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As in, does the profit people make from it outweigh the negativity the ads add to a site? I'm asking those who have done it: Do you regret it? I don't want to drive away half my potential audience because they were repelled by the ads they saw. I know when I go to a site and see ads everywhere, I usually leave.

Or maybe I'm just paranoid...
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by Vorsiedious View Post

    As in, does the profit people make from it outweigh the negativity the ads add to a site? I'm asking those who have done it: Do you regret it? I don't want to drive away half my potential audience because they were repelled by the ads they saw. I know when I go to a site and see ads everywhere, I usually leave.

    Or maybe I'm just paranoid...
    I've used adsense before, and I am of the opinion that not only does it pay too cheaply, but the ads can be irrelevant. I didn't like having to mess with stuff just to try to fix it. If you're adsense ads are on a blog, you're better off doing affiliate marketing.

    Statistically speaking, it takes just as many visitors to get an adsense click as it does to earn an affiliate commission. It's like choosing between .30 and $30. If you decide to continue using adsense, you shouldn't put adsense on pages that you are promoting affiliate products.

    Good luck,
    Joey
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    • I use AdSense as an incidental revenue source for my site.

      The ads appear only on the pages where members log in (and on the business blog), but never on the splash or login pages. The site uses a freemium business model, so whatever revenue the ads generate helps to lower the subscription costs for members.
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      • Profile picture of the author KamilZora
        Originally Posted by Hopeless Bromantic View Post

        I use AdSense as an incidental revenue source for my site.

        The ads appear only on the pages where members log in (and on the business blog), but never on the splash or login pages. The site uses a freemium business model, so whatever revenue the ads generate helps to lower the subscription costs for members.
        Agreed. Makes it too messy
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
      Originally Posted by Miguelito203 View Post

      Statistically speaking, it takes just as many visitors to get an adsense click as it does to earn an affiliate commission. It's like choosing between .30 and $30.
      I'm not sure if you mean this literally or you are just trying to make a point.

      If you mean this literally then I would be interested in any evidence you have that it is true. I've certainly never heard of anyone that was able to generate as many affiliate sales as adsense clicks.

      All you need to generate revenue from adsense is to have someone click a link. To generate revenue from an affiliate you need to have someone get out a credit card. The two are not even comparable.

      For another viewpoint Allan Gardyne of AssociatesPrograms.com recommends adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bleach
    Some niches are better suited to Adsense than others, especially those that don't have a large (or any) selection of related affiliate programs to promote. While Adsense can make you pull your hair out at times due to fluctuations in CTR and CPC, my Adsense income has been a lot more steady and predictable than sales of my own products.

    I used to worry about ads scaring visitors away, to the point that when I started I had the ads placed unobtrusively. For months I had practically no Adsense income. When I moved the ads into the hot spots (top and bottom of articles), suddenly I was making decent money -- I could have kicked myself for trying to be a "nice" guy for so long. I left a lot of money on the table, and had I known the true income potential at the time I could have started earlier on other similar sites (playing catch-up now).

    While I would love to get more income by promoting other things, my favorite niche is unfortunately best suited to Adsense for monetization (plus it's a good CPC niche, which helps). I don't think the ads bother anyone (never had any complaints about them), as long as the articles provide them with good content. Those who vehemently hate ads are probably using AdBlock Plus anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Depends on the niche!

    That goes for all monetization methods. In some cases Adsense is one of the best methods and other times you'll find that affiliate marketing is equally effective. Even then you have a whole group (quite large in fact) of people who will tell you that CPA is the way to go.

    What are your goals, what is your planned monetization method?

    I've used Adsense for many sites and never had an issue, and have even made a pretty penny doing so. So it all depends. It's like asking what kind of car you drive. Whatever it is, it fits you, it fits your needs, and excels in both.

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  • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
    Yes - Adsense is worth it!

    For me, it is a 2nd income stream. But it's reliable, steady, passive and easy.

    I do dislike the way ads are sometimes rendered, but Adsense allows writers to concentrate on what they like to do. The only problem is developing the initial momentum.

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    • Profile picture of the author myassouline
      Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

      Yes - Adsense is worth it!

      For me, it is a 2nd income stream. But it's reliable, steady, passive and easy.

      I do dislike the way ads are sometimes rendered, but Adsense allows writers to concentrate on what they like to do. The only problem is developing the initial momentum.

      Will
      Will, I am curious since you mention "2nd income stream" what range of figures we are looking into.
      I also noticed that you offer mentoring; I might be in need for your help.

      I already own adsense minisites, but haven't received any cheque from G yet

      Let me know


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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    With heads high I say a big YES to adsense income.

    You can make thousands of dollars weekly from adsense if you have the knowledge and SEO skills.

