Say NO To Adsense/Adverts On Personal Blogs

If you’ve noticed I’ve removed all the Adsense from this blog!

Say no to Adverts for personal blogs, yah!

I’ve also moved the referal stuff down to the bottom of the sidebar so it’s no in your face anymore, I do support Firefox so I might move that one back up.

We’ll see.

You can use this button to support the cause πŸ˜‰

No Adverts!

You can copy and paste this code to get the banner:

Anyway…now it’s gone I noticed the pages load much faster, and it looks neater of course.

I did it as an experiment anyway, it didn’t make much money, I can show you exactly how much in fact.

Adsense -

Yeah this is over almost 2 years, kind of sad eh.

(No this is not against the Adsense TOS – As long as you don’t show eCPM or CTR you are ok).

You agree not to disclose ………(b) click-through rates or other statistics relating to Site performance in the Program provided to You by Google; …….However, You may accurately disclose the amount of Google’s gross payments to You pursuant to the Program

So yeah you can say I’ve been there and done that.

I think personal blogs shouldn’t be polluted with ads, that’s why I never put anything else in here like Chitika or similar, I just have Text Link Ads which I’ll keep as they are very unobtrusive.

If you want to make money from blogging, get a domain, and create a real blog on one subject with niche content and real quality articles.

If you blog about a variety of subjects and personal stuff, don’t bother with ads as it’s just annoying and slows your site down.

It doesn’t really earn anything, this money I earned from this domain is barely enough to pay for the hosting.

Personal blogs are destined to make little or no money due to the way contextual advertising works. If your subjects are too scattered your ads won’ be properly targeted so you’ll get all the non-targeted adverts which have horribly low eCPM rates.

So do everyone a favour and take the 3 embedded adblocks out of your posts and get a real job, or make a real nice blog if you do want to make money from the intrawebnets.

Anyway don’t be a sucker, remove your ads.

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30 Responses to Say NO To Adsense/Adverts On Personal Blogs

  1. Rauff January 26, 2007 at 12:08 pm #

    I have only been blogging recently. I do see your point and I do believe it’s much better to have your own domain and everything else that follows it as it targets a specific maket. Just currently I don’t have the extra resources…perhaps soon…but right now I am still experimenting.

    What might work for some may not work for others.

  2. julthefool January 26, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    Hey I’m interested, where did you get the banner from??

  3. ShaolinTiger January 26, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    Rauff: Of course different horses for different courses, but still I think personal type blogs should be free of ads.

    julthefool: I made it la!

  4. v0ices January 26, 2007 at 2:20 pm #

    It’s about time, I say!

  5. Undertypo January 26, 2007 at 2:52 pm #

    I support your move. I always against low traffic personal blog that put adsense. Why they want to earn small sum of money with their personal blog? Try to earn with some good niche blog rather than personal blog.

  6. n305er January 26, 2007 at 3:05 pm #

    I’ve removed the Google Adsense from my blog too.
    Not really fully deleted the codes yet but I’m planning out to use a new template anyway.

    And Yes, I also noticed that my blog do load a lot faster now. πŸ™‚

  7. Balajoe January 26, 2007 at 3:06 pm #

    In some blogs, the ad is placed in between the post. If one or two is fine but sometimes there is just too many of them. The uploading slows down and it is down right annoying.

    Thanks for the logo…need time to resize it

  8. Yeelin January 26, 2007 at 3:14 pm #

    Woah, to me, I think that amount is considered huge. I am not an adsense fan and I am never convinced that we can make a living out of adsense, pardon my ignorance in this area because the amount I got from adsense is pathetic…

    I think personal blog is more like a channel to express ourselves rather than to make money from it. I think the reason most ppl put adsense in there is for just in case someone happens to click on it, since it doesn’t cost any money on the blogger side…

    Talking abt niche content, there are a lot of readily available content out there nowadays, just for the purpose of making money online… adsense templates, PLR… I guess now everyone is crazy about making money online, what works, what doesn’t?

  9. relax January 26, 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    google ad sux
    but your anti google ad banner is also an eyesore.

