ScribeFire Ads – Easier than Google AdSense?

The first and only product I have tried for generating revenue from web sites has been Google AdSense.  It appealed to me because it supposedly generates ads, both text and graphics, based on the contents of the site.  However, after a few months, I have yet to see an ad that is remotely close to my site’s contents.  Not only that, but Google prefers to generate as many text ads as possible to fit into its available space, instead of generating big graphics ads.  Text ads are less appealing to visitors, but the more ads there are, the more money Google can make without necessarily paying the site owner.

In short, Google AdSense sucks — it’s that simple!  It barely generates a few pennies a week, and the minimum payout is $100.  That means that an average small site would not get its first check in years (if ever).  My site, unfortunately, falls into the will-never-receive-a-check-from-Google category. 🙁

I always wanted to try ads from different companies, but it seemed too cumbersome to sign up for different programs and manage code from different sites.  Last week, while blogging with the ScribeFire plug-in for Firefox, I saw an advertisement for ScribeFire ads.  Their value proposition is that they can manage ads from different companies while the site owner only needs to manage ads in a central place.  I checked it out, and although it took a few days to populate, I can now see my dashboard:

ScribeFire Dashboard 1
ScribeFire Dashboard 2

Having a centralized place for ads from many different companies sounds like a viable alternative.  The best part is being able to setup not only text and graphics ads, but also in-text ads.  This type of ad grabs keywords from its web page and highlights them.  When a visitor hovers over the keyword, an AJAX bubble pops up showing the advertisement.  This seems very unobtrusive.  Since it uses keywords within the site, it is even closer to the site’s contents than AdSense.

ScribeFire In-Text Ad

The only problem so far is that ScribeFire requires JavaScript, which could be a problem with hosting services like Google Sites.

So far, ScribeFire looks very cool and very easy to manage.  I guess only time will tell how well it performs.

About Gabriel Mongefranco

Gabriel Mongefranco is your software developer for all things data: extraction, integration, analytics and security. He is also a blogger, a poet, a proud father and a faithful Christian. He is always eager to contract with faith-based nonprofits! Learn more.