Monday, February 3, 2014

My Experience With Advertising On My Blog

For the past 2 1/2 years, I’ve tried several different methods of advertising on my blog, and for the most part, I found them all to be more of a hassle than anything else.

The most semi-successful way for me was offering small ad space on my own because I could pick and choose who I wanted to sell space to, set my own guidelines, and charge what I wanted.

I’m glad I tried advertising though, because I learned a great deal about it.

I honestly see nothing wrong with a blogger offering ad space on their blog. I read many blogs that offer advertising, and these bloggers work very hard at putting out good, quality posts. So I feel they deserve the income they generate from advertising and/or sponsorship. (an example)

As long as a blog is not driven primarily by ads over content, I will read it. However, if ads are POPPING up in my face, no, I won’t read it.

One of the things I learned is that there is a difference between advertising and sponsorship. Advertising is placing an ad on a blog in the hopes that a company generates business from the ad. However, if you offer sponsorship, sponsors expect you to write at least one sponsored post (or even more), promoting their company. Because let's face it, that's what sponsorship means. And that is something I was not willing to do. Other bloggers do it, and are successful. But for me, I didn't have the time or desire. Yes, I do post reviews, but they are products I offer on my own if I think my readers will benefit from it.

And another thing – advertisers can’t read. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten emails from companies making me an offer to place an ad on my blog, if I would allow them to also write a post, when I specifically said on my advertising page I didn't offer that. I used to respond back and say no thank you, but I finally got to a point where I just deleted their emails.

I also did quite a bit of research on the companies who wanted to advertise on this blog before committing. And upon investigating further, discovered that many of them had a negative track record for reliability, quality, and customer service. So I declined their offers.

No, offering advertising on my blog didn’t work for me. But if it works for other bloggers, more power to them.

Also, I suddenly had a thought a few weeks ago, “Why am offering this blog to advertise for companies, when I could be offering my own things, like my photography in my Zazzle Shop?”

So that’s what I did last weekend, I spruced up my Zazzle Shop by adding more photo prints and creating a new shop header. I also added a blog panel on this blog (which is on my sidebar) that features some of my photo prints.

It doesn’t flash, it’s just static.

As I shared in a post a while back, I want to do more with my photography. And if I can make a little income by doing that, why not?

Many bloggers who write books, offer and promote them on their blogs, only I'm doing it with my photographs.

And just as I am at my offline job in retail, I’m not a pushy person when it comes to sales. I merely offer the product the best way I know how, and then leave it up to the customer.

And I'll be doing the same thing here – offering my photo prints for sale on my sidebar, and leaving it up to anyone who reads my blog or happens to stumble upon it, if they wish to make a purchase.

I will even be setting up a board on my Pinterest page, highlighting and promoting some of my photographs.

Because if I want to get my photography out there, then I have to start presenting it in a professional and confident manner.

And like with all the things I've tried in my life, this will be a learning process.

I'll learn as I go along, taking one step at a time.

And thank you all for your encouragement and support, as I spread my wings and try new things on this blog.

I appreciate that!


Have a faaaabulous Monday, y’all!

55 Comments:

  1. I wish I had your verve, Ron. Last time I visited your blog I noticed that you had a shop and were selling your excellent photographs. I was and am impressed and I wish you every success ... you deserve it.


    I had thought about advertising but didn't take it up. I don't mind seeing adverts on blogs providing they're not intrusive and it crossed my mind that I might make the odd shilling or two by doing it. However, I heard such stories about the income being minimal that I dropped the idea. I also think it depends on the style of blog. In my case I have several posts on one page because I hate to see a full sidebar alongside a blank space. Having more than one post on view means the viewer might never see an advert.


    Going back now to view your latest set-up. Happy Monday xx

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  2. Forgot to say, I love the skyscraper/sky photograph. It's interesting.

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  3. I've had lots of emails asking if I would be willing to let companies advertise on my blog but I just can't be bothered. Anyway, I don't blog much these days so consequently I don't get many readers so I don't understand why they would want to use my blog. I love your photos Ron and you should be promoting them. x

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  4. Good for you, Ron. And thanks for explaining how ads work on blogs, as I've never really looked into it. Have a super week!

