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Adwords Publishers do you use Adsense?
Click or not click

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Msg#: 11664 posted 10:26 pm on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone, I just was wondering if you used Adsense as an Adwords publisher. Not clicking on competitors ads, etc. But when looking for other products or information, do you take advantage of Adsense. I don't use Adwords that much, but I have mixed feelings about using Adsense since I know how costly it can get. If I can remember someone's URL, I will usually just type it in the address bar myself.

Of course, my doing that hinders Adsense publishers from making money, so I guess it is a win-lose situation. The adwords publisher gets a "visitor" for "free" but the adsense publisher doesn't get any money.

Just wondering what you adwords publishers do when it comes to "normal" use of adsense.



Msg#: 11664 posted 10:46 pm on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just to avoid confusion, let's use the correct GoogleSpeak:

People who buy ads = advertisers

People who run ads = publishers

Nick Jachelson

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Msg#: 11664 posted 11:29 pm on Jan 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think he's asking whether or not we click on ads in Google if we're using AdWords.

Actually, sometimes when I want to purchase something (usually big ticket items), I do a search for it on Google and then click on the appropriate ad (e.g. Amazon.com or eBay) so that my purchase would be tracked to that AdWords account and improve their ROI. Better ROI = more advertisers willing to spend money on AdWords = more money for myself as an AdSense publisher.


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Msg#: 11664 posted 12:05 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you mean do I click on ads on other people's sites while I'm surfing, then the answer is no, I generally don't.

While as you point out, the publisher isn't getting any money because I'm not clicking, neither is the advertiser being charged for a click. If ads are in a skyscraper showing the URL, I just type this in the address bar.

To be honest, I think the reason I don't click on ads on other sites is because I'm conditioned, as an adsense publisher, NOT to click on ads. I don't want to get into the habit in case I accidentally forget whose site I'm on when I'm viewing my own and click on my own ads by mistake :)


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Msg#: 11664 posted 12:24 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do not click not even on Google search (Adwords) I will type the URL


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Msg#: 11664 posted 12:35 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is interesting question and deserves further studying! People that run AdSense on their sites are careful to not click on their ads to avoid compromising their accounts. This behavior however has turned into a basic instinct so to say, and they avoid clicking on any third party AdSense ads. May be they feel they might be listed for monitoring by Google click fraud filters somehow?!


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Msg#: 11664 posted 12:50 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

the question seems to be a bit unclear. i'm a publisher, meaning i have adsense ads on my site. while certainly i don't click on my own ads, i will (very) occasionally click on other site's adsense ads. but only if they're cleverly worded enough to actually interest me. i never (purposely) click on image ads however, no matter where they're from).


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Msg#: 11664 posted 4:20 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I guess most advertisers get some 'free' visitors, who type in the URL in their address toolbar. One reason is conditioning (as a publisher), one reason is that some people do not want anyone making money for their click behaviour.
It must be the reason why Google Adwords does not allow for using your URL as the title of the advertiment (while this would be excellent branding, if you have an easy to remember URL), since that would make the address even more visible.


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Msg#: 11664 posted 4:42 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, I was unclear, please forgive me.

Do you as an adwords ADVERTISER, take advantage of ADSENSE when surfing the net?

Not for clicking competitors ads, but just trying to find information or products for your own benefit.

Even though I use limited Adwords as an "advertiser" I still find myself not taking full advantage of Adsense because I am thinking of the cost for the "other" Adwords advertiser and will usually type in the URL.

It could also be that I am getting conditioned as well, to not click the ads to prevent myself from accidently clicking my own ads.


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Msg#: 11664 posted 4:46 am on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am both an AdWords advertiser and an AdSense publisher, and I have no problems clicking on the AdWords results in search or on AdSense ads on pages.

I'm not paranoid. I use the system as it was intended, and if the advertiser makes a sale or the publisher earns money from a click, more power to them both.


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Msg#: 11664 posted 4:30 pm on Jan 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have used AdWords in the past, and have AdSense now, and have no problems clicking on ads - it helps the publisher, and it allows the advertiser to know that their campaign is working.

I don't do it that often (I've conditioned myself not to as others have pointed out in regards to our own ads), but if the ad is of interest to me, I have no fear of using it.


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Msg#: 11664 posted 8:12 am on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I click on the AdWords in search results, oftentimes I am searching for something very particular and there seem to be ads beter targeted than the search results.

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