Monday, October 5, 2009

To Advertise or To Not Advertise...

So I signed up for the BlogHer Ad Network a little while ago and now that I've finished submitting all the information I'm starting to get cold feet. I'm just not sure I want to have some big, flashing advertisement on my blog. It looks so pretty now and to tell you the truth, sometimes when I go to blogs that have advertising I find it totally distracting. Now I'm not going to lie, I like the idea of getting the extra cash, but would it really be enough to make a difference?

What I do like, in terms of advertising on blogs, is what Simple Mom does on her blog. She has a a couple key advertises that sponsor her posts, and they really seem like products and services that are in line with her beliefs and style. I even went to one of her sponsors, Pear Budget, and loved it and just cannot get enough of it. I signed up immediately and have been using their budget tool every day. However, the down side of that is she has a pretty extensive, professional blog so I don't really think that is an option for me either. Nonetheless, I much prefer that sort of advertising.

So all it comes down is, do I really want to sacrifice my pretty new blog look, making it more commercial and less personal, for a a couple bucks a month? I'm leaning towards no... what do you readers think?


Let me know!

"Advertising is the art of making whole lies out of half truths."
-Edgar A. Shoaff

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would. Money is money. I love reading your blog and I will continue to read it with or without advertising.

Anonymous said...

In all honesty...you're new layout is far from simple. I don't think anyone would really even notice ads. So I would do it and make some $ off of it. Why not.

amber said...

I find some ads to be distracting, but I would read your blog either way.

Tena said...

I don't see any harm in advertising. Go for it!

Janae said...

I agree with the above comments. I look forward to reading your blog and think you have a great blog! I will continue to read weather you have advertisments or not! So what the heck!? Go for it! Money's money even if its 20.00 bucks! It's 20 bucks you'd have extra!

Lindsay said...

It wouldn't bother me, I'm used to it when reading other blogs.

colesGodmommy said...

I agree with the people above. Plus, you could always try it for a month and see how much you make? If it makes a difference and seems worth it and doesn't interfere with the look too much, keep it going...if you don't like it, take it down! :)

Tara said...

I never see blog layouts, unless I comment, because I use google reader. Do you get paid for hits on google reader? Just curious. I don't know why more people don't read on it. All your blogs IN ONE PLACE! And no distracting songs or ads.

alexandjess said...

I read your blog through Google Reader. So, sadly I don't enjoy your new pretty blog look there anyways, so I'd say go for the ads and enjoy a little money from it. :)
If ou go for it, good luck. I'd love to hear later (in a post?) how it goes for you and if you think it's worth it.

~Jess said...

I wouldn't. I had signed up for the google ad sense and ended up removing it, since I didn't like have that on my blog....to each her own.

Anonymous said...

I usually use Google reader, so it doesn't make a difference to me. But I must admit, I really dislike blogs with music set to come on automatically. Esp. when the kids are sleeping and I'm not expecting it!

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