In Text Advertising and Google AdSense: Is that a good match for your site monetization?

AdSense is not enough?
It's no secret that AdSense represents an evolution from the distracting and non-targeted web ads of the past. Using the power of Google, AdSense ensures your site's ad content "jives" with your site's overall theme and visitor demographics.

Still, what if you could take things a step further by transforming your site's content into its own ad platform? That's exactly what Infolinks has done. The perfect complement to AdSense, Infolinks uses In Text Ads - and transforms your site's copy into ad copy in a matter of seconds. Better yet, there is no risk, it takes no space of your site, no commitment, you don't have to alter your site's content and your site will become profitable right away.

According to Infolinks Vice President Tomer Treves, "Infolinks In-Text ads complete the contextual web ad experience initiated by AdSense. Plus, it only takes a minute to get going and we don't hold you to any long-term commitments - it couldn't be simpler."

What is InfoLinks?
InfoLinks is an in-text advertising service that allows you to quickly and easily make money off your website’s content.  In-text advertising is when certain keywords on your website are used as a means of advertising. The advertisements appear in a link form which when clicked will bring you to the advertisers website or product page. These types of advertisements can be very useful and can also generate revenue for the publisher with very limited work. InfoLinks acts as a middle-man that makes the arrangements with all of the advertisers so you don’t have to, letting you, just focus on earning money.

Infolinks, Inc. is a leading provider of In Text Advertising services, working with online content publishers worldwide. Infolinks enables website owners and publishers to benefit from premium highly relevant In Text ads. Established in 2007 and backed by Primera Capital, Infolinks leads the industry with the most attractive business model and guarantees the highest revenue sharing basis to all partners. Since the incorporation of Infolinks, thousands of websites have been integrating their In-Text ads and the Infolinks team takes pride in making the process effortless, easy and immediately profitable.

In Text Advertising Appearance
Perfected by online advertising powerhouse Infolinks, this cutting-edge contextual ad service is the next step in complete website monetization. In Text ads look almost identical to embedded hyperlinks - only there's one key difference. When you look at an in-text ad, you'll notice a double line under a keyword within your site's overall copy. When users hover their pointer over the word, an ad bubble that relates to the keyword appears. If the users are interested, they click on the ad to go to the advertiser's site. It couldn't be simpler!

AdSense and InfoLinks: Does it work for the same page?
Yes, you can monetize your website with in text ads together with Google AdSense ads. AdSense has become such a standard monetization tool that you can see it alongside any other method of online advertising. With a trusted in text ads provider you can be sure that there will be no technical clashes with AdSense ads, and also, Google does not have anything against in-text ads.

Will In Text Ads affect AdSense Revenues?
No, in text ads do not affect AdSense revenues. The possible reasons are probably based on the nature of the click through rate (CTR). It seems that the type of visitor that clicks on a banner-like ad from AdSense (these ads surround the text) is different than the type of visitor that clicks on the in text ads within the content. They don’t replace one click by the other and therefore there is no influence on the earnings. One exception to this general statement is that when in text ads are just added to an existing website, they sometime get more attention than usual for a short while, but as the double underline links become more familiar, it all goes back to normal.

How much Revenue can In text Ads add on top of AdSense?
This is a tricky question since earnings from online ads differ widely depending on many different factors. Based on the feedback of the users, who already implemented both advertising types on their pages, in most cases, with a good in text ads provider, your website revenues should not be less than half of the AdSense revenues (on top of the AdSense earnings). If you get less than that, you should look closely in the in text ads optimization approaches for the better site monetization.

More reasons to add In Text Ads to your Google AdSense equipped page
As we mentioned earlier, in text ads are not an AdSense alternative, but an AdSense supplement.
If you are already using AdSense ads on your website, it means that you’ve acknowledged the fact that ads are going to interrupt your visitors’ attention while they browse through your content. In fact, with the growing portion of flash banners within AdSense ads, they become more and more intrusive, grabbing your visitors’ attention away from the original content. If so then adding in text ads on top of AdSense is both logical and beneficial. In text ads are not as jumpy as flash banners, they are opened only upon your visitors’ active choice (when they hover over with the mouse), and they add substantially to your revenues. In text ads make sense together with Google AdSense.

Warning over In Text Ads use!
While most of the internet observers are giving positive feedback on the In Text Ads usefulness and future potentials, I want to present an opposite point of view to make the topic evaluation more leveraged.

At a first sight this advertising method represents a good way for online publishers to generate some money from their websites. But some experts think that you should stay away from it because it might be considered as quite an intrusive form of advertising, going against the main principles of web usability.

