ak_web - 11:12 pm on Apr 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
No doubts. And I would not start such thread a year ago.
But nowadays the Adsense income is so low (see Adsense forum here, on WW), that I believe many top publishers will be glad to sell ad spaces direct for real cheap.
I just suppose one has less control over the small budget, smashing it among "hundreds (or thousands) of websites".
Why not to spend some time, find couple of websites converting the best and stick with them ?
Now you're daily/weekly spending your time to manage keywords in Adwords. You don't need to spend it, if you would found your converting publisher.
Did somebody try ?
Again, I started this thread because it seems to me (but not sure yet), that ads market has changed after Panda and Adsense/Adwords is not the best solution.