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My Take On Having Ads On Your Blog

Today I was reading a post on Extreme John’s Blog about how Bloggers Should Clean Up Your Crap. Now John’s main gripe is that some bloggers have so much crap ads on their blog that it takes away the main purpose of having a blog, their blog posts! I have to admit I have seen a lot of blogs full of more crap than just ads though, there is so much going on in the sidebars that it can be pretty distracting because everything is so disorganized.

I also notice the other day on one of Mitch’s post, Six Figure Blogger Blueprint – A review where David makes the following point;

Both you and Sire really load up your blogs with ads and widgets and things in a desperate attempt to gain a click from a visitor. My point is that, with an email list, you won’t have to try so hard. Monetization is much easier, more efficient, and less about interruption of the user experience on your blog.

What’s that, David who, you ask? Well, you’re going to have to check out Mitch’s post to find that out because ever since my famous Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow where people accused me of name dropping for link baiting purposes, which was absolute crap, I am very careful of even mentioning those guys.

In answer to David’s comment, the only widget I have that has anything to do with money is OIOpublisher, something that he promotes on his blog but doesn’t seem to use.  Also, they’re not there because it’s a desperate attempt for gaining clicks at all, but there is a reason why I have them there, and I will get to that shortly.

I’ve also been accused that I’m blogging simply for the money side of it, and once again that is far from the truth. I blog because I enjoy it and if I can make some money on the side, and I’m not referring to online payday loans, what’s wrong with that? Also, ever since I was ripped off some years ago by an Internet scam I made a commitment to myself that I would endeavor to find all the legitimate ways of making money on the Net and I would share them with my readers. If I find out later that the site is a scam, like the post I did on The great American Photo Contest I will remove the link and add a little edit to the post.

Image by aagius via Flickr

As to why I have those ads, you need to know a bit about my background. I have been in business for some 30 odd years and a lot of that has been in the retail sector, and some as a salesman in an hi-fi / electronics store. I found that when you pay so much per square foot of space you need to capitalize on as much of it as possible without making things look tacky.

A great percentage of sales from these stores come from what is known as impulse sales, and usually these impulse products bring in a greater margin. They are placed in such a manner that even if a customer has not come for that particular product it get’s their attention and a lot of the time they do purchase it. The amount of added revenue these impulse lines bring at the end of the day can be quite substantial. Probably the most popular area is around the checkout and the items placed there range from lollies and gum to magazines.

I’ve also read that having too many ads etc. can confuse people and they will probably leave buying nothing at all. This may be true for blogs but in real life people will not shop in a store unless there is a good range to select from. Some of our major retail chains are cutting down on other companies products and selling more home brands thinking people are more worried about price than branding. This has actually forced a lot of people to the smaller chains who have a greater selection as they want to be able to choose branded products if they so wish.

So, seeing as how this is my background it’s probably why I choose to run my blogs in such a fashion that I try to utilize as much of the blogging real estate as possible. Right or wrong, I believe that space in the sidebars or header is exactly that, prime real estate, and as such I should use them to my best advantage. I use rotating ads so that it constantly provides newer content and I believe I have placed them in such a fashion that it doesn’t detract from my posts at all. The fact they produce hundreds of clicks just proves to me that they are doing their job.

 

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  1. Twitter:
    I wouldn’t worry about it Sire, It’s easy for people to sit back and criticize others thinking it makes them look smart but the truth is if we bloggers would support each other more all the ads wouldn’t be as necessary. We tend to take ‘banner blindness’ to the extreme even when visiting our friend’s blogs. Personally, I see nothing wrong with running a blog to make money for it. Those that think it’s wrong are just as ignorant as the people that believe artists should be broke to truly be artists. Silly nonsense if you ask me.
    .-= Brian D. Hawkins´s last blog ..Who Wants To Run HotBlogTips.com? =-.

    1. Heck, I ain’t worried about it at all Brian, and as regard to banner blindness, these ads are not aimed at my friends at all. That would be like asking someone over for a beer and then trying to sell them Amway. It’s more for those who come here from search engines.

      1. To be honest, i think you have to much ads on your blog Sire :D but I think you write interesting articles, so it is a kind of compensation :)

        Chris

  2. Hi Sire :)

    I have to say that I don’t find the ads on your site at all distracting. It’s probably not what you want to hear but I’d go so far as to say I don’t really see them at all. Having said that, I’m not in shopping mode right now. If I was after a new camera (for example) then I imagine an ad for cameras would catch my attention because it would be in my sub-conscious.

    As an aside, I think that DR moaning about the way you use your real estate is a bit rich. He has what looks like the exact same layout, the difference being that his is loaded with family pictures, Twitter and then just dead space. He isn’t using his space to add value to his readers so what’s the point?!
    .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..#GiveABrickTwitterChallenge =-.

