21 Jun 09
25 Jun 11 2:01 am
Well I will just say this, I turned a site that followed AB 100% but only made 1 sale in one year to a adsense site and now its making .50 a day, not astronomical but at least it is gaining a steady flow. Now I just have to work hard on the site to get more rankings etc.
Why I say this as having any significance is for the fact that the way that the ads where placed on the site is pretty much identical. People just seemed more apt to clicking on the Google ad then the text or image for the Clickbank products.
I'm sure I probably could have tested this better but I am working on different projects now that are more fruitful then this particular site, so I will get round to it someday.
If you haven't looked at it yet I highly recommend you Google SEO heatmap (make sure to use Google Images), it will show you what parts of a given site will be more likely to receive clicks. It will show you where a good place to have your ads should be as well.
To answer your question, from my experience with this particular site I will say it most definitely can hurt your site's affiliate links and opt in. The good news is if you aren't making money you can see some kind of gain.
But to be honest and fair I used adsense as a last resort as I was completely pissed off at this site lol. Run through all of your options first and test the crap out of em I say. And know upfront that you need to earn a minimum of $100 through Google Adsense before they send you a check. A very long time if you are making anything less than a couple dollars a day haha.