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Coolest Idea For Publishers. Adsense Search With Google Toolbar

Adsense has numerous products under its belt and some are obviously more popular than others. Web publishers have been discussing and comparing advertisementsense products such as referrals and contextual advertising in popular forums such as Digitalpoint. Apparently, referral products and even Google search does not appear as popular as contextual advertisements. Why is that so?

Publishers only benefit from contextual advertising when visitors click on the advertisements on the web page. In many instances, in order to achieve that, advertisements are optimized to blend in nicely with the look and feel of the web pages. When done right, these advertisements look like relevant links on the site and if visitors are interested in what is being advertised, they will click on the advertisements. Contextual advertisements are simple to implement and advertisements will show on the site within minutes of copying and pasting some simple Javascript code.

In contrast, it is not easy to generate the same amount of revenue using other advertisementsense products such as Google search and referrals. Like contextual advertisements, implementing Google search involves copying and pasting some code. However, unlike contextual advertisements, publishers do not benefit when searches are
being made.

Each search returns a set of relevant results and if there are advertisements for those keywords, they will appear as sponsored results at the top of the page. The publisher only earns when the visitor clicks on one of those sponsored advertisements. So let us recap.

The visitor has to key in some keywords, click on the search submit button, wait for the results to load, and IF he or she clicks on an ad, the publisher earns some money. Compare that to contextual advertisements, where the visitor simply have to make a simple click and the money is credited to the publisher's account.

It is even more difficult to convert visitors to revenue using Adsense referral products, although each conversion generally pays more. For example, refer a publisher to the Google Adsense program and if the publisher makes $100 within 180 days, another $100 will be credited to the publisher who sent the referral.

That means the visitor has to visit a site, somehow locate the Adsense referral button, click on it, read more about the program, sign up and wait for approval. Upon approval, the publisher will have to implement the products and make $100 within 180 days. If not, whoever sent
the referral to the advertisementsense program makes nothing.

Here's another example. The Adsense program pays a referral fee if a visitor clicks on a button or link, download and successfully install the Firefox browser. The publisher's job, will then be trying to convince the visitor that Firefox is good for him or her, and send the visitor to the download page. If the visitor downloadvertisements the 5.33MB file and successfully install the browser, the publisher gets up to a dollar. Needless to say, it is indeed much tougher for the publisher to earn that dollar, compared to contextual advertisements.

So where does that leave publishers? Publishers want to promote the Firefox browser but what if they do not have any software/webmaster related sites that will convert nicely? So let us say a publisher have a site about dogs. He or she could put a download link on the site that says "We recommend searching more about dogs using the Google toolbar". The publisher do not get paid for the download but when the installer uses the toolbar to make a search and click on an ad, the account gets credited with money.

The concept behind it is similar to Google search, just that it's on a toolbar. Google could come up with a web-based control panel (likely within advertisementsense login) for publishers to generate the download. In the market, there are already web-based control panel tools that allows users to customize and generate brandable toolbars for download. Therefore, this idea could definitely become a profitable possibility for publishers and would be a dream come true for many!

Still, there remains one small nagging problem. Implementing such a product will mean that Google will have to share search revenues with publishers. Of the reported $1.098 billion dollars generated from Google owned sites in the final quarter of 2005, how much is Google willing to share?

Article obtained from: web publishing content

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