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Sure they probably make more per click on ads on their search result pages ...
but the visitor has already left the serps and AdSense for content gives them a second chance to make something from that visitor.
That said, without AdSense I'd probably look more seriously at the advertising inquiries I get for my site.
The number of inquiries coming in seems to have ramped up a lot lately. That makes me wonder if AdWords is becoming unworkable for more and more advertisers, or if they are just looking to increase direct ad buys because the economy is bad.
In anycase Google better watch out and don't piss too many publishers thou, because publishers aka website owners have a little power :) that can be use to turn people to other things, Like firefox for example at one point Firefox in my site was only 10% now is up to 25% that is in two years, and I credit that mostly to website owners for promoting Firefox. So you never know a new comer might come, but yea it might be a long shot, but don't let no one including google think they invisible because content will always be there, the sites will always be there. And in this equation the only thing that can be easily be replace is a search engine as Google.
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it looks like they cut our throats with Adsense for search and are leaving us on the floor to bleed out.
Cut our throats in what way? On my site, they turned internal search from an expense into a source of high-eCPM revenue. (I just wish more of my readers used internal search!)
Now that times are tough at least in my opinion AdSense for content will just cut into the more desirable search money.
AdSense doesn't "cut into" Google's search-ad revenue. It offers Google a second chance to earn advertising revenue from users who click organic search results instead of search ads.
I'm thinking the content network won't be around within the next year.
In that case, maybe you'd better quit now while you're ahead. :-)
What I'm wondering is, what will publishers do, continue to take the scraps or return to their original models of why they decided to get into the internet in the first place? (Was there a plan/model in the first place that didn't include AS?)
The main advantage of this system is your absolute independence from anybody (Google included).
The disadvantege is that you need to do a hard work and you must to quit your chair and go there out.
I know some guys doing it here (Spain) and they are really doing a good (hard) job.
It's business. If you don't like it, try a different method!