    1. Actually it’s exactly what I want to hear Eleanor as I worked at not making them distracting. The most important part of the site is the content, the ads are there just in case some people find something of interest. They are my impulse lines and as such they’re doing exactly what I put them for.

      As to DR, he is also promoting his own wares, which his fine. He actually has the same products displayed on the top and bottom parts of his blogs just to make sure he gets them at the end, in case they happened to miss the one at the start.

      1. I’m glad Sire, can only speak as a find but equally didn’t like to think I’d said the wrong thing ;)

        I’m so new at this game, I don’t really know where DR is coming from. I’ve avoided him completely because I can only do one thing at a time. My brief spell playing at IM a few years back taught me not to flit from one thing to the next ;)
        .-= Eleanor Edwards´s last blog ..1 Minute Motivator: Once Upon A Time =-.

        1. Nope, you get a lot more done concentrating on one thing at a time.

  3. I havn’t got to the point where it makes much difference whether I use ads or not. I hope to reach that point and when I do, your position makes sense to me. Use the space and maximize the income potential but don’t detract from the value which brings readers in the first place.
    .-= Ralph´s last blog ..Thinking about comments =-.

    1. Yes, the content is the most valuable part of the blog, that’s why it’s kept separate from the sidebar, which I think was designed to be the real estate portion of the blog from which you can generate and income. People can use it or not, it’s up to the individual.

  4. Thank you for a well-reasoned rebuttal to EJ’s and my rants on blog “crap.” What you say here, you say with authority and logic, and you are quite correct.

    However, let me just share with you some personal observations, as a potential shopper:

    – pink blinky megaphone boy in your sidebar is actually making me look away as I wince in pain; whatever that is has completely taken my eyeballs away from the other ads I may actually be interested in.

    – I trust you, but I no longer trust most bloggers who run Infolinks or Kontera AT ALL. My objections to them still stand, so even seeing them on a blog, now, makes me wary. Until I saw them used in comments, I didn’t care. But now I go out of my way not to touch them with a mouse, and I’m much less likely to comment on a blog that uses them.

    – I’m much more likely to click on, explore, and possibly buy from ads that interest me; obviously, if I’m here, your blog content did, so ads that are somewhat related to your blog content should perform better than ads that aren’t. That seems intuitive, but I think some bloggers will run random “crap” because they think it has a higher payout. It may – but it pushes the look towards “tacky.”
    .-= Holly Jahangiri´s last blog ..Experiment & Results: Improving Alexa Rank =-.

    1. Damn Holly, you did a rant on it as well, man, I’m gonna have to check that baby out.

      As to the bugle boy, that is the best performing ad that I have. I would say the whoever designed it did it so that it would grab peoples attention, and while some, like yourself, my wince in pain, others are quite happy to click on it :grin1_ee:

      As I stated above none of the ads are meant for my friends. Also as this ins’t a niche blog it’s pretty hard to find ads that relate to anything and I select more general ads that offer products, again on impulse, to the casual potential shopper that the search engines have directed my way.

  5. I’d have to agree with Eleanor – you don’t really see them unless you’re looking for them. I never actually noticed just how many you had until you said that! (though probably not what you want to hear)

    Lets see, on my page at the moment you have *goes and counts* 18. But they don’t distract, so honestly I think you’re fine.

    That said, on my own one I’m avoiding placing ads on it at all (affiliate links through my reviews don’t count as far as I’m concerned). Just personal preference :)
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..How to be Awesome: The Difficulty With Portfolios =-.

    1. Like I said to Eleanor it’s exactly what I wanted to hear. I consider you part of my blogging family and I would not push anything onto you when you’re here to visit.

      18 ads on your page, as your write this comment Heather, are you sure you’re not scrolling up and down to count them all because as I write this I can’t seem to find any :wink_ee:

      1. I meant on the page total :wink_ee:

        And family eh? Nice to know I’m not the only one that thinks so. We are quite a tight-knit group now I think…
        .-= Heather´s last blog ..How to Stand Out: The Difficulty With Portfolios =-.

        1. Pretty well, as long as those young whipper snappers respect their elders that is. :innocent1_tb: :lol_ee:

          1. Naturally :innocent1_tb: Wonder if there’s anyone else around my age in our group lol…
            .-= Heather´s last blog ..How to Stand Out: The Difficulty With Portfolios =-.

            1. That’s not what I meant and you know it lol.
              .-= Heather´s last blog ..How to Stand Out: The Difficulty With Portfolios =-.

            2. *rolls eyes* It’s ok, I forgive you :wink_ee: But I’m running away to write today’s blog post now, since technically I’m late in starting.

              Take care!
              .-= Heather´s last blog ..How to Stand Out: The Difficulty With Portfolios =-.

