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Google AdSense launched today
New content targed ad program for content providers

 8:39 am on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's way cool :)


Not sure if this should be in Google News or adwords. I guess this forum should really be the one for AdSense questions as it's about advertising.

Also, it seems that the site hangs in IE. Mozilla ( as usual ) works perfectly so use that.

Unlike the exising content targed ads you do not need 20 million visitors to put these ads on your site.



 10:38 pm on Jun 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have seen a few issues with pageloading with AdSense. But I'm delivering thousands of them a day with no problems so on the whole I'd say the loading is pretty good.

I did experience one time where for some odd reason the banner tried to load first and things were a bit weird. But like I said. I server at least 20,000 a day without any problems.


 10:46 pm on Jun 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

Twice I noticed 5-7 second delays in the loading of the ads. Now I'm noticing a slight delay on all my pages. I've built my mental health information site so that it's very lean, and I'm used to instant loading. That's why I asked. I've started to see AdSense ads on all kinds of sites ranging in quality from extremely poor to quite nice. I'm just wondering if Google is prepared for the volume. I only noticed the drag on my site today.


 10:50 pm on Jun 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am seeing between 3 to 5 second lag on some of my pages.

It seems to be random though. At times it loads almost instantly, and then it seems to take a longer. Might me a load balancing issue. I am assuming/hoping this will get straightened out as the dust settles...


 2:20 am on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am new to the board and have mainly just been reading all the great posts.
I just wanted to share our initial experience with the Google AdSense program. We have added Google AdSense to one page on our website so far to see how it all works. I must say, it is sweeeeet!
Very easy to implement. If you have targeted traffic hitting the page these ads are on, you will make money. We are seeing between a 4-5% click through, and the commissions seem more than fair.

[edited by: heini at 4:13 pm (utc) on July 2, 2003]
[edit reason] removed url per TOS [/edit]


 2:32 am on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

is google.com/adsense down now? I can't seem to access it


 3:10 am on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

ok strange, I use netscape and it works now


 6:59 am on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

My AdSense adverts were off context, so I added a noscript tag straight after the opening body tag containing relevant key words I wanted for the page, and hey presto, 3 days later the adverts changed to what I needed.

My site was a classifieds hobby site, I wanted AdSense adverts about the hobby, not the classifieds provision - all sorted now.


 7:12 am on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

I always get logged out of the member account very soon. I think it would be a great idea to increase the time limit.


 1:24 pm on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)


What kind of noscript tag did you use? Could you give an example of the code?

Did you hide the script in comment tags to prevent older browsers from showing the text on the page?



 1:59 pm on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

It's a great source of extra $$ for hobby webmasters who don't want to chase down advertisers, and the ads will be really relevant because it's drawing from such a large pool of advertisers.

Thank you for your input, GG.

I have been supporting (on my own) quite a few hobby sites as well as non-profit, public-service sites on several highly focused subject areas that I deeply believe in. On more than one occassion, I had considered banner exchange to support these sites, but was reluctant to do so considering the options that were available thus far. With Google supplied content Ads, I felt comfortable enough to actually showcase an Ad on my sites -for the very first time. I am keeping my fingers crossed...

So all the people who were asking about how to run content-targeted ads and who didn't have a huge site: Now's your chance! Give it a try. :)

Well, I did take it for a spin on some of my non-profit/hobby sites, and for the most part it's looking good. :)

I see a need for G to supply Ads that are better targetted. I am hoping that as y'all fine tune Adsense Ad targetting algo, this will get ironed out fairly soon.


 2:31 pm on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>My AdSense adverts were off context, so I added a noscript tag straight after the opening body tag containing relevant key words

My guess is that Google will treat that in the same way that it treats invisible text.


 7:32 pm on Jun 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hmm... would invisible layers (via css) be useful in this case? Or does Google also not like those?


 7:15 pm on Jun 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am seeign huge differences in load time today. AdSense seems sluggish and is taking 3-4 seconds to load.

Many users of my site are also complaining of broswer crashes. But to be fair I haven't pin pointed what is causing that and there is a chance that it is unrelated.


