tim222 - 11:49 pm on May 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
In my opinion, Adsense ads at the top of the page, can and often does make the page look spammy. As a publisher, I don't want my site to appear that way to my readers.
I really have to respect people who take pride in their websites. I felt the same way for around 7 or 8 years until it started to make decent money, and in return I began to invest more money back into it. Right now I'm spending around $500 a month advertising what used to be a hobby. That really changed my perspective. Unfortunately it's not really a hobby anymore... now it's a business. Yeah the ads look "spammy" to me too, but it doesn't really bother me anymore. I guess I need a new hobby :-)