            3. I’m sure there is Heather, I mean I ain’t that senile that I can’t attract some of the younger generation to my blog.

            4. It wasn’t :innocent1_tb: :wink_ee:

  6. I agree that having to many ads does hamper your site/blog. At this stage I have adsense (on posts), 125×125 banners in sidebar and a few smaller banners when leaving comments. I’m still testing buysellads and I might remove it as I have yet to make a sale.

    One needs to know what their site/blog is and have short and long term goals. I have been adding then removing adsense and trying it in different positions and I must say that January has made mmore than December and November put together from last year.
    .-= George Serradinho´s last blog ..Professional and Personalized Twitter Backgrounds and other Designs: Twarks.net Review =-.

    1. I think I’ve found the most effective position for adsense George and I feel that every blogger should run their blogs as they see fit.

      That doesn’t mean that you should not listen to other peoples opinion. I do, but in the end I have to make the final decision and I have done so base on my past experience.

  7. If you want to put banners on your website then go ahead and do it because it is your space do anything you want.

    If you do have a lot of banners then the visitor of your website they are going to have banner blindness and won’t click anything because you have so much.

    I need to test more with my monetization effort for my blog. I also want to increase the number of websites I have to make more money.

    Thanks Greg Ellison
    .-= Greg Ellison´s last blog ..Syracuse Georgetown Game =-.

    1. Banner blindness, I have to admit it’s the first time I’ve come across this term, and I’m sure the person who made it up is happy with the terminology, but personally I think it’s a whole lot of hooey. :laugh_tb:

  8. Without the comment section what is the overall percentage of advertisement in terms of space or % on your site?
    .-= The Real Josh´s last blog ..Ideas on how to double your income in under 6 months =-.

    1. That would depend entirely on the length of the post. The longer the post the lower the percentage dedicated to ads.

  9. I think the main difference between your site and other ad-laden sites, is that you keep your ads largely separate from the posts. I don’t have to risk clicking the wrong area because the ads are away from the meat – which is as it should be; we should be clicking the ads because we like the posts, not reading the posts to get rid of the ads!

    Anyway, it’s your site and you should run it the way you want.
    .-= ray´s last blog ..The Bible – Singalong Edition =-.

    1. Thanks Ray, it’s nice to see someone who understand the reasoning behind having the ads in the sidebar.

  10. It’s a personal decision, could you be even higher up the rankings without the ad’s… maybe maybe not.

    The fact is you have a fantastic following here so I wouldn’t worry about it. Your making money from it so just keep doing what you are doing!
    .-= TheInfoPreneur´s last blog ..Why You Should Treat Your Site As A Sniper Rifle =-.

    1. Actually I doubt that James, that I would be higher up the rankings. I don’t think they are holding me back, and besides, I’m not that interested in rankings. I’m interested in people reading my blog and leaving well constructed comments and that’s working out pretty well so far.

      1. Hey man yeah I was agreeing with you, ‘maybe maybe not’

        As long as your following (which is awesome) keep coming back, that’s all that matters!

        Good job brother

        1. No worries James, you did say

          could you be even higher up the rankings without the ad’s… maybe maybe not.

          And I was just leaning to the maybe not side of it.

  11. I guess you have to monetize your site somehow! However, I can hardly see the forest for the ads on your site. Nothing to get in a twist about, it’s just that I’m a big fan for a clean home page, I’m also ADD.
    Ahh,…That should explain it!
    .-= Jeffrey´s last blog ..Best Bloggin Website =-.

    1. Perhaps your looking at the wrong spot Jeffrey, the forest is directly ahead the ads are on the right. :tongue_wink_ee:

  12. Sire, it was wonderful to read more about you. I love finding out what makes people tick, why they do the things they do. Especially people I know.

    With regards to ads and whether or not they’re a turn-off, they sure can be if they’re inappropriate and/or overdone. But it depends upon the type of blog I am visiting. With SEO/Tech type blogs I expect to see ads. If I don’t, I wonder if perhaps the blogger is new or doesn’t really know what they’re doing. With other types of blogs it really just depends. I think they should be well-formatted and as appealing to the eye as possible, and relevant to the blog content or main/target audience.

    Keep on truckin’!
    .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Life returns to normal =-.

    1. I’m always ready to reveal a little snippet of myself every now and again Heather, and I just thought if people knew a little of my background they would understand why I run the blogs the way I do.

      Another little snippet, I actually do drive trucks, not the large semi trailers but 20 foot pantechs nonetheless.

      1. I have no idea what a pantech is, but it sounds like a lot of hard work! My Grandpa was a truck driver. :) My brother and I used to like to hang out in the cab when he had it parked in his (very long) driveway. Is it fair to assume you’re a bit of a mechanic then, as well?

        P.S. I wonder if Comment Luv is not picking up my latest post because I used the word “pimp” in the title. I figure if anybody would know, it would be you!
        .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Life returns to normal =-.

