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Does Google Rank You Higher If You Have AdSense?

November 8th, 2007 posted by · 4 Comments

Does Google love your site more and rank it higher if you have AdSense on it? I received this question from a reader yesterday who was asking how Google ranks a site differently if you have AdSense on it. As far as I know, there’s a slight chance your site may rank higher with AdSense on it, as opposed to a site that doesn’t. It actually makes sense once you think about it – Google wants its publishers to get the most exposure and in turn have their advertisers using AdWords spend more.

I posted this question on a few message boards to find out what others had to say. Most of the readers have heard about this debate before and it’s actually a split issue. Some webmasters believe it doesn’t matter if you have AdSense or not, you can still rank among the top results for your keyword.

I did some research of mine and the results were in favour of what I had thought from the start. Take a look for yourself.

Google Search Results

Google Search Results

Google Search Results



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4 Comments so far
  1. Michael Woo MyAvatars 0.2

    I don’t think Adsense would play apart in this – but if you subscribe to Adwords – I think that you’ll definitely rate higher I guess :)

    If you do a search in my new blog Michael Woo you see michaelwoo.net ranks in the top 10 in just 1 day when it got listed..

  2. david MyAvatars 0.2

    Is good to use adsense if that is true =).

  3. Chris Jacobson MyAvatars 0.2

    I’d test this out myself, but I’m banned from AdSense for no apparent reason. 👿

  4. nmw MyAvatars 0.2

    Michael Woo makes a good point — having a domain name that matches the search query naturally is the most important factor (which is also quite reasonable, if you think about it).

    This is why I refer to search engines such as Google.COM and Live.COM as the “white pages” to the web.