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Affiliate Summit: Contextual Advertising Options
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Pick something – a Web browser, toothpaste, whatever – that you’ve set against comparable products.  Maybe you gave those alternatives a fair chance, and came back to Product #1 in the end, anyway.  As Joel Comm weighed various contextual advertising options at Affiliate Summit 2007 East, it seemed like that same sort of circular journey was taking place, but you won’t hear me complain; it’s always nice to have extra choices.

All Of AdSense Gains Referrals 2.0

Testing has been wrapped up with Google’s referral beta, and the company plans to roll it out to all publishers in referral-supported languages.

AdSense Corners The Ad Format

Members of Google’s AdSense network now have options to go “edgy or bubbly” with their ad units, assuming they display corners at all.

Google AdSense May Get “Allowed Sites” Option
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Taken together, “Google” and “China” occasionally relate to censorship.  If Baidu enters the conversation, “losing” might also come up.  But in this case, it appears that a positive development occurred: Google China has introduced an “allow certain sites” feature for AdSense.

AT&T, Verizon Oppose Google Over Airwaves

Google’s used to arguing with Microsoft, and the Mountain View-based company has had many dustups with Yahoo.  Now AT&T and Verizon have stepped in, however, and are opposing Google’s plans for the airwaves.

Google, Apple May Partner On Cloud Computing
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As rumors go, this is a pretty solid one: it seems that Google and Apple will partner, and together, the companies are likely to give .Mac a huge cloud-computing boost.

Changes Afoot With AdSense Policies

People returning to their feedreaders after the SMX conference and elsewhere found new AdSense policy changes awaiting them.

Saleforce.com Gets AdWords Integration

Google and Saleforce.com have teamed up to integrate AdWords with Salesforce’s customer relationship management (CRM) applications. Offering a hybrid called Salesforce Group Edition, the alliance is aimed at leveling the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses looking to compete online.

Google Maps To Add AdSense

Let’s see . . .  Google Maps tells me to take a left, and then hang a right at an ad reading, “Click Here Now to Save $$$.”  Wait, that can’t be right . . .   And it won’t be, but Google has revealed that it will incorporate AdSense into its mapping services.

Accidental Clicks Not Always Fatal
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Inadvertently hitting an AdSense ad with a mouse click doesn’t mean the end of the world for a site publisher.

Sponsorships Work Better Than AdSense
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One blogger found that a trio of potential revenue streams simply did not work for him; he did credit paid sponsor ads for their help.

Google Pilots AdSense To Video
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A closed pilot program for video ads on AdSense will launch this week; it’s a limited test that give online video publishers control of the ad displays.

AdSense Debuts Video Pilot

Publishers will soon be able to define at what point in online videos their streaming AdSense ads will appear. Most will have to wait a little longer, however, as Google is testing the program in a closed pilot.

Google Hammers AdSense Arbitrage Sites

On June 1st, low quality websites that have been set up for arbitrage will have their AdSense accounts shut down, as Google begins a big crackdown.

How Long Until Search Engines are the Biggest Affiliates
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Don’t Trick The Google Ad Click
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Placing Google AdSense units and navigation elements on a website can be accomplished without leading to accidental clicks. Webmasters should beware of doing otherwise.

Customer Engagement and the Big Bucks

There’s a constant debate about the “best” way to earn online income, and the simple answer is that there is no optimum path to achieving this goal. But one thing is certain, the deeper the engagement with your visitors, the more you’ll benefit.

Here’s why: The whole system of Internet Marketing profits is based on effort and engagement.

Witness-

Web advertising (text links, banner ads, Adsense) has a back-of-napkin payout of about 1-10% against your time and resorces.

Migrate Your AdSense Account…
So, two weeks ago I talked about how Google is starting the process of migrating every AdSense account to a Google Account, something that anyone with an AdWords account is going to find problematic. See, you can’t have an AdWords account and an AdSense account on the same Google account, due to technical restrictions. Luckily, if you don’t use AdWords much, and even if you do, there’s a good solution.

Final Words on BlogKits & Adsense

Back in January, I wrote a piece on whether the newly-popular Blogkits blog ad network lived up to their claims of outearning Adsense on blogs. My feeling at the time was that they did not even come close, but I was willing to give them more time to prove themselves.

AdSense Accounts Receiving An Upgrade

Logging in to AdSense will soon require those users to upgrade their accounts to the full Google Accounts experience.

Site Targeted AdSense Ads

When you buy site targeted AdSense ads (or other CPM priced ads), there are easy ways publishers can inflate their pageviews and ad inventory. I listed a number of them here, but a few other common techniques are

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