Finally, AdSense

Google AdSense is widely regarded as one of the best ad networks to use to generate revenue from your website and it is used on thousands of major and minor websites around the globe. As I recently turned 18 I decided I may as well give it a go, as I was looking for ways to increase my revenue from my most popular website, GameMaker Blog.

Jonathan Cox has used AdSense for a long time on Icebrick, the free online games website that I have long championed at my school (and converted a fair few people to as it wasn’t blocked). I must admit it has been quite satisfying on occasions to walk into the sixth form Library and see people playing games at Icebrick.com. I dug up an e-mail from 2004 in which Jon said he was getting around 5,000 page views and £2-3 from Adsense a day.

When I registered I was surprised to see that my account uses USD. M any of the other networks I use pay in USD and I fully understand the reasons for this – I more often than not pay for web services in dollars and discuss the valuations of websites in USD with other people from the UK. Although I had thought AdSense had a GBP service and assumed as I was registering with a UK address my accounts would be set up in this way. I can’t see any way to convert my account over to GBP, not that it matters, using USD will make it easier for me to see how AdSense compares to the other networks I am using. A downside however is that it will probably get me levied with a cheque cashing fee come payment day.

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