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  5. Hey, Ron, great post. I refused to read pop up ads, too. They're just so obnoxious. And sponsorship is out of the question.


    A blog is meant to be a personal statement, not somebody else's.


    I think the Zazzle Shop is a great idea. If you going to advertise something, it might as well be your work. Good luck! Take one step at a time and i'm sure you'll succeed.!


    Take care, buddy!

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  6. What a FANTASTIC idea!!! You know how much I love your photography... I'm excited to see zazzle! (Can't at work but will at home). I used to make great money with google ads on multiple sites I had. But when Google changed its algorithm and the economy crashed, the money went too. It is so good you are doing this on YOUR time with YOUR photography.... No workin for the man!

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  7. Dianne WilsonFebruary 03, 2014

    you photos are art and will absolutely be seen that way

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  8. Hope your product placement plan goes well Ron.
    I would love to make money from writing, as I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, but that would have to be a job that I was paid for writing, as opposed to having someone else putting material on my blog.
    I'm inordinately proud of my little blog, irrespective of how successful it is, so I don't like the idea of someone else's content cluttering up my pages.

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  9. Ron, I'm so glad you're doing this because your photographs are wonderful. Good for you! Your Zazzle shop looks great. I read a lot of DIY blogs that run ads and sponsorship's and they don't bother me at all. If people can make money doing what they enjoy on their blogs through advertising, so be it.


    I'm happy for you and wish you much success, Ron! Have a wonderful week x

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  10. Gooood morning Valerie!

    Thank you, dear lady :)

    "I had thought about advertising but didn't take it up. I don't mind seeing adverts on blogs providing they're not intrusive and it crossed my mind that I might make the odd shilling or two by doing it."

    I found that (for me, anyway) offering ad space on my own worked the best because all the other advertising methods I tried, placed ads on my blog according to 'word content' or just random ads that had nothing to do with the topics I shared on this blog. And yes, unless your blog gets a HUGE amount of traffic, the income is minimal.

    "Having more than one post on view means the viewer might never see an advert."



    Yes, that's why they always advise placing ads/sponsors at the top of your sidebar for better view.


    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support, dear lady. HAPPY MONDAY to you, too! It's snowing here today. And very hard.


    X to you and Joe!

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  11. Thank you, Valerie. I took that photograph this past weekend. And I added the matting and frame (at Picmonkey), so that you could see what it might look like framed.

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  12. Gooood morning Pearl!

    "Anyway, I don't blog much these days so consequently I don't get many readers so I don't understand why they would want to use my blog."



    I think advertisers send out emails to MANY blogs because blogs seem to get the most traffic. I get more emails about paid offers to write posts on my blog. And that is something I won't do.


    Much thanks for stopping by, m'dear. And thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Have a lovely week!


    X

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  13. Thank you, Bijoux :) I'm going to try this and see what happens. One never knows unless one tries, right? And the really neat thing about trying different things is that I learn a lot - what to do, what not to do. So, it teaches me things.

    " And thanks for explaining how ads work on blogs, as I've never really looked into it."



    I never did either, until about 2 1/2 years ago. I'm glad I tried it, but at this point, I really didn't see any great results from advertising.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and for your support! Have a SUPER week, my friend!


    X

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  14. Hey ho Rob!

    Thanks, buddy :)

    " I refused to read pop up ads, too. They're just so obnoxious."

    Pop up ads are the worst, aren't they? And I hate the ads you sometimes get on blogs that FLOAT down page as you scroll. Grrrrr!#?!#?*

    "A blog is meant to be a personal statement, not somebody else's."

    Blogs that are specific topic blogs (such as DIY blogs) that offer sponsorship, I can see them doing sponsored post occasionally, especially if it's a company they truly stand behind, which they feel will benefit their DIY readers. Also, sponsored post seem to be the most lucrative. So if a blogger is making a living from their blog, I can see why. But me personally? I've never had the desire to offer sponsored posts on my blog.

