Where did all the ads go?

Granted, many readers may be saying to themselves, “Thank God all those ads are gone!” But by the time others read this post, they may be thinking, “What on earth is this guy talking about?” If you’re the slightest bit interested in making little extra spending money by placing Google ads on your own website, or you wonder why we’ve stopped running ours, please read on. If not, rest assured the ads will be back. Hopefully soon.


Suffice it to say that transferring a Google AdSense account to another user is no walk in the park. Because Google’s AdSense services are tied to one’s AdWords account, you cannot transfer access to an AdWords account without also transferring the associated AdSense account access. This is the gist of our last loose end in the sale of our business, which we are still trying to wrap up nearly two months after the close of escrow. But I digress…

The solution was to contact Google Support directly and close our AdSense account altogether, after providing access to the AdWords account we had created for the business we sold to the new owner. We then instructed the new owner to remove us from the account as Google suggested, but to date she has not done so. Whatever.

Why the big hassle? Had we known better, we would have created an entirely new Google account for ourselves prior implementing AdSense advertising on our blogs. But since Google doesn’t let users know the two would be connected, we had know way of telling and started running ads under our primary AdWords account. A few months later Google combined all user services into one master account and in doing so combined AdSense and AdWords account services in such a way that they could not be transferred individually.

So why deal with such a headache? Aside from the avoidable trouble we went through, AdSense is an easy way to provide supplemental income for anyone with a website. We believe the ads also serve as an added value to users who may be presented with links to relative websites and other resources that we haven’t provided in all the content we provide.

What are AdSense and AdWords? Google allows business owners and website publishers to display syndicated ads. here’s how the two services differ:

  • AdWords – If you have a commercial website or sell products online, you can set up an AdWords account that will allow you to create advertising campaigns where your ads will be displayed on the Google results page and other websites when people search for keywords that you select as relative to your product. You then pay a small fee, which you can limit, each time someone clicks on one of your ads. This is called Pay Per Click Advertising.
  • AdSense – This is a free service Google service that allows content publishers (like us) to display syndicated advertisements on their own websites. Each time a reader clicks on these ads, the publisher then receives a very small sum. This amount varies, depending on the ad. It is not much, but it can add up.

We also choose to provide Amazon associate links to products we believe readers will find helpful. And from our account reports so far this indeed seems to be the case. Our goal for this blog is not to annoy or make money – though that would be nice! We merely want to provide the most comprehensive full-time RVing resource for anyone considering a lifestyle change or sabbatical … we highly recommend it!

4 Responses to “Where did all the ads go?”

  1. Mike and Cindi July 24, 2007 at 1:30 am Reply

    ouch, that was a sting… but then again, I was a Civil Servant all my life, so..What the Bleep do We (or I) Know?

    I’m surprised you didn’t include the link to the rest of the song:
    http://www.lyricsfire.com/viewlyrics/Oingo-boingo/Capitalism-lyrics.htm

    a quote from an article worth reading:
    ‘…private choices have public consequences…

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/points/stories/DN-roddreher_08edi.ART.State.Edition1.43a648c.html

    I’ll be interested to see what Google ads are chosen (by Google) with the varied subjects on these pages..:)

    carbon credit calculator link:
    http://www.terrapass.com/flight/flightcalc.html

    take care..

  2. At Odds!?!?! Not at all. To quote the Mystic Knights of yore…

    “There’s nothing wrong with Capitalism
    There’s nothing wrong with free enterprise
    Don’t try to make me feel guilty
    I’m so tired of hearing you cry”

    😉 But seriously, whoever said profitability couldn’t be green? Besides, it’s not like we’re actually making any real money here. We provide links about places we’ve visited and to relative websites both as a service to our readers and to boost our friendliness with Google ranking algorithms.

    We choose to display he Amazon ads we do because we found these books and products helpful. We don’t have as much control over the Google ads that run, but they are determined by relative content, keywords, and links found on that page.

    Now I signed an agreement with Google stating that I would not entice people to click on my ads, so I can’t really address that question… but there is no minimum limit, or maximum! Google ads only require a click, but Amazon ads require a purchase for us to actually see the few cents we get.

    As far as being open to links, why of course! You just sent one. And we’re open to anything on this crazy adventure.

  3. Are you saying that we can help you pay for your trip if we click on every add or link that you provide? I’m happy to help. Is there a minimum limit we have to view the site, or buy something? Or is the mere click itself enough to generate the pennies to start rolling your way?

  4. Mike and Cindi July 23, 2007 at 10:47 am Reply

    I notice that anytime you discuss a place or product in your blog entries, you also include a link to that item. I know you aren’t necessarily recommending each item but do you find yourself at odds with your philosophy at times of going green/sustainable/etc..? Your ‘resources’ page is great! I’m thinking of your bio-diesel thoughts and then a link to the “Intruder” motorhome.. Don’t mean to get too esoteric here, but just mission-curious? Open to any links your readers supply you by email for incursion?

    I know, I know..nothing heavy, just engaging…oh, and I clicked on each of the amazon books at the right..lunch on me for jerry with the profits….

    anyone going to sol-fest this year?
    http://www.solarliving.org/display.asp?catid=17

    take care…

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