incrediBILL - 4:36 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
I remember the days before Adsense and believe many webmasters were getting peanuts. It has brought alot of money to small time publishers so although you can disagree with what they are doing, do remember the fact Google has done webmasters many favors.
Yeah, I remember those days too.
I remember when HP, Apple, Ricoh and others used to directly advertise on my site, give me big fat checks up to $30K/month, on the same site AdSense gave a fraction, and now Google decided to throw down the farmers hole.
Heck, if it wasn't for my site they wouldn't have had one of the major hubs for one of the major niche topics when they started that stupid search engine and this is how they repay my pioneering efforts?
Back in the day we used to do something called LINKING which is how others found similar sites. Now if you do LINKING big bad Google threatens you with a penalty. Sure links can and are abused, but if they can effectively break the original chain of LINKS that built the web that's yet another way they dominate the system.
Loads of fun Google is, take away my big advertiser money with AdWords, give me webmaster welfare with AdSense, then park me at the bottom of the abyss when they're through using my site for all it's worth.
I'm doing A/B testing at the moment and if AdSense was what caused my site to be thrown down the farmers hole, AdSense will be permanently removed, relationship over.