03 Dec 2005
When Google launched AdSense, countless bloggers rushed to plaster ads all over their sites, cluttering and commercialising them for (in most cases) just a few dollars a month. Luckily that gold rush has calmed down a bit and more people recognise that there’s a real price paid for adding ads of any kind.
I’ve always avoided advertising on my sites (with hindsight I perhaps should’ve cashed in by putting ads on a couple of the most popular malevole pages, could’ve made thousands by now), but want some real data and experience, so I’m using this weblog as an AdSense guinea pig.
However, ads are only displayed to visitors arriving directly from the major search engines, to avoid annoying regular readers or those coming from other weblogs etc. (who wouldn’t click on many ads anyway). Google’s OK with that selective approach (I checked).
I’ll probably remove them in a few months, unless vast amounts of cash suddenly start rolling in (about as likely as Elvis crash-landing a UFO onto the Loch Ness monster).