Jun 16 2007

Using Traffic Exchanges with Google Adsense

As most Google Adsense users are aware of, you can have your Google Adsense account banned if you run ads on the same page as you host google ads on.

“It has come to our attention that invalid clicks and/or impressions have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s). We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account.”

Invalid impressions can come from traffic exchanges.

So, how can you still run google adsense and have your website on traffic exchanges?

Well this tip is especially good for newer blogs or websites, that are looking to increase their traffic, but still make a little money with adsense. You can also lower your alexa rank by using traffic exchanges.

When you use traffic exchanges, the traffic goes to the main page of your blog. Such as, http://blogaboutyourblog.com. If you are hosting google ads on individual single pages, then you will not be getting invalid impressions. The traffic exchange is sending visitors to your main homepage, that has no google ads on it.

By having the ads simply on single posts or pages, the money flow won’t be much, but it’s better than nothing. Then you can save your homepage advertising for something else, such as AuctionAds.

To give you a better idea what you can earn, Blog about your Blog earned 7$ last month by just using 2 google adsense units on the single pages of this blog. These are two simply units, not exactly ideally placed, and really blended. Our income could have been greater with more predominant ad placement.

Now you’ve got the best of both worlds. Google Adsense and Traffic Exchanges, on the same website.

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5 Comments on this post


  1. Mark said:

    Hi Matt, I need a little clarification please. I’ve heard of Google’s policies, but only recenty have started adding their AdSense to my blogs. However, your comment has me a little confused. You’re saying that I cannot have other ads on the same page as Google’s stuff? I’ve read on places like Text-Link Ads that claim to be safe to include on the same page. Can you help shed some light please?

    June 16th, 2007 at 11:56 pm
  2. Matt said:

    well im just referring to traffic exchanges and google adsense

    you are allowed other things that arent contextual, such as auction ads, or TLA

    you might even be able to get away with adbrite and adsense, they just cant be in the same spot.

    June 17th, 2007 at 9:57 am
  3. Mark said:

    Whew, you had me worried there for a second. :) I had just put up AdSense and TLA and didn’t want to violate right out of the gate.

    Hey, btw, would you consider using the plugin that allows people to subscribe to comments on each post?

    June 17th, 2007 at 10:03 am
  4. Matt said:

    Yeah I have a few plugins I want installed, but im really terrible at doing them. Lee has been a little busy, when he can I hope he will install a few

    June 17th, 2007 at 10:06 am
  5. Tim Linden said:

    I wrote a snippet of code I put in my blog, so when I advertise my blog in traffic exchanges I add ?exchange to the end of the URL. It does two things: Skips Adsense, Sets all links to open in a new window.

    That way if someone clicks around it opens in a new window outside of the exchange (without breaking the frames) and then the ads start showing on the outside. Search my blog for adsense and you should find it ;-)

    June 19th, 2007 at 3:34 pm


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