffic & Income Report for No Ad School. Though the site is based around a similar concept to No Film School, we were also inspired by many other sources. One of those sources is a food blog called Pinch of Yum. Now you might be asking yourself, “How did a food blog influence an advertising blog?” I will explain.
Pinch of Yum is run by a wife and husband team, Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom. Even though they have some amazing recipes, photography and writing skills, one thing we really enjoyed about their site is transparency. Within the site’s menu you will find a tab titled “Income”. Since August of 2011, the Ostrom’s have listed their income and how it was achieved every month. With over 38 income reports, and a now six figure average yearly income, the Ostrom’s continue giving detailed information about their sites monetization.
In like manner, though not a husband and wife team, Jared and I decided to incorporate that same transparency for No Ad School. Do we show you how to make food? Not really, but we ARE going to provide you with an education to increase your ad skills and land that dream job in advertising.
So without further ado, I give you the very first No Ad School Traffic & Income Report.
The total for October 2014 was… drum roll please … $1.55
- WordPress Plugins – There are thousands of WordPress plugins to help monetize your blog / website. For Google AdSense we used a plugin called AdRotate to place ads and schedule ads.
- Affiliates Are Simple – AdSense lets you drop a piece of code and hit save. You don’t have to know coding to use Google AdSense, making it easy to get up without having a large amount of visitors.
- Application Process – We actually didn’t have Google AdSense the first day No Ad School launched. In order to get Adsense you have to apply and sometimes it takes Google a few days to approve an application.
- Unstructured – Even though you select different categories and ad groups, AdSense is not a structured way to obtain income. You don’t get to specifically choose what ads show up in the ad blocks. This sometimes results in an ad about Lunchables® being placed on a post about building your portfolio. The return is also not as high as other affiliate sources.
As the idiom goes, onward and upward! At the beginning of each month we will be posting a site recap for the month prior. We’re excited for the future of No Ad School and all the things we will learn together. Until next month, join the adventure by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Subscribing!