    "If you going to advertise something, it might as well be your work."



    Thank you. And that was my thought too. I'm just going to take one step at time and see where it leads me. But I at least have to give it go and try.


    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support and encouragement, buddy. Have a SUPA' week!


    X

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  15. Helloooooooo Katherine!

    Thank you, girl :)

    " I used to make great money with google ads on multiple sites I had. But when Google changed its algorithm and the economy crashed, the money went too."

    The only time I tried Google ads, was when I was signed up with (Federated Media) who would run ads by Google, which are based on CPI. And your right, even though I had a high CPI, I didn't see any great results.

    Much thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement and support always. Have a FABU week!


    X

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  16. Thank you, Lady Dianne :)


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


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and for your support. Have a SUPA' week!


    X to you, Hope, Athena, Siren, and Isadora!


    P.S. Can you believe this SNOW today?!?! WOW!

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  17. I have been contacted by a few people wanting to do ads and post etc...didn't know if they were legit or not, but even so I just wasn't interested. I like the idea of you putting your Zazzle pics on your blog.

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  18. Hola Denise!

    Thanks, girl :)

    I changed a bunch of stuff on my Zazzle Shop this past weekend. I added some new prints and deleted other things. I think I want to focus mainly on offering photo prints, rather than other merchandise. Plus, I think the photo prints are more reasonably priced so that they're affordable, yet I still make a decent royalty. I love Zazzle because the people who have order some things off my shop said that the shipping was FAST and the products had a great quality.

    "I read a lot of DIY blogs that run ads and sponsorship's and they don't bother me at all. If people can make money doing what they enjoy on their blogs through advertising, so be it."



    My sentiments exactly.


    Much thanks for stopping by and for you support and encouragement. Have a faaaaaaaabulous week!


    X

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  19. Thank you, Dale :) We'll see how it goes. I like trying new things because I learn a lot about what works and what doesn't. It'll be a work in progress.

    "I would love to make money from writing, as I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, but that would have to be a job that I was paid for writing, as opposed to having someone else putting material on my blog."



    I feel the same way. It's different if you know someone and would like to offer them an opportunity to do a guest post on your blog. But to have someone (such as an advertiser) share a guest post, no.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaabulous week and the BEST to you with new venture in writing fiction. I think that's awesome!


    X

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  20. Hey there Suzi!

    "I have been contacted by a few people wanting to do ads and post etc...didn't know if they were legit or not, but even so I just wasn't interested."



    Same here. And as I shared, I did quite a bit of research on some of these companies who offered the same, just to see if they were legit and what their company was all about. I think some of these companies are hoping that just because they offer to advertise and pay, that bloggers will just automatically bite the offer without doing a background check.


    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support, my friend! Have super-duper week!


    X

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  21. Ron, what useful tips you've offered here! Sometimes it's very much a "trial and error" learning experience, isn't it?

    I don't offer ads on my blog right now. At least, not consciously! However, I did work with a company who paid me to put a small text ad on my business website for a while. The money was a nice plus, and nothing POPPED in people's faces. That's just annoying!

    I can see how you'd prefer leaving the ads to someone else and promoting your Zazzle shop with your own photography, especially since you want to get your work before the public eye. Keep us current on how that goes, okay?

    Happy Monday!

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  22. Hello there Debbie!

    "Sometimes it's very much a "trial and error" learning experience, isn't it?"

    Yes, it is. I try to do as much online research as I can before attempting something new, just to get feedback from others who have tried it before me. However, I learn the most from just doing it.

    "However, I did work with a company who paid me to put a small text ad on my business website for a while. The money was a nice plus.."

    That's awesome! As I shared, if someone can make a little extra income from advertising, I honestly find nothing wrong with it. Especially if what you're advertising seems like something your readers could benefit from. The only ads I wasn't crazy about using (and deleted after a month) were the Google ad banners that put up anything they wanted.

    "...especially since you want to get your work before the public eye."

