Monday, 17 May 2010 00:00
How much money does Google keep for itself from AdSense ads that publishers carry? Unless you’re a big publisher, Google — which preaches “data liberation” — doesn’t say. But thanks to an anti-trust investigation in Italy, Google may share how much it keeps. At least, that is, to Italian newspaper publishers.
It’s a simple enough thing to provide. Google brokers ads for web sites, keeping some of what an advertiser will spend for itself. Imagine that an advertiser agrees to pay $1 per click for an ad distributed through Google’s AdSense network. Google might pay publishers carrying that ad 90% of the amount — or 75% — or 50% — or whatever it decides. Publishers themselves aren’t told how much is kept.