        1. Pantech = Pantechnicon a smaller version of the artic :smile2_ee:
          .-= ray´s last blog ..The Bible – Singalong Edition =-.

          1. Why thank you, Ray!
            .-= Heather Kephart´s last blog ..Life returns to normal =-.

            1. Yeah, thanks Ray, and no, I’m not all that good a mechanic but I have been known to get my hands dirty a few times. Not sure about commentluv.

  13. Hey Sire,
    I can’t judge what is the right amount of ads to have on a site. However, personally I don’t like those flashing gifs. They are literally physically distracting. They’re always in the peripheral view and it’s hard to shut them out. Is it possible to keep the amount of ads you have but replace the .gif ads with single faced ads. This would be cool in my opinion. :)
    .-= Gordie´s last blog ..5 Emotional States That Result In Bad Decisions. =-.

    1. I would Gordie but that ad does attract a lot of clicks and I get paid for every one. Tell you what mate, just to show it’s not all about the money, I’ll do it just for you.

      1. Thanks kind of you. Perhaps even slowing the rotation down between switches would be okay. Keep up the great work, Sire.
        .-= Gordie´s last blog ..How To Meditate (For Beginners). =-.

  14. I just revamped my sidebar. Not that it was loaded with ads, just random crap slowing it down and not performing. In fact, I just checked my Amazon performance. I had 118 clicks and not one purchase. Not surprised.

    Your ads don’t bother me. I clicked on the quiz during one of my first visits and have checked out your FlexSqueeze theme, too. And I try to spread the love with Amazon and click through someone’s link whenever I make a purchase, so I appreciate being able to locate one with relative ease when looking.

    And that comment about blogging for money. Hrmph. Can’t he read? You blog for fame and glory! :bye_tb:
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Honor Thy Father ~ Forefathers, that is =-.

    1. Yeah, you tell him Anne, it’s all about fame and fortune :guns_tb: :laugh_tb:

  15. Sire, personally I do feel you have too many ads on your blog, however it’s your blog and what you do with it is your own business.

    You wouldn’t come into my home and complain about my bear collection, so why should I complain about your ads.

    Your ads don’t freeze my page. In fact they really don’t bother me. So you just go on making money.

    :)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..How to setup a 301 Redirect in WordPress =-.

    1. Yep, it is my blog don’t any of you forget it. :nono_tb: :smoke_tb:

      Seriously Rose, it’s never bothered me what others thought or think, I just wanted to let people know why I do the things that I do. There’s always a method behind my madness.

  16. First of all it is highly irritating to me that anyone should have to defend what they do on their blog, WTF is that?

    And, I actually find it quite intriguing how some bloggers take issue with monetazation, like somehow we can’t provide both useful content and still have ads and make money. Everybody is an “expert” and those that make those types of comments, are in my opinion, NOT the experts. The fact that this guy feels that your ads take away from a users experience, is purely his opinion, because I do not agree at all, and apparently neither do the commenters above, so obviously he does not speak for everyone.

    As far as “those lists” go they are not for everybody and again, it is a personal decision.

    And, maybe, David Whoever, needs to take a look at how many comments your posts generate, as that is a good reflection of the popularity of a blog.

    Keep on truckin Sire, F the rest!
    .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Hi, My Name is Dick and I’m Addicted to SERP Analysis =-.

    1. Thanks JR, there’s that Keep Truckin line again :doh_tb: I blog to escape the truckin part of my life. :lol_ee:

      Seriously I love driving the truck and meeting customers, it’s the paperwork and putting up with the failings of others that piss me off.

      Thanks for your support, I appreciate it.

      1. LOL, the truckin is just saying, like keep doing what ur doing.
        .-= JR @ Internet Marketing´s last blog ..Hi, My Name is Dick and I’m Addicted to SERP Analysis =-.

        1. Heck, I know that, what do you think I am some dumb hick Aussie? :lol_tb:

  17. Well, Sire, I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I see no point in not telling the truth :) I too think you have a bit too many ads. I browse with tons of tabs open in Firefox at the same time, and your site is one that really make scrolling become “unsmooth” because it’s quite heavy with animations. Even before I start scrolling, I count 7 image ads, 4 in-text link ads and the pop quiz ad.

    BUT – I’m probably not your main target for users to click on the ads anyway and so I see no reason why you should take my opinion into consideration. You must do what you feel is right for the majority of your users and that’s the way it’s supposed to be :)
    .-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Funny Pictures: Google Street View Launched In Denmark =-.

    1. Point taken Klaus, I also browse with multiple tabs and I don’t mind sites having ads as long as it’s done tastefully.

      I know I can’t please everybody and so I don’t bother trying.

      You are right though, you are not my main target, and I always respect yours and everyone else’s opinion.

