Ads on ALLO

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

After six years, it’s finally happened. I’ve added advertising to my website.

For a long time, and for various reasons, I was strongly opposed to having ads on my site. However my hobby has been an expensive one, and I’d like it to start paying me back.

There are many professional bloggers, and the freedom of that lifestyle is quite enticing. Coupled with the fact that writing has always been enjoyable for me, the decision to start trying to earn income through my blog was an easy one. The question then became, how do I add advertising to my site in a tasteful, effective way?

Google Ads were an obvious choice. They’ve become ubiquitous on the internet and tend to get included in any online advertising campaign. The rules of having them on my site prohibit me from asking you to click on the ads, but if you do, I certainly won’t be upset (quite the opposite, actually).

The Amazon PayPage was another easy choice, because it’s easy to implement, allows users to donate as much as they want, and ensures the safety of each user’s credit information. I also like the idea that, if you pay me, I become your psuedo-employee and will write about (pretty much) anything you want.

After a small redesign to incorporate the ads, I realized that I needed to blog more. Some of you may have noticed an increase in the number &mdash and length &mdash of blog entries. Hopefully, more posts will translate into increased traffic; both in repeat visits and new readers.

In the future, I’ll be adding a graphical ad with a special ad management system that will allow you to upload your ad and schedule flights. I just have to figure out how to make the cool, but complicated, idea in my head actually work.

I’m interested in getting feedback about the site, so comment and tell me what you think. Since this site is nothing without the users, I’ll take what you say to heart. What do you think about the ads? Have the blog posts been interesting? Would you recommend my site to others?

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3 Comments

  1. The advertising doesn’t bother me. It won’t stop me from coming! Google ads seem particularly unobtrusive.

  2. The posts have been interesting. I don’t necessarily like the ads, but you gotta do what you gotta do. And I agree that Google Ads was the way to go. They don’t annoy me as much as others.

    And yes, I’ll still keep coming back for more. ALLO is like heroin.

  3. Advertising *shrug* I kid. It’s all good.

    I’m going to mention your blog on a future post today because of this thing.

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