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Google Adsense sucks big time!

Before I’ve had such a decision to remove it from all my websites ’cause it just drive me crazy sometimes and nothing else! Well, I removed it from my personal blog but still it is on some of my websites which will be removed shortly.

I hate the lack of transparency Google  provides for Adsense publishers. They charge advertisers whatever amount they bid and pay publishers who knows-percentage of the amount which sometimes is less than a cent/click which makes no sense.

From what I’ve experienced, optimizing ad spot and increasing CTR, reduces eCPM and CPC (Cost per click) which results in more valid clicks but same or even less amount earned for the ad publisher. Isn’t it funny ? They just earn more money while paying the same old amount to publishers.

Here is what I’ve tried several times and got the same result:

Put just one Adsense¬† ad on a mid-traffic website of mine in a not-very-good spot, getting 400-500 visits a day and ~6-10 clicks as an average, resulting in $0.60-$1 a day as average which is $0.10 a click. Added one more Ad spot in better position, getting 15-20 clicks a day resulting in $0.60-$1 a day ! Isn’t it funny or what ? :D

It has been years I have Adsense on a lot of my websites but in the recent 2 years they introduced a new term called “smartprice” which is pretty much same as I described above and is nothing more than cheating publishers without letting them know anything about what’s going on behind the scene.

I’m so glad that I don’t rely on them for a living and it’s just an experience for me, but for those who do, it’s a sad story.

Any similar or related experience ? Please share with us…

Cheers,

Soroush

22 comments

22 Comments so far

  1. Free iPod Touch January 21st, 2008 3:13 am

    It’s really hard to manage without getting banned if your site isn’t popular.

  2. soroush January 21st, 2008 6:32 am

    Thank you for your comment,
    The fact is that there is no reason they want to ban my site because it has unique content, gets all its traffic organically and there is no image beside the ads and they are in “advertisements” spot, so I can’t think of anything against their TOS but again there is no transparency and honesty in their business so chances are.

    This week I’m going to start using networks other than Adsense and even if they don’t earn enough I prefer to keep my site ad-free rather than earning 6 cents a click which leads me nowhere (LOL)

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  4. search marketing nz January 29th, 2008 1:32 pm

    I’m only new to affiliate marketing but from the vast majority of what I have read – sounds like there are far great opportunities.

    Nice blog like what I’m seeing so far.

    Question:

    Where is your RSS feed?

    (forgive me if I’m just being blind!)

  5. soroush January 31st, 2008 12:34 am

    Thanks for the comment,
    Yes for sure there are always opportunities but taking the right initial decision, following the most practical strategies and being patience are the key.

    I can’t call myself a successful affiliate marketer because I’ve never dedicated enough time to it but from what I’ve experienced so far it worth the time and effort you put into it.

    About RSS feed, I’ll put one up shortly ’cause I’ve never thought about it which is my mistake :) Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    The fact is that I’ve never had any plan to make money out of this blog so I didn’t think it would be necessary which is totally irrelevant and wrong assumption.

  6. search marketing nz February 7th, 2008 8:24 am

    Yeah dude thanks for the reply ;) Looking forward to the RSS feed, it will be well worth the effort.

  7. HunteR March 11th, 2008 6:19 pm

    Google Adsense – flagship of contextual advertising! Really the best webmaster program for earning money..

  8. Unique Annique April 28th, 2008 11:00 pm

    I know 5 ppl who blog, out of those 5, 4 were removed from the program for no reason. Myself included. A major let down for honest ppl.

  9. Tom May 2nd, 2008 10:12 pm

    Over the last year I compiled some statistics of my earnings and I actually earned twice as much with Chitika compared to AdSense. For those of you looking for an alternative – try Chitika! You can check out this Chitika review to view some screenshots.

  10. mail@atlanticequityllc.com November 18th, 2008 2:53 pm

    Why just stop at Adsense?

    Recent Article on the Small Business Income Center:

    “Adsense Sucks! So does Clicksor, Bidvertiser, and AdBrite!”

    http://www.smallbusinessincomecenter.com/2008/11/adsense-sucks-so-does-clicksor.html

  11. Optimize ecpm April 20th, 2009 2:06 pm

    Interesting experience.

  12. Anna Leah November 20th, 2009 4:48 am

    Adsense is the best paying make money online program on the internet. I just wish that i could increase my website traffic to high levels so that i could earn more money on Adsense.
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  13. Jainee Bebeh November 29th, 2009 1:24 pm

    i love Google Adsense, it allows me to make money on my personal blog and some of my health related sites.

  14. Caramoan Tour Package Blog December 25th, 2009 3:13 am

    I recently added an Adsense square ads on my travel blog. my adsense earning is still low since i dont have large volume of internet traffic yet.
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  15. Sebastian Sanders May 14th, 2010 7:07 am

    i do not have any good experience with Bidvertiser, they pay lower than Adbrite so i do not use them on my website.,-:

  16. Hannah Garcia May 14th, 2010 9:58 am

    I use both Adsense and Adbrite and i can say that adbrite is also a good source of income but not as good as adsense.’”"

  17. Lydia Owen May 20th, 2010 12:58 am

    I used Clicksor and Infolinks and i would have to say that infolinks pays better than clicksor.’;.

  18. Alexis Martin July 12th, 2010 3:47 pm

    i haven’t signed up with clicksor yet but i want to join that program too.*~*

  19. Adrian Morgan August 11th, 2010 6:06 am

    it seems that my Adsense earnings this month have plumetted. i don’t know why `

  20. Ryan Green August 22nd, 2010 7:10 pm

    Adbrite is the ppc program that is second to adsense, i like adbrite*-`

  21. Toby Simpson August 30th, 2010 4:56 am

    Clicksor is also nice but there are alternatives to Clicksor that pays much better::*

  22. Lauren Wright September 30th, 2010 7:03 am

    Adsense is a great dollar earner if you don’t have a stable job;~,

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