    Yes, that's what I thought too. So, I'm going to give this a go and just see what happens. I may be using a view others venues to promote my photography as well.

    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support :)

    Happy Monday to you too, my friend!
    X

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  23. I have never had anyone offer to advertise on my space - I guess I'm not popular enough! I do book reviews from time to time, as long as I get a free book to read, but I try not to make the sole content of my blog because I don't want to alienate my readers. I just love to read & love getting things for free. And I'm not afraid to tell it "like it is." I won't take on a "book in exchange for a favorable review." If I can't give an honest review, then I won't take on the review project.

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  24. Mark PetruskaFebruary 03, 2014

    I think that's an excellent idea, Ron! You're a great photographer; like you said, you might as well try to get a little extra money for those photos. I know for a fact I've gotten book sales because I promote my novel on the blog; I'm sure you'll find equal success with your photography. In fact...I'm off to check out your shop myself!

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  25. I think that's a fabuloso idea! Your ads never bothered me in the least. But why offer advertising for companies, when you can be using that space to highlight and promote your own photography? As my father always says, 'Don't be shy to put yourself out there if you want to succeed.'


    Go Ron!


    Really like that photo of the buildings. Love the viewpoint.

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  26. Hey there Benze!

    "I have never had anyone offer to advertise on my space..."

    Really? I surprised to hear that because you are a very active blogger who posts regularly and has a great following.

    "And I'm not afraid to tell it "like it is." I won't take on a "book in exchange for a favorable review." If I can't give an honest review, then I won't take on the review project."



    Amen! And good for you!


    I was the same with offering ad space. If I didn't feel that a company/business wasn't one that I could stand behind, I wouldn't take on the ad. I was very picky.


    Thanks for stopping by, Benze. Have a super week!
    X

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  27. Hey there Mark!

    Thank you, buddy :)

    " I know for a fact I've gotten book sales because I promote my novel on the blog; I'm sure you'll find equal success with your photography."



    Hey, that's GREAT to hear! And good for you!


    I mean, we spend a lot of time and put a lot energy into our blogs, so why not use them partially to promote something we have to offer, ya know?


    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support, Mark! Have a faaaaaaaaaabulous week!


    X to you and Tara!

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  28. Hey ho Robert!

    " But why offer advertising for companies, when you can be using that space to highlight and promote your own photography?"



    Yes, I suddenly got had that realization a few weeks ago. It's not the ads were bringing me ant great profit. It seemed more effort than it was worth.


    LOVE your father's saying! And he's right.


    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support, bud. Appreciate that! Have a FABULOSO week!


    X


    P.S. I took that building shot over the weekend. I was walking to Traders Joe's and looked up.

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  29. I love that you've expanded your Zazzle presence. Good for you! You have such a natural talent. Have you ever considered doing Etsy, as well? You would need to print and ship yourself, which is the coolest thing about Zazzle, but your profit would be much higher. It might be worth exploring both.
    I know what you mean about people emailing you to hawk their wares. From my blog name, I get a bunch of people wanting to send me lingerie or sex toys if I write about them. Um. No.
    Isn't it funny how we can promote our friends but struggle to promote our own greatness? Unless, you're Kanye West. ;-)

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  30. Thank you, Chrissy :)

    " Have you ever considered doing Etsy, as well? You would need to print and ship yourself, which is the coolest thing about Zazzle, but your profit would be much higher. It might be worth exploring both."

    Yes, actually I have considered Etsy as well; funny you mentioned that. I know I would have to do all the shipping and stuff myself, but it's true...my profit would me much higher. What I think I may do is see how this goes first, and then branch out into self-selling. The thing I LOVE about Zazzle is that they take care of everything, and their shipping and customer service is AWESOME. So is the quality of the products they make. I got to see a copy of my calendar and I was so impressed with how clear, crisp and professional my photos came out. I may also look into Society6, which is another selling shop.

    "I know what you mean about people emailing you to hawk their wares. From my blog name, I get a bunch of people wanting to send me lingerie or sex toys if I write about them. Um. No."

