So, they’re not exactly the quickest way to raise funds. However, when every penny helps, even the little bit that a click on one of the ads earns is significant.
I’ve only had them up since last night, and just between my own clicking and whoever else has taken the time to open and close a web page they’ve already made a little bit of money! (Google policy does not allow you to encourage people to click the ads, and clicking your own ads is forbidden.) So, every time you visit this site, I beg you to click on an ad. I don’t put up a Paypal button here. I’ve never had ads on the site for my own benefit. And I almost never ask you to do anything beyond laughing and pointing at the monkeys in the cage (that would be us). The least you could do is spend 5 seconds being annoyed by some dumb advertisement.
If you have your own site, consider doing the same thing. At the same time, shoot off an e-mail to Google to ask them to have these funds automatically sent to the Red Cross. Scott Hanselman’s idea is a good one, but it takes numbers.
If you want to copy my e-mail, please feel free.
Subject: AdSense donations for disaster relief
Please, consider the idea going around the blogosphere of creating a pool of AdSense revenue that can be donated to tsunami disaster relief. I know that you don’t pay out to individuals until the earnings reach a certain level. However, if 100,000 blogs earned a mere 75-cents each from click-thrus and that were pooled together, that’s $75,000 for disaster relief!!
On the humanitarian side, this would be an awesome gesture from one of the internet’s premiere companies. Looking at it more cynically, this should be the Google publicity department’s dream.