"I watched the movie Titanic with Leo and Kate on Friday night. It’s a good movie and afterwards I was interested to learn more about the tragedy so I Googled up some answers. As I progressed through page after page something started to bother me. I had trouble finding the real content because there was Google AdSense in all the most prominent places on EVERY site I visited. It wasn’t until I hit the “clean” Wikipedia entry on the Titanic that I finally got some valuable information." more
"Cha-ching!” indeed. Yaro needs to check out the lovely IncomeMAX website for some more Adsense, uh... ingenuity.
Later, he talks about how Adsense revenue "corrupts" otherwise pure internet hobbyists; which I'm sure does happen. Content becomes secondary to profit, and down goes the value of their contribution. Flush.
At the same time, I think it positively motivates others, even making them strive for better and more valuable content. We've all seen "Wall Street", right? Well, if you haven't, here's the quote:
Greed is right.
Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed, in all of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge -- has marked the upward surge of mankind."
Should we throw the baby out with the bathwater? Hell no; when used properly, Adsense can monetize a site without ugly banners or other lame advertising gimmicks that turn people off.
Should Google take better steps to save us from the onslaught of sleazy, lazy, netizens bent on gaming the Adsense system for all it’s worth? Oh yes.
They have a slight conflict of interests, of course, with Adwords being Google’s main paycheck. But Yaro's points are well taken, and they’re going to have to balance that conflict of interests with another business interest, which is avoiding marginalization.