Google's earnings: What future for plunging AdSense business?

Summary:AdSense represents about one-third of total revenues and is important to lots of media companies.

AdSense is the red line...


Googgle’s [$GOOG] fourth quarter 2013 financial report is due after close of markets tomorrow (January 30) and the numbers I’ll be looking at will be for its AdSense advertising network — about one-third of total revenues — which has been plunging for the past three quarters. 

AdSense revenues are generated by showing Google ads on third-party web sites. Large media companies such as New York Times are part of the AdSense network. There’s also lots of smaller publishers that rely on the nearly $13 billion that Google paid out in 2012.  If there are problems in generating AdSense revenues, it will affect many media companies, too.

I was the only one to report on the Adsense plunge three months ago: 

Analysis: What Future For Google's Troubled $12.7bn AdSense Network?

Some Silicon Valley reporters would rather follow a car that drives itself than follow the money. 

Topics: Google


In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to become a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley. Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leading comput... Full Bio

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