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Is Facebook’s AdSense finally on the way?

Some investors and analysts are increasingly bullish on Facebook’s prospects for solving the social networking monetization riddle, something reflected in the recent increase in the company’s share price.

Assuming that they’re right, one thing remains to be seen: what Facebook’s cash cow will be. One thing is not in question, however: there is no shortage of monetization ideas the company could conceivably pursue.

Five big mistakes made by publishers

Publishing may be a tough business all around these days, but thanks to the internet, there are more publishers than ever.

Many of them won’t survive, of course. And the ones that die won’t just be traditional publishers that fail to adapt to the internet; there are plenty of digital publishers making potentially fatal mistakes too.

Five ways publishers lose ad revenue

Despite the fact that paid content and premium services are back in
fashion today, a significant number of online publishers still rely
wholly or partially on advertising revenue.

Yet many of them shoot themselves in the foot by engaging in behavior
that limits their potential to generate ad revenue instead of boosting
it.

CBS Interactive to go it alone with online ad sales

Ad networks: good or bad? That’s a debate that’s been raging for years. On one hand, ad networks serve a purpose in moving inventory that isn’t being sold in-house. On the other, some argue that they do more harm than good by devaluing that inventory.

Some big online publishers, including ESPN, have already ditched ad networks. But now the online media industry is set to watch as the largest online publisher to date says sayonara to ad networks.