Earning with AdSense Ads

AdSense for Feeds doesn’t currently have a designation
 on the AdSense Web site. In fact, if you’re not specifically
 searching for the topic, you won’t ever
find it. And it’s not just the information that’s hard to locate.
 Anything related to your earnings or the performance
of the ads is also non-existent.

At least for now, feed ads are tracked through
 AdSense for Content. I assume
that will change when the program is finally released
 for general consumption. At that time, it’s most likely that
 — like other AdSense programs — feed
ads will have their own sections.

Until then, assigning a channel that’s specific to your
 feed ads is the best way to track them. Since the
 numbers for your ads will be lumped in with AdSense
for Content data, without a designated channel you’ll
 never know what’s coming from your Web site or
 blog and what’s coming from your feed.

AdSense for Feeds is such a great idea. There
are so many instances of dynamic, feed-enabled
 content on the Web today that it only makes sense to
monetize that content. How long it will take for the
 program to make the final cut and be released to
 the general public is anyone’s guess, though. In the
meantime, keep working with your other AdSense ads

Understanding Referral Units

Recommending products and services to others
 on the Web has been aconcept for as long as the
Web’s been around. Probably one the best known
referralprograms okay, referringto something in this
 context is the same asrecommending it is the one
that Amazon.com offers for the books and other
products that are available to buyers around the world.
 Everyone has seenthe little Amazon boxes on
Web sites that allow you to click through to buy
the featured product.

Google AdSense offers the same type of service.
The difference is thatAdSense offers the ability to
 refer other programs or Web sites, rather than
just offer the products that you like. For example,
 I use the Firefox Webbrowser, which is a personal
preference, but I love it and think everyone who
tries it will love it too. I include an AdSense referral
button for Firefox wherespace allows on my Web sites.
Then, each time a user clicks through thatreferral button
 and downloads Firefox, I get a small payment added to my
AdSense revenues.

 Referrals are a neat feature that can seriously help
 to bump your AdSenseearnings if the referral ads
are targeted well to your Web site audience. The
key is in the targeting though, as you see when you
get a little deeper into thischapter. There are two
kinds of referral products — Google products
and nonGoogle products — so you’re
 not as limited in what you can refer your users
to as you might be with other referral programs.

Adding Referrals to Your Web Pages

If you’ve already tried a few of the other AdSense
 ad formats, you’ll soondiscover that creating referral
ads is a little bit different. Succinctly put, you
have lots of choices, but your choices are restricted.
 I know, that doesn’tmake much sense on the face
 of it, so let me put it another way: You can only
do so much stylistic customization with any individual
AdSense referral, butyou have plenty of referrals
to choose from, giving you the power to 
customize which products you refer to your visitors.

Even the process of creating referral ads is a little different. 
You don’t immediately start with a stylistic choice
 for what kind of ad to create.

  • Google AdSense for Content - A variety of size and shape ads for placing in your content are available. These can be text or image ads or both - you specify what you'll allow. Ad units are full ads. Link units are simply a strip of text links that your visitors might want to click. Google allows you to put up to 3 Ad Units and 1 Link unit on each page of your Web site, provided you follow its policies - both for AdSense and for Webmasters.
  • Google AdSense for Search - This places a search box on your Web site. When a user enters a term and conducts a search, a search results page opens, that hosts more pay-per-click ads. You can customize the color scheme of the search results page to harmonize with your web site.
  • Google Referrals - Here you make money by referring visitors to use a Google product, like AdSense, AdWords, the Google Toolbar and other Google software. Just like Google AdSense for Content and AdSense for Search, Google generates the code that you paste into the desired location on your web page. You can choose from a wide variety of buttons and text links of different colors. As an example of how Google Referrals works, if someone goes to your site and clicks the link and signs up for an AdSense account, when that person earns a $100 from Google AdSense and receives a payout from Google, you'll also receive $100 for referring them. This is a great idea to me, because you can be the world's worst Google AdSense advertiser