  18. Well, to be honest I used to have issues with people placing ads before I started to blog, since now I’m doing this fulltime I don’t complaint much on how people using it. I’m learning to place ads myself, even infolinks (not appearing in comments, thanks to your post earlier) just to see how it works. I apologize to some for finding that annoying but since it’s a trial period, I’ll stick to my plan. Everyone has own preferences and I respect that. :) Hopefully someday for those who are not coming due to ads/infolink, I can win you over via quality and network.

    So Sire, it’s cool for me too. ^^

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog ..7 Productive Things To Do When You Can’t Blog =-.

    1. Cool Ching Ya, you know how much I would miss your smiling Avatar and well thought out comments, so I’m glad you’re not all that fussed about it. :clap_tb:

  19. You shouldn’t be concerned about that really Sire. I don’t think the ads get in my way at all. You’re doing a decent job, keep your focus on increasing the visitors, after all if you are still getting visitors with ads its proof that your readers are not offended by it.
    .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Popurius =-.

    1. Oh, I’m not concerned at all Selurus, I just saw it as another opportunity for a good post, one that allowed people to have a little peek into my gray matter so that they know a little more about what makes me tick.

      1. Oh! You’ve got real talent to turn threats into opportunities. Keep Blogging.
        .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Popurius =-.

  20. I haven’t been here for a while so I might as well check on some of my avid commenters before and here am I diving into this interesting discussion. For me, it doesn’t matter if a site has so many ads, what matters is the content and value I’m getting out of visiting or reading a blog and if the author has established a relationship with me online.

    Everyone has the right to their own happiness and interests and if someone doesn’t agree, that’s their problem.
    .-= Mathdelane @SoftwareCritics´s last blog ..Working with Google Translate Client for Windows =-.

    1. The same here. Isn’t it amazing that so many people say that content is King but then even if the content is good, not that I’m saying mine is (although I hope it is), they look to find something else to pick on. Reminds me of some lame ass supervisors who, even though the store was in A1 condition, would pick on some asinine thing just so they could blast the manager.


  21. Twitter:
    Sire, I think both of us think about the ads we have on our blogs and how to make them not only more effective but also unobtrusive as possible. But I am going to advertise my stuff because, as you said, it’s prime real estate. And like you, I blog because I enjoy it; otherwise, I could find other ways to spend my time that wouldn’t involve so much writing.

    Like beating you more often in chess lol :king_tb:
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..Residual Or Full Time Income? =-.

    1. And seeing as I don’t have any of my ‘stuff’ Mitch I will continue to advertise other peoples products and services.

        1. I’ve nothing against lists as long as people are warned as to what comes with getting that free book. A little disclaimer of sorts perhaps.

  22. don’t take the internet too seriously! you have literally thousands of internet users who pass by here perfectly happy to read your stuff through your blog or from clicks on your last blog posts link on comments you’ve made on others blogs (I’ve got the db stats to show it)

    You think, you publish, you promote, you interact. Along the way you make a few pennies from ads or promoting items of a useful nature. I don’t think I could say you were blogging just to make money.

    Like Disney used to say, “we don’t make films for money, we make money to make more films”

    do it for the luv is all well and good but, as my African friend used to say, “no money? no honey!”.

    keep your ads and live long and prosper!

    btw.. your url ban was fixed on CommentLuv, details here
    http://comluv.com/news/commentluv-api-updates/comment-page-1/#comment-9171

    :)
    .-= Andy Bailey´s last blog ..Add static links to your list of returned posts when you comment =-.

    1. Thanks Andy, both for the comment and for resolving my issue.

      Oh, I don’t know why, but for some reason I had to fish your comment out of Akismet??

  23. Ok, have to chime in here with my own opinion (and we all know what people say about opinions!).

    If blogging is just a hobby (it is not for me, but I know it is for some) then it really doesn’t matter, do what you want and don’t worry about what people think. Besides, the people commenting here are mostly other bloggers and we all know they rarely click ads anyway! Most ads will get clicked from search traffic in my experience.

    If blogging is a business for you, then you would look at it differently. I don’t think that blogs work the same as retail though. I do think you have to use your “real estate” in the best way possible for what you are trying to accomplish.

    I have discussed ads with you briefly in comments here and other places, ultimately, testing and research is on you. If you have an ad that is working then great, if others aren’t then try something different, that is my view on it anyway.

    As far as DR goes, I have respect for him and other bloggers that have done well for themselves, I think it is good that they do well. What I am getting tired of is everyone telling everyone else what their site should look like. To me, your target market should dictate that (whatever that may be) not other bloggers unless they are your target.
    .-= Keith @NeedInformation´s last blog ..Comment Links Are Advertising =-.

    1. Hey Keith, I love listening to opinions and I take on board whenever I think that I’ve learned something new.

      In regards to target market I don’t really have one which is what makes choosing the ads so interesting. I get more enjoyment out of choosing the ad and ad placement than I do out of keyword research, which is probably why I don’t bother with that.