    Bwhahhaahaha! OMG...I bet you get a TON of offers to advertise on your blog!!

    "Isn't it funny how we can promote our friends but struggle to promote our own greatness? Unless, you're Kanye West. ;-)"



    Ha! And how true that is! However, I am at a point where I'm realizing that I have to do some self-promoting, if I want to get my photography out there, ya know?


    Much thanks for stopping by and for all the support and encouragement you share. If it weren't for you, I would have never even thought about selling my photos online. So, thank you, girl!


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  31. I always delete the offers to advertise on my blog. I just don't want to deal with it. I'm not offended when others do, as long as it's off in a sidebar. I hate the flashing and pop-up ads. But I'm baffled when people don't seem to care what they allow to be advertised. One woman's blog had an ad for Filipino mail order brides! Seemed pretty offensive to me, and I lost interest in the blog as a consequence.


    As for sponsored reviews, I don't care for them I do follow a couple of blogs that have a lot of them (because I like the actual people writing them), but I usually just wait until there is a personal post to read.


    I think advertising your own items is a good idea. I never mind when people do that, although since I love to take photos myself it's not a thing I'd buy. But I always love seeing seeing your wonderful shots!

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  32. "But I'm baffled when people don't seem to care what they allow to be advertised. One woman's blog had an ad for Filipino mail order brides!"

    Me as well! And that's what I hated about using the ads from an advertising company I used to work with. One time I saw an ad on my blog for a DATING SERVICE with a photograph that was so blatantly provocative, that I emailed them immediately and told them that if I saw one more ad on my blog like that, I would removed their ads. The thing about using advertising like that is that you have to constantly check your blog to see what kind of ads they're running. WAY too much of a hassle.

    " although since I love to take photos myself it's not a thing I'd buy."

    I totally understand :)

    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support. Have a SUPER week!

    X

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  33. Herman TurnipFebruary 03, 2014

    There's a major difference between hosting ad space and promoting your own material. I'm an anti-ad kinda guy, but I don't have any problem reading a blog that hosts ads as long as they're not the pop-up type that takes up a large section of real estate, forcing me to click on the 'x' that isn't really an 'x' but a disguised link to the advertiser's page. When that happens it's "adios" and I never come back to that site.

    Now, promoting your own items...that's awesome! When a blogger has a site showcasing their talents or products I'm more than likely to visit that page. It's that indie spirit I dig. I wish more people had the drive to expand beyond the known and the comfortable.

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  34. Hey there Herman!

    " as long as they're not the pop-up type that takes up a large section of real estate, forcing me to click on the 'x' that isn't really an 'x' but a disguised link to the advertiser's page. When that happens it's "adios" and I never come back to that site."

    I agree! I SOOOOOOOOOOOO agree! I visited a new blog over the weekend, and it had so many blinking and pop-up ads on it, that I didn't even bother reading the post, I just clicked off.

    "When a blogger has a site showcasing their talents or products I'm more than likely to visit that page. It's that indie spirit I dig."

    Thank you. And that's what I've decided to do - promote and showcase my own photos. And as I shared, it'll be a work in progress, learning as I go along. But I feel it's time to do this and at least try.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your continued support and encouragement, buddy.

    Have a super week!

    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  35. Ron, I wanted to stop back and let you know that I viewed your shop and really liked your photo prints. I like how you have them framed with a border because it makes the photo stand out. Nice!

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  36. Aw...thanks, Matt! Yes, I decided to add a border to the prints because I think it will make it easier in case someone wants to mat and frame them. I may try a few without a border, just to add some variety.


    Thanks so much for stopping back and letting me know, buddy!

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  37. I think your sidebar idea with selling your own product is good. If I don't have a specific gift in mind, I certainly would rather buy a gift for someone from a blogging buddy than some company.

    I have an ad on my site so of course I don't mind an ad on the sites I visit. That said, I do not like pages that have lots of ads and I hate those flashing ones. I think of the ad as not being for my blogging friends who leave a comment but for the people who read my blog and never comment.

