I’ve resisted for many months, but after a conversation with Boris yesterday, I’m going to try out this Google AdSense bollocks. While a little extra cash is always nice, I’m interested in its application as a micro-payment system for content publishers like myself. Who knows, it might only net me 8 cents a month.
I’m not that interested, though, which is why you don’t see any Google Ads on the front page. They’re only on individual pages like this one and projects like the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness. I figure this is a decent compromise, because most of my regular visitors only see the front page, and the ads won’t mess with the front page design (which I’m finally in the process of redesigning).
So, I’ll give them a try for a bit and see how they work out. If anyone thinks I’m a egregious, mercantile bastard now, feel free to say so. You could probably appeal to my capitalist guilt (or should that be socialist guilt?).
I note with some irony that the current ads are mostly for technical writing services. Ah well, I’m always happy to give the competitors a little help. AdSense veterans can correct me here, but it looks like Google only serves one set of ads for the whole site. So, for example, my entry on the declining market for LSD offers a “Free Consultant Finder”.