AdSense tutorial for better incomes

How to optimize the use of advertisements in order to increase incomes

The interface allows to superimpose graphs to compare sources of income.


The AdSense program democratizes publicity and makes it possible to obtain incomes easily. Its use is rather simple. Once registered on the site of Google (see link at bottom of the page), one should not forget to start by reading the rules of the program (important), then one chooses a type of advertisement, by category at first: search, contextual, link unit, and finally a format is chosen. The site then proposes a JavaScript code that can be placed anywhere (or almost, see further) into a Web page. A part of this tutorial comes from the Google's pages and its blog, the other part from forum for webmasters and my own experiments.

Contextual advertisements

Responsive ads


Links units

Adsense Direct


Maps Ad Unit

Promoted video

Adsense for parked domains service is closed since March 2012.

How to increase incomes

They may be improved in several ways:

  1. By a global strategy.
  2. By optimizing the placement of the units of announces.
  3. By optimizing the keywords.
  4. By adapting the number of announces into each page.
  5. By integrating the ads in the theme.


Adopting an advertising strategy, is also adopting a policy for the design of its site. Some ideas:

  1. Site of reference.
    Technical articles, rather long, updated regularly. Not the most profitable but request less assiduity.
  2. Site of news or blog.
    Short articles, in relation to subjects in vogue. It is the strategy which makes the most incomes but it imposes constraining obligations. For the articles to be indexed quickly by search engines and to occupy the best places in results or queries, it is necessary that the robots visit the site very often and for this it is required that new articles are put on line also very often, several times per day...
  3. Diversity.
    If the way the site is designed permits it (a CMS does not allow it), it is a good thing if the pages have different designs.
  4. Follow-up of relevance.
    Look periodically at the content of the ads. It must be relevant with the thematic of the page. Otherwise reduce the number of ads or delete them completely. On the contrary the number of ads may be increased if they are all relevant, but not excessively.
  5. Experienced webmasters do not insert ads in the home page. Most visitors of the home page come from direct links and they go directly to the useful content, while they come from search engines for inner pages, and search engines make more clicks and conversions.

Optimal placement for the advertisements

The placement determines the number of clicks, since some placement appeal the attention of visitors and other not.
Google says you in its pages that, statistically, the placement of advertisement pays more according to the following diagram:

The green zones correspond to the best placements. The yellow ones are intermediate, the gray ones are poor.
In fact the best placement can vary according to the sites and even according to the pages. It is the reason for which Google created personalized criteria. The idea is to assign a code to the advertisements at the time of the selection of the format, and to compare the incomes by classifying them by codes.

Nevertheless, some rules seem of general interest according to concordant opinions of webmasters:

  1. If the article or the post is short, a unit of advertisements placed at the top is the best.
  2. A long article can be splitted with an advertisement in the middle, therefore to have two units of advertisements.
  3. Possibly advertisements may be added at the end of the article like a continuation of its content, especially if it is a text.
  4. Advertisements placed in the heading at top of page are often ignored.
  5. It is more likely that the ads are seen when placed where the user watches the most: beside or in navigation links, beside the most important content, under the title.

Where not to place Adsense advertisements

Whatever the type of advertisements, they should not be placed:


Should we give the ads the appearance of the site to better integrate them? Maybe, there is a condition.
The Google guideline advises to not by their appearance, lead to confusion between ads and content of the site. But the messages in the news letter advise publishers to integrate them.
This therefore requires an interpretation by the publisher and is based on a simple principle: it is necessary that visitors view the ads and advertisers must get visitors interested in their content.

It is in the interest of advertisers that tour visitors watch their ads, otherwise they are useless. For this, they must fit the site, or have a distinctive look, as if it have an appearance too standard visitors will recognize right away and ignore them.
Do not confuse the visitor, however, that the ads are the content because by visiting the advertiser's site, it may no longer estimate to bein the field that interests he and immediately return to your site. This impacts negatively on the smart pricing.

So ideally, the ads when they are an extension of content and bring that the visitor aims, must fit into the style of the site, otherwise they should instead clearly distinguish themselves from it and have a totally different look.


