Being suspended by Google Adsense for a month was no fun. I had gotten busted for inappropriate ad clicks by the algorithm. They never release where the clicks that got me booted came from or what the algorithm checks. I’m sure one of the qualifications is IP address and the other is time spent on the advertisers site after clicking. If somebody is clicking an ad, then going back and immediately clicking another it probably sets off one of its flags. This suspension was a huge setback for Best Countries To Retire Cheap.
How did I feel being suspended? I was kind of bummed because the Adsense network was how I was justifying running and paying for this blog. I haven’t gotten any other advertisers organically yet. I did have some people I talked to about buying a permanent ad, but my main one was Airbnb and the $30 per referral link.
Instead of just moping around I spent this month writing 20 more unique pieces of content and working on my SEO.
What were the results? It was dramatic! I’m now top of page 3 on Google for my main search term, “best countries to retire cheap.” That was a bump from page 3 place 4th. It’s a constant battle on Google. One more spot I’m on page two!
On Bing “best countries to retire cheap” is now page 1 , number 1! That’s right number one! I’m hoping this will drive traffic even more.
I know some of you who are search engine masters are thinking “of course you’re number 1 that’s the name of your blog”. My response is that obviously that the name of my blog. I didn’t choose “best countries to retire cheap” as a blog name by accident. I didn’t think I’d achieve my goal of driving traffic with “Samson is travelling the world and eating tasty food” although that is what I’m doing.
How can you my faithful readers, help me achieve my lofty goals of being first on Google? Share my articles, please share them! Social signals are also important, my Facebook is “best countries to retire cheap” and my Twitter “Edmontonsem”
I’ve got a lot of work to do still but I really appreciate you all who read, share and support my crazy dream of being a self employed travel blogger. Keep on reading, and I’ll keep on writing!