 6:09 pm on Jun 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

The key for us Advertisers will be whether we will notice a difference between the people who click on our AdSense ads and the people who click on our AdWords ads.

Will these Ad Sense clickers be as likely to buy? Afterall, the people clicking on the AdWords ads were actually SEARCHING for that product or keyword, whereas the people clicking on the AdSense ads are just browsing a site that has relevant content. They are not as hot a prospective buyer.

I've disabled my AdWords ads from running on AdSense content sites. I am an affiliate, so I barely make it with the hottest prospects - AdWords people who are actually searching for my product or keyword. I don't think I will have as good a conversion rate with AdSense "browsers."


 6:59 pm on Jun 28, 2003 (gmt 0)


People who see AdWords on content pages may be better prospects than users who click the AdWords on SERPs. Why? Because, in many cases, they found their way to those content pages via search. In a sense, they're prequalified, because they cared enough about the topic to click through to a content page and then click again on an ad.

AdSense banners or skyscrapers also give you a second chance to reach the people (a) are so focused on search listings that they never even notice the AdWords on a SERP, or who (b) want more information before they buy.

Let's say that John Doe is searching for information on laser nosehair removal. He enters "laser nosehair removal" in Google, sees an article from Nasalbeautymagazine.com on the SERP, and clicks through to the article. At this point, you've lost him if your only ad was an AdWord on the SERP. But if you've also got an AdSense ad at Nasalbeautymagazine.com, John may click on it after the article has convinced him that laser nosehair removal is safe, effective, and likely to make him more attractive. What's more, if he does click on that content ad, there's a better chance that he'll buy your Nasal Laser II Hair Remover than if he'd clicked on your SERP AdWord in a search for information.

If Google content ads have received a bad rap, it's probably because Google first used AdWord content ads on large corporate partner sites that weren't targeted to specific user interests. To use an example that I mentioned in another thread, an AdWords digital-camera ad on a HowStuffWorks page about digital-camera technology isn't likely to be as effective as an AdSense digital-camera ad on a site for photo enthusiasts. Similarly, a "London hotels" AdWord on a Weather Underground forecast for London isn't going to generate as many sales as a "London Hotels" AdSense ad in a travel article about London.

Content ads can be highly successful when they're used in targeted media. Q.: Why do you think mail-order advertisers run multi-page ads in the back of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY every month? A: Because targeted "content ads" work.


 8:07 pm on Jun 28, 2003 (gmt 0)


Yes, very good points. I may need to re-consider trying my AdWords ads on AdSense sites. Perhaps these AdSense clicks WILL actually be more pre-qualified buyers than the AdWords clicks, if they were in fact "searchers" for your product to begin with and just went to a content site first for info before buying. Good points.

And thanks for advising that the early tests with our AdWords ads on content sites were served up to not-so-targeted sites. AdSense sites should be more targeted.


 9:40 pm on Jun 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

I may need to re-consider trying my AdWords ads on AdSense sites.

Just out of curiosity, do AdWords advertisers have a specific "AdSense" option, or are AdSense and corporate partner sites all bundled together under a single "content sites" heading?


 10:15 pm on Jun 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just out of curiosity, do AdWords advertisers have a specific "AdSense" option, or are AdSense and corporate partner sites all bundled together under a single "content sites" heading?

There is no seperate check box, so I gather they are bundled under a single " content sites in Google's network" option...


 1:49 am on Jun 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

As an AdWords advertiser we can make these choices:

All AdWords ads show on Google search. In addition, show ads on:
__ search sites in Google's network
__ content sites in Google's network (including the new AdSense program)


 6:08 pm on Jun 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

I wonder .... if Google finds a website with hidden text, and that site owner runs Adsense on that site, will the site owner have his Adsense account shut down?


 11:55 am on Jul 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

Have any of you noticed that AdSense ads significantly slow the loading of the pages on your site?

There's one issue I experienced, but I have no idea how unique this issue is.