  10. ShaolinTiger January 26, 2007 at 5:51 pm #

    Undertypo: Yah the annoyance and tax on load time is not worth the tiny monetary return. To earn real money takes knowledge and effort in a niche you understand.

    n305er: Yah quite a noticeable different isn’t it. I’m thinking about sprucing up the look with some new web too point oh style aswell.

    Balajoe: Yah the embedded ads which are filling more page space are annoying. Especially when the article isn’t that interesting and/or is just regurgitated from elsewhere. You can cut the words above the logo to make it squarish too.

    Yeelin: That’s less than RM2000 over 2 years, not a lot seriously. Not worth the annoyance that’s for sure. Niche content is not about templates and whatever, it’s about writing about something you are knowledgeable and passionate about. That’s how you can make money from Adsense. Personal blogs shouldn’t annoy everyone with their ads that make $10usd a month. At least mine was making $60usd a month sometimes, but still it’s not worth the annoyance!

    relax: If you are supportive of the campaign do feel free to submit a better logo πŸ˜‰

  11. Hemanth January 26, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    Accurate point. There is no catch in putting adsense in personal blogs as the dverts will not be anything but relevant. Also the sctrict policies & Smart pricing making me mad. I am seriusly looking for an alternative.

  12. cozzie January 26, 2007 at 6:01 pm #

    well i dont mind passing the money to donation but i have heard some unsavoury policies about google adsense.

  13. Dabido (Teflon) January 26, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    ‘and real quality articles.’

    I have to have quality now? lol I knew I was doing something wrong.

    Other than the occassional ‘Date Suanie’, ‘Trade Suanie’ and Dabvertisement I ahve no ads on my site. But my blog roll of buttons might slow down the laoding of the site a little for someone who hasn’t been there before.

  14. Chapree Da Grande January 26, 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    “If you want to make money from blogging, get a domain, and create a real blog on one subject with niche content and real quality articles.”
    – Got to agree on that one.

  15. thatJames January 27, 2007 at 8:35 am #

    You got 500 bucks and now you’re rubbing it in my face? Dammit, now I’m gonna go out and get me some of that Adsense action!! Hahah…

  16. Lil January 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    It’s high time someone spoke up about those ads! It does annoy me when a personal blog has full of them!

  17. brettbum January 27, 2007 at 1:30 pm #

    I agree they are not terribly beneficial, but I do not see the harm either.

    If you made $500 in 2 years and that barely paid your hosting, then I think you over paid for hosting.

    Seems like you should have profited at least $300, wihch if nothing else could pay for some handy software tools to keep building better sites.

    I do agree there are better options than adsense, but why not benefit from a basket or several layers of options?

  18. Yeelin January 27, 2007 at 4:44 pm #


    I know that niche content is not abt templates, but what I want to say is, a lot of ppl who are crazy abt making money will go and buy those readily available adsense templates… Well, I don’t know if it is worth it, but it is definitely annoyance to us as internet users, it simply polutes the search results from the search engine… ppl with good content ppl who can make good use of the content to make money

    OK, $500 is not a lot for 2 yrs, but I nvr find your blog annoying with the adsense all this while, at least it didn’t stop me from coming back… well, it is definitely worth sacrificing the $500 (for 2 yrs) so that we, as your readers can have a much better experience reading your blog πŸ™‚

  19. Grant January 27, 2007 at 5:57 pm #

    I have always equated advertising with whoring. The new web medium needs something much more creative than simply rehashes of targeted advertising, which goes on in every shopping mall you visit whether you are aware of it or not, and monetizing blogs is simply a way of pandering to the masses on the basis of, well, almost the same as Spam – massive hits equals just sufficient returns.
    So good on you for rejecting the status quo, and someone with your skills should be able to be at the vanguard of a better system of making the web cost effective for everyone. πŸ™‚
    Grant. (The commenter formerly known as Intensecure, who is no longer hiding behind his pseudonym, one of my changes for 2007!)

  20. Adam January 28, 2007 at 2:16 am #

    You may have a point there. I am earning quite a bit from my blogs now but the earnings from adsense is almost negligible.

  21. gouki January 28, 2007 at 7:03 am #

    /me patiently waits for ST to do the same thing on Darknet! (=

    Take care mate.

