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How does someone "un-sell-out?" And what do you even call it?

So. You might notice a difference on the site design.

No... I haven't had my haircut.

No, I didn't lose weight. Jesus.

Okay, look, I'll just say it. Google Adsen-- er, Ads by Goooooooogle are gone.

I didn't mind having the ad bar there, and it was sometimes fun to see what batshit crazy things their algorithms came up with for my pages. But to be blunt, they didn't bring in enough money. After over three full months, I'd made $43.51 -- a nontrivial amount of which was after I got PvPdotted -- and my daily average was three cents.

Three cents.

They don't pay out until you hit a hundred bucks. At this rate, even if I have major links every other month or so, it'd be summer before I even saw money. Without major links (and I never ask people to link to me -- if they want to, they will ), it would be a long long time.

This was meant to defray the cost of running this site, including the upped bandwidth costs. But honestly, I can afford it and it's not like I'm seeing any of "my" money anyway, so screw it. I'll design Cafepress tee shirts or something.

Besides, the page looks nicer without it.

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I know there is a Master Rebater joke there somewhere...

As a reader of your RSS feed, I'm sorry. :-(

I wish there was a way of getting Google ads to work in RSS feeds properly - that's one of the big disadvantages for site owners trying to make revenue off things like Google ads while still offering RSS.

As a reader of your RSS feed, I'm sorry. :-(

I wish there was a way of getting Google ads to work in RSS feeds properly - that's one of the big disadvantages for site owners trying to make revenue off things like Google ads while still offering RSS.

$43.51?!?! Geez. I've had mine going for six months, and I've made a total of -- are you ready? -- Twenty-two cents. I haven't even earned a whole quarter yet.

Shouldn't you at least wait until you hit the $100 mark? Why let Google keep the money? It's not like there's any work on your part, just a bit of patience.

ceejayoz -- don't be sorry. If I didn't want people reading the RSS feed, I wouldn't have an RSS feed ;). I'm more interested in readers of my stuff than Goooooogle's.

Alexander -- it scares me that I'm apparently somewhat successful at Google's ads, given this. Suffice it to say I had a couple of good days.

Sean -- because it's reached the point where it's literally not worth it to me. That's real estate above the fold on my website. It's a major design element. It advertises things I may or may not approve of. I need to keep an eye on it so when things I actively disagree with pop up, I can flag them and have them removed.

And at the daily average rate of two cents, we're talking six dollars or so a month. That's ten months of ads if I'm lucky. Ten months of ugly text advertising things I might not like.

If I do coffee mugs, I might only sell three of them, but I'll get the money right away and they'll actually be things I approve of.

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