Your Feedback On Sponsored Ads


Today, for those of you who may have any knowledge or experience with sponsored ads, I would greatly appreciate your feedback.

Allow me to start off by saying that bloggers who choose to host sponsored ads on their blogs has never, ever bothered me. It takes time, effort, dedication, and consistency to blog, therefore if a blogger can make even a small profit through what he or she enjoys doing, then why not? Yet, pop-up ads or ads that are plastered over every inch of a blog to the point where I can’t even FIND the post is a bit overkill.

I also think it’s important that a blogger sponsor ads that they genuinely feel consciousness about.

I myself have never wanted to post sponsored reviews on my blog, but again, if some bloggers wish to do that I see nothing wrong with it.

Anyway, the point of this post is to say that within the past three weeks, I’ve gotten five emails from companies offering to compensation me for running a sponsored ad on the sidebar of my blog.

To be honest, I've often thought about the possibility of offering ad space on my blog, yet have never actively pursued it. But since these companies are suddenly approaching me first, I’m taking it as a sign that perhaps it’s time to see if I can make some extra income by creating an Advertising Info Page on the navigation tab below my header.

I’ve done a bit research on what the average and above average rate is for running ads on a blog, but it’s all very vague. So I’m having difficulty in coming up with a ‘fee menu’ on what to charge for a monthly rate. I do realize that fees for ads will vary, depending on the size of the ad. But so far, the rates that have been offered to me seem ludicrous.

I had one company offer me $100.00 for THREE YEARS to run a sponsored ad on my sidebar.

I also had another company offer me $40.00 to run a sponsored banner for a YEAR.

To me, these offers just sound WAY too low.

I read a very interesting chapter in a book last week where a professional blogger gave his advice to those who wanted to run ads on their blogs, in which he said that it’s very important not to undersell yourself, even when you first start out placing ads on your blog. I realize that what a blogger charges for ad space, greatly depends on their blog statistics – traffic, page ranking, readership, etc.

I’ve had this blog for almost 5 years now, and am very blessed and fortunate to have a loyal following and readership. My stats are not HUGE, but they’re not small.

I just recently checked my Stat account, and on the average I get over 8,000 unique visits per month, January I got over 12,000. So I do get a bit of traffic and think it might be a good idea to try offering ad space on this blog and just see how it goes.

I mean if I don't try it I'll never know the experience.

And I’m not only posting this today for myself, but also for anyone else here who has ever considered doing this.

It can be like a learning forum.

Therefore, if you have any advice or tips as to where we could find out more information, or have first-hand experience with ads yourself, please let us know.

Thanks everyone!

Have a SUPER week!

57 comments

  1. Go for it. I've never considered advertising on my blog but I don't have an issue with those that do. Three years sounds a long time to commit to something like that to me though. Do let us know how it goes Ron. x

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  2. Hi Ron. I only briefly thought of having advertisements on my blog. The reason I didn't take it up was twofold: (a) the reward was a mere pittance and not worth the effort, and (b) my blog is already crowded with 'my' stuff. I have seen other blogs where advertising has almost but not quite taken over. I wouldn't want that.

    You seem to done sufficient delving so if you think it will work in 'your' favour then why not go for it. Long term commitment might not be a good thing if you chance your mind. Often a payment is made only when a viewer actually clicks on an advert, so beware of that.

    Good luck, whatever you decide. Have a fabulous week.

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  3. Hey Ronnie
    I know we talked some about this when I was in Philadelphia. And, I've been pretty much thinking about you everyday and the fact that it hits the evening and I'm in the middle of something and haven't got around to calling you back yet. Ugh! I apologize.
    Anyway, I would say $100 a month not a year. Although, I realize that may be asked for blogs with a bit higher traffic but since you're on the fence about it anyway I wouldn't sell yourself short. You've worked so hard on this site and if you can make some extra income from it, you should do it. I feel strongly about that. Hey, if I ever get around to getting that book published, I'm going to have something on the sidebar promoting it. I think as long as whatever you put up is tasteful and doesn't distract from your posts. It does kind of bum me out when sites have ads above their banners but even that's not the end of the world if it's not too overwhelming.
    I'd say tread with caution but go for it. And, let other businesses like Etsy sellers about buying advertising. Personally, I love finding new Etsy sellers to buy from and follow. To me, that's value added and you get compensated.

