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I actually think that those few banner ads affect my AdSense eCPM negatively. My sites are nice and clean so a colored banner pulls people away from the text-based content and text-based ads on the page.
I assume they look at the ad, then decide "this site is displaying banner ads" and then close the browser window.
I am monitoring how many times PSA are shown, at it seems enough to warrant looking for a good solution for them.
Anyone else some suggestions?
300x250 German: An own ad with some text and 6 small pictures. Works good to redistribute visitors over my sites.
300x250 English: Chitika. So far 1 click at 2000 impressions. A real joke. He! Who in this forum recommended this?
Before, I used Amazon but CPM was very close to 0.
I am just improving the news system on my sites.
So maybe all PSA will contain in the future news about my latest created pages.
After Amazon and Chitika, one more page impression on my own site with an AdSense ad on it can only be more valuabel than wasting the ad space with nearly not converting items.
I used Amazon as alternates to my leaderboards - fitting four book/author links in each - with AWS used to get listings which are current and match the subject of the page.
Is this giving any conversions for you?
I don't think it's worth setting up an alternative for PSA's bearing in mind the chances of seeing them are so slight.
Try putting a counter on your PSA ads, and you may be surprised as to how many are showing, especially on alternative languages.
I understood from the TOS that it is not allowed to create something that looks like Google Ads or can be confused with Google Ads?
I put only one unit ad on every pages of my site, so when the ad replacement is shown, my visitors won't see any other adsense ads. I believe this is different from making the content of the site that would look like adsense ads sitting beside the real one. The image that I created is a big font title of the linked page with nice background and description and no url underneath.
The idea is to refresh the adsense code, because my site is showing psa when load for the first time in different computer. So when my visitor clicks on the replacement ad and goes to other page of the site, there's a chance that adsense ads would show up there.
collapsable ad units
But what do you put in them?
its not a bad idea to try to monetize all your pages, but sometimes less is more. if adsense doesnt have ads to serve for your page, you can consider letting the adblock collapse. with fewer opportunities to exit that page, there should be an increased chance for your user to explore your site (and hopefully bookmark it etc). if you have good internal navigation, they might visit another interesting section of the site, that should have ads on it.
perhaps it is better to attempt to monetize each visitor... but not necessarily each page.
but sometimes less is more. if adsense doesnt have ads to serve for your page, you can consider letting the adblock collapse. with fewer opportunities to exit that page, there should be an increased chance for your user to explore your site
I realized this as well, and after trying some things I went back to collapsable ad units as well.
Is anyone using Chitika and what are your results with them like?
Tried that, for me Chitika only works well on pages that make good money on Google, so as a Google replacement its useless.
Right... That seems logical. Do you know if they allow pop-up's/under's with their ads?