The hyperlink navigation structure is one of the most basic and most important features of the Internet. You should think twice before messing up with it. Check out the words of Jacob Nielsen, a web usability guru:
One of misery design’s most insidious recent examples is the idea of embedding links to advertising on the actual words of an article using a service like IntelliTxt. By sullying the very concept of navigation, such ads not only damage the user experience on the host site, they poison the well for all websites. Such links make users even less likely to navigate sites, and more likely to turn to trusted search engines to guide them to the next page.

Probably, the best way to test the concept is to run it. At least, I am going to try it first just on one of my sites to see, what is the income level, how can that affect to the general traffic, repetitive visits, bouncing rates, etc. Based on the evaluation results, I am going to make the final decision, is that good or bad for my blogs.

Sources and Additional Information

Blog Carnival - Bringing more traffic to your blog - 15-th Ed.

Welcome to the September 18, 2009, 15-th edition of "Bringing more traffic to your blog" Blog Carnival. Some statistics: Submitted Articles - 167. Published Articles - 43. I want to thank all the authors contributing to the issue. Some articles were excluded from the review, since their topic of discussion did not match the main target of the carnival. I am sorry, that not all submissions were accepted, as some of the excluded articles carried a significant value.

blogtips presents Free Online Article Spinner Rewriter List posted at Glowicki ProBlogger - Blogging Tips, saying, "See test of all free online article spinners, verify which one works best!"

Ernest Nunnally presents Getting quality content for your blog posted at, saying, "All Internet marketing guides stress the importance of using only quality content for the blog pages, yet, the question remains: how can one decide which is good content and which not? I simply suggest that we start from the very nature of the blog: a highly informational and personal site which tackles with subjects in a specific domain. Hence, when designing the blog, don’t make it too complex, stick to the simple structures that allow users to perform actions easily on the page. The frame should also be very simple and the eventual ads and links need to naturally blend in the content of the blog as such. Web design provides the great advantage of using similar fonts and formats, so that only some elements on the page should stand out."

Ace presents Internet Marketing For Beginners: Social Site Marketing posted at Internet Marketing Ace.

Robert Alan presents Guide to Optimizing Your Landing Page Copy posted at Sell It on the Web, saying, "Here’s some tips and advice on how to best optimize the landing pages on your website to improve your sales conversion."

David presents 30 Motivation Hacks for Bloggers posted at David Turnbull.

David presents 37 Ways to Make Blogging Easier posted at Daily Blog Tips.

Debbie Ducker presents Learn the top blog traffic generation methods of 2009 posted at Ducker Promotion Ezine.

Tim presents Bing SEO - How Does it Differ To Google? posted at Search Engine Optimisation.

Tim presents Blogger or Wordpress? Which is More SEO Compatible posted at Search Engine Optimisation.

Ace presents 3 Easy Techniques That Increase Website Traffic posted at Internet Marketing Ace.

Brian Terry presents Does website design really matter? posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Thursday Bram presents Getting Involved in Social Media: What Should You Be Promoting? posted at

Ray presents Blogging To Make Money Online posted at Money Blue Book.

Andre Nilsen presents Article Writing and Promotion: Be concise and give titles posted at QualityNetworkers.

Sell It on the Web presents Bootstrapping Your Website Design and Development with WordPress posted at Sell It on the Web, saying, "Some recommendations and advice on how to bootstrap your website design and development using WordPress."

Keith Gloster presents Blog Carnival - Submit an Article to a Carnival posted at Web Traffic Getting Tips, Tools, saying, "In today"

Andre Nilsen presents Internet Marketing For Beginners posted at QualityNetworkers.

Alex_Sysoef presents How To Get More Traffic To Your Blog posted at Make Money Blogging, saying, "Today I"

Tim presents Increase Your Search Traffic Instantly posted at Search Engine Optimisation.

GreatManagement presents Stop losing website visitors with this simple task posted at We Build Your Blog, saying, "Do you often click on a web page, see that it takes too long to load and you just skip it or close it down?Your web pages have to load under 10 seconds, otherwise you could be losing a lot of potential visitors.So how do you check and what can you do about it?"

GreatManagement presents 3 dead easy ways to get extra traffic posted at The Digital Archives, saying, "What will induce people to visit your site?"

Brian Terry presents You’re Mailing To Your List Too Often! posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Larry Payne presents Article Submission posted at Business Software Downloads, saying, "Article marketing has beginner, intermediate and advanced stages to it and no matter what skill level you’re at, you can still submit articles to drive traffic to your website."

Debbie Foster presents Driving Traffic to Your Website is The Name of The Game posted at Internet Income - The Journey.