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  4. I'm anxious to hear from other folks, too. I don't know anything about the subject, Ron. But GO YOU!!! 12,000 hits in a month!!!!

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  5. Good morning, Ron!

    I am in no way able to answer your post, but I will offer my encouragement and support as well as congratulate you on at least being offered a fee for advertising on your blog!

    I think you are right though. It does sound a bit low.

    I think you're worth at least a hundred thousand a month ;)

    Have a wonderful week, Ron!

    XOXO

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  6. Ron, go over to ~ http://dangerouslilly.com/ Lily is NSFW but she has some of the BEST blog advertising and reviewing info on the web. She's direct and honest. She also will answer your questions and is really helpful

    Yes, those fees sound way too low.

    Have a great week, bro!

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  7. I honestly don't know what the "going rate" is. I had a company contact me a few weeks ago but wanted me to contact them to "discuss"...I didn't reply as I'm not interested. I don't care if people run ads, but when the blog is overtaken and the writing content changes to giveaways instead of writing, I lose interest. I've stopped following ones who've been "taken over" with that with the exception of one blog....I stay with this one because the writing is fantastic, not to mention hilarious! I suppose it rests in balance; the key thing is that the blogger keeps his/her own unique voice.

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  8. Gosh, Ron, I wish I could give you advice, but I never did this sort of thing. But as you say, you won't know what's like until you do it, so you might as well give it a try. Good luck and have a great week, buddy!

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  9. Good morning Akelamalu~

    "Three years sounds a long time to commit to something like that to me though."

    That's exactly what I thought myself. THREE YEARS!?!?!? And how do I/they even know if I'm going still have this blog in three years? I just thought that was a bit odd to ask to commit to.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, m'dear! Muchly appreciated.

    Have a great week......X

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  10. Hello Valerie~

    " I have seen other blogs where advertising has almost but not quite taken over. I wouldn't want that."

    I've seen that on some blogs too (ugh), and no, I wouldn't want that either. I'm thinking more of running small 125/125 banners on my sidebar.

    I know the reward in running ads will not be something I could live off, but to slowly start making some extra profit from doing what I enjoy (writing), is more what I'm thinking of.

    "Often a payment is made only when a viewer actually clicks on an advert, so beware of that."

    Yes, that's very true, however the offers I've been getting are only to host their ads, the profit would not be based on how many clicks or purchases a reader would make.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your input on this post, dear lady. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!
    X

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  11. Hey there Bijoux~

    Thanks for your support, my friend. Yes, once I can figure out what to charge as a monthly fee, I'm going to give it a go.

    I mean what not, right? I'm never going to know if I don't at least try it.

    Have a SUPER week, and thanks so much for stopping by!

    X

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  12. Hey there Jen~

    Yes, I do remember us talking about this when you were in Philly back in September.

    "And, I've been pretty much thinking about you everyday and the fact that it hits the evening and I'm in the middle of something and haven't got around to calling you back yet. Ugh! I apologize."

    No apologies needed, my friend, we'll talk when the timing is right.

    "I would say $100 a month not a year. Although, I realize that may be asked for blogs with a bit higher traffic but since you're on the fence about it anyway I wouldn't sell yourself short. You've worked so hard on this site and if you can make some extra income from it, you should do it. I feel strongly about that."

    Thank you. That's my feelings exactly, if I can make some profit doing what I enjoy, then why not? Yes, $100 a month would definitely be for a blog with much more traffic than mine, however, I don't think $35-45 a month for a small banner is asking too much. If I can get three or four of those it's an extra $100 in my pocket.

    "It does kind of bum me out when sites have ads above their banners but even that's not the end of the world if it's not too overwhelming."

    I agree, some blogs really overkill with ads. As long as the placement is tasteful and not overwhelming with bells and whistles, I'm okay with it.

    "Personally, I love finding new Etsy sellers to buy from and follow. To me, that's value added and you get compensated."