      In regards to DR, I have respect for him as well but I think he is overstepping the mark when he comes to another persons blog and tells them they’re doing it wrong. If I was to come to him and ask for advice, that’s one thing, but the way he commented on Mitch’s blog, I’m afraid he went a little too far.

      Brings to mind a time when a Cadbury rep came to my store and told be I was stupid for not buying into a particular special. I threw him out of the store and wouldn’t deal with any of their reps for over a year.

      1. Did the Cadbury rep get a black eye too! LOL

        I agree with you on the overstepping the mark. It is one this to “ask” for constructive criticism and discuss it in the comments like you are here, but it is quite another to openly criticize someone when they didn’t ask for it. Although opinions are like a$$holes, so….
        .-= Keith @NeedInformation´s last blog ..Comment Links Are Advertising =-.

        1. Actually seeing as how I wouldn’t allow him into my store they had to get another rep, and no, I don’t believe in violence, there are so many more subtle ways to get even. :devil_tb:

          I’m not too fussed as it wasn’t on my blog, but Mitch is a mate and I just had to say my piece, and lucky for me it all turned out pretty cool.

  24. I come here for good content and you always deliver.

    I find the whole argument about ads somewhat amusing.
    Everybody runs ads of some kind on their sites including the person who probably prompted this post.

    In fact the only time I really think about ads is when I go to a site without ads..
    .-= Glen´s last blog ..Do Something =-.

    1. Good one Glen :smile1_tb: Thanks for coming by and adding a bit of levity.

  25. This is definitely an interesting discussion.

    I am probably on the other end of the spectrum from you, in my ad-usage/monetization. I don’t use adsense or banners or text-link ads on any of my sites. I guess you could say I go for very narrowly focused advertising, meaning that when a site is made just to make money, then everything on the site points towards just one offer or one action for the user to take.

    On my personal blog, there is zero monetization and on RQR, there are affiliate links where they make sense (e.g. in the review of that product).

    I have no idea if I would benefit from using more of the “real estate” for ads or not and I’m not saying one method is better than the other. I just thought I’d throw my theory in the mix as well. :)

    Cheer,
    Shane
    .-= Shane´s last blog ..Wealthy Affiliate Review =-.

    1. No worries Glen. I’m sure everyone has theories on ads and what to run and what not to run. I’m not here to tell anyone how to run their blog, I’m not that arrogant. This post is merely to explain why I run the blog the way I do.

      You’re right though, it has initiated an interesting discussion, and that is what blogging should be all about. I’m grateful to all you guys for stopping by and adding so much value to the post by taking the time to comment. :drunk_tb:

  26. I don’t mind ads on a blog unless they are pop-ups or the annoying flash variety. Currently we don’t run any ads on our blog because it is representing our company but that could change if we saw a huge increase in traffic from keywords that describe services we don’t provide.
    .-= Thomas´s last blog ..Picking The Right Keywords For SEO =-.

    1. Thanks Thomas, like you I really dislike those popups and that’w why I don’t use them on my blogs. I figure if I done’t like them I’m not going to subject others to them.

  27. Sire:

    Kudos for not letting anyone’s comments throw you off on what it is you enjoy doing. It’s not like your blogs are about complete mish-mash. Keep up the bloggin’ and keep rolling in the dough too. HAHA. Ain’t nothing wrong with it.
    .-= Andrew@Promotional Sports Bags´s last blog ..Promo Coffee Mugs =-.

    1. Thanks Andrew, I’ll do my best.

  28. Interesting discussion this. Quite a few of your regular readers have commented that they don’t like all the ads, but despite that they enjoy your posts.

    They aren’t the people you need to worry about though. The question you need to ask yourself is “Are you losing readers who come onto the site, see it filled with ads, and then bounce back out?”

    I’m not saying they’re right to think this way, but an awful lot of people on the net do so.

    If you’re making a good income from the ads, then the answer almost becomes irrelevant. But if you’re only making a few hundred dollars a month from them, then maybe consider another monetization strategy.

    I’m not asking you for the answers here – they’re only things you should, and may already have, considered.

    1. Sure have considered some, and as they usually require me to get involved with lists and auto responders I discarded that avenue for revenue earning quite quickly.

      If the ads are turning people away then they weren’t that interested in the first place and so I’m not fussed one way or another. The fact that I do get quite a few regulars with a lot of new face popping in on a daily basis says to me that the majority of them aren’t all that bothered by them.

      1. That’s good then. You’ve obviously asked yourself those questions and decided the benefit outweighs the risk.

        I have to apologise for the typos above – that’ll teach me to type a comment before I’ve had my first coffee!
        .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Why I unsubscribed from your blog =-.

