Adsense and EeePC : oil and water

12/07/08

Permalink 04:53:23 pm, by neilb Email , 229 words, 5073 views   English (US)
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Adsense and EeePC : oil and water

As a recent upgrade to my EeePC blog musings I decided to sign-up for AdSense. The hit rates to the site suggested that I should just be able to cover my web costs. However, due to the way that AdSense integrates with a webpage, any one surfing to my site with a standard EeePC will not see any ads. So not only am I way late to the AdSense party, I forgot the beer and they won’t let me in. Of course to many the ads will be no great loss, but not good for me.:'(

The reason behind this problem is that AdSense uses iframes to wire up its context sensitive ads with a given webpage. Unfortunately the default firefox browser on the EeePC does not support this technique and consequently no ads appear to those who read my blog using an EeePC which given that that is the topic of my blog is not very useful. In the process I’ve discovered that about 10% of the people who do visit the site are not using firefox, so I’m still getting some page count revenue but not at the level I was hoping.

Now I need to figure out if there is a “google-legal” way around the issue.

Out of interest here is user-agent info on the EeePC default browser.

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.8.1.7) Gecko/20070914 Firefox/2.0.0.7

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