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  38. I have experience both good and bad with the whole advertising thing. It comes and goes in peaks and valleys. The one thing I found that I was actually doing very well at...the Nexus Tax Law in NY state took away all $$$ for affiliates in NY. I am still very upset over this. I can sometimes still make some extra money with ads now and then, but the majority of my money was coming from the one they took away. I am torn right now as I would like to spend more time on my crafting and I have debated selling on Etsy...I have had a store there for several years now and haven't even listed one item. I often sell on EBay, but the 10% fees they are charging are making me MAD. Then, PayPal also takes their percentage...and I find myself wondering if it is really worth it. Still better than my old 9-5 job...that's for SURE!! I was going to ask you how those ad spaces were working out for you. Glad to see you checking out zazzle! You will have to let me know your thoughts on that...I don't know anyone who has tried that. Happy Tuesday!! xo

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  39. Hiya David!

    " If I don't have a specific gift in mind, I certainly would rather buy a gift for someone from a blogging buddy than some company."

    Me as well. I'm seeing more and more smaller online businesses being started by those of us in the blogging community, as a means of not only making income, but also as a means of sharing the creative things we feel passionate about.

    "I have an ad on my site so of course I don't mind an ad on the sites I visit. That said, I do not like pages that have lots of ads and I hate those flashing ones."



    Amen!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a terrific week!


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  40. Hello there Jeanne!

    "The one thing I found that I was actually doing very well at...the Nexus Tax Law in NY state took away all $$$ for affiliates in NY."

    Yes, I remember you mentioning something about that before. In the past, there were certain photography affiliates I was interested in working with, but noticed that they excluded PA from participating. So I wonder if the the Nexus Tax Law had something to with that.

    "I have debated selling on Etsy...I have had a store there for several years now and haven't even listed one item."



    I may try my hand at opening an Etsy Shop after I see how it goes on Zazzle. The thing I love about Zazzle is that they take care of all the shipping and handling. Yes, they do take a % of the sale (and a hefty amount), but the way I've priced my prints, I'm okay with getting the royalty % I receive. I'm doing this more as a means of getting my photography out there, and if I can make a little money doing it, I'm happy with that. And I have to say, the quality in which Zazzle reproduces photographs on the paper stock they use, is excellent. I was impressed at how well my photographs produced on my 2014 calendar. Also, Zazzle's customer service is outstanding.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Happy Tuesday!


    X to you and the girlz!

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  41. "Also, I suddenly had a thought a few weeks ago, “Why am offering this blog to advertise for companies, when I could be offering my own things, like my photography in my Zazzle Shop?” --- HELLO!! Much better idea, Ron! Booyah.


    "I want to do more with my photography. And if I can make a little income by doing that, why not?" --- Hell Yes!

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  42. I notice I like a lot of products on your Amazon shop page. Do you get credit if I purchase anything from your links?

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  43. Hey there Jean!

    Yes, I do (a small commission). I actually started setting up that store sooooooo many months ago, but never completed it because it takes so much to find each item and then add them to my store. I finally got it to a point where I thought there were enough products to open it to the public. I will be adding more and more products throughout the year.These are products that I truly believe in have used myself or on clients. But if there is ever anything you're looking for (say, like a cosmetic or skin care item) please email me and I'll try to recommend something to you that I stand behind, and add it to my store.

    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Hope you're having a faaaaabulous week!

    X

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  44. Smart idea, Ron. That way people can have a choice.

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  45. It's the Munsters! I always love that little video treat you leave for me. (Hahaha...of course I think it's just for lil ol me!!)

    I was doing my happy dance as I was reading and noting that change on the side bar. It wasn't over the absence of ads. I never found yours to be intrusive. It was all about the process of you discovering your own greatness.

    Yaknow...I admire you allowing yourself to shine. I mean that sincerely. You try new things and you do that with integrity....if it doesn't speak to who you are or what you value, it ain't happening. And stuff like that's pretty rare in the world. It speaks to what's endeared me to you and this little bit of cyberspace for some time. I'm very proud of you, and FOR you.
    I've no doubt this adventure is a bit of work, just as the ads were. But I've also no doubt it's foundation is built from the joy that comes from discovering you really DID capture that 'wow'...that 'feel'. And you won't put that out there for us...for others to see or read or own...without integrity attached. I adore you for that.