    Thanks for suggesting Etsy Stores, because I never even thought of that.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing your knowledge, my friend. Greatly appreciated!

    Have a FAB week......X

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  13. Good morning, Diane~

    Thank you so much for your sweet words and support on this, girl!

    (((( You )))))

    I think this is going to be something that I learn as I go along, because there doesn't seem to me a 'set protocol' for fees.

    Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by!

    Muchly appreciated!

    XOXO

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  14. Even though I don't have knowledge or experience with ads, you KNOW I have an OPINION. haha
    And here it is....
    Overall, seeing an ad or two on a blogger's page isn't a big deal. Hey, it might be a way to earn a little extra $$ and that can be a good thing! Pages that are full of ads though are distracting as are the ones at the bottom of a page that are moving. I have to click them off! A couple times I was fooled by videos on some pages thinking it was something interesting the person was sharing and it just turned out to be an ad. But now that I know, I just scan past them. Product reviews are fine now and then. It's nice to know a person tried the item and took the time to share their thoughts on it, although sometimes I guess they 'enhance' the review because they ARE being compensated.
    If through your research you find companies you would be comfortable promoting and the compensation is adequate and you don't have to commit to them for a very long time, then it might be a good experience. One you can have some fun and control over.
    I wish I had personal experience to share, rather than just an opinion, but my little business has never been able to afford advertising so I don't know how successful it could be for either party. It's hard enough getting customers from friends who are willing to share and link my page for free let alone paying strangers to do it. haha!

    Good luck, Ron. Whatever you decide I'm sure it will be the right thing for you.

    Have a wonderful week. Hope it stays chilly in Philly! ;) My friend says the Almanac predicted a big snowfall for around the 20th? I'm not interested in a blizzard but the cold weather can stay for awhile.

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  15. Hey SuziCate~

    " I had a company contact me a few weeks ago but wanted me to contact them to "discuss"...I didn't reply as I'm not interested."

    That's great! And I'm not at all surprised because you do get a lot traffic to your blog. The emails I got also asked me to contact them to 'discuss', which I did, but the offers were just too low.

    "I don't care if people run ads, but when the blog is overtaken and the writing content changes to giveaways instead of writing, I lose interest."

    Same here. If other bloggers wish to offer giveaways, that's fine, but it's not something I've ever wanted to do. I've had companies offer me to do that on one of my other blogs and declined.

    "I suppose it rests in balance; the key thing is that the blogger keeps his/her own unique voice."

    EXACTLY. And that's one thing I will insist upon....keeping my own voice and not conforming it to ads.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and feedback, my friend.

    Muchly appreciated!

    Have a SUPER week......X

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  16. Hiya Mel~

    "Wow......you can hire a 'master ghost writer' for $99 a month?
    Seriously? Whatzup with that? Why would ya?"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! I know what you mean, but after researching this topic, that's actually one of the HIGHER paid rates.

    "I do know that it's your corner of the world and you let us visit--so if you wanna put up new curtains, change the flooring or put a few new photos on the wall......go for it!
    If it brings some revenue to you, Wooooooohoooooooo!!!!!"'

    Thank you for encouragement and support, dear lady.

    ((((( You ))))))

    "But I'm pretty sure you'll do the research until you're satisfied. And I'm kinda excited to see if/how it turns out for you. I like adventures! :-)"

    That's exactly how I'm thinking of it.....an ADVENTURE!

    And along the way, I'll be learning stuff.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a stellar week!

    X

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  17. Linda-vulturepeakmuseFebruary 13, 2012

    hi ron,
    sorry...been out of commission all last week with a bad knee...ugh!

    I would give it a try after you research what's best...I hate things that blink tho but otherwise why not?

    mucho lovexox
    linda

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  18. Hey there Rob~

    " But as you say, you won't know what's like until you do it, so you might as well give it a try."

    Thank you. And along the way, I'll be learning something. That's really how I'm thinking about this - a learning experience.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your support, buddy. Muchly appreciated!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  19. Hey there Mary~

    "Even though I don't have knowledge or experience with ads, you KNOW I have an OPINION."

    HAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA! You GO, girl! I LOVE reading your opinions!!!