  22. Boss Stewie January 28, 2007 at 11:08 pm #

    say no to adds on blogs?… uhmm.. hahahaha!!! u know what this means for me right?

  23. ShaolinTiger January 29, 2007 at 12:46 pm #

    Hemanth: The smart pricing is a bit wacky sometimes. Sadly YPN is still only for US publishers.

    Dabido (Teflon): Haha only if you want to make money, and have a niche blog.

    thatJames: Yah USD sommore!

    brettbum: You have no idea how much bandwidth I use and how many sites I have..

    Yeelin: Yah la I know but it might annoy some people, and more importantly it was annoying me…so just remove loh.

    Grant: Yeah the current wave is paid for links and now sponsored posts/reviews. Something else will turn up I’m sure (P.S. I knew your name anyway!)

    gouki: You’ll have a long wait for that one bro..

    Boss Stewie: Very relevant targeted localised advertising is a different thing. Plus it can be non-invasive.

  24. Grant January 29, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    (P.S. I knew your name anyway!)

    LOL! Yeah, I knew that you would, Flickr/Shoot and others are in my real name. Just making sure that you knew which Grant, πŸ˜‰ because all subsequent comments, on Digisniper and elsewhere will be made by me, not that Intensecure chap πŸ™‚

  25. Albert Ng January 29, 2007 at 5:27 pm #

    I’ve been meaning to blog about things that annoy me when I blog-hop. But yes, your site is so much faster now (and I used to think it was the quake or too many visitors, take your pick.)

  26. weeks February 3, 2007 at 6:44 am #

    ive nothing against ST..
    i love ur blog like crazy…

    but abit the “fake” loh i find this Say no the adsense thing..
    in some ways, hypocritical…

    most of the popular bloggers advertized for few years thn earned the money from google…thn suddenly voice out against them…
    abit the weird right,since u say they slow down ur page,very ugly,distracting etc…
    use for so long ady now only realise kah?…

    they dun change the way i love ur blog..and all the other nice ones out there…

  27. brettbum February 3, 2007 at 3:33 pm #

    ShaolinTiger, you make an excellent point, Bandwidth was an unknown variable.

    I mistakenly assumed we were just talking about a typical blog like site, but as you turn up the dial, the cost does go up almost geometrically sometimes. πŸ™‚

    I would also agree with weeks recent perspective. Many of the big guys made their money and ran, just as Adsense change their structure a bit as well (shortly before the fraudulent click lawsuit).

    So many made out like bandits, partly because the bandits helped the big guys and Google make a lot of money up to the point that it started to scare advertisers away.

    Now its losing popularity and so is the mega corporation Google.


  28. ShaolinTiger February 5, 2007 at 3:24 pm #

    Albert Ng: Will await your post about annoying stuff.

    weeks: Well I didn’t put Adsense in the body of my posts, nor make it invasive so most people didn’t mind it anyway. I just felt that it was kinda pointless and eventually came to a realisation that it’s not worth it. I wouldn’t say I earnt a lot from Adsense..

    brettbum: Well the bandwidth cost was much much worse when I hosted in the UK…bandwidth costs there are terrible, now I host in the US it’s not that bad, but with popularity comes price, price is bandwidth in this case πŸ™‚ But yeah things are changing, personally I think if there are ads on personal type blogs they should be relevant and discreet, localized ads. Not generic pointless ads from huge corporations which don’t really interest the resaders.

  29. May Ong May 28, 2007 at 7:32 pm #

    Hi fella Malaysian, living in London

    First time in your blog. Been searching for Make Money with Adsense and came to you.

    I have not made much money from Google Adsense either in my niche blog. I tend to agree with you on the Keep Adsense Out of Your Personal Blog.

    However, I can point out there are many sites whose primary income comes from making money from adsense. These sites requires to drive huge traffic to these sites to make the kind of Adsense income you can retire on or make a living on.

    May Ong
    KL, Malaysia

    What a farce!

  30. P.L. Frederick June 23, 2007 at 5:59 am #

    I feel better knowing that I can now give a bonefied reason for not doing the ad thing on my blog. Before reading this post I only had, “because the ads are ugly and make me way less than 2¢.” Thanks, Shaolin Tiger!

    P.L. Frederick
    Small and Big