    That being said, he-who-thinks-my-stuff-is-'wow worthy' wants me to publish some photos. (Much like the web log, I take photos for me. It helps me stay right-sized and it just....makes me happy.) I toyed with the idea of putting a book together just for HIM...but I haven't mustered up the courage (?) yet. Might....LOL...might not! But you who musters up all THIS..... YOU are amazing!

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  46. Thanks, bud. And yup...that's what I was thinking to.

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  47. Hiya Mel!

    YUP! That Munsters video clip was just for YOU! In fact, I was hoping you'd see it!

    "....if it doesn't speak to who you are or what you value, it ain't happening."

    Thank you. And you're absolutely right. You know US Libras...it's all about having integrity. And you're the same way. If doesn't speak to you or what you value...it ain't happening.

    "I've no doubt this adventure is a bit of work..."

    Yes, it was a bit of work, but work that I thoroughly enjoyed. I've been feeling very creative lately, especially with photography. So, I'm just going where my inspiration is taking me. It was fun setting up my store. I will be adding new photos every so often, as I take pictures.

    "That being said, he-who-thinks-my-stuff-is-'wow worthy' wants me to publish some photos."

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I agree with Himself. You should publish your photos because I keep telling you that I think your eye for photography is faaaaaaaaaabulous! So many times when I see your photos on your blog, I go...........WOW!! Honestly Mel, your photos take my breath away!

    I am leaving you a link to a website that allows you to create a book of photos. I haven't used it myself, but I hear great things about it. It's called Blurb

    http://www.blurb.com/



    Check it out.


    Thanks oodles for stopping by and for always sharing support and encouragement, dear lady. Thank you!


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


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  48. Ron, I love the photo additions you made to your shop. I stopped by earlier this evening to take another peek.

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  49. Thanks. I've been adding more throughout the week, trying to get the shop built up.


    Thanks for checking it out, buddy!

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  50. I think promoting your own work is the BEST idea yet. And, I'm so excited you have them on Zazzle for sale. I'm going to pop over there to see about buying a couple. I'd absolutely love some of your work highlighting one of my favorite places on the planet. Yay!

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  51. Thank you, Jen :) I've decided to give it and go and just see where it takes me. If it goes well, I may even open my own Etsy Shop and get more involved with the production and shipping.


    Much thanks for stopping by, girl!

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  52. " HELLO!! Much better idea, Ron! Booyah."

    Thanks, Meleah! And yeah...DUH...why didn't I ever think of this before!? Oh well, live and learn, right?

    Thanks a bunch for your support, girl. I've been thinking about you and hoping all goes GREAT with the doctor tomorrow!

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

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  53. Hiya Matt!

    "And also the ones that some website have that instantly have a pop up window the second you get on the site, with a "subscribe to this website." How obnoxious!"

    Thank you!!!!!!!!! I hate those too because sometimes when you click on them, they keep coming back the longer you stay on the site.

    " I like the blog panel because it's clean and visible but not intrusive."

    Thanks. The blog panel is actually something that Zazzle provides for those who use their website to sell things. They have two, but I liked this one the best because the other one was a FLASH panel that moved around too much. I like this one too because every time you refresh the page, a new set of three photos show up.

    Much thanks for stopping by and for your support, buddy!

    Have a most excellent week!
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  54. Ron, since I don't have a blog, it was very educational to read how advertising works. The only ads that really bother me are the ones that constantly flash and move. And also the ones that some website have that instantly have a pop up window the second you get on the site, with a "subscribe to this website." How obnoxious!


    Great idea of placing your own photographs for sale on your blog and doing some self-promoting. I like the blog panel because it's clean and visible but not intrusive. And your photo prints look great. I'm going to check out your shop after I post this comment.


    Much success, dude!

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