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Isn't there any way to do this properly from within the AdSense account i.e. block by IP address or create a blocking cookie (for dynamic IP addresses)? If it is, I just couldn't find it.
My concern was mostly the impressions, as my presence would generate false impressions and therefore, lower my earnings when actually someone clicks on an ad. I haven't actually spend the time to read how the earning per click relates to the number of impressions but I guess there is got to be some formula for that. Hopefully I will have some time to learn more issues surrounding AdSense, but that was my key concern at the moment. My other concern is how to track any abusers (those who try to sabotage a site by clicking on the ads). I guess there is no easy way to determine that either, but this is for future reference.
>Blend your ads into the site. Use a wide skyscraper on the >left side or put a wide banner across the top.
Currently I use a 120x240 vertical small banner on the right. I am aware of guidelines that can help to make the most out of AdSense i.e. put them at the top, or between paragraphs, blend them as you said, by using similar color for background and text etc. I am sure that works, but I do not want to shadow the content of the site completely, especially because it is very little as yet. Just to give you an idea, I have even placed the ads in a box with a title "sponsored listings".
>Next thing you know people will say you need to have your >site validate to earn more or if you wear a green shirt.
Do you mean W3C logos? If yes, I got most of them. That was my first thing even before the site went online;)
To anton23: How? Is it via IP? What if someone is on a dynamic connection? In such case, the only way they can possibly know its me, is if I login to my AdSense account (I guess).
Thanks for your input towards my queries.
That's a good post!
Now where ya get the green shirts?
I visit my own site several times each day as I have a news feed on a topic that I am involved in offline.
If I don't read the news on my own site then I can't really complain if no one else does.
My own page views haven't had any effect upon my earnings as far as I can determine.
I at one time worried about it, not anymore. I have a site that people read. In fact many visitors make 4 - 10 page views.
The thing about having adsense on your site, is the same as having a website, you need to get traffic, if the visitors see an ad of interest they'll click on it, if not they'll read another page or leave.
That's the formula.
No Disrespect to your question intended.
All I can say is work on getting traffic, the issues and concerns of today will be mute. Build a site that people want to see, start with a few people and give them what they seek. That few will someday become many!
Many people forget that as Publishers we are also doing advertisers a favour. If we own legit domains and we have real content, they'll want the hits that we send.
The people that build MFA sites will get killed by internet users and advertisers alike. That is just a matter of time.
It does hurt when you get discounted due to all the bogus sites, but visitors will decide what is real or not.
Don't worry about your own page views.
Knappster: That was a good thread you supplied, thanks! It seems I wasn't the only one who was getting worried about generating false impressions, but considering the numbers of false impressions some other people mentioned there, mine is relatively nothing. Still it would be a good feature to be able to block ourselves by using IP, or when not applicable, a cookie. Even free services like StatCounter offer such feature - I am sure Google will consider offering such functionality sooner or later. It would be unfair by any means not to be able to browse our own site at our leisure!
I have the phrase sponsored listings at the bottom of my page over my affiliate ads. I have adsense at the top of my page with no Sponsored Listings phrase.
I guess it's personal preference, or depends on your layout?
It seems like an easier way would be to just not "blend" them in to your site.