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Wassupblog Update On Google Video Adsense Video Unit

I don’t know how many of you took notice of the videos I used to display on the sidebar, the fact that some people did was displayed by the increase in my monthly earnings. You see, I was trialing out Google’s Video Adsense unit which showed a different video every time the page was refreshed. I was just about to do a post on it to let everyone in on the action when I got an email from Google stating that they were pulling the ads as

we’ve found that it hasn’t been performing as well as we had hoped, so we’ve decided to focus our efforts on other opportunities to help publishers monetize their sites

Too bad, because I really liked those units, as they provided some unique content and an extra avenue for earning a bit of cash. The obvious choice to fill the gap was to provide another form of video content and I’ve decided to use The Voxant Newsroom which supplies the latest news around the globe. I selected the feed option as this is continually updated so I only need to place the code in once and then I could forget about it. The added bonus is that it will also contribute to my monthly income, not all that much but it all counts.

You can use the feed provided including US Feed, Local (US oddly enough), World, Business, Politics, Health, Sci-Tech, Entertainment etc. or structure your own feed. I’ve decided on the World Feed for now, but I may change it later.

The first thing I noticed, and wasn’t happy about was that the size of the video was either too big or too small.

That sort of pissed me off and I settled for the smaller version as the big version upset the whole look of the theme as it was completely outside the boundaries.

Then it hit me :doh_tb: :wallbash_tb: I’m using the FlexSqueeze theme, I should be able to change some values in the control panel and fix the problem. Two minutes later I was done, and I am now able to display the larger video without throwing things out. Being able to change the size of the sidebars and blogging content is a brilliant addition to any theme.

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  1. If you choose the standard feed, which is what I have done, it is their choice. You can however create your own feed, something I haven’t attempted yet, which means you select the news articles.

      1. Standard being one of the ones I mentioned in the post, such as world feed etc. Also some of those also have sub categories.


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          I’m thinking about adding the finance feed to my finance blog

          1. I was going to suggest it but I thought it would be better if you came to that conclusion on your own. :cheese1_ee:

  2. I haven’t tried that google video adsense thing nor never heard about it, not just today. But too bad, its gone. :(

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  3. You get paid just for clicking play?

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  4. Just like Dennis I would love to hear a little more about this. What will you make per click?

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  5. @ Dennis and Mikael, straight form their site.

    Payments are made based on ad impressions. If you have more than one website, we combine them all for you into one view on myRevenue. Video assets and video feed assets are counted towards revenue when the play button is clicked and the ad begins on your site or the referred site (a site who embedded content from your site).

    Note: Good news — Our payment policy has recently changed such that there is NO PAYMENT CAP for advertising impressions accumulated in a calendar month. Please bear in mind that impression traffic generated in the U.S. is more likely to be monetized and earn revenue than impressions generated outside the U.S. due to our current advertising agreements.

    Hope that helps. For me, it’s not so much the revenue as providing a service that may keep them on my blog that little bit longer.

    1. A simple yes may have surf iced. LOL

      You’re right though, stickiness is just as, if not more important then the instant cash generated.

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      1. OK, I may have blabbed a bit too much with that last comment, but hey, shit happens.

          1. Yeah, but I can’t say all that much as I would have done, or not done as the case may be, the same thing.

  6. Well Sire, it is a pretty good thing you could do it on the fly. On the other hand i think the content width is getting smaller so i’d suggest you make the whole site a bit bigger width-wise. Just my opinion here ;)

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    1. Good one stratos. I don’t think I can make it any wider, it’s almost taking up the whole screen now.

  7. Was this the same as the ads that are/were appearing in YouTube videos?

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    1. No David, these are completely different and have nothing to do with Google whatsoever.

      1. Is there any reason why that Thesis post is stuck at the top of your blog? when I came back, I thought you were on hiatus because that was still there.

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        1. Only that I am trying to push a brilliant Theme that I am affiliated with. I did shrink it and I will remove the ‘sticky’ aspect once I have added a related badge in the sidebar.

          As for being on hiatus, nope, I love blogging way too much for that, thanks for your concern though mate, much appreciated.


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    Ah, but see, I can, since I did go to the site, looked around, then asked you a question afterwards.

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    1. Yep, and so you should. Go get ’em Mitch :guns_tb:


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        And I did! But hey, you took care of it in your own way. Hmmm, I wonder if anyone has watched the video on my finance site yet.

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        1. I watched it, but I reckon it would get a lot more exposure if you were able to display a larger video higher up the blog, perhaps using something like this theme. They do have a free version you can test drive.


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            Right now, I just don’t have the time to be experimenting with a new theme. However, I know at some point I’m going to have to change it up, since I’ve seen a few other people using this theme, and I can’t get my Adsense to match up with the colors of the blog since it turns out to be an image rather than just a regular background.

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  9. @Mitch – Just start up a test blog that you can play with in your spare time, and when you get things the way you want it all you need do is use the import/export feature. Just makes sure that your widgets are set up the way you want it because my theme has more sidebar ready features so your normal sidebar layout won’t show up the same.


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      Spare time? What’s that! :blink_tb: I’ll have to remember to do it at a later time, but these days, with all the writing I’ve been doing, it’s just not happening.

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      1. Cool, it’s nice to know that I am not the only one who is lacking in the spare time department.


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          Well, just don’t think that means I’m going to let up on you when it comes to chess. :king_tb: :cool2_tb:

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  10. I also liked those video units and was sorry to see Google pull the plug. I didn’t use them on TAM, but they performed very well on other sites that I had…Oh well.

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    1. Yeah, you would think they would ask us first wouldn’t you? :laugh_tb:

  11. Too bad… I was thinking that would grow in time as more companies put their commercials on the ads. Maybe not enough people used them because they worried it slowed their site down. At the same time, having video reduces the bounce rate if someone stays on to watch it, so it is a bonus to the site owner.

    ~ Kristi

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    1. Personally I reckon that they pulled the plug because they found another way where they could charge customers more. I’ve noticed that more videos are appearing in the adsense spots and I reckon these a paying Google a whole lot more.

  12. I’m not 100% sure that video ads are the best idea. I never click on any ads while watching clips. Why would I?

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  13. The thing is that people do. I know because those ads actually made me money. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter anymore as Google as pulled the pin on those ads.

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