        1. Typos Mike…what typos? :wink_ee:

          1. Bless! You fixed them. Now that’s what I call reader love. :)
            .-= Mike CJ´s last blog ..Why I unsubscribed from your blog =-.

            1. But of course Mike, my sole purpose is to please, instruct and entertain my readers. What other better purpose can there be for a blogger?

  29. Bitchin about ads while promoting OIO; umm OK then…

    I don’t see many at all. Aside from the 125’s which are all over the sphere, I count 5; however they are 5 TALL ones, which may be an issue for some as it looks like a lot more if you’re not paying attention.
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Time Has Come. The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Move!! =-.

    1. Those tall ones are my rotating babies and they ensure I get the most value for the same real estate.

      1. I knew that; just sayin it could easily make someone think ads are “everywhere”, especially if they are on a scroll.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..The Time Has Come. The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Move!! =-.

        1. I knew you knew, I just wanted to yank your chain :lol_ee:

          1. Boy if you weren’t half around the world….. tee hee
            .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Hello & Welcome To The All New – DennisEdell.com/DirectSalesWebMarketing.com Merged – Direct Sales Coaching Blog! =-.

  30. I think if the ads are making you money and helping you continue your blogging avdenture, then who cares what other people think.

    You have a great blog with great content and if you make a little money on the side because of it, good for you!

    1. Thanks Matt, that’s the way I look at it.

  31. Third visit, first comment. I am quite new to the blogging arena (only have 2 blogs running for less than 3 months) but I must say that your Adsense ads at the beginning of the article was the one that “shocked” me the most (“shock” may not be the right word but english is not my first language and can’t think of another that expresses my “sentiment”).

    I then realised that there were other ads on the page because I stopped and looked around having seen the one mentioned above.

    The two at the end of the article, I actually paused and read them thinking they were there to illustrate your point :)

    I know that you are old enough to take care of yourself, but I’d say let the jealous people talk and keep your ads on – at least you don’t have them sandwiched in the body of the post you write… one of my pet peeves.
    .-= Léo@WebDesign UK´s last blog ..Accountancy website design ? Now we can help! =-.

    1. Actually Leo, if I do an exceptionally large post I have been known to place a banner or two to help break the posts up into smaller sections, but I have decided to stop that habit as it never amounted to anything. As a blogger you have to try different things to see what works and what doesn’t so that you can tell others about them.

      1. Well, if you have taken the decision not to sandwich posts between ads based on your testing, I guess I should start an interweb “anti-sandwiched posts between ads” movement :)

        1. That’s cool, but you do realize that if actually did work and people were clicking like crazy your movement wouldn’t have made one bit of difference. :devil_tb:

  32. I tend to ignore most ads, but once in a while one will catch my attention – the one that is on target with what I am currently reading AND offers a discount, free shipping, or the like. In all honesty, I don’t care how many ads are on a blog / site as long as they don’t interfere with my reading the blog.

    1. I think that is the general consensus. Thanks for dropping in Kathleen.

  33. Geez I am a little late to comment where the hell have I been. Hey just a question is there a prize to be the 100th commentator. I am almost there. Wow you get a lot of comments. Its great :) Which leads me into what I want to say. You obviously blog becuase you like to blog. You create interesting posts that people read and love to comment on. This is clear as you always have tons of comments on your blog. You are obviously not trying to push a product on to someone like some other blogs out there. Sure you have some ads, but I dont think it takes away from the value of your content.

    It funny how it seems that if you do something like ad a few ads or a few links some people think like you are just trying to make a few bucks or get a few backlinks. Hey I link to someone in a post because I want to. Also I had had a comment a little while ago that it was just wrong that I listed 2 different hosting companies in one post. I thought to myself why? I have used them both. They are both good companies in my opinion so why not? I just wanted to give my readers a choice. Hey when I go into walmart there are many different kinds and brands of soap and toothpaste to choose from. Walmart give me a selection why cant I give my readers a selection.

    As for advertising on my blog I recently took everything down as well to be honest it just wasnt doing anything for me. I would get some clicks but no one was buying. So I thought well why have it up. I was thinking maybe its just not the right stuff. So I have been trying to think of something different to put up instead of just the standard affiliate links that I had. I want something different something fun. Not sure what yet still thinking.

    Anyways I think affilate linking and ads are fine. You have indicated to me a few times that I should put up more in my posts. I just feel like the world is changing a bit. Maybe the only way to make money is to have those email lists and push ebooks on people, but I don’t really want to do that. So for now I am just concentrating on creating some recipes. Which have been lacking lately. I have to get back to them actually. Sorry about the long comment. I wasn’t trying to make a guest post. I am going to go now and cook up some recipes.

    Jim
    .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Toasty S’more Post =-.

