Swanny007 - 8:10 pm on Feb 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
Ya know in general I dislike Google, I use as few of their products and services as possible. They've become too "big brother", they track and retain too much information on people. That's my personal opinion.
With that said, lately I've tried to separate my personal feelings about them with my business dealings with them. In other words, if AdSense is the best way to monetize my content sites, then that's what goes on there. My business of running web sites relies solely on advertising income so I want the best ad in the best spot at the right time. If the ads suck it will annoy my visitors or give them a lesser impression of my site. I find that AdSense overall does the best job on my site. I've tried other ad networks, even in-text ads, Chitika, etc. But at the end of the day it's a business and AdSense pays well and has quality ads (I blocked all 3rd party ad networks).
diberry, I'm glad you've looked at alternative options, and used them. For sure some publishers get banned, but you can't let that interfere with your life. Just like any one of us could be hit by a bus tomorrow and die, it's a part of life. With AdSense, keep your nose clean by running a quality site and your chances of being banned are reduced. Stay away from buying links, duplicate content, and the other stuff Google doesn't like and you reduce that risk. Personally my thoughts are I'm going to do what I can now to monetize my sites to their (almost) full potential now (without going overboard) and put some money in the bank in case something happens down the road.
Honestly my advice would be to be to try AdSense out on a limited basis and see how well they perform relative to your other options. You already use them to monetize YouTube, so it's not that much of a stretch to use them more.
I'm not sure if you rely on the income as a side job or your sole business, but if you try to take an approach similar to mine where you minimize your Google dependence and think of business vs personal opinions just maybe you can be in a win-win situation :)