On one computer, using win98SE MSIE 6 (with all relevant updates), Google AdSense chokes the page. No display of anything under the ad location or within the table containing the ad. The problem repeated on five sites known to use AdSense.

However, I was unable to repeat the problem on another computer, and others who also tested some of those sites found no problems. Also, on the problematic computer, other browsers (Opera 6, for example) had no problem.

So the problem may be profoundly isolated, but since it happens to me, it may happen to others as well (especially since I've no idea what combination of factors cause the problem).


 3:34 pm on Jul 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

oops. Reply to my previous post: See
AdSense & IE6


 10:38 am on Jul 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'm just developing a niche content site. Couple of questions with respect to the site and AdSense, and really it comes down to the age old question:

"Does size matter?"

Specifically ...

-- If my new niche site began with, say, just a dozen pages, would G even consider me for AdSense if I applied? If not, what's a minimum size G would consider for AdSense acceptance?

-- If the site begins, as it must, with very small readership, would G consider me for AdSense? If not, what's a minimum readership G would consider acceptable for inclusion in AdSense?

Yours, hoping one day to live large,


 3:27 am on Jul 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

I've just started putting AdSense on my own site, and I've run into a problem with ads for a religious cult being displayed on pages that mention Israel and Iraq. (I'm not opposed to religion, mind you, but this really is a cult in my opinion, and not something I can in good conscience advertise on my site.) I can see how I could quickly use up all my filters blocking this kind of thing.

I hope Google will consider omitting religious and political ads from AdSense, or giving us a better way to filter them out. Otherwise, everything looks great, and I'm delighted Google is offering this to smaller publishers.


 2:24 pm on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)


You can go to your Adsense account, click on "Advanced Options" and filter out sites you do not wish to see.

A general observation re the apparent rules about not having any other text ads on the page you show Adsense ads. I went through a lot of trouble to make my pages compliant with this but I notice that a lot of big sites (like TheRegister) seem to have Adsense ads and text ads on their pages.


 2:26 pm on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anyone noticed that some of the ads look different now?

I think this morning I saw them with an ugly black border, now it seems to be cleaned up.


 4:10 pm on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

RE: A general observation re the apparent rules about not having any other text ads on the page you show Adsense ads.

I believe adsense is referring to text ads that may resemble the adsense ads are not allowed. Regular ads that have a text link to another site such as affiliate sites are allowed.


 7:37 pm on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

Div01, thank you -- I did try filtering out the ad, but a couple days later it was still appearing on my site.

I added a second site to the filter, but its ads also continued to appear on my site days later! So much for AdSense's "robust filtering tools."

I wrote to Google over the weekend and am hoping for a reply soon.


 8:51 am on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I did that too, used a filter on my site and the ad still kept coming up. Maybe it takes a day or two to kick in. Otherwise, I'm getting good results on my Austin, Texas discussion site. I found the ads to be pretty useful and led to some interesting sites, one was a site that helped you determine the value of your home. The other was a web hosting site that had some nice examples of other websites. I learned something and found these sites useful.

My first day on AdSense was yesterday and the results were, let's just say, AdSense been berry, berry good to Paul. I was impressed. Let's see how day two goes! Can this continue?


 7:20 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

To all the people who suggested adding their own keywords to help GoogleBot. I think this goes against what google is trying to acheive. They are trying to have intelligent computers determine matches, instead of publishers and advertisers manually add keywords. I understand the logic of helping GoogleBot along, but it's more likely that Google will want to tweak it's AdSense engine rather than pick out manually entered keywords.

Just my 2 cents.


 8:54 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

I understand the logic of helping GoogleBot along, but it's more likely that Google will want to tweak it's AdSense engine rather than pick out manually entered keywords.

Maybe, but there's something to be said for helping them along. Take a page about camper rentals in Europe. If Google doesn't have a relevant ad, it'll probably display an ad for camper rentals in the U.S. or someplace else--which isn't likely to generate money for my European travel site or for Google.

Ideally, I'd be able to specify certain parameters for the site as a whole--e.g., "Europe" and "travel"--so that AdSense would know that the default ad for any page on my site should be an ad about travel in Europe.

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