As most of us already know, Adsense is a service provided by Google to display targeted advertisements on websites. If people click on these advertisements, Google pays money to the website owners. Recently, Triond has allowed users to integrate their Adsense accounts with their Triond accounts. Based on previous experience with Adsense, what are your thoughts on this matter?
As of November 2nd, 2009, Triond has begun allowing members to integrate their Triond account with their Google Adsense account. The idea has been to display Adsense advertisements on your articles and thus you’ll earn money into your Adsense account when those advertisements are clicked on by viewers of those articles. Right off the bat, it sounds like a perfect plan. Not only do you earn money from Triond by number of article views, but you also earn money from clicks on your Google Adsense advertisements.
Most people would believe that it’s perfect harmony. Pay-per-view and pay-per-click combined in order to maximize your payouts from your articles. However, it’s important to note that with every situation comes advantages and disadvantages.
I wrote an article that Triond published on December 5th, 2008. It was entitled Google Adsense: Not Worth the Time, Not Worth the Effort and it described my personal experience with the program, where after obtaining $100 U.S. dollars, Google suspended my account without prior notice or explanation, denied me my payout, and refused my appeal to their judgment.
Now, I can’t speak on behalf of anyone else since we’ve all had different experiences with the Adsense program. Some of us claim to have been actually paid by Google, whilst others like myself had their accounts terminated as soon as they were eligible for payout.
While I agree with Triond administration in the sense that they are attempting to find new ways for us writers to increase our earnings, I also realize that discretion is the better part of valor. For obvious reasons, after my experience with Adsense, I will not be participating in this program, since history could very well repeat itself, knowing my luck with taking part in incentives such as these. But will you, the reader, actually participate in this program? Let’s examine some of the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating Google Adsense advertisements into your articles.
Most people would agree that the first advantage of adding Google Adsense to your articles is, of course, earning extra money. On the official Triond Blog, the Triond administration states that “…your total earnings will be higher, as we will optimize the use of Google AdSense ads and serve them only to those locations where they generate more revenue than other ads.” Triond is also willing to “…synchronize earnings data from Google AdSense into Triond on a daily basis, so you will be able to view your Google AdSense earnings in your Triond account along with your Triond earnings,” although it’s important to note that, “…although this data is presented to you in your Triond dashboard, we can not guarantee its accuracy, and in any case, the data that you see in your Google AdSense accounts is the most valid one.”
The second advantage is that you’ll know that advertisements matching your article’s topic will be displayed to your viewers, so for example, if you have an article on food, you’ll have advertisements on food-related products, making it convenient for those who read your article to access similar sites.
The main disadvantage of the Google Adsense program is the same as what I have personally experienced last year in December of 2008. Since the program is still based off Google’s terms and conditions, they have the right to terminate your membership without warning and without justification, regardless of whether or not you reach their minimum payout amount. So, if Google detects fraudulent clicks on your article’s Adsense advertisements, which you may or may not know about, then they reserve the ability to cancel your account and deny payment.
The second disadvantage of the program is the fact that initially, according to the Triond Blog, “Since we’ll omit some of the ads on your pages in order to make room for Google AdSense ads, the portion of your payout that is paid by Triond may be slightly lower than before.” Now, theoretically, the lower Triond payout should be compensated by the higher Adsense payout, once your Adsense advertisements get posted, but this is entirely dependent on a single variable: clicks. Since Adsense only pays out on a pay-per-click basis, even though Triond is going to optimize the use of the Adsense ads, you still need people to click on them for you to make any sort of income from the Adsense program. And you also need to remember that if Google detects fraudulent clicks on your Adsense advertisements, then they will suspend your Adsense account, meaning that you’ll lose all of your Adsense earnings.
If you’ve had previous success with Google Adsense, then I tip my hat to you. For me, unfortunately, I will not be participating. After all my efforts last year, Google had denied me the mere $106 I earned from displaying Adsense advertisements on my website. And as far as I know, if someone doesn’t like me, or my articles, then they could very well intentionally click my Triond Adsense advertisements to register them as fraudulent with Google, and thus suspend my account yet again.
Of course, this would present a large disadvantage, since I would get an initial lower payout for my articles from Triond due to having less Triond ads, only to have my Adsense earnings build up and then possibly taken away from me again without reason, or proof, by Google.
Lots of people have replied to my previous Google Adsense: Not Worth the Time, Not Worth the Effort article stating that they too have had negative experiences with Google.
I’m glad that Triond is still on the lookout for possible ways to increase our article revenue, but this is not one that I will be partaking in. So what will you be doing? Will you be participating in the Google Adsense Integration program, or will you be taking a pass on it? Have you had previous distaste with Google regarding the Adsense program, or has Google actually sent you a valid check in the mail with your earnings? In your opinion, is this integration perfect harmony or unnecessary friction?
I look forward to hearing everyone else’s thoughts regarding this matter.