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Content network ads prices are bid down to 1-2-3-4-5 cent and your site may be smartpriced one way or the other.
I am not sure you are right. Pls forward some official G link. I shall be grateful.
I could probably get more clicks if I went with more than one ad unit, but I don't want to clutter up the page. The link units allow those that are shopping to get ads to their heart's content.
On my personal website, I took the link units off because my postings are all over the place as far as topic, and the targeting sucks. It was just wasting real estate.
AdLinks work well. But so do regular ads.
I've found the best combination is to keep changing things so my visitors don't become "ad blind."
Grocery stores go to the trouble of moving things around on a regular basis for a reason. I just follow their lead.
I have just swapped out one of my major skyscrapers with a link unit half its size - and boy, do I wish I'd done this earlier! Earnings have more than doubled for this space on my site.
Congratulations! I started this thread just because i wanted to share it with you guys.
These are my Observation for the past one year..
This may not work for everybody...
If your visitors are coming from SE then ads are 90 to 100% relevant.
"Other traffic" source vary in relevance but usually between 50 to 90%
Depending on your page design. Place your adlinks where your visitor will see the ads within "2" seconds. Just look at your most visited page on your site and ask yourself where do you look first. Ascertain the time spent on your most busiest page. If its less than 1 minute then you only have few seconds to grab the visitor to your adlinks.
3] Type and Number of adlinks
Use the 4 links per ad block NOT the 5 links per ad block...
The fonts size are different. Think about it. if you have seconds to grab your visitors attention. A standard font i believe its 12px [4 links per ad block] will attract more attention than 5 links per ad block in my experience. On Google's Adsense Case study. All the succeessful adsense publisher used 4 links per ad block
The best for me is 200X90. Reason..Targetting is 100% when you use 200X90. The reason been that 200X90 tend to have 3 to 5 REVELANT words/phrase whereas the small ones have less words. Just experiement and use Google search engine to visit you pages that has different adlinks size. You will be surprise.
In all my testing the horizontal adlinks didn't do well. personally i won't use it..If the horizontal size works for you and not the vertical..it might be because you haven't find the "sweet spot" for the vertical adlink.
in my opinion all other adsense "TEXT" ads [title/description] are humanly generated. The adlinks are computer generated BASED on the content of your page and the keywords use to vist your page. Its only when you visitor cliks on the adlinks and visit the second page that they see the ads text generated by human
4] Check your logs are see which screen resolution your users are using most to view your pages. For me its 1024x768[70%]. So set yours to that and view your pages from their prespective. Then apply the "Triangle" concept.
I know there are so many factors that might affect an ad performance..but my Google adsense stats on Google doesn't lie. And its telling me now that 200X90 vertical out performs 338X280 by far in [CTR,eCPM & REV]for over a year
Find the one sweet spot on your busiest page and it might just work for you.
If the horizontal size works for you and not the vertical..it might be because you haven't find the "sweet spot" for the vertical adlink.
Or it could be that *you* have not found the sweet spot for a horizontal adlink.
What is more likely is the advice that is usually given around here, your success will depend on your site. What is good for your site, is almost certainly not as good for mine. I have never had success with vertical adlinks on any of my sites that compare favorably to the horizontal adlinks. I have one site that does exceptionally well with adlinks, another that made me all of 15 cents in two months (no longer has has links on it) and several where the CTR is at least 2% which is my cutoff.
The same goes for differences between 4 and 5 links, and the different fonts used. It all depends on your site.
The blog experience just revealed something about link units I had never seen.
The blog is about widgets. A couple of the recent posts mentioned specific states in the U.S.
The link unit titles that displayed afterwards were:
That look liked very good targeting until I tried "Ohio Widgets" to see what options were displayed.
Ohio Unclaimed Money
Ohio Nursing Jobs
Ohio Court Records
Ohio Tax Returns
Ohio Hunting Tips
It's almost like Google is running its own little MFA process via link units, none of the ads were remotely related to Ohio Widgets.
I guess the moral of the story is if you're trying to block MFA's by use of the competitive ad filter AND using link units on your site, you may be just spinning your wheels. Each unique set of link unit ads has the possibility of introducing an entire new set of MFA-like ads for your visitors.