You might have noticed that over the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with placing a few ads on this blog. This post both explains why these ads are appearing and provides links that other bloggers might find useful if they’re thinking of trying to use advertising to pay for their blog host fees.
I’m currently paying £75 a year in typepad fees and £144 in hosting fees with Demon (that’s about US $390 a year total). Regardless of the fact that I think that this is a small price to pay to be able to reach so many people with my work, I’m looking for ways to make this site pay for itself. I reckon I might just about be able to recoup 50% of my annual outlay…
I look set to make US $15 from Google’s Adsense programme this month [Yahoo entered the market in August]. When you use the search box at the top of this page it takes you through to google’s results and, if you click on one of their sponsored links, I get a percentage of their advertising revenue. The google links to the right work in the same way although clicking on them will take you straight to the site of the advertiser. I don’t necessarily endorse any of the sites listed by the search results or in the googe ad space.
I’ve also got some books advertised using Amazon’s Associates. I’ve personally read each one of these and really do recommend them. I’ve also advertised ipods, powerbooks and other geek kit that I personally own and use. When you click through and buy something I get a small percentage of the sale revenue from Amazon.
Finally, you may, from time to time, notice links to various other products and services. At present those include Vbulletin, which is message board software I have used and recommend although I’d suggest potential purchasers also have a look at the very similar UBB. Vbulletin is a member of Commission Junction programme. I’m also advertising, via a service called Linkshare, two dating services at the top of the right side of the page, primarily because I still get a large number of site visits from people searching google using search terms like online dating, cybersex, online flirting etc. These visitors don’t necessarily find anything of value here so I might as well point them in the direction of what they are looking for. I was once a member of lavalife, one of the two dating sites, and think it’s the perfect place for visitors who want to chat, flirt and have some fun.
So that’s the scoop on the ads appearing on this site. If you see an ad that looks interesting please do click on it as your doing so helps me pay the costs of running this site (I doubt I’ll ever break even though!). As always, there may very well be other products and services that suit your needs just as well as those advertised here and, if you’re really put off by the ads, you can avoid them altogether by subscribing to my RSS feed.