An experiment in GoogleAds

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If you’re reading the version of this entry on my site, you’ll probably already have noticed the new GoogleAds. This is an experiment I’m trying out to see how effective they are at serving up meaningful ads.

This is _not_ an attempt to “monetize” this blog. Heck, monetize isn’t even a real word – it’s just one of those fake “turn a noun into a verb” type businesey words. I don’t expect to make even enough out of it recoup my hosting costs (which would only take one payment per year). Even if I wanted to, this blog doesn’t get enough traffic to make any serious money, I expect.

What this _actually_ is is an attempt to aid the reader who comes here from Google (or other search engines). Search engines referalls account for about 60% of my traffic, and nearly all of the traffic to older articles (that hasn’t come from spam bots, anyway). By targetting ads there, I hope to provide items of interest to those readers.

So, if you see an ad that interests you, feel free to follow it. However, don’t just follow ads because what I’ve written has interested you. 🙂 Do it for your own sake, not mine.

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 18 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 16 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

2 thoughts on “An experiment in GoogleAds”

  1. On some of the (more topical) sites I run, we restrict adds to those people with a referrer from a search-engine (?q=), or -if possible- those users that do not have a commenters-cookie. Just some ideas… 😉

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