Everyone loves making money with Google AdSense, I do too I won’t lie. It is no doubt one of the most widely used methods of blog monetization for many bloggers and webmasters. For the last 12 months or so AdSense has been paying me around $70 to $100 a month in revenue and increasing very little each month, and whilst many people might think that is pretty low income, I really don’t think it is low, that’s potentially $800+ a year, enough to pay for my holiday… So why have I removed AdSense from my blog?
Here are my reasons…
First Reason – The first and foremost reason is that when I began blogging here at Magnet4Marketing some two years ago, I made the crazy mistake of adding AdSense code to each and every single one of my blog post instead of using a dedicated plugin. I added AdSense to top and bottom of every post manually… that was a crazy thing to do.
Whilst I’m now removing AdSense slowly I’d like to introduce it back to the blog later on in the year using a dedicated WP plugin, but before I do I have to remove AdSense to some 600 posts manually. If anyone has a recommendation for a good AdSense WP plugin, leave me a comment below.
Second Reason – I wanted to see if AdSense was in anyway affecting my affiliate earnings. Before I added AdSense the blog was making a steady amount of income from affiliate marketing, this income over the years have decreased, so by not having AdSense present on this blog, I will check to see if affiliate earnings increase.
I’d much prefer to have a visitor click on an affiliate link that they find useful and relevant and make a purchase from it, in which I can earn a good commission from, rather than them to click out on an AdSense ad link and I end up getting paid a few measly cents for it. Again let me know your own thoughts on this…
Third Reason – The third reason as to why I’m removing AdSense from my blog is because I wanted to give YOU, my readers a break from seeing AdSense ads, and instead having content to greet you when you land on a page or post. I’ve always believed that displaying content first, then ads secondly is the best method, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one too.
So those are the reasons as to why I removed or removing AdSense from the blog. I’m hoping that over the next few months as traffic increases slowly and we continue to add great content to the blog, affiliate earnings will increase, and perhaps I won’t need to use AdSense again, or I may just ad a single AdSense block at the top of each page.
What are your thoughts?
Are you using AdSense on your blog? How is your income from AdSense looking? Do you think you might make more money from affiliate marketing if AdSense wasn’t present on your blog? Share with me your thoughts and reactions below as always.