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.
Since I went and applied for a job at the college to help them select and set up their Content Management System (CMS), I decided that I should start aquainting myself with more of them than just the one that I am using on my current website.
Wordpress is blogging software that I looked at for my own site and discarded for a couple of reasons. First, Wordpress is blogging software, and I wanted the ability to make my site more of a community site than just a blog.
Second, and an even bigger turnoff for me, was that Wordpress doesn't have threaded responses in the comments. That means that if you comment on my story, and 10 people comment after you, but before I get a chance to repond to your comment, all those other comments will be between your comment and my reply.
Since this is a learning situation I went and set up a Wordpress test site to play with. Who cares if I like it or not, it is just so I can be conversant in Wordpress when I'm talking to someone about various CMS for a job.