Monday: 21.March.2005

Pasting Google's AdSense code into web pages

Been busy incorporating Google's AdSense code into these web pages. Tedious work. Copy-paste-upload-check .. copy-paste-upload-check. There's more pages than I thought. My eyes are bleeding.

Had a heck of a time with the blog, which is controlled by a suite of *templates*. The blog currently contains some 172 entries/pages, which I originally thought I'd have to edit individually. That would've been a nightmare. But I was able to add the code to *one* template (individual archive template), which subsequently updated all 172 pages. (Thanks to the folks at MovableType forums for guidance.) Whew.

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And thanks for all the letters of encouragement. Most convey sentiments similar to this one:

Hi Rad.

Go for it! I'm completely in favor of you participating in Google's AdSense program.
You deserve some revenue for all the hard work you done. I'm sure you could use it
to help defray the costs you've incurred running and maintaining your site.

Best wishes.
Vito

I started coding ads into the most popular features first, such as the Ghost guide, which is the site's single most popular feature. Then the ASPI guide, the FDISK guide, the guide to Ripping & Encoding CD audio. You get the picture.

I'm reluctant however, to run ads at the forums, even tho there are a thousand pages (threads) there. People who offer their technical expertise to those in need of help shouldn't have to look at ads. And that might prevent me from feeling like a total sell-out.

I've been surprised by numbers Google is reporting. It's turning out to be more than I expected. Heck, I might even be able to move RADIFIED to its own dedicated server if things keep up like this, instead of sharing this server (physically located in Atlanta) with other sites, like I do now.

Yesterday for example, Google reported 9,183 "page impressions", with 226 clicks, with a "click-thru rate" of 2.5%. And Sundays are usually slow. More on these stats later.

Back to the coding mines. Here in Rad-land, it's amazing how quickly the site has gone from, "That damn web site," to "That great web site of yours." Virtually overnight. =) Thanks again for the support.

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Posted by Rad at March 21, 2005 06:59 AM

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