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If they want to improve the program a lot, and this goes for Yahoo too, they should sort their stats to determine which sites send the most traffic. Then send human beings to each and every site, review it manually. Offer better rates to quality sites. Can the crappy sites or at least "smart-price" them to hell.
Because the medium-size quality sites I know are giving up on adsense and YPN. I just removed another swath of ad space from google. Today plan to remove some more and by next year will be completely weaned off adsense/ypn. While it's always nice to have extra money, the effort and space has not been worth the cost and the competition probably affected my other advertisers. Google got too good a deal which I'd have never offered another advertiser...
While it's hard to turn down "free" money, I'm beginning to think it wasn't all that free @ the end of the day...
It will feel good to have a much cleaner, better-looking site with all that free space :)
While it's always nice to have extra money, the effort and space has not been worth the cost
In this thread, talking fully of commercial aspects, the opinion from someone with a non-profit or personal site really sounds strange.
EFV, you nailed it before.
When I read responses like Clark's (nothing wrong with it), I think we should use a ribbon or something that tell the characteristics of the business we are at (if we are on a business).
Well, there's always the "Homepage" link in the member's "User Profile."
Another quick thought:
This program is new, so people shouldn't expect too much too soon. Anyone who wants to implement it should be patient enough to wait a few months before judging whether it's been worth the space, layout changes, etc. I'm inclined to think that it's something of a test platform--a way for Google to put a window of a certain size on a whole bunch of selected publisher sites and see what works and what doesn't.
I'm not participating myself, not because I'm opposed to experimentation but because (a) I don't want more than one display ad per page, and (b) It would be inconvenient for me to implement the requested ad format even if I liked it. But if I weren't currently running display ads and were already using rectangles, I'd probably give it a shot.
Besides, the ad block is too big for my taste, and sites. ( especially above the fold ).
Did anybody reply to the email? I got it back twice since the reply to email was WRONG!
I have changed since it was easy (include file) but I don't really like the format since it show fewer ads which usually means less money. That is if not the ones that do show up pays better.
I got one video showing up and they have to do better than that with the targetting since it didn't have anything to do with my theme!
I am not going to sit around and see my small revenue dwindle away while waiting for them to get adveretisers.
I kind of agree with Clark! I have been removing AdSense too from my sites, especially site that don't do very well since I am guessing that they check the overall of the account. Am I guessing right?
My guess is that at the moment major video ad campaigns are broadly based on demographics and specific site selection.
As far as who got invites, my first guess (and it's just a guess) was that the video ad solicitations were volume-based, i.e., sites with high impressions got contacted and low-volume ones didn't. I manage Adsense for a couple of different businesses, and the high-traffic account got an email and the low-traffic one didn't.
This seems to be about video ads, and I have no interest in making my site look like trash.
I don't think video ads necessarily make a site look like trash. Still, like you, I tend to be conservative when it comes to using the ad format du jour, whether it's popups and popunders (the preferred "annoy the reader" format of a few years ago) or the Pointroll, Eyeblaster, etc. stuff that the big corporate sites happily use today.
If I thought that Google could supply video ads related to my topic (travel), I might be interested, but I don't think that's likely to happen soon--at least not on a regular basis.
[edited by: neonrider at 8:33 pm (utc) on Jan. 26, 2007]
Also, like I think you probably did, I got into AdSense for the brilliant targeting that's possible, not in order to show run-of-network type ads.
Craig_F: I don't get your point. In what way is this likely to be connected to that issue?
[edited by: jomaxx at 8:32 pm (utc) on Jan. 26, 2007]
I can't keep it like this for long as it makes my site look very UGLY. I know, Google will come up with more ads, but when it is a question and I may not have the patience to wait if it takes onger than a couple hours.
[edited by: martinibuster at 9:11 pm (utc) on Jan. 26, 2007]
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I don't recall getting an email however I usually pass out with head on keyboard when I get a Google email.
I see the option is enabled on my channels page although it doesn't say anything about the size of the ad.
I'll try anything once.
ps. even I won't put an ad on my homepage
By the way, the email I received began with the following sentence:
"After a recent review of your site, we would like to include (******) in our custom placement packs program."
Invitation to AdSense Video Distribution and Sponsorship Pilot
Which I recieved. I realize their is another thread on that topic. According to the note I recieved, that program has not started and will run for 4 weeks. Is this the same thing? Did anyone get invitations to both?
Who wants to put a huge ad in the first fold of their main page making the rest of their site contents seem unimportant?
It is ironic because at least some of the sites they targeted I think they did because they are attractive looking sites, but the sites wouldn't be so attractive looking if they put the ads on as suggested.
I know the Adsense staff try to be helpful with their optimization tips and all, but their training seems to be in placing ads to maximize short term revenue. I suspect that they don't always realize that we as publishers have to think about return visitors, bookmarks, getting unsolicited links from government and educational sites to help maintain long term rankings, etc. which are all a lot easier to accomplish for a site when it doesn't have big, commercial, in your face picture ads.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 4:25 am (utc) on Jan. 27, 2007]