Playing with AdSense

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I've followed the workings of AdSense for a while now, but I've just never gotten around to playing with it much. As it is now obvious if you look to the right, that has now changed.

I'm playing with AdSense modules in both Drupal and Wordpress. While they are useful enough to start with, I would really like to put together a system that gives you a lot more control of all your ads. Doing something like being able to set specific overrides depending on what page is showing.

There are so many advertising options out there that might be appropriate for certain pages, but not of general interest around your website. Things like an affiliate link to Northern Tool when talking about a home generator, but I don't think I would want the affiliate link showing up for a page about sewing drapes.

I used have ads on websites, but now that there are various forms of contextual ads, I think that more of them are adding value, and I have found myself clicking on them more often. If I can put together some plugins that help webmasters focus their ads even better, it would be a great thing for the web.

This will be fun to think about and play with. Unfortuantely, it isn't going to make me independantly wealthy anytime soon, since my monthly traffic is still only a few hundred visitors a month. But what the hell, it might buy me a couple of lunches a month.