MrSavage - 4:35 am on Oct 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
Good reads. This all makes sense to me. At adsense in your city, I couldn't understand why they were really pushing this new system of controlling ads (technical and I forget the name) and the Google reps were clearly suggesting you can add any other advertiser to the mix and they all compete for that spot. In other words, Google is putting in place a system to make it easier for webmasters to control ads which ultimately will make it more competitive. Yes, that means by their own admission, a Google ad might not show on your site.
If you think that sounds odd, you're right. I was puzzled ever since that meeting. Why would they be asking us to welcome competing ads with Adsense to show up on our site? They are offering the tools to do it. Sounded very counter intuitive.
But it all make sense to me after reading that NY Times article. It clearly makes sense. It's being proactive by Google in showing that they are not corning the ads market and that they are allowing bids to happen etc. They are helping that situation manifest itself.
Not a bad thing. It was just very odd at the time. At least I have some clarity. They are working on making it more balanced and less advantageous in my mind. It makes sense to start in small doses. If Google adsense will create a means by which there is a bidding war for my real estate, how the heck could I criticize that? It's like inviting your enemies to Thanksgiving dinner, but whatever.
At the end of the day if Google helps me make more money, I'm happy. Now, as for the organic traffic...