    And to be honest, I agree with yours....

    " Pages that are full of ads though are distracting as are the ones at the bottom of a page that are moving. I have to click them off!"

    Amen! I've been to some blogs where I can't even find the POST because the ads are placed BETWEEN the posts; making it impossible to read - UGH!

    "Product reviews are fine now and then. It's nice to know a person tried the item and took the time to share their thoughts on it, although sometimes I guess they 'enhance' the review because they ARE being compensated."

    As you know, I do offer reviews on my review blog on products that companies are willing to send me the product to try, however, I don't take compensation other than keeping the product.

    "If through your research you find companies you would be comfortable promoting and the compensation is adequate and you don't have to commit to them for a very long time, then it might be a good experience. One you can have some fun and control over."

    Thank you, that's how I'm thinking of this. Learning, fun, and an experience.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback, neighbor. Always enjoyed and appreciated!

    Have a great week!

    X

    P.S. Yes, I also heard we might be getting a big snowfall this month, and you know me....I'm soooooooooo excited!!!!!

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  20. Good morning Linda~

    Aw shucks....sorry to hear about your knee! I'll send ya some Reiki tonight when I get home from work.

    "I would give it a try after you research what's best...I hate things that blink tho but otherwise why not?"

    Thank you, and no, no blinking - HA!

    Have a great Monday, dear friend. And thank you for stopping by!

    (((((( Linda ))))))

    xoxoxoxoxo

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  21. best of luck with it Ron, I'll be interested to see how it goes for you. fingers crossed!

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  22. ...I think that is fantastic! You go boy! :o)

    ...I do have to say that I think you should call the shots and set your pricing, their offers sound terribly low in my humble opinion. I say that yet I know nothing about the subject so take that with a grain of salt. :o\

    ...You should definitely go for it. I know whatever you choose it would be tasteful and subtle and if it puts a lil' jingle in your pockets then, "yay"! ;o)

    ...Love your Whitney Houston Tribute over there too Ron. I loved her and her voice, so sad to think that voice is now silent but to think how her troubled soul in now finally free and at peace is almost comforting in some odd way. Still, my heart is heavy.

    ...Best Wishes to you my friend on this newest adventure! It really isn't surprising that you were contacted to do this, awesomeness abounds here and it was just a matter of time before the doors of opportunity would start to open. Congrat's to you too! :o) (((hug)))

    ...Happy Monday!

    ...Blessings :o)

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  23. Hey there Lady Nitebyrd~

    Thank you soooooooooooooooo much for sharing that link. Later tonight, when I get home from work, I will definitely check it out because she sounds like someone I could LEARN something from.

    Yes, that's what I thought too....waaaaaaaaaaay too low.

    Again, thanks so much for sharing your feedback. I sooooo appreciate it!

    Have a great week, Sis!

    X ya!

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  24. Hey there Diane~

    Thank you for your support and encouragement, dear friend.

    (((( You ))))

    Have a SUPER week, and thanks for stopping by!

    X to you and Cristybella!

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  25. ...Oops! Here I am! *giggle* I wasn't signed in when I posted my last comment so I dunno what happened. Anyway, it's me. :o)

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  26. Good morning TJ~

    ((((( You )))))

    Thank you so much for your kind support and encouragement.

    "..I do have to say that I think you should call the shots and set your pricing, their offers sound terribly low in my humble opinion. I say that yet I know nothing about the subject so take that with a grain of salt."

    No, you're right, because that's exactly what this gentleman said in his book...call the shots and set your pricing.

    "...You should definitely go for it. I know whatever you choose it would be tasteful and subtle and if it puts a lil' jingle in your pockets then, "yay"!"

    If doing this even brings in a few extra dollars a month, that's all that really matters. I'm not doing this to become a MILLIONAIRE - HA!

    "...Love your Whitney Houston Tribute over there too Ron."

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to that song. Isn't it BEAUTIFUL? I listened to it last night and bawled my eyes out. How sad that she left this world so young. But her legacy will live on forever through the voice she left behind.

    "...Best Wishes to you my friend on this newest adventure!"