Alex_Sysoef presents Importance Of Planning For Social Networks Failure posted at WordPress Web 2.0 How-To Spot-er, saying, "With so many conversations these days targeting importance of doing social marketing to promote your blog on sites like Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed I feel I have to talk about"

Christian Russell presents How to Build a Massive Blogging Business With Only 10 Subscribers posted at Next Level Blogger.

GreatManagement presents Article Marketing Tutorial posted at The Digital Archives, saying, "A free easy way to complete research for your articles and article marketing."

GreatManagement presents Check the competition before deciding upon your chosen keyword phrases posted at We Build Your Blog, saying, "In this video I share with you another free way to determine the "

Andre Nilsen presents Free Online Directories posted at QualityNetworkers.

John M presents How to get Google to send you Traffic | posted at, saying, "How I managed to get Google to finally see my WordPress blog and send it traffic."

Christian Russell presents A Key to Blogging Success: Fun is Mandatory posted at Next Level Blogger.

Andre Nilsen presents Get More Website Traffic - Lifeblood of Your Online Business posted at QualityNetworkers.

Debbie Foster presents Do Link Exchanges The Right Way posted at Internet Income - The Journey.

Michael Hogg presents 5 Ways SEO Can Help Affiliate Marketers posted at

Ziki presents Youtube Keyword Research Tool (Video SEO) posted at Make Money with Youtube.

Jeremy Zongker presents Choosing the Right Domain Name posted at Reliable Writers.

Tim presents Increase Organic Search Engine Traffic The Easy Way posted at Search Engine Optimisation.

Evan Gould presents Free Website Traffic With Myspace posted at Internet Income Formula.

Shay Weiner presents See How Subscribers can Leverage your Blog and some Tips posted at Place For Bloggers, saying, "I still remember the amazing filling I had the first time I signed into my feedburner account, and saw that someone subscribed to my feed."

Greg Nemer presents 15 Step By Step SEO Tips For Writing Blog Posts posted at INTERNET MARKETING WITH PURPOSE, saying, "In this detailed article you’ll discover how to write blog posts that achieve maximum SEO (Search Engine Optimization) benefits. It’s my personal plan for writing blog posts. I use it to generate lots of back-links to my blog. I want to share this strategy with you."

Sell It on the Web presents Tips and Advice on Blog Carnivals posted at Sell It on the Web, saying, "Great tips and advice on how to get the most out of blog carnivals."

Tim presents Understanding Your Ranking Position in Google posted at Search Engine Optimisation.

Shay Weiner presents How To Promote your Blog in Forums without Turning into a Spammer | Place For Bloggers posted at Place For Bloggers, saying, "a must read for beginners."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of bringing more traffic to your blog using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Blogger has introduced expandable post summaries in blog posts

Finally! Blogger has introduced After the Jump a feature which lets you create expandable post summaries in your blog posts, so longer posts appear as an intro with a link to Read More.

Creating jump breaks in your blog posts can be easily done right from the post editor, without the need for any HTML changes.

The only thing you have to do is to add this code into the post editor:
 <!-- more --> 

Take a look at this post that explains in detail how to implement expandable post summaries.

What are the Most Popular Platforms among Top Bloggers?

I use Blogger for all my blog hosting needs. I have heard that there are some other blogging platforms, and the most competitive to our Blogger is, definitely, WordPress. I even reviewed the differences in one of my posts, but overall for me the blogging world was divided between two ruling blogging platforms with small fractions of all others, having a limited, mostly local, influence, like Live Journal in Russia. Maybe, it is the same for you? But also maybe it is time to at least consider more professional solution?

Pingdom performed a very interesting research of which platforms are chosen by the top 100 blogs according to the Technorati rating. Note that there is a notable distinction between blogging services and self-hosted blog software.

  • Blogging services are online services like Typepad, and Blogger, where a third-party is handling the blog software and hosting for you.
  • Blog software is the software you use when you set up and host the platform yourself (using Wordpress, Movable Type, etc).
Review the diagram so you can get a quick overview of which blog platforms (and CMS) are the most popular among the top 100 blogs.

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Blog software (self-hosted)
As you see Wordpress is the most-used platform among self-hosted blogs, which perhaps isn’t a huge surprise. It has more than twice as many blogs in the top 100 as Movable Type, the blog platform that came in second place.
  • Wordpress is used by 27 blogs in the top 100.
  • Movable Type is used by 12 blogs in the top 100.
  • Only 8 of the top 100 blogs use a custom-made blog platform.
  • Drupal is the only general-purpose CMS with any presence worth mentioning, with 4 blogs in the top 100.
Blogging services
Though Wordpress is more popular among the self-hosted blogs than Movable Type, the situation is reversed when it comes to the blogging services based on these blog platforms. Typepad (based on Movable Type) is more popular than (based on Wordpress). Blogger comes in at third place.

