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The word "free" - a bad idea?
theitboy




msg:1347445
 11:37 pm on Dec 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

I run a respectable niche site, and have just started with AdSense. I was doing some research over at the AdWords forum, and discovered a thread about negative keywords. One big keyword that was reccomended for blocking was "free".

Well. My site doesn't really give away free stuff, except a fairly popular newsletter. The thing is, it is promoted at the top of every page with the words "Sign up for our free newsletter".

Do people think having the word "Free" on every page is likely to result in a significant reduction of ads served, and average CPC? Should I change it? Every other way I can think of phrasing it seems really awkward - "sign up for our no-cost email newsletter" is about the best, but it's not so great.

I'm thinking that maybe the best answer is to change that line to a gif file without the word "free" in the alt text. Any suggestions? Should I be concerned by any of this?

Thanks.

 

hurlimann




msg:1347446
 11:48 pm on Dec 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

I dont run adsense but it is well known offline that using words like "free" increase marketing response %'s.

Blue_Fin




msg:1347447
 11:56 pm on Dec 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

I rather doubt there will be any negative effect, but if you are not getting a full complement of ads in whichever ad format you are using and/or you are getting a very low EPC, then that could play a factor, but it's more likely something else. That said, I don't think it's necessary to have the words "free" or "no cost" anyway. It's generally known that email newsletters are free anyway.

We published a newsletter and had a signup link on our site until last month when we discontinued our newsletter. We didn't have the word free, but we had plenty of signups and it had no impact on our AdSense ads.

loanuniverse




msg:1347448
 12:09 am on Dec 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

The word free is within my {title} and in the first few sentences of my site. Now that you mention it, some of the advertisers might be using it as a negative keyword.... It had not ocurred to me. Not that I am going to start rewriting copy, but something to think about for the next update.

simonuk




msg:1347449
 3:51 am on Dec 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have the word free plastered all over my site because I give away desktop wallpapers.

Because the wallpapers are from the area I live in all my ads are local hotels etc so it doesn't actually affect me at all. My ads are always full of local businesses.

Simon.

markus007




msg:1347450
 8:19 am on Dec 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have the word free, in title, in the description, in the body text in H1 tags and pretty much every single page on the site... I am doing just fine.

bignet




msg:1347451
 12:17 am on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

[footnote]
Free is a bad word, for adwords publishers, if they do not offer free stuff imo

Blue_Fin




msg:1347452
 12:58 am on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Free is a bad word, for adwords publishers, if they do not offer free stuff imo

Well, this is about AdSense, not AdWords. :)

I think I recall reading on the AdWords forum that in order to have "free" in the ad, the click must land on a page offering that free service or product.

bignet




msg:1347453
 8:50 pm on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

hence the [footnote]

well ive seen many advertisers violatin that condition

there is alawys room when it comes to free promises

eWhisper




msg:1347454
 9:25 pm on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think I recall reading on the AdWords forum that in order to have "free" in the ad, the click must land on a page offering that free service or product.

G generally rejects ads where the landing page does not contain info about the 'free' product. There are times when this is stretched a bit (free phone consultations comes to mind), and G allows the ad.

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