If one wants to maximize the income, it is necessary to be attentive to keywords of the page and to wonder whether they correspond to an economic activity. Check the wording of advertisements which appear on your pages. For that, you should go in the test center of AdSense to download a tool that makes it possible to see which advertisements are presented to other visitors. If there is no relationship between the advertisements and the page, these advertisements do not make money. It is better in this case to make a page without publicity.

Incomes depends entirely on the thematic of the site and thus of the keywords. The percentage of clicks also. One could have an idea of the keywords which count starting from the domain names cost, an indication is provided to us by the article "Value of a domain name".
But actually the thematic of his site is not chosen according to the advertising program, one can only direct it towards the aspects of the thematic which makes business, and which corresponds in any case to a real demand from Net surfers.

Smart pricing

That was tested by webmasters and was confirmed by Google, same advertisements displayed on sites of different accounts do not have same income and it is due to smart pricing.
If visitors of a AdSense account realize less conversions on the site of the advertiser (downloading, order, subscription or any other action), the amount which it pay will be reduced and by consequent the AdSense income too. Cookies are used to obtain the information.
The rate of Smart Pricing is re-examined each week. To improve the rate, Google recommends to put in your pages relevant and up to date contents.

Which advertisements pay more?

According to Google, the advertisements which provide most income are those:

  1. Which corresponds more closely to keywords in the page.
  2. Which are displayed at first in the page (thus displayed at top if the order of parsing by the browser corresponds to the apparent placement).
  3. The bigger units.

By experiments, I would add that:

  1. Graphic contextual advertisements pay less.
  2. Link units pay as much as full advertisements.
  3. Advertisers on sites (your site is chosen by the advertiser) offer more for their advertisements.
  4. The large or new companies put more money in the advertisements if there is competition on keywords (not the case for eBay).
  5. If the offer in keywords on the pages is lower than the offer in advertisements, it will be worth more (in other words, be the first to speak about a subject which makes money).
  6. Sites as e-bay which are not concerned with well defined keywords have poor advertisements.
  7. One can also observe that search pay as much than contextual advertisements but generally make fewer clicks.

Selecting advertisements

One cannot directly select the contextual advertisements which appear on the pages of a site and prohibit the one cent advertisements! But one can act indirectly. Since the advertisements which pay more are displayed at first, one can reduce the number of advertisements. And select when possible the keywords contained in the page.
It is possible also to exclude sites. If one wants to prohibit the advertisements passed by some sites, in particular the competitor sites, one can add these sites in a list of filtering accessible from the configuration panel.

Advertisements that are appearing on a page depend mainly on keywords in the links to the page. This may be easily verified when you enter a bad url and you are redirected to the home page: look at the ads... You cannot modify links coming from other sites, but you can act on internal links: text of the link, contents of the title attribute, and the filename of the page. Relevant keywords must appear there.

Give the list of allowed sites

In the configuration panel, list the sites where your ads must appear.
This will improve the score of your account by avoiding clicks on "scrappers" sites and then your income.


Rules help ensure that ads benefit to advertisers and do not harm their image by associating them with questionable content.

To do

Selecting the pages


Vary the placements

Describe the products

To avoid

Overloading pages with advertisements

Big unit at top of the content

Using popup

Made for AdSense

Incitation to click

Send a mail to excuse itself

See also the list of mistakes with AdSense.

AdSense and Ajax

The problem with Ajax is that keywords which appear on the page when it is loaded and when the script of Google is executed do not appear in it yet when the the Ajax script is executed.
If the contents of your page are modified by the use of Ajax, the advertisements can lose their relevance.

Google offered an API specially dedicated to pages the content of which is dynamically modified by Ajax, Adsense for Ajax. It changes the ads when the content is modified. This is discontinued.

Read the advices from Google about Ajax and AdSense.


This guide is limited to optimization for incomes. For the management of the account, the choice of the formats, the criteria of targeting, the payment of monthly incomes etc, consult the site of Google which provides all useful details.
If you are not registered yet, this tutorial should have given you, I hope for it, all the infos to start in the best conditions. You can also post your questions in comments to get more details.

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First published on July 16, 2007. Last modified March 21, 2015.