Well, I’ve done it again! I just signed up with the new Google AdSense program and will be adding advertisements served by Google into my pages. You can read my more detailed (and now, updated) thoughts concerning advertising on my SmileZone here.
Overall, I must say that I’m impressed with the quality of advertisers and thoughtful targeting achieved from AdSense. Though of course, the proof is in the pudding, or, in other words, “Show me the money!” 😀 I don’t expect to make enough money to retire off of these new ads; heck, I’ll be thrilled if I get enough to buy an extra steak-and-prawn burrito once a month (yum!).
But in a larger sense, I think it’s really neat what Google is doing; they’re not only enabling sites like mine to potentially earn a little bit of extra pocketchange, but they’re also offering a useful opportunity for mom-and-pop sites on the Web to reach a broader audience via their AdWords program.
I’ve offered a few suggestions to the Google folks on their new AdSense program, and it appears as though they’re quite receptive. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I’d welcome your feedback on the ads. Are they interesting and relevant to you? Are they intrusive, or do they blend into my site reasonably well? And does the presence of these ads (and others on my site) change your impression of me or what I have to say?