Google AdSense Sucks: 11 Good Reasons Why
If you want to make money on your blog or website then you have likely considered Google AdSense. Because it is free to sign up and you can make a profit, it seems like a win-win situation. However, it is not that simple. In fact, for many Google AdSense merely sucks. But why do people feel that way? Well there are at least eleven good reasons that you will find it is better to go with another way of monetizing your blog.
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- There are no standards: Anyone who signs up for a site can put Google AdSense on it. You do not have to meet any requirements. You simply sign up, put up the ad and you are set. It’s really damaging because it allows so many bad sites to be a part of it. One would often expect more from a large site like Google.
- You no longer work for the money: You have high hopes that people will simply click because it is relevant. So you ignore the work you should be doing in favor of seeing how many clicks you can get.
- Those clicks aren’t worth much: You will find that the pay is quite low when you do get those clicks and it begins to add up very slowly. This almost makes it seem worthless to even give it a shot. Cashing out can take forever.
- High payment thresholds: You have to accumulate so much money to be paid that you have a hard time ever seeing the benefit from AdSense. Many people will never be paid a dime on it because they give up when it does not build up fast enough.
- It pays to write bad: You actually get paid more if people leave your site. It goes against the whole idea of getting your blog to bring in money. You are encouraging them to leave and that means that they will.
- Frankly, it’s hideous: There is nothing attractive about the banners and they are always an eyesore on your site. People will notice them and will either click or completely avoid them. Most choose the latter.
- People avoid the ads: They know it is an ad and they don’t want to be sent to an outside link. They are not up for being sold something they did not want. This means that they actively avoid the ads and you do not make any money.
- Many ads aren’t relevant: The system set up to create ads is not perfect. Many times you will get ads that do not relate to your site at all. Yet they are there. From time to time this could pose problems depending on which ads are displayed.
- Sometimes there is no (unrelated) match: When that happens they place a banner up on your site for a charitable organization. You do not get paid for those and they generally do not fit in with your topic.
- You would make better money elsewhere: There are a number of other methods you can use to create an income. Ignoring those methods to work AdSense will land you with less cash in your pocket and more frustrated visitors.
- Adsense is driving traffic away: The fact that blogs need traffic to be profitable has been discussed numerous times. The problem with Adsense is that it drives your readers and potential customers away from your pages and you have no control on that.