Many webloggers have, or are considering adding Google Adsense ads to their blogs. You will see such ads in my sidebar. I installed Adsense as an experiment to see how much, if any revenue it will generate. Since my site has relatively low visitor numbers, I’m not expecting huge returns. But I wanted to try it and see what happens.
My preference is for my site to remain ad free. But I spend a considerable amount of time blogging and have no other source of income (I’m a stay at home dad most of the time). So exploring the potential for earned revenue from my blog seemed appropriate. Also, these ads do not appear overly intrusive. They’re relatively benign compared to some ads I’ve seen on other websites.
But for anyone using the Mozilla Firefox browser…BEWARE! Adsense is tremendously balky with Mozilla. The configuration process is a nightmare. You are constantly bounced back to the login page each time you attempt to configure your Adsense settings. I strongly recommend you use Netscape or Internet Explorer when configuring Adsense. Once I tried configuring within IE all my troubles vanished.
Adsense explains that Mozilla is a “pre-release product” and they don’t support such browsers as a policy. I’d remind Adsense that hundreds of thousands of people use Mozilla and by foreclosing Adsense to them, Google is only hurting it’s own bottom line. Also, the Adsense FAQs say nothing about not supporting Mozilla. I told their suppport staff that they should state this clearly so that people like me can avoid the hours of frustration I experienced in attempting to configure Adsense.