mnot’s blog

Design depends largely on constraints.” — Charles Eames

Tuesday, 24 June 2003


You might notice a few ads in the Weblog and a few other places on the site; I’m playing with Google AdSence, first pointed out by AaronSW.

This is really nifty - Google looks at your page, decides what’s relevant, and serves up some of their famous text ads. This leverages Google’s assets in the nicest way - now I know what Aaron (the other one, works at Google) has been going around smiling about for so long.

The other nifty thing is a new beta of the Google Toolbar, this time pointed out by Google Aaron. It does popup blocking, form filling and other stuff; I’m not an IE user, but it looks pretty good.

P.S. the ads are an experiment - if you find them obtrusive/offensive, please comment. I might not take them down, but I’d like to know; I have a feeling these are going to get real common on Weblogs…


Mickey Williams said:

But how popular will AdSence be on blogs when one of Google’s terms is that they can’t be placed on personal pages? Whatever that means, but I’m guessing that a blog would fit their definition of personal.

Tuesday, June 24 2003 at 10:03 AM

Phil Ringnalda said:

After all the innovative ways I saw over the years to get rid of Blogger’s ads on Blog*Spot, it’s a bit funny to see people on their own server, running their own software, including ads provided by Blogger’s parent company. They don’t bother me: I’m banner-blind, they aren’t in the RSS, and if they do get on my nerves, I’ll block them in my user.css or my hosts file, it’s just… sort of funny.

Tuesday, June 24 2003 at 10:08 AM

Fredrik Lundh said:

Just gotta love seeing “Everybody seems to have a weblog, so here’s mine” followed by an ad that says “You’re own weblog $9.95/mo”.

Btw, I get Swedish ads on your site, so it sure looks like they’re checking more than just the page contents…

Thursday, June 26 2003 at 4:09 AM

Fredrik Lundh said:

Erm. message.replace(“You’re”, “Your”)

Thursday, June 26 2003 at 4:11 AM