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After giving YPN what I considered a fair chance, I decided I couldn't afford to lose the income any longer and began switching back to AdSense. From time to time since, I give YPN placement on a page and all I seem to get is more lousy targeting.
Is there any hope of this getting better?
Did you ever try blocking the RON ads and using ad targetting?
Is that the secret? Do I need to start blocking every RON ad I see?
As for ad targetting, I have used it, but it didn't get me anywhere near the "on-target" ads I get with AdSense. For example, some sites I have are B2B sites. But the ad targetting doesn't allow me to drill down far enough into the B2B category to make the ads relevant for the people reading the pages. The people who read my content aren't the people within a company who buy or make decisions about the things that are being advertised.
Also try to keep it on for at least 4 days.
There are some pages where I would be willing to give YPN four days if I thought proper ads would show up. But many of my pages are time critical and my regular visitors find those pages quickly. Four days is too late - 2 days is too late.
But thanks for your reply. I think this tells me what I need to know. I may give YPN a chance on an unimportant page here and there. But in the meantime, AdSense is staying put until I hear that YPN has made significant improvements. I want YPN to improve and give AdSense some serious competition, but I'm not willing to knowingly sacrifice my income on their behalf.
even with the lower ctr, i've been seeing higher overall earnings with ypn over adsense.
i'd like to see if you can put ypn ad blocks from different channels on the same page... anyone know the answer to that?
I am watching this forum and if it looks like Yahoo is doing better for people I will give it another try.
I do like the idea of not being completly dependent on AdSense. I'd like to not have to have all my eggs in one basket.
I imagine Yahoo will become more refined as time goes on and eventually I'll be able to use their ads as well.
In the past few months I've been using YPN, site visitors definitely prefer targeted ads. While YPN seems to pay more per click than AdSense, my revenue has gone down. I don't intend to stop using YPN but I've significantly reduced using their ads. I'll keep it that way until things improve.
btw, has anyone contacted YPN and mentioned this? If so, what was the reply?
The targetting has ranged from "almost okay" to "really cruddy." They don't have nearly enough categories for their targetting sections to do me any good. (I don't know about other people). Yes, I have submitted several support or whatever requests on this. The CTR is more or less abysmal.
As I've said before, I'm not removing it yet because I can afford to leave it, it is beta, and the CPC does tend to be higher than Adsense. If they could get the targetting on, I think it would kick Adsense's butt, at least for the sites I have it on.
What it comes down to is that some people make way more with YPN, and some with Adsense. It seems to be fairly individualized, so all you can do is try and see how YPN works for you...