Google RSS ads: Either foiled by anti-ad bastards or…?

I have run a single Google AdSense ad in each entry in my full-text RSS feed since May of this year. I’m apparently not allowed to discuss clickthru rates, so let me just say this:

Despite getting a rather decent amount of traffic for a personal blog, I cannot buy a pack of bubblegum with the revenues I’ve earned from ads in my RSS feed. In fact, I’d be surprised if I could buy a single gumball.

This comes as rather a surprise me, not to mention a disappointment.

The ads were unobtrusive but still noticeable. And more importantly, I found them to be generally pretty relevant (nicely targeted) as well.

Since I’ve now removed the ads from my feed, I am free to talk about them without worrying about incenting clicks and jeopardizing my account. So a few questions come to mind:

1) If the ads had been less subtle, would more people have clicked?
2) Is it a demographic thing (people reading RSS feed = geeks = non-ad-clickers)?
3) Was the presence of these ads annoying enough to some to get them to unsubscribe? (Probably not, since I don’t show any drop in subscription or clickthru rates)

I recall reading on the Web that many others were having similar bad luck with their AdSense feeds for RSS. I wonder if anyone has actually had GOOD luck with these ads.



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2 responses to “Google RSS ads: Either foiled by anti-ad bastards or…?”

  1. John Avatar

    Yes Adam, This time i have found back links coming from RSS feed.
    And it’s from blog.
    Really these links are too much helpful to me.

  2. SEO Florida Avatar

    If you have something to change daily, than and than it could be useful otherwise i don’t feel any use of RSS feeds.

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