I’m spending over $1,000 a year on my SmileZone site.
Given my expenditures AND the fact that I’m still unemployed, I decided to do something seemingly unholy… adding text and small graphical advertisements to my site, including my blog. My main site had contained advertisements previously, but I had hesitated ‘sullying’ my blog.
Have you ever seen a blog with corporate-type ads? I mean, besides this one now. I haven’t.
Sure, I’ve seen blogs begging for donations, but the only other ‘profit’ orientedness I’ve seen is the occasional commission-based amazon.com link or text-ad bought by fellow bloggers.
Are profits and quality writing perceived to be mutually exclusive? Do people fear that when they put up an ad for, say, auto insurance, that anything they say about cars or insurance will thereafter be suspect?
Or do people figure that their faithful readers will turn up their noses and run away in disgust and/or horror at the blog author’s “selling out”?
Maybe it’s something more goofily practical; perhaps most blog owners are less savvy about selling ad space or assessing and using affiliate programs, and so on.
Or maybe bloggers just figure they don’t have a big enough audience to make more than a buck or two a year off of ads.
I really don’t know.
What do you, my humble readers think? Do you view blogs and their authors differently when the blogs contain ads? How does the content or format of the ads affect your perceptions?
I’m eager to hear your thoughts on this. Oh, and in the meantime, it wouldn’t kill you to click on an ad or two. 🙂
UPDATE, June 21:
I take back my earlier suggestion inviting you to click on ads on my site. Though earlier ads on my site were based upon CPA (click-per-action) — meaning that advertisers wouldn’t pay unless you actually bought something — newer ads on my site (in particular, the Google ones) cost advertisers money when you click on them. Therefore, it’d be unethical and bad-karma-inducing for me to advocate willy-nilly click-thrus. If there’s an ad on my site that you’re genuinely interested in exploring, great! But please don’t click on ads for any other reason. Thanks! 🙂