    Thank you. And that's how I'm of this....a new adventure in learning something as I go along.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your sweet spirit, TJ.

    Always appreciated. Always enjoyed.

    Have terrific week, dear lady. Hope you're feeling better.

    ((((( You )))))

    X

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  27. Hey TJ~

    Yup....for some reason, even though you weren't signed in, I got your comment. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    X

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  28. Pamela D HartFebruary 13, 2012

    Ron, I had a company approach me about two years ago on my other blog (which I’ve neglected horribly lately) and paid me $100 for a year.


    One thing I did read though was if you’re concerned about YOUR rank on Google, etc., other advertisers COULD affect that.


    But hey, if you’re not worried about your rank and just want to make a hundred bucks or so a month, I say go for it!


    I do use Google Adsense but since my viewership isn’t that large (yet), my revenues aren’t that much. You might want try that since you have high stats. It’s actually quite easy to set up. There’s also another called Viglink that many on Wordpress are using.


    I say research it, and if you think it’s something that could pay off—GO FOR IT!

    Good luck.


    And hey, I have some books on blogging, etc. If you’re interested, I’d be MORE than glad to send them to you!


    ((Hugs))

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  29. Coincidence or what? I've just been invited to participate in advertising. No kidding, just ten minutes ago. Wow, the vibes must be out and about. Interestingly, the invite came to me via the doggy blog, not my usual one. Cheers, enjoy the rest of the day.

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  30. I've often wondered about bloggers who do this and how "profitable" it is. I guess anything is profitable since you're not getting anything as it is! I have no problem with bloggers who advertise on their blog. If I knew how to do it I'd probably do it myself!

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  31. OMG, Valerie.....how IRONIC!!!!!!!!

    Yes, the vibes MUST be out and about!!!!

    Anyway, congrats to you. Go for it, dear lady!!!!!!

    X

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  32. Good morning Pamela~

    "Ron, I had a company approach me about two years ago on my other blog (which I’ve neglected horribly lately) and paid me $100 for a year."

    Can you believe that, a $100 a YEAR?!?!?! That to me, just sounds waaaay too low.

    "One thing I did read though was if you’re concerned about YOUR rank on Google, etc., other advertisers COULD affect that."

    Yes, I did read that at one point. But I believe that's more when it comes to hidden link exchanges and text links, not legit ads.

    "I do use Google Adsense but since my viewership isn’t that large (yet), my revenues aren’t that much. You might want try that since you have high stats. It’s actually quite easy to set up. There’s also another called Viglink that many on Wordpress are using."

    I tried using Google Adsense on my review blog, but because they are 'word' sensitive, I had ads placed on my blog that had nothing to do with what I was blogging about. They even placed ads for dating services and religious groups on my blog, so I removed them. I'm not too keen on Adsense because you have no control over what they advertise for.

    Yes, I think I'm going to do a bit more research and then go for it. I mean what do I have to lose, right? I'm thinking of this as a really good learning experience.

    "And hey, I have some books on blogging, etc. If you’re interested, I’d be MORE than glad to send them to you!"

    Aw....thank you, dear lady, you're a sweetheart!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback and encouragement on this post. MUCHLY appreciated!

    Have a SUPER Monday, Pamela!

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  33. Hiya Peg~

    I think it takes time to make a BIG profit off ads, because the longer you do it, the higher your rates can go. But in the beginning, I think it's minimal.

    "I guess anything is profitable since you're not getting anything as it is!"

    Yup, my sentiments exactly.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback and support, dear friend.

    Greatly appreciated!

    Have a wonderful Monday, Peg........X

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  34. Also, be careful - there are A LOT of scammers out there. Lily will teach you what to look for.

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  35. I've never made a dime from my blog, so I am not going to be very helpful! But, I do think it's an experiment you should look into!

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  36. the rates you mention are exactly what I've been offered
    I've gotten a few inquiries but felt it wasn't worth the effort

    I think it's worth looking into since you know what you want to do and how you want it to look

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  37. Will do, Nitebyrd!

    And thanks again for sharing Lily's link, I will definitely be checking her out.

    X

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  38. Hey there Meleah~

    Thank you for your support and encouragement, girl!

