After writing about watching Joel Comm’s videos about making money with Adsense, I noticed that I had not followed one of the Cardinal Rules of the Adsense game, which is making your ads blend in with the surrounding text. I had different colour headers and links in the wrong colours on all my sites, which is a big no-no. This causes penalty demotions in most search systems.
If you check out the Canadian Financial Opinions website, you’ll notice that the Adsense ads blend nicely into the text published. I also fixed the ads on this site to follow the Cardinal rule of Adsense to make your ads blend in!
Still no change in my Page Ranking for the financial blog, so I guess it will stay that way for a long time, which won’t help revenues much, I think. I did send in a request to review this rank (again), but this one has had no effect.
To ask for a review, you go to the Google WebMaster Tools page (where you have registered your site hopefully, if not, you should sign up for that right away), and there is a “Request Reconsideration” entry on the right-hand side of things. Fill in the form if you feel your page rank is too low.