That’s at least if you count the commonly available blogging services. If you also count the AOL-owned Blogsmith that is used by Weblogs, Inc., that ends up having almost as many blogs in the top 100 as Typepad, leaving and Blogger in a distant third and fourth place.

Traditional media like Entertainment Weekly, CNN and Wired often use blogging services for their blogs, and most seem to have chosen Typepad.

  • More than one third of the top 100 blogs use a blogging service.
  • Typepad is used by 16 blogs in the top 100.
  • Blogsmith is used by 14 blogs in the top 100.
  • is used by 5 blogs in the top 100.
  • Blogger is used by 3 blogs in the top 100. (Including, of course, The Official Google Blog.)
Wordpress and Movable Type as a whole
If you combine the hosted and self-hosted versions of Wordpress and Movable Type (i.e. include and Typepad as well), they dominate, claiming 60 of the top 100 blogs.
  • Wordpress + have 32 of the top 100 blogs
  • Movable Type + Typepad have 28 of the top 100 blogs.
Blog networks
Interesting is that two big blog networks have taken a large chunk of the top 100 blogs. In addition to these, Wired has created a small blog empire of its own.
  • AOL-owned Weblogs, Inc. has 14 blogs in the top 100. All use Blogsmith as a blog platform.
  • Gawker Media has 8 blogs in the top 100. Gawker Media uses its own, custom-made blog platform for its blogs.
  • Wired’s blogs are plentiful as well. There are 9 Wired blogs in the top 100, all using Typepad.


Addicted to Twitter

If you thought blogging was an easier way to publish content for the majority of people, consider twitter as a micro-blogging tool. Twitter is one such service which is becoming a rage among bloggers. you come across the twitter gadgets and twitter bookmarks on many popular blogs and websites, which is an indication of growing popularity of twitter. Many of you already know of Twitter and for those who don't know, this is how twitter describes itself.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Twitter has a clean and simple interface, it makes publishing content easier and faster, even simpler than most blogs. once you have registered on-site, you can start posting your updates(not more than 140 chars. at a time), you will eventually get people who will "follow" you around on twitter and make you more popular. Twitter, is the latest tool for blog promotion as well, Register on-site and create your own space on twitter, publish frequent updates using the main site, desktop clients, mobile devices or widgets and gadgets developed by third party and create a fan following, which will send free traffic to your blog.

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Monitor your Blog Activity with Free Woopra Account

When you are running your website or blog, you need to keep the fingers on the pulse of your readers and visitors. One of the best free tools for this purpose is Woopra - the world’s most comprehensive, information rich, easy to use, real time Web tracking  and analysis application.

Woopra delivers the richest library of visitor statistics in the industry, and does it within an unmatched user interface designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well as highly intuitive. The application consists of a small script on your page and additional downloaded tool for your PC.

Woopra shows your visitors as they come in (with all usual details such as browser, country, referral site, etc..) and navigate through your site, tracing the visited pages.

Woopra comes in handy to check which of your posts propagate visitors through your site rather than have them bounce off after the first read.

Woopra also offers the standard summarized and graphed page visits, referrals, user characteristics. And everything in real time! Handy comes in the user tagging tool, alerting you when a particular user comes in, which allows you to catch the spammers an easy way.

Main Features in Details

Live Tracking and Web Statistics

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Woopra’s revolutionary server architecture, combined with its intuitively designed client software, enables seamless tracking of visitors. Webmasters can track over 40 different statistical events and analytics. Never before has so much information been instantaneously available to Webmasters.

Most analytical and site statistics are updated once a day at the least, or several times during the day. With Woopra, you get live track of visitors coming and going and moving through your site. You get the stats now.

Real-Time Analytics

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Woopra redefines Web Analytics by enabling instantaneous information transfer combined with the ability to immediately act on each action. Woopra changes website management discussions from “how should we change things in the future” to “what should we do right now?”

Webmasters can respond faster to sudden influxes in traffic and help monitor trends in search and traffic patterns. Woopra helps web owners generate content based upon customer needs and trends now, not after the fact.

Deep Analytic and Search Capabilities

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Woopra breaks the Web statistics mold by allowing lightning quick search functionality along any data point in the system. What information do you need to help you manage and develop your site? Specific user names, IP addresses, geographic locations, user browsing data, visitor history, visitor paths, arrival and departure points - what do you want to know?

The data is searchable. Using the Search panel, you can reach into the data to find specific information about your site’s visitors, learning more about your site’s demographics and loyal readers. Woopra simply digs deeper.

