OK, so this past month or two