Ads vs AdSense

Recently one of our designers ask me “What’s the difference between ‘Ads’ and ‘AdSense?'” With it being so long since I had to actually articulate the differences, it took me a bit to come up with a simple answer that made sense. Basically I said that Ads is for those looking to promote and advertise their businesses on the web, and AdSense is for website owners looking to make some money by placing some advertising on their site.

Now, knowing how quickly things change these days (did you know that they actually say coffee is good for you? Wait, now they say it’s bad for you.), I wanted to check out the official difference from Google itself.

To make a short search story long (come on, do you think Google would make it hard to find the answers in their own search engine?), I had it basically right. Besides a few extra paragraph of marketing fluff, my explanation of Ads vs AdSense was spot on (see for yourself: Ads here and AdSense here).

Now, I also wanted to see if others had the same question. The answer: a resounding YES. See all the posts that come up when you search for ‘ads vs adsense.’ Quite a bit.

Let us know if there are other questions that you, your designers, your developers or your friends may have that we can help answer and spread the knowledge.

About Brian McGrath

Over the past 20 years, Brian has experienced many aspects of marketing, including brand management, copywriting, campaign coordination, paid search marketing, social media marketing and internet marketing. Brian now uses this knowledge to help our clients maximize their presence on the internet. His expertise in all things marketing gives our clients – and the Mannix Marketing SEO team – a distinct advantage in all areas of search. His extraordinary analytic skills provide SEO, social media and paid search clients with real, measurable results. To maintain his cutting edge expertise, Brian stays current on the latest trends in social media and digital marketing by reading industry publications, attending conferences, and consulting with peers.