    And that's what I'm thinking this will be....an 'experiment' in trying it out to see what works and what doesn't.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great week!

    X

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  39. Hey there Lady Dianne~

    I could tell by the rates that were offered, they were testing me to see if I would bite, but I declined because they just seemed way too low.

    I think what I'll end up doing is experiment with monthly fees and see what kind of response I get.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your feedback and support, dear lady. Really appreciate it!

    X ya!

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  40. As you are aware, I run a BlogHer ad on my blog. I don't have huge stats so my earnings are pitiful - and I mean pitiful! I decided to leave it there as you never know ;)

    I think advertising on a blog is fine as long as the content outweighs the advertising. So many blogs have slowly let the advertising take over and actually start creeping into their posts.

    I did try 'in post' links for a while and they did pay well. Again, they are fine as long as you fit the links to your post and not the post to your links, as so many do. I was given 4 or 5 links and told to use them whenever and however I wanted to, or not at all if they didn't suit me. That's the way I liked it, but I'm not sure if they all give that freedom.

    I have stopped reading blogs of those who have allowed their content to be governed by advertising. It can't be considered a personal blog once that happens. I also never take on board any sponsored review (in fact I never read them). After all they are paid to write it, so how honest will it be?

    Give it a whirl. You may well find just the right way for you :)

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  41. Hey Ronnie! Hope you had a good weekend! I have heard alot about these sponsored ads and even bought a website www.legallypenned.com to try and do this. However my blog just does not have a big enough following for it to be worth it. So my lonely little website lives on with nothing on the page lol. I think for you however this would be ideal! You get paid for what you love and you certainly have the followers to do so.

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  42. Greetings Shae~

    Always so nice to see your comments! Yes, I had a wonderful weekend and hope you did too!

    At one point a few years ago, I was also thinking about starting another blog where I could just write sponsored reviews, but then ended up changing it to a blog were I can share my own reviews on products that I've used. I still have the blog and write on it, but I don't charge a fee to write a review, I simply ask them to mail me the product to try, and then will ONLY post a review if I LIKE it.

    I think I'm going to do a bit more research on placing ads on this blog and then give a whirl, because I'll never know unless I try it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support, my friend.

    Muchly appreciated!

    Have a GREAT week!

    X

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  43. Hey there Babs~

    Yes, I did notice your banner for BlogHer on your blog. In fact, I've noticed them on several blogs I read. And from what I hear, they're a very reputable.

    "I think advertising on a blog is fine as long as the content outweighs the advertising. So many blogs have slowly let the advertising take over and actually start creeping into their posts."

    I couldn't agree with you more! Once a blog becomes a billboard for advertisements, I stop reading them. It's one thing to make money from ads, but it's another thing when the blog BECOMES the ad.

    "I did try 'in post' links for a while and they did pay well."

    I've never heard of 'in post' links before, so I will have to look into it. Thanks for sharing that with me!

    " I also never take on board any sponsored review (in fact I never read them). After all they are paid to write it, so how honest will it be?"

    In the past few years, I've been contacted to write sponsored reviews, but that's not something I've ever wanted to do here on Vent. I do have a separate blog where I write reviews, but the reviews are based solely on my own use of a product. And I will only share positive reviews, not negative. If someone wants me to write a review for their product I will, but they have to SEND the product to me first. And I don't charge a fee to do it, I only ask that I be allowed to keep the product.

    "Give it a whirl. You may well find just the right way for you."

    Yes, I think I am going to give it a whirl and see how it goes by experimenting with various fees.

    Thanks ever so much for stopping by and sharing your knowledge and experience on this topic. I so appreciate it, my friend!

    Have a great week!

    X to you and Mo!

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  44. Herman TurnipFebruary 13, 2012

    I've been approached, but never even contemplated placing ads on my blog. I get probably 2/3rds the amount of traffic that you do (great stats, btw!), but it felt to me like selling out a bit. But then again, I'm against "the system" (heh). What can I say? It's my natural tendency.

