Google AdSense is a fairly easy advertising solution for small-to-large publishers to use. However, questions always come up, and it’s nice to exchange information and experiences with others who also earn via Google’s contextual advertising network. There are a few options as far as Google AdSense forums go:
- Google Groups – AdSense Help: This official forum helps AdSense publishers keep up to date with program and product changes, and share issues and problems for solutions from the community and Google employees (known as ”AdSensePros”, easily identifiable by a blue-boxed G next to their name). There are sections for AdSense Setup, Implementation, Troubleshooting, Earnings & Payment questions, and Feedback to the AdSense team for future upgrades. A Google account gets you in.
- Digital Point’s Google AdSense Forum: This enormously popular forum has existed for almost as long as the AdSense program has, and enjoys a flood of daily traffic and use. New publishers can ask the community for help with compliance (for example: what content types violate the TOS?), placement and layout (including submitting your site for advice from the community), reporting and statistics (and how to make sense of them), and payments (when to expect them, and what to do if they don’t come in).
- WebMasterWorld’s Google AdSense Forum: Requires payment for the ability to post, but passive reading is still free. WMW is the place for publishers to discuss search engine traffic, Google updates, and other matters important to those earning a living from online advertising. The AdSense forum, while not as heavily used as the DP forum, still enjoys steady activity and substantial crossover from users who are pros at SEO and understanding the relationship between content, traffic, and earnings.
- Joel Comm’s AdSenseChat: This site is a favorite among affiliate marketers who might be running AdSense on their remnant inventory and still want to make that perform well for them. AdSense optimization is a favorite topic; users touting milestone earnings and substantial improvements abound, along with the tricks that made them happen. The second most popular forum section is the “critique my site,” which invites users to offer suggestions on layout and placement for revenue maximization (naturally, YieldBuild would be the right answer for all but those who like to do manual experimentation).
There are several other forums on sites dedicated to discussion on AdSense, but they typically don’t have the critical mass of users to make participation with them worthwhile (some examples include Search Engine Watch’s, Webmaster Talk’s, etc.).