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Adding AdSense to Small Websites

Can it have a negative effect in the long-run?

     
10:48 pm on Jul 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have several AdSense websites with a collective traffic of about 10k page impressions a day. I also have a number of very small websites/blogs, without AdSense on them, generating no more than 1000 page views a day. I've recently been fiddling with the idea to put AdSense code on these websites: why not get several hundreds extra bucks a year?

But then I recalled that I had heared somewhere that such a policy of placing AdSense on very small websites might actually hurt your earnings. Since AdSense is such an illogical and unpredictable thing, I thought it might be very probable.

What is your experience in this area? Are the couple hundred dollars or so worth the risk?

Thanks for your opinions

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12:29 am on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I do it, I don't think I've suffered from it. Suffered from other things, but not necessarily that. My larger sites (other than a current slow period) do pretty well; over all I'm up almost 100% over the past year and more than that over two years ago.
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Depends on your content. It took my personal site several years to even get the first $100 (photo galleries don't work well with Adsense as yet.)

I have a couple of different sites attached to my main site, which is good for testing as I can change the layout around.

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Netmeg, so you place AdSense even on your smallest websites, right?
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Yep. As long as they have content, and as long as they have traffic, why not?
8:23 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Even if they only get a few clicks a day?
8:32 pm on July 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If I make 3 cents today, that's three cents more than I had yesterday.
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It depends upon your content. If it is purely content oriented I will add adsense from 1st day. If I'm trying to build a community using wiki / forum I will stay away from ads till I cross 5k unique a day. You know your audience better than others.
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A few folks I know build their entire AdSense strategy around relatively small, highly-targeted niche sites. As long as the content is there it can be quite successful.