Best of: Google AdSense Greasemonkey Scripts

There are all sorts of great uses for the Greasemonkey extension, but one of my all time favorites is using it to prevent advertisements.  The first thing most people think of when they think of advertisements is Google AdSense, and there are a large number of scripts available that can influence the behavior of Google AdSense.  

I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the better Google AdSense Greasemonkey scripts that I could find.  In order to use these, you will need to have the Greasemonkey extension installed in your Firefox web browser.  

Google AdSense Greasemonkey Scripts

  • Google AdSense Auto-Login – Automatically logs you into your Google AdSense account.
  • Google AdSense EPC/CPC – Shows the Earnings Per Click (EPC) you’re getting in your Google Adsense reports. Also known as Cost Per Click (CPC).
  • Google AdSense Removal – Removes Google AdSense advertisements and sponsored links from web pages you visit, as well as removing the advertisements from Gmail.  Also gives you the options to allow advertisements on designated pages.
  • Google Search AdSense Removal – Removes AdSense advertisements from Google’s search results.
  • Prevent Accidental Clicks – Makes it so you can’t accidentally click on your own advertisements on your website.   Requires you to enter your AdSense Indentification Number.
  • Replace Google/Yahoo Ads – Replaces Google AdSense and Yahoo! advertisements with a box that says “Advertisement removed.”  This way you can see who is using ads, but not have to view them.

Missed any good ones?  Let me know in the comments below!

Technology Talk – 01/06/2008

This is the first technology talk post of 2008, so lets make it a good one!  Here are a few of my favorite posts for the last week:

  • Google Blogoscoped has published some Google AdSense tips for webmasters.  Some of it is the basic stuff you’ll find in most Google AdSense tips articles, but there is some good stuff in there that some people may not know about.
  • Ask the PC Guide explains how to become a Gmail Jedi Master.   It can sometimes be overwhelming to read about all the stuff you can do with Gmail, and this post includes some of that great stuff.
  • Hack WordPress has posted a Premium WordPress Theme Gallery.  It is fun to flip through and see what WordPress theme authors come up with.
  • Ryan at CyberNet tells us about the iGoogle Custom Skins Gadget.  I’m trying to decide between the Firefox one and the Chicago Cubs custom skin.
  • Lifehacker lists their Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks.  It is always interesting to read about other ways you can use Google Search.

Technology Talk – 12/02/2007

Here are a few posts that caught my eye this week. If they sound interesting, I recommend checking them out, as they are well worth the read:

  • Sizlopedia has listed 3 Tips to Maximize Your Google AdSense Revenue Potential. Using 300×250 ad units is #3 on the list and is the best advice for someone using AdSense in my opinion.
  • Daily Blog Tips recommends leaving a comment on posts that receive high traffic in your niche to help generate traffic. This is something that I also recommend and practice when launching a new blog to help get found. There is a good chance the author of that blog will check out your site when moderating your comment and possibly subscribe to your feed. Also, some of the search engine traffic may like your comment and click over to check out your blog as well.
  • Blogging Tips has written an introduction to Windows Live Writer. If you aren’t tied to the WordPress Write panel, then I definitely recommend checking out WLW. JohnTP has also written 12 Reasons That He Likes Windows Live Writer. His post is very detailed and brings up some great features of WLW.
  • CK Webb shares his experiences trying to get his domain reinstated after being banned from Google. The moral of the story is check what the domain was being used for previously before purchasing!
  • TechCrunch points out Alexa’s Make Believe Internet. Alexa has a lot of problems, including users having the ability to manipulate their rankings, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
  • MakeUseOf has posted 7 tools to crack eBay.  This is a must-read post for eBay users.

Reader Poll: How Is Your Google AdSense Performing?

It’s been exactly two weeks since we talked about Google redefining what a clickable area is in an effort to combat click fraud, so I figured that was adequate time to let the change soak in and examine some trends. At the time of the change, it made sense for Google and advertisers, but it fueled a lot of speculation that sites that depend on Google AdSense to generate income would likely lose out on some of their monthly income.

Something that a few publishers speculated on is that with lower fraud rates, publishers would likely be willing to pay more per click to get their advertisements seen. We are also approaching the holiday season, meaning that advertising budgets are going up and a lot of other businesses are launching seasonal advertising campaigns.  If this theory holds true, Google AdSense publishers should still be seeing consistent income.

In looking over my analytics and AdSense reports, it looks like my income from Google AdSense has dipped some, despite a heavy increase in traffic.   Is this due to the clickable area change?   Unfortunately, that isn’t something that I can be sure of.  As David points out, a lot of things can factor into a change in pay-per-click advertising.   Thats why I decided to poll my readers and find out how AdSense is performing for you over the past two weeks.   Has your income remained steady?  Have you noticed any trends?

How Does Google AdSense Determine Invalid Clicks?

If you have a blog and are attempting to monetize it, there is a good chance that you’ve probably used or considered using Google AdSense at some point.  It’s a great service that targets advertisements specifically to your blog posts content, so you really can’t go wrong with it.

Unfortunately, this is a pay-per-click (PPC) service, so there are some guidelines to follow in order to make money with AdSense.  Cheat PPC has created a useful list of things Google looks for to help create awareness.

A few of the keys included in the list are:

  1. IP Address
  2. Click Through Rate (CTR)
  3. Physical Location
  4. Cookies
  5. Click Patterns
  6. Other Google Services
  7. Search Engine Ranking

I know of people that have been banned from Google AdSense for one reason or another, so if you use AdSense, its good to know what not to do.

