diberry - 10:24 pm on Feb 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thank you so much for the thoughtful responses, everyone. I think I may have been unclear about something.
I'm not really considering running Adsense at all. In my niches, I've tested it several times over the years, and CPM banner ads from other networks consistently outperform Adsense. I'm not even tempted to run Adsense ads, as that would lower my income.
The reason I'm losing money right now is NOT my refusal to use Adsense. It's my refusal to use companies like Burst which have entered into partnerships with Google wherein Google may be able to collect all sorts of info about my sites and my niches... and maybe determine who gets to be a publisher and who doesn't.
From the beginning of my online earning, I realized you don't put your eggs in one basket and have done everything in my power - including occasionally losing a bit of potential income - to avoid all forms of Google reliance. The problem is, this is becoming more and more impossible to do as they are taking over so many companies! If I work with companies who are working with Google, I may help ensure that dominance, and I am genuinely concerned that someday I won't be able to make any money online ever again due to Google's dominance.
But if I don't work with these companies, the end of my online earning days may come even sooner. That's two companies in less than one year - who knows if any of my other ad providers will be truly Google-independent by the end of this year?
That's my dilemma. I hope I've made it a little clearer.