June 9, 2005

Dive Into AdSense

Everyone else has jumped off the bridge, so I have too. This week I signed up for Google AdSense, and I’m in the process of playing around with ad placement on this site. Now, you can be assured that I’m not going to have those huge squares in the middle of my paragraphs, or anything like that. But I will be trying out different things, and since you’re allowed three ad boxes on a page, I just might work up to that many.

Right now I’ve got ads in my left sidebar there, below the Amazon.com tip jar. And if you click through to an archive page, you’ll see ads between the post and the comments. Feel free to ignore them, just like you do on so many other sites. And feel free to laugh at how the ads are hidden behind the blogroll if the post is too short.

Too long I’ve been on the outside looking in on AdSense. Now I’ll be able to understand how it works. And, since most of my traffic comes from Google anyway, maybe I’ll even get a few stray clicks here and there!

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  1. Kalrac says:

    I deal with Google ads every day. The best ones are things like “Kittens on eBay! Kittens for sale. Check out the deals now!”

    Just remember, if you ever want to add your own private-label search experience, I can hook you up.

    By the way, there are a few display issues with the comment page:

    The sidebar ad covers over the footer:

    The mid-page ads run off the side causing evil scrollbars:

    Posted June 10, 2005 @ 8:06 am
  2. Kalrac says:

    Even better than kittens:

    Looking for plutonium Find exactly what you want today
    Sponsored by: http://www.eBay.com/

    Posted June 10, 2005 @ 8:10 am
  3. Scott Schrantz says:

    Yeah, those are layout issues that I’ve been dealing with since long before the ads. The left sidebar is absolutely positioned, so it doesn’t push the footer down. A common problem with CSS layouts. I’ve chosen to deal with it by ignoring it. And anything that’s too wide in the main body will either hide under the blogroll (in Firefox) or push it off the page (in IE). A symptom of liquid design. This is why I’ve got a lot of playing around with placement still to do.

    Posted June 10, 2005 @ 8:40 am

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