    I see a lot of people trying to make money making one big mistake, they don't educate themselves on the act of making money from their area of specialization, I recommend 100k ebook for anyone looking for breakthrough with adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Adsense has been just a steady, passive extra income for me. Nothing to brag about, but I like the check I get. Ads don't chase me away. You'd never browse the Internet at all if ads chased people away. Most people develop ad blindness, so I wouldn't worry about it chasing people away.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    Originally Posted by Vorsiedious View Post

    As in, does the profit people make from it outweigh the negativity the ads add to a site? I'm asking those who have done it: Do you regret it? I don't want to drive away half my potential audience because they were repelled by the ads they saw. I know when I go to a site and see ads everywhere, I usually leave.

    Or maybe I'm just paranoid...
    Then don't put ads everywhere, but use them carefully and strategically

    My experience is that, unlike 10 years ago, people are not uncomfortable with ads anymore. And, they click on them. However, it depends on your niche audience. I wouldn't use AdSense on a social responsibility project site (but I'd still sell ad space on it).

    You can also block unwanted ads.

    Why do you dislike ads on other sites?
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    adsense is def a great way to start creating an income online, its how i started

    i worked on adsense sites for over 14 months before deciding to sell up all my sites for a nice 4 figure sum and shift my focus on other areas

    i found creating adsense niche sites teaches you a lot about marketing and its a great building block

    if you do create adsense sites i would not rely all of your income though on adsense sites as its very un stable if your getting most of your traffic from SEO

    paul
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  • Profile picture of the author yougpeter
    Adsense is great for income.But i think these days the income from adsense can't be the only income from website where ads is showing you have to have some product that driving traffic to that site where ads are showing.
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  • Profile picture of the author medigap4seniors
    I think Google adsense is the better way to earn money online, And it's also generate the the traffic where you showing ads, But some peoples (internet users) not like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizOpGuru
    Adsense is worth it for certain types of sites.. such as fan sites, personal blogs, small news sites etc. For Affiliate sites or Merchant sites it's widely regarded as a "traffic leak". Use it wisely- you do not want adSense ads to distract your visitors away from what you are really trying to achieve..

    Often when people start out making affiliate sites they will use AdSense at first while traffic is low and infrequent to generate some income from the initial outlay then remove it once there is a healthy flow of highly targeted traffic coming in.
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  • Profile picture of the author BernardR
    About 2 years ago I really went for it with Adsense creating a number of niche MFA sites

    The reason I started was because I had put some ads on a small site and made a bit of passive cash and thought there was potential there.

    THE REASONS I GAVE UP = Not enough revenue

    Even with good ctr's some sites I owned only made a few bucks a day. Given the effort required to get them ranked and drive traffic definitely not a good ROI

    In my view it is very difficult to build a business based on the Adsense model that has enough momentum in it to give me the earnings I am after.

    An example

    Health/Diet Niche Site - I had one site in the health/diet niche ... potentially this should have given me huge returns. Using all the normal processes I researched and worked out I should have been getting a dollar or two per click. Plus because it was so niche I was getting a up to two hundred visitors a day to my site.

    Fact is though I hardly made anything ... a classic case of a site with good traffic not converting.

    I make my money from providing internet marketing services to local businesses but am also getting into building and selling my own digital products (which is primarily why I joined WF).

    I got to say having your own products rocks ... you do the work once and get paid for life

    I launched an eBook yesterday and immediately sold a copy ... loving it.

    Not sure from your posts if you are talking about MFA sites (I think the concept is pretty much dead) or including Adsense on a blog/sight you have as an extra income. Either way I would think selling your own products is a better ROI

    Play nice

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  • Profile picture of the author kawaii
    Yeah, it's worth it.
    One thing I like about adsense is that it is reliable.
    You can make over 100 sales in 1 day with affiliate marketing, and then next to nothing for an entire month.
    But with adsense you will get steady money over time. It's good if you are not into taking huge risk.
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    After landing in a page, if I found a page more ads that gives me a signal that I have to leave the page! I don't want to see a page with more than half of ads and less content. I believe, the thing is same for most of the people. It's not a better way to use adsense. A good mixture of contents and ads could be helpful instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarvyDery
    yeah, adsense is worth it. it depends on the traffic you make. if you are able to get 10,000 daily visitors to your site, adsense can get you more than $1000/day
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    I made alot of money, mad money, I was poor rich overnight with adsense at one time, the first year it started.

    Then boom it went dwindling down, they changed the payouts and such and started earning crap, they started blacklisting the automated sites.

    Needless to say unless you have a very large site with very large traffic coming in, or you have hundreds of mini sites you are not going to earn much.

    I really do not even add adsense to my sites any more, one affiliate link will pay more in the long run and I am at a hate love point with google.

    I still have some sites with adsense up lets see what I made this month, I don't even check it any longer. Okay I see they changed the layout up too but I have made 80 bucks in 9 months with four sites that still have adsense on it.

