The Disadvantages of AdSense

Author Adidas Wilson
3 min readNov 3, 2020

As AdSense becomes the most popular publisher program for Price per Click advertising, flaws and disadvantages still exist. Since its inception advertisers have chosen to advertise in search because they felt that visitors would be less targeted. This is a genuine concern and one that makes perfect sense. If you are visiting a website and notice an advert, then the chances are you are not particularly concentrating on its content.

AdSense has also become so popular that people can distinguish them from other adverts. Therefore, people may choose to ignore them without even paying them a thought. This has been a hot topic discussed by Bloggers and one that could contain a lot of truth. Many have blamed Google for this, and their decision to include text that says ads by Google beneath the advert.

Many publishers also fail to ever gain the revenues they anticipated when starting the program. Those only gaining 30 to 40 visitors a day to their website would be unlikely to earn even one dollar a day. Many advertisers talk of rates such as 1.5%- 5% for traffic to click conversion, whilst only gaining around $0.10 per click. The math’s doesn’t work out great, but you can hardly blame advertisers or Google if you are not bringing enough traffic. The key is to bring targeted traffic to your website that are likely to click on adverts, however it is said that it may be easier on other programs which allow figures such as 75% share of advertising revenues for publishers.

Another disadvantage in AdSense is that it has almost become tacky. Its appearance on websites that generally appear to be designed in a DIY fashion has led people to associate them inextricably. This can only be tackled through AdSense evolving to be more attractive to the bigger brands, whilst those who currently use AdSense are restricted.

Google AdSense also must tackle the issue of click fraud which is anticipated to count for over 15% of click through rate in content. This has meant that advertisers who have been particularly affected, have moved away to other programs or have restricted their advertising to search.

This has meant that there is less competition in content and therefore smaller revenues for publishers. Publishers who previously had high yielding ads, are now having to alter their content to…

Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator

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