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Google AdSense launched today

New content targed ad program for content providers

     
8:39 am on Jun 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's way cool :)

[google.com...]

Not sure if this should be in Google News or adwords. I guess this forum should really be the one for AdSense questions as it's about advertising.

Also, it seems that the site hangs in IE. Mozilla ( as usual ) works perfectly so use that.

Unlike the exising content targed ads you do not need 20 million visitors to put these ads on your site.

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Let the fun begin :)

Sure this is going to be big news, however what do ADVERTISERS have to say about the whole thing.

Have we noticed ANY quality traffic from contextual advertising...

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Article I just picked up from Yahoo. Google will be expanding the number of sites that host adsense ads.

[story.news.yahoo.com...]

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Also, the existing one for 20 million + visitors isn't/wasn't called AdSence. AdSence is brand new.

[edited by: Marcia at 9:04 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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cant view the site in IE too. Seems to be stalling on the style.css file.
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Yeah I think it will be big news. Does any other advertising network have 100,000 advertisers?

[edited by: eaden at 10:04 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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I agree--very neat stuff. :)

Glad I was up late chatting with webmasters or I would have missed the launch. I think the css file should be good now, but let me know if it's not. :)

[edited by: GoogleGuy at 9:56 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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Very interesting (and the fun with IE6 continues... The site works well with Opera 7, instead.).

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Wonder if this service is open to web directories?

It does clearly state not on search results pages - So I would assume not :(

Neat stuff though - will have to look at it for some other sites :)

[edited by: Dayo_UK at 9:25 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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>>AdWords will be offline for 1 minute(s) beginning 8 minute(s) from now.

From adwords.google.com can this have something to do with the implementation?

Also will you be able to prevent your ads from being displayed on other sites (Like with Content targetting)?

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>> Wonder if this service is open to web directories?

A web directory isn't a search engine. Just make sure that when someone searches the directory you hide the ads.

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Eaden,

That was what I was wondering, if you drill down to a category in a directory rather than search does this count as a results page - who know as far as Google are concerned.

Only way to find out is to apply and see what happens :)

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Wow - this is going to make Google loved by many webmasters of popular hobby sites.

Also will we see reverse content building to attract expensive ads? ;)

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I think this is advertisers' worst fears come true.

As an advertiser, I trust Google, AOL and the ilk - but definitely not 1000s of mom and pop sites. Isn't this the reason for the non-popularity of CPC programs with merchants at various affiliate networks?

Thankfully, AdWords advertisers can disable Content Network syndication.

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It's a great source of extra $$ for hobby webmasters who don't want to chase down advertisers, and the ads will be really relevant because it's drawing from such a large pool of advertisers.

So all the people who were asking about how to run content-targeted ads and who didn't have a huge site: Now's your chance! Give it a try. :)

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http:*//www.appliedsemantics.com/products/adv_adsense.html

Am a bit embarresed i didn't see that coming earlier. (Talking about the name only)

[edited by: lazerzubb at 9:42 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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If your site is not yet in our index, it may take a few hours or more before we are able to crawl your site and serve the most relevant AdWords ads. In this case, we will display public service ads, for which you will not receive earnings, until we are able to crawl your pages

Is this also a quick way into the index? :)

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It's not a quicker way into the index, vitaplease. It's a separate crawl. :)

[edited by: GoogleGuy at 9:57 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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uhmmm .... so ..... how do they stop me from clicking over and over and over again on my opposition's ad that gets served on my site? Sounds like a nice way to make some money.

[edited by: bpresent at 11:18 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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Great idea....how much did adwords mak last ear was it 750 million?
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I have Google text ads via Fastclick's deal with Googlesyndication - will the per click payout be more by signing up directly with Google I wonder?

Oh, and like other ad networks - what does it show as "default" ads? Can you choose your own default ad?

And is there a handy system of allowing people to advertise on your site - click through to Google Ads - and get a small commission for the referral? ;)

[edited by: nutsandbolts at 10:09 am (utc) on June 18, 2003]

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bpresent, we're putting checks in place to make sure that clicks are counted in the right way so that cheating doesn't take place. In the same way, vibgyor79--you'll be happy to know that we have an editorial team that will review each web publisher application. They check the content on the site and also use in-house technology to determine how popular a site is. So there will be reviews to make sure that a site is appropriate in the first place, and there will also be on-going monitoring to make sure that sites maintain the level of quality that we want to work with. It's going to be pretty exciting. :)
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I like the way you can filter out some sites from appearing as ads on your page.

eaden, whats your first impression on running the program?

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also use in-house technology to determine how popular a site is

Toolbar data, CTR measurements on serps - where's the data coming from?
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Good question, heini--I didn't get down into that level of detail with the person that I talked to about it. The main thing that I wanted to communicate is that we will have an editorial team to review sites and ensure that web publisher sites are of high quality.
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it would be interesting to see if a site which as lived happily in Google using dodgy means would stay after the application.

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Agreed - it would be foolish however for someone who has used dodgy tactics to drawn attention to the site in that manner though

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This is a fantastic development.

It will pave the way for high quality unbiased review material/editorials to be financially supported; this will make a better web for everyone.

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GoogleGuy,

Maybe I missed it on the FAQ, but would be great if one could have a geographical opt-in/out as publisher showing ads.

My main target is Europe. I would not mind showing ads for certain pages to the Americans though.
It would save me filtering out European targetted ads per url and would save me from suprises on new European advertisers.

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I've been learning more about it recently and talking to people about it, and it's pretty exciting. Publishers can exclude ads from any site (like a competitor) that they want, they can swap between banner ads and skyscraper ads immediately, and they can stop the ads at any time. Ads relevant to a page are better than banner ads for users--those punch the monkey banners can be pretty annoying. And advertisers can get more inventory by using content-targeted ads, or if they ever have reservations, it's easy to disable content-targeted ads for their account.

I'll try to stop before I sound like a total salesperson, but I've seen it working on the site of a WebmasterWorld member, and it's really sweet. The member's site is very high-quality (the aim is to accept blue-ribbon sites), but it appeals to a narrow segment--so it could be hard to chase down advertisers. We serve up ads exactly matched for that website, so it works really well for them. :)

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