    Just beware of companies with ads that grind your page to a halt. Slow loading blogs are a major cause of readers losing interest. But, whatever you decide, here's hoping for the best. You can bet that I'll still be showing up every week to bug you. ;-)

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  45. Howdy Herman~

    "but it felt to me like selling out a bit. But then again, I'm against "the system" (heh). What can I say? It's my natural tendency. "

    Yes, I understand your feeling COMPLETELY about selling out because in all honesty, that's exactly how I felt when I first started blogging. I felt like it would conflict with my sense of integrity - selling out.

    However, over the past 5 years, I've come to see that I (along with other bloggers) put a great deal of time and energy into bloggging, and that if the ads we sponsor are ads we feel conscious about, why not make some extra income doing what we LOVE to do?

    "Just beware of companies with ads that grind your page to a halt. Slow loading blogs are a major cause of readers losing interest."

    Excellent point! And that's something I've definitely thought about myself because to me, it's all in how easy you make it for your readers. So, yes, I will stay very aware of that.

    " But, whatever you decide, here's hoping for the best. You can bet that I'll still be showing up every week to bug you. ;-)"

    Thanks, buddy. And thanks for your loyal and longstanding friendship. I feel blessed in having you as part of this community.

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your insightful comment. Muchly appreciated.

    Have a great week!

    X to you and the family!

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  46. Hello Ron,

    I have considered running my blog like a highway billboard and make a fortune doing so. I even put a couple of items on my site and I have made exactly $0.07 in the first year. After taxes and Social Security I figured out that I probably owe the IRS $12,780.00.
    I do not mind seeing the ads on others blogs it does not offend me, it is just not for me. I hate the pop ups too. Every time I see one of things pop up I pull out my gun and shoot the damn thing. I have gone thru 58 monitors so far. The only thing I enjoy watching pop is my toaster.
    And another thing that annoys me is the way the zipper on my jacket gets caught on the material on the side of the thing. Now matter how hard I try to relieve the zipper I cannot budge the stupid thing. I then have to remove the jacket over my head and try to fix the zipper. Most times I throw the jacket on the floor and stomp on it, kick it, swear at it, then a three year old comes by picks it up and unzips it like butter melting on a piece of bread.
    I have no idea what the hell a zipper has to do with blog ads, but I just had to write about it.
    Thank God for Hoodies.

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  47. Dave, this KILLED me.....

    "And another thing that annoys me is the way the zipper on my jacket gets caught on the material on the side of the thing. Now matter how hard I try to relieve the zipper I cannot budge the stupid thing....I have no idea what the hell a zipper has to do with blog ads, but I just had to write about it."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaha! HILARIOUS!!!!!

    And what's so funny about that is that the same thing just recently happened to me while I was zipping up my winter jacket last week - I kind you not! I got so frustrated that I almost RIPPED the zipper right off my jacket!

    Yes, I did notice a time when you ran a small Adsense ad on the sidebar of your blog. I tried Adsense on one of my other blogs but didn't find it profitable. Plus, they kept running ads that had nothing to do with my blog content, so I removed the ads completely.

    "I hate the pop ups too. Every time I see one of things pop up I pull out my gun and shoot the damn thing. I have gone thru 58 monitors so far. The only thing I enjoy watching pop is my toaster."

    CRACKED ME UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your brilliant wit, my friend! Always enjoyed!

    Have a great week!

    X

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  48. Pssssttt!!

    :-)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    :-D

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  49. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU TOO, Mel!!!!!!!

    ((((((( You ))))))))))

    Thanks oodles for stopping by, dear lady!

    X ya!

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  50. Jeanne PursellFebruary 15, 2012

    Hey Ron! I was spending so much time on my blog, that I thought if I could just make a little bit of money off of it, I'd try it. I had no idea where to start though. Fortunately, I have hooked up with a company called IZEA, Inc. I have been very pleased with them, and I do make enough to pay for coffee! You have many, many more readers than I have, so I would think you would do quite well! If you decide to sign up with them, give me a shout as I have a referral code you can use!! You can set your own price for each ad that you post, which is a nice perk. It is a bit different than just running little sidebar ads. I was with BlogHer/BlogPaws for several years and NEVER made more than $50. It was just not worth it!! Especially because there were so many rules!!! It drove me nuts. I have been very pleased with the people I have talked to and interacted with at Izea. I also had to find my niche. I initially started blogging about all kinds of mishmash and some days, I still do that, but once I focused on my girlz, it just felt right to me. I guess it's because I'm not a professional photographer and I do love to make my greeting cards, but I do not make money off of them either, based on the amount of time put into making them! My girlz and me just feels right!!! There are many people out there who feel the same as I do about my four footed family members!!! Oh! I am soooooo sad to see Picnik going away, but I read on M's blog that you suggested lunapic, so I will try that one. Hope you had a Happy Valentines Day Ron!
    xo
    Jeanne