    1. Love your comment Jim and I’ve never deleted a long comment although I have deleted a lot of short ones.

      I think when I made that suggestion to you it was because I notice you missed an opportunity for an affiliate link and I thought if you’re going to recommend a company or product it may as well be one you’re affiliated with as long as you’re happy with them.

      As to obtaining lists merely to push a product, now that I am against.

      1. I agree why not promote a product you like. I dont think there is anything wrong with it. No one is selling any WordPress blog breads that I can promote though. Well I will keep looking. I am just trying to find something that fits something that I like something that is different.

        Yeah I am not into getting a list together and just pushing products on people. I don’t put anyone down that wants to do that its just not what I want to do. To me it seems like something has got to change out there. I don’t know what, but something.
        .-= Jim Hardin´s last blog ..Toasty S’more Post =-.

        1. I’m not against them doing that either Jim, I just think that they should be more transparent when offering these things to people.

          Hey, just so you know by subscribing to this FREE eBook you will more than likely get a whole heap of emails that may or may not help you but will push me over to that 6 figure income that I’ve been dreaming about.

          :tongue_rolleye_ee:

  34. yeah…. I find your adds a little distracting… and for the people that say they are not distracted I think that is because we are so used to being bombarded with ads and spam that we just become used to it. My opinion of course.

    1. Everyone has a right to an opinion Beth and thanks for stating yours.

  35. Blogging about something we love and having fun. If money follow our success on blogging, nothing wrong with that bro.
    Yes, in my old blog I pushed my template with ads and widget and sometimes its look to crowded, but never mind :)

    1. It’s all a matter of keeping everything in balance where your ads do not overpower your content. I think I have the right balance an while there are some that may not agree, that’s life, you just can’t make everybody happy.

  36. Everyone has their own way of doing things. You can’t please everybody. You set up your blog and place ads the way you prefer. Who cares what anyone thinks about how you got your ads. It’s your blog. Hate that you got such negative feedback from those of the blogosphere. It happens. As long as you got readers, especially those that keep going back, you are doing good.
    .-= meka@earn money´s last blog ..How Writers Can Earn Money Online =-.

    1. Thanks meka. There are times though when you can change things to suit others and there are times when you can’t. You can only do so much.

  37. I think the comment that made the most sense was when you said that bloggers run their blogs the way they see fit. My corporate blog is pretty sterile looking, but we do that on purpose. The blog post is the whole point. If you get caught up in the side bars, I’ve lost you. We almost went single column, quite frankly…
    .-= Gomez@windshield appointment´s last blog ..The weather and your windshield =-.

    1. Site look good Gomez, and seeing as how it is a corporate blog I can see why any other ads may take people away from what you are selling. I wonder though if it would be advantageous to you and your customers if you offered other products that would benefit them that is related to your business.

      One thing that comes to mind is that windshield chip repair product. It could even lead to another post as to why it should be done professionally. Just a thought.

      1. Thanks – I’m always on the hunt for another blog post. We’ll add considering hawking the product to our list of possible business considerations, too.

        Cheers!

        ~G
        .-= Gomez@Autoglass Replacement´s last blog ..Creepy windshield stalkers are wreaking havoc on consumers from coast to coast! =-.

  38. I have seen some blogs with outrageous amounts of ads, but I think yours is just fine. I can easily read your content without interruption, and they don’t distract me. I also don’t see a problem with generating a bit of money while blogging. You spend money (and time! which is.. well.. money!) so why not get something back for it? I just need to find out how to do that myself, haha!
    .-= Ryan Cowles@Metacom Creative Design´s last blog ..Free Texture Pack by Metacom Creative – Cardboard, Notebook, Paper, Envelope, etc =-.

    1. Thanks Ryan. I’ve had one A Lister liken my blog to a Christmas Tree and he felt like I was spamming him. That didn’t make any sense to me at all, especially as I’ve tried to arrange my ads in such a way so that they don’t interfere with people when they read my posts.

  39. It’s a delicate balance …

    If you monetize your blog TOO Much it looks tacky

    If you don’t monetize it at all you don’t eat :)

    In the end its your blog and you can do as you see fit

    I did notice that since you posted this you have cut
    down on the ads a bit

    I just started a New blog and For now it it adless

    We’ll see what happens

    Jack

    1. hey Jack, you should see it now, I’ve cut even more ads out of the blog.

  40. I think everybody has there own idea of what makes a blog look good and what makes a blog make money, sometime these two come together perfectly other times they look like a wreck. But, as long as you are happy with your blog, then in the end that is all that really matters!

    1. Unless what you doing is so wrong that no-one is reading your posts ;)

  41. Thanks for the post sire, Is there a technical reason why you prefer Infolinks over Kontera?

    1. I found that I get better results with them.

  42. Google panda now ranks pages according the space ads consume. If your ads consume more space than legitimate content then your webpage is ranked lower. This helps discourage makers of content farms. But of course they still look at other criteria in ranking pages.

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