Sunday, May 21, 2006

Calling Bloggers to donate Adsense earnings !

I have written about how adsense is not a great source of income, and specially food bloggers who gets virtually the same adwords which are at the bottom rung of the list of high paying, opps! low paying keywords. While there are adwords that generate more than 50 dollars a click, the average earnings on my blog have been 4-5 cents a click. I got 20 cents once, and never again.

Well, I would have loved to retire on money from my blog, but since that is not the case now, and the adsense earning would have at best bought be a good dinner one year from now.
Well, I can afford many good dinners from my day job, Gods have been kind. And I use Blogger, so I don't have to pay for server and hosting..

My point is that 2-3 dollars a week may be very insignificant for me, and I blog for passion. But then, since I have good page views and have been getting an average of 2-3 clicks on the ads everyday, why let go of the earning potential however small.
The small change that I will earn from my blog, will be significant, if I were to donate it to some charity foundation. Wait, that is not all....

Here is the IDEA.What if we all were to contribute and then donate the proceed."We all" as in all bloggers who earn insignificant amounts for themselves from adsense.Those adsense amounts will add upto a significant amount, for someone in need.

This is not fully my idea, and I borrowed this idea from
poweryogi, after reading that he ws donating his adsense proceedings to some charity organizations. His post gave me the idea of how we can use the small change to make a difference.
I use the same adsense account to advertise on multiple blogs, so the idea is to use the same adsense account in all our blogs so that the adsense earnings grows fast and gets pooled into a common kitty. I am sure it is allowed by google, and even if they don't, we sure can ask them, since it is for charity purpose..

Are you with me?

The idea came only a few minutes back and will need lots of refinement.

I will try to create a small banner shortly.

I would require help from someone who knows how to make that "make poverty history" kind of banner too.

If you are with me, send me an email to join in the campaign.
Since the idea was born out of Power Yogi, I guess he will let us use the Term "sensible adsense" for the campaign. Sensible adsense is the word he used for the donation of his adsense earnings.

If you like idea but are too lazy to join it, do spread the word.
Let us make a small difference
If you wish to drop out of the campaign afterwards, when you see that traffics to your blog have risen to a power blogger level, you may choose to remove the adsense code from your blog..

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Cross posted on my other blog, Anthony's mirror


Blogger indianadoc said...

This idea definitely sounds good...I think we can give it a try..

5/22/2006 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Manisha said...

Anthony, not much of a response, eh? Why do you think? Where did everyone suddenly disappear? No-one wants to share?

I won't participate in something like this because I think the scales are tipped more towards lining Google's bottomline at the disadvantage of the unsuspecting advertiser.

Let me tell you why I think this won't work. First, this could lead to fraudulent clicks. The probability that ads will be clicked on because the proceeds are going to charity will be high. Not only does that beat the purpose of contextual advertising, it will lead to fraudulent clicks, resulting in the account being shut down. Secondly, you are only focusing on what Google shares with you as the publisher. This money comes from someone else's advertising budget that is part of a real business. How many conversions do you think they will see? How long before they realize that they have only lost money? Put yourself in the advertiser's shoes and see how this sounds to you now. I know what I would do: turn off contextual advertising on third party publisher sites.

Perhaps I am talking from the business yang angle but there are more effective ways to raise funds for charities than donate Adsense earnings, where there are 4 parties involved: advertiser (loser) => Google (winner) => publisher (status quo) => charity (runner-up). In this, Google is the biggest winner as they keep the higher percent of the proceeds than they payout. Your charity is merely a runner-up.

5/23/2006 09:25:00 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

@ Indian doc: response hasn't been too good but I will try to position the proposition in a diferent way...

@ Manisha: hehehe... Just what's been going on in my mind. I mean your reasoning, even though i am not sure that is the reason for the dismal response. I was even thinking maybe google could be talked into giving up a larger unlike the usual sharing system. if, if the initiative grew steam. And the purpose was that for a blog with a 100-200 hits, the adsense earninsg are anyway insignificant and takes months and months to let the cents accumulate into the 100 dollar cheque. And yes, Google would have been the gainer, like in all adsense programs... Fraudulant clicks , I would rather call it charity click lol, might be a problem though....
but cumon, it would be a great thing ..for the charity, if it works out.... :Small change, big difference" was ging to be my tagline

Anyway I will continue regular programming lol...

5/23/2006 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Thanks for the input again... you have a very clear thinking,, I appreciate that

5/23/2006 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Manisha said...

Anthony, the AdSense earnings may be insignificant for you as a lone blogger but for an advertiser, the small change adds up to a significant amount each month.

If you want to raise funds for charity, get your visitors vested in your chosen cause, rather than take away from advertisers whose goal is to sell and make a living from their online businesses. Seek sponsors on your blog for a flat fee per month. They know that what they are getting is eyeballs (not sales) and the money will flow to your chosen cause. That way everything is clear and above board.

And, I appreciate your taking my comments in the spirit that they are intended!

5/24/2006 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

@ Manisha: In fact I feel good that someone is taking too much efort to understand and gice contructive feedback, which is rare.. R u a manager ?? lol....
I been busy past few days, and even the next few days.. Let's work out soethin together..

5/25/2006 06:51:00 AM  
Blogger Manisha said...

Manager? Maybe. :-D

Anthony, always glad to be of help. But tell me, what would you rather I did? Speak my mind (for which I often get into trouble!) or post bland responses?

5/29/2006 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous tony said...

Just speak your mind, with those constructive feedback. It is always welcome

5/29/2006 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Saumyadeep said...

Hi Anthony, I just happened to stumble across ur blog, trying to find easy to cook(read bachelor)dishes. Good collection, u got.
And about your Sensible AdSense campaign, the idea did appeal to me but I'll have to agree with Manisha here. Its not an ethical way of doing things and is in a slightly shaky legal ground.
None the less, u got a gud blog going. :) [i suppose i m adding a comment 2 years 2 late]

6/20/2008 12:30:00 PM  

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