    Not worth it to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author John J Brown
    Adsense is only making me pennies per month, not even dollars,
    so i think it is completely useless,
    but i've heard that google bumps you up in the ranking if you have adsense on your site?!
    is it true?
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  • Profile picture of the author nulen
    i like adsense, its my first income online
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  • Profile picture of the author JayParker
    Any money-making method if you can scale it out is worth it. I know Adsense is a great way of making passive income, the only downside is that your sites can lose their rankings whenever their is a change in the Google algorithm, other than that if you can find a way to scale the Adsense earnings, it can be a nice income.
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  • Profile picture of the author jficarro
    Adsense is a major source of revenue for me.

    Those that aren't making money are probably targeting the wrong niche, wrong keywords, or not getting enough traffic.

    I have one niche where the clicks are not worth enough to justify Adsense so I use CPA offers. But other niches that I targeted "for" adsense can pull in more in a day than I suspect many people make all week at a 9-5 job.
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    I make a good amount from Adsense but i do have to put alot of time in. It is worth it if you put the time in.
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  • Profile picture of the author kieranlavelle
    I believe if you set it up right e.g change the colour of the add's and put them in clever positions then it is easily worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by Vorsiedious View Post

    As in, does the profit people make from it outweigh the negativity the ads add to a site? I'm asking those who have done it: Do you regret it? I don't want to drive away half my potential audience because they were repelled by the ads they saw. I know when I go to a site and see ads everywhere, I usually leave.

    Or maybe I'm just paranoid...
    I did really well with Adsense several years ago when I got into it. Then I decided to replace all my Adsense ads with ads that had my affiliate links to other products or links to my other content-rich websites which focused on obtaining people's e-mail addresses.

    The profit difference between the two was staggering. I ran a few more tests in more than one niche to see if this was a fluke and BOOM......I no longer use Adsense. Any and all links on my websites (in most cases, though there are exceptions) should go to websites that I own or can profit from.

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    • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
      Yes thank you. I can get one sale off a hundred clicks on a affilate link and if I get 100 clicks adsense, then the difference is staggering and there is no comparison at all. Adsense just sucks. My opinion of course.
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      I did really well with Adsense several years ago when I got into it. Then I decided to replace all my Adsense ads with ads that had my affiliate links to other products or links to my other content-rich websites which focused on obtaining people's e-mail addresses.

      The profit difference between the two was staggering. I ran a few more tests in more than one niche to see if this was a fluke and BOOM......I no longer use Adsense. Any and all links on my websites (in most case, there are exceptions) should go to websites that I own or can profit from.

      RoD
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      • Profile picture of the author Eelco de Boer
        If you make good money with Adsense, you can make GREAT money with selling your own products.

        I own 1 site that does 200 euro's with adsense, but 600 with promoting a product.

        Adsense works, but there's much more money to be made with other bizz models.

        Take care,

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    These answers are like night and day.
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    • Profile picture of the author jficarro
      Originally Posted by Vorsiedious View Post

      These answers are like night and day.
      They are because there are so many ways to make money online and a lot depends on your niche. The behavior of the visitors, the keywords you are targeting, the traffic type and quality, etc.

      But one or two sites in the right niche can be a living

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      • Profile picture of the author bacardi
        Was posting this picture not a really dumb thing to do. It is against terms to post what you earn. Just by blocking out a few details that is so easy to know who you are simply by the monthly payment amounts!! I would remove that picture if that is genuinely your account.

        Originally Posted by jficarro View Post

        They are because there are so many ways to make money online and a lot depends on your niche. The behavior of the visitors, the keywords you are targeting, the traffic type and quality, etc.

        But one or two sites in the right niche can be a living

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        • Profile picture of the author powerflippers
          Yes, adsense is worth it if you know how to play the game. When I say play the game, I'm referring to applying the many disciplines it takes to make a living with adsense.

          The days of just throwing up content and stuffing your site with keywords and blackhat methods are gone. Some will say the "new blackhat" works, but why keep running the same old race? It's a matter of time before they catch up with you, and all of your hours of work are gone.

          The best way to make a living from adsense, today, is to consolidate. Instead of spreading yourself thin, and making 100 niche sites, put most of your efforts into big sites. Yes, don't put all of your eggs in one basket, but a big site is also powerful.

          There is only one amazon.com, and even if google decided to trash their site, they can still survive. Go big and build big. No matter what anyone else says, size does matter. Google runs and controls Google, not the whole www
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just make your site simple, and dont include too many ads all over the place. When people land on your site/blog... guide them to the action that you want them to take.
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  • Profile picture of the author lovboa
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    Adsense ads don't chase people away. Maybe if they click on it and they don't come back to your site, whereas they may have stayed, read a few articles, and bookmarked or subscribed...maybe.
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    You just need to change the placement of your Ads.
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