As a quick side note, if you use Greasemonkey, you may want to check out the Prevent Accidental Clicks script that helps you avoid clicking your own ads on accident.

Google Redefines What The Clickable Google AdSense Area Is

It looks like Google AdSense is continuing to evolve.   According to the latest reports, it looks like Google has decided to redefine what counts as a click.

It looks like this change will mainly effect those Google AdSense ads where there wasn’t enough inventory to display all of the ads.   Under the old system, if a user clicked anywhere in the square, you would receive credit for the click on your AdSense earnings.  With the new system, it looks like users will have to click directly on the advertisement text in order to get credit for the click.   Here is a visual, courtesy of Google Blogoscoped:

So what does this mean?   A good portion of Google AdSense clicks are often accidental clicks, so this will considerably lower the AdSense clicks for many AdSense publishers.   This blog generates about a third of its income from AdSense, so I will be following this closely over the coming months to see if it has any influence on earnings.

Google AdSense To Give More Control To Users

According to the official Google AdSense blog, it looks like some heavily anticipated changes are coming for Google AdSense.  Those changes include more control from the Google AdSense dashboard, which will give users the ability to update their AdSense colors and channels without having to alter the code they’ve previously generated. 

If you don’t have these new features yet, hopefully you will soon.   It looks like they will be making it available in phases, so some users may not have it for a little while. 

I’m excited about this update because I manage quite a few different channels, and it always is a pain to update code each time I redo my channels setup, or each time I want to adjust the ad colors to match my theme. 

Firefox Extension: Display Google AdSense Data with GraphSense

Google AdSense is a wonderful way for small traffic blogs to make money online, but there has always been something missing from this service, and that is a good way to display statistics on the web. Currently, the only option is to export your data to Microsoft Excel.

GraphSense aims to fix this problem through the use of their free Firefox extension or Greasemonkey script, which will allow users to view preformatted charts within their web browser.  Simply go to your Advanced Reports page in Google AdSense to view your new advanced graphs.

Currently you can generate graphs in three different ways: line charts, pie charts, and bar/column charts. Currently, these graphs will show impressions, clicks, CTR, eCPM, CPC and your earnings, which can be broken down over different timespans.

If you use Firefox and find you like to check your statistics regularly, this extension is probably for you.

Tips to Maximize Your Google AdSense Revenue

About a month ago, I wrote a post titled Make Money Online with Google AdSense in which I covered several different ways to try to maximize your Google AdSense income.  Because Google AdSense does not guarantee any money and will vary greatly from month to month, I believe it is important to listen to others experiences with Google AdSense and take those tips into consideration. 

Amit over at Digital Inspiration is a full time blogger and spends a lot of time talking about Google AdSense on that site, so I tend to heavily weigh any suggestions he makes to further maximize this site’s income.  Yesterday Amit posted some simple tweaks to increase Google AdSense income.

While reading through his post, one of the tips that jumped out at me immediately was the very first one: 

1. Turn Low Performing Units into Image Only Ads

Say you have a skyscraper in your sidebar or a leaderboard at the bottom of the page. It may exhibit a very poor CTR because it’s so out of sight and visitors often tend to miss the ad unit completely.

In that case, an alternative is to use Image Only Ads for that using – Image ads are generally CPM ads so you will generate revenue each time the ad makes an impression. Image ads are also effective in places where the visitors are Adsense publishers themselves and less likely to be interested in clicking your ads.

Image only ads are CPM (pay out per impression)?  I’ve read conflicting stories that say it is better to run fewer AdSense advertisements on a page to help maximize income when clicks are made.   I can’t help but wonder if that wouldn’t effect image only ads, making it beneficial to add image only advertisements somewhere below the fold.

In another tip, Amit argues that Google Customized Search Engine (CSE) performs better than the standard Google AdSense search, which is something I will be looking into further and possibly be implementing here on this site.  

Overall this is a really useful post if you use Google AdSense, so for additional tips on maximizing Google AdSense revenue, I recommend checking out Amit’s post!

WordPress Tip: Schedule Your Posts Ahead

Over the past few years, people have looked for all sorts of ways to maximize their site’s income via Google AdSense. One of the most common, yet unproven theories is to schedule posts ahead for around midnight (I believe that is using Pacific Standard Time (PST), as that is where Google’s headquarters are). The idea is that Google AdWords participants get to set how much they will pay per click and Google displays the highest paying ads first. Once they are used up, it then moves to lower paying advertisements, and by the end of the day, you get a lot of ads with really small payouts per click. This would mean that when you get up the next morning and start publishing posts, many of the highest paying ads will be used up for the day and won’t reset again to higher paying ads until that night. So far, I’ve tried publishing at midnight with pretty good results.
So, what does this have to do with the title? It’s simple! If you have an interest in trying this out, you probably don’t want to stay up until midnight every night waiting to hit publish. I’ve always been surprised that most people aren’t aware that WordPress allows you to schedule your posts ahead of time to be published at the designated time of your choosing.

Here is how to schedule your WordPress posts to be published at a later time/date:

  1. Finish writing your post
  2. Go to where it says Post Timestamp on the right side and adjust the time/date to reflect when you would like your post to be published. I do recommend that you double check to ensure your time settings in WordPress are correct.
  3. Now hit Publish.
  4. The post will now appear in the Manage posts tab, but will not show on your site until the designated time.

It is truly that easy to do! In addition to trying to improve your AdSense payouts, this also serves as a great way to schedule posts for times when you are planning to be on vacation or just away from your computer. Enjoy!