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  51. Hey there Jeanne~

    I cannot thank you ENOUGH for sharing that info with me!!

    (((( You )))))

    I've never heard of IZEA before, so I will check them out sometime this evening because it sounds like something I might be interested in. And yes, absolutely, if I should decide to sign up with them I will email you to get your referral code so that you get credit! I'm so happy to hear that IZEA is working for you. You GO, girl!

    I did check out BlogHer because some of my blogging friends use them, but after seeing the various categories, I didn't think my blog would be a fit for them. Besides, I think BlogHer pretty much focuses on women's blogs.

    Yes, isn't it sad about Picnik? Please check out Lunapic because I really think you may like it.

    Again, thanks sooooooooooo much for stopping by and sharing your feedback and experience with ads. I REALLY appreciate it, dear lady!

    Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you!!!!

    X

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  52. Like you, I don't have a problem with bloggers who run ads. Also like you, I have been contacted by companies wanting to place ads on my blog. I've always turned them down. It's just a personal choice I've made - I think it's the creative indie in me who abhors the idea of "selling out."

    Of course, if they're about to turn off my water in a few months, I'll be first in line to sell out!! :)

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  53. Howdy Mark~

    "I've always turned them down. It's just a personal choice I've made - I think it's the creative indie in me who abhors the idea of "selling out." "

    Yes, as I shared with Herman, I can TOTALLY understand that feeling because I too (for the first couples years of blogging) felt the same way...as if I would be selling out. But I think if a blogger stays true to their on unique voice and doesn't start conforming their posts to ADS, or who's blog BECOMES a billboard for ads, then why not make a little extra money off something we love to do?

    Anyway, just my thoughts.

    "Of course, if they're about to turn off my water in a few months, I'll be first in line to sell out!! "

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mark, you KILL ME!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your opinion and feedback, buddy. Muchly appreciated and respected.

    Hope you're having a great week!

    X

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  54. i think i've had ads on all of my blogs except one. the only thing i don't like on blogs are pop up banners and music. ron if your blog starts singing or playing music about the latest cereal, i'll cut you. i'm just kidding, i'd never, but i might pinch you. :)

    hey, give it a go and collect the dough.

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  55. Hey there ladyV~

    "i think i've had ads on all of my blogs except one."

    Really? I never noticed ads on your personal blog that you use to have or your photo a day blog.

    "the only thing i don't like on blogs are pop up banners and music. ron if your blog starts singing or playing music about the latest cereal, i'll cut you. i'm just kidding, i'd never, but i might pinch you. "

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! OMG....HILARIOUS!!! No, I promise...no POP UP BANNERS or MUSIC! I swear.

    "hey, give it a go and collect the dough."

    Thanks, girl, for your support. I have some other things I need to look into before I actually start doing this.

    Hope you're having a faaaaaaaaabulous week. And mucho thanks for stopping by!

    X

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  56. Wow......you can hire a 'master ghost writer' for $99 a month?
    Seriously? Whatzup with that? Why would ya?

    *laughing* I know, not the topic of this one!
    Right--well, here's what I know about sponsored ads.

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    Jack!

    LOL

    I do know that it's your corner of the world and you let us visit--so if you wanna put up new curtains, change the flooring or put a few new photos on the wall......go for it!
    If it brings some revenue to you, Wooooooohoooooooo!!!!!

    I don't know how any of that stuff works, sir.
    But I'm pretty sure you'll do the research until you're satisfied. And I'm kinda excited to see if/how it turns out for you. I like adventures! :-)

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