Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Will It Bother You If Ads Were On This Blog?

Just a real quick question so I can get a general consensus. Before you blast off that “this is your blog dude, do what you want”, or “Didn’t you say, you weren’t going to put ads on the blog”, just listen as I answer both of these.

First, yea it is my blog but I haven’t done anything to really benefit myself except a few straggled affiliate links here and there. Second, I made this blog as a place for people to come and run with some of the ideas and tactics I have used online.

I did say I wasn’t going to put ads on the blog, and I will tell you now, that the only ads that are going on this blog are from companies I personally work with. So your not going to some John Chow blog (nothing against the dude, actually realize that he makes money by SHOWING that he makes money — great concept) and see a shitload of flashing 125X125 images. No, I get constantly asked what are my favorite affiliate programs, Contextual Ad companies and CPA networks, so I think I might list them.

I have thought over and over whether I should keep going with this blog, and the truth is that it’s a ton of fun. While I wish more people commented instead of sending me email, that’s cool because they are still reaching out and communicating. So a general consensus report on if it will bother you as a reader if we go with a few ads and ad some color.

PS — I don’t know if you like the green or blue, but I love it. Eventually I’ll probably get a new layout, but for right now, I have these moments where I want to make love to the cutline theme. Call me crazy.


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12 Responses

October 27, 2007

The Cutline theme is a great one. I started off with the two column one like you, but I needed to upgrade to the three column to make room for monetizing my blog with the ads.


October 27, 2007
Nick Flame

Man, If you get a new layout, make sure not to choose a pink one, i remember you said this is your favourite color, perhaps you were joking, lol.

Now getting back to serious issues i really think you should monetize your blog with all affiliate programs and webmaster related software and everything else that you think are good. Hey, even paid reviews for different softwares or ebooks would still work great, as long as you don’t bs us.

Do you work to increase traffic to your blog? Beside your signature links. I have no idea how many visitors you have, but i guess you should start promoting it.


October 27, 2007
Ruck

Cool,

Thanks for the support Chris and Nick.

Not even a little bit of pink? I thinkin maybe a racer stripe or somethin across the header:)

Eww, paid reviews on really my sort of thing, at least thru the companies out there. Maybe with more traffic growth I might give an option to the readers to have something reviewed.

Thing is, I won’t know if it was worth it to them or not. If it ain’t I couldn’t take doing it. We will see, for now just put some of my favorite programs.


October 27, 2007
ratman

As long as the ads are for stuff you use and personally recommend, it’s cool.


October 27, 2007

There have been numerous discussions across the Blogosphere against monitization.

Goldblogger.com even has a post about how he attended a “BlogNashville” conference at Belmont University, (Tenn) and the question asked was..

“Can or should blogs make money? The only clear reply was that the early settlers in the blogosphere have yet to come to a consensus. ”

Probably one of the silliest statements I have ever read. At the very least, they should have featured speakers that could help bloggers “weave profit and content” effectively into their blog format.

Maybe I am just dense, but I just don’t understand the point of contention that knocks some people off their “axis” when it comes to making some “coin from your content”.

Just like in the early days of the Internet, when most people thought everything should be free from capital gains, those debates these days are as rare as the Jurassic era.

My personal ramblings aside, you can change this blog to any color scheme that fits your own personal style and taste. Load it up with whatever advertising you want to feature.

Put an affiliate link, or a contextual ad between each sentence of your posts, and I will still come back to read for the quality of information.

Quite frankly, I don’t even think John Chow’s blog it too over the top in terms of product promotion. I know that I am probably one of the few who have that prospective.

Most serious minded people would investigate any promotional offer or program suggested by an authority blogger – beyond the scope of just one opinion.

Personally, I like your “get to the point” attitude when it comes to getting the “Internet marketing party started,” and your recent post about Gumtree is golden.

Experiments like that, as well as other entries you have supplied in this blog is what keeps me, and others coming back.

So, do what you want, do what you have to. No amount of advertising or product pushing is going to get in the way of the personal touches that make this blog a marketing winner..

Rock on “Young Ruck”..

Robert C..


October 27, 2007
Ruck

Wow,

I tell you what. Anyone that sends a comment like Robert, I will personally stop and do a review for one of your products. Hell, just for the sake of how that comment made me feel, I would personally come to an agreement as to what and how much you would want reviewed:)

On a side note, I thought about this a little bit and thought I might put up some case studies as well to go along with my sponsors. I got one coming up tonight on Copeac whom I just started using this past Sunday night.

It’s to soon to tell how reputable they are, but for the sake of earnings and what I did to get there, I thought I might blog about it.

Thanks Robert, it didn’t make my night, it made my year man.


October 27, 2007
Nick Flame

Robert said:

“Put an affiliate link, or a contextual ad between each sentence of your posts, and I will still come back to read for the quality of information.”

HA HA, that s a brilliant idea man, one line of writing , a banner, another line of writing, another banner, imaging like 30 lines and 30 banners on one single post, this would get front page of digg immediately i would say.
I have seen one such post when a blogger wrote a 300 word post, and each word in the post was actually a link to another website. It got some popularity at that time. I do not remember now which was the website, but was really cool.


October 27, 2007
the dude they call "MO"

to me, it doesnt matter diddly to me. if you had monkeys doing summersaults across the screen and little midgets rolling across the bottom of each post, it would not deter me from this place.

the info you give out constantly is what matters here. the stuff that you throw out here are worth more than the crap that alot of marketers try to sell in a $97 ebook that they wrote because they no longer make good money with their techniques. You are the most helpful, intuitive, and cunning soon to be millionaire I know of and im gonna follow you all the way. Every single day I go thru all my stuff and check your site and the RJ forum seeing if you posted something else.

I guess really what Im trying to say is that if you wanna put up a banner of Tom Seleck or David Hasselhoff showing their chest hairs I would still come here because YOU are my inspiration. YOU may not ever know how much I look forward to stuff from you man.

So put up them banners and make more money and like Nick said…NO PINK STUFF!


October 27, 2007
Templar

Even if I had to close 10 popups, I would still keep reading your blog. You deserve some cash for the information you give away.

Greetings from Argentina :)


October 28, 2007
element_of_0ne

Do it man, monetize this bastard.


October 29, 2007

Ruck Sez..

“Thanks Robert, it didn’t make my night, it made my year man.”

Proud and honored young Ruck. It is not often that a blog comment such as the one I rendered here can make a person’s year.

I have been lurking here for quite a while, and figured that it was about time I threw in my two cents worth of praise for your efforts. I am glad that you thought it was much more valuable.

Since I am still relatively new in the affiliate marketing game, and, well, sort of dense,
your step by step information is much appreciated for a slow learner such is myself.

I am now off to read your post about Copeac.

Keep fighting the good fight. ..

Robert C..


November 1, 2008

I say throw some ad’s on this badboy.