Rich User Interface

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Woopra’s interface was designed to display information clearly and efficiently, without upsetting the balance between design and function. Links to data and various pageviews are easily recognized and accessed. As the program runs on your computer, there are no delays in the response time as comes with web-based programs.

Woopra’s interface is designed to be flexible, with plans for future development of various color schemes and themes. The information is at your finger tips to access a wealth of statistics and data about your site and visitors.

Manage Multiple Blogs and Websites

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Woopra creates a one-stop service for monitoring all your blogs and websites. Through the quick site tabs at the top of the Woopra panel, you have one-click access to your registered blogs.


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Woopra enables websites with both “proactive” and “reactive” chat functionality. Webmasters can remotely initiate sessions with visitors, or embed “Click-to-Chat” buttons within a site to accept inbound requests. This breaks the virtual wall between visitor and webmaster. Customer service sites could offer personal service directly through the Woopra interface, with no installation of software by the visitor. Woopra breaks down the barriers of the static web.

Web Avatars

Avatar's are graphical representation of your online identity that you assume when participating on discussion forums, blogging or in any of the social networking sites like orkut, technorati, digg etc. There are variety of images available freely on the internet which you can choose as your own avatar. An avatar is like your first impressions, which people notice instantly and as it's said "First impression is the best impression".

Check out the following sites for some cool, funny and awesome free avatars

Hand Drawn Social Bookmarking Icon Sets

Hand Drawn Social Bookmarking Icon Sets

Hi friends this is a collection of 12 beautiful hand drawn Social Bookmarking Icon sets for your Blog or Website. Enjoy this cool collection of icons and don't forget to give your valuable comments about these icons as they matter a lot.

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Hand Drawn Social Bookmarking Icon Sets

Black Magic Marker Social Bookmarking Icons

108 free high resolution Simple Black Magic Marker Social Bookmarking Icons By My Site My Way

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Free Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set for Bloggers

Set of free hand drawn doodle icons by Spoon Graphics

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Handy Icons

24 free and exclusive vector icons by Web Designer Depot

Hand Drawn Social Bookmarking Icon Sets

Handycons: a free, hand drawn social media icon set

Free, hand drawn social media icon set containing 12 icons by Janko At Warp Speed

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Handycons 2 - another free hand drawn icon set

Icon set containing 20 more hand drawn icons by Janko At Warp Speed

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Hand drawn social media icons by TheG-Force

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Free Social Networking Hand Drawn Photoshop Shapes

Set of Hand Drawn Social Networking Photoshop Shapes by My Site My Way

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Sketch’d Up Vector Icon Set

Over 100 hand drawn icons in vector format designed by Oliver Twardowski

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20 free Web 2.0 icons (colored pencil version)

Hand drawn Web 2.0 icons by Icon Expo

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19 Free hand-drawn sketch icons

Hand-drawn sketch icons by Charfish Design

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Twhirl - desktop client for the popular microblogging platform Twitter

Twhirl is a Twitter client, written in Adobe AIR, that enables you to manage multiple Twitter accounts from your desktop. You can view and post tweets (with spell checking), read direct messages, get notified of new messages, manage your followers and more. The program also allows you to post images via TwitPic and can automatically shorten your URLs via a variety of services. Other features include the ability to search tweets using Twitter Search and TweetScan, and follow topics in near-real time with saved searches, as well as support for cross-posting to Jaiku, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other sites. Twhirl supports multiple Twitter accounts and also, Friendfeed and Seesmic accounts.

This is multi-platform software, running on both Windows (2000/XP/Vista) and Mac OSX.

Note that Twhirl uses the Adobe AIR runtime and can be installed and used on every system for which AIR is available. Currently, AIR 1.0 supports Windows (2000 SP4, XP SP2 and Vista) and Mac OSX (10.4.9 or newer, 10.5.x). You can download and install AIR from

Main Features:
  • remembering login credentials on user’s computer
  • all-in-one timeline with tweets, replies and direct messages
  • configurable auto-updates for the timeline
  • displaying user’s latest 20 status updates and direct messages sent
  • sending status updates
  • sending replies to other users (with quick buttons on others’ statuses)
  • sending direct messages to other users
  • showing user’s friends and followers
  • deleting own status updates and direct messages
  • input area can be hidden (configurable auto-hiding)
  • multi-account support
  • keyboard shortcuts
  • sys tray / dock icon support
  • audible and visual notifications
  • viewing and (un)setting favorites
  • (un)following users
  • auto-updating the program
  • changeable color schemes
  • searching for public tweets (powered by terraminds)
  • filtering the timeline.
You can get more information, and download the software from the developers website:

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