I think you just answered your own question!
While Google Adsense is a popular program and can be very profitable, I wouldn't rely strictly on Adsense for income. Of course if you're shoveling in thousands of dollars a week with Adsense, things are cool.
I think Adsense, along with some traditional affiliations (ie. banner ads, etc.), is the best overall solution for webmasters.
I'd love to know who is drawing thousands a week any longer.
When I'm seeing something similar to 15 clicks for 50 cents total, it gets easy to be discouraged from working at it much harder.
Not sure I'm willing to switch genres, just for the sake of "possibly" making a few dollars more...
AdSense (same basically applies to YPN) is probably the simplest and best program overall. Adding it to a site is a no-brainer.
However there can be better ways to monetize a website. The way I have things optimized on my main site, AdSense is the #2 source of income.
(take is from a man who knows) Adsense is the best thing sence sliced bread, handsdown.
what is the approximate pay from adsense i.e if the advertiser pays $3.00 per click and/or $1.00 per click
(does % of pay to webmaster varies on click amount or i.e 30% from whatever advertiser pays for the specific clicks)
The % of pay to the publisher per a click varies. Google tends to keep this amount under wraps. Caculations and estimates have been made of ~ 60% to 70% which is similar to a lot of other advertisers in this area (bear in mind they have the costs of serving the ads and finding the advertiers).
Places like Linkworth and others tend to set the same % across all publishers. I get the feeling that Google offers a slightly different deal (eg higher cut, different terms) to it's more popular publishers - eg ISPs, domain parking etc although this part of Adsense used to be called something else (maybe they no longer make a distinction). Adsense for search (paid search as opposed to free search) used to only be offered to high volume sites, but then they extended it to all, however this does benefit Google itself through free branding (all those logos and links to google.com on all those sites).
It all depends what suits your site and its demographic. However it's always best not to have all your eggs in one basket.
I have been very pleased with adsense. Great customer service and you can count on your check.
It's great for my small content site. I had been working for years on increasing income from my site, gradually growing with Amazon and a few others. AdSense comes along and boom! my income doubled overnight with very little work. With some more work to get over the effects of the introduction of smart pricing in 2004, and to grow beyond that, I'm making triple overall what I used to make. And one interesting thing is that AdSense does not seem to have cannibalized income from the affiliates on the site--they've grown or held steady.
I do feel a bit nervous that I rely on it so much but I have some ideas for dealing with that.
|Do you guys think that Adsense is the best affiliate program out for webmasters. |
The term "affiliate program" generally refers to a program that pays you a commission on actual sales. AdSense is better described as a CPC (cost per click) or PPC (pay per click) advertising network.
AdSense is the best PPC advertising network for most publishers (though certainly not for all). It isn't necessarily better than affiliate programs, though. Affiliate programs can work extremely well if you have the right affiliate partner, topic, and audience. Also, there's no rule that says you can't have both AdSense ads and affiliate links on the same site. On my site, for example, affiliate links bring in even more money than AdSense does, but AdSense lets me earn revenue from pages about topics that aren't related to my affiliate programs.
Adsense has been so far the best money making system i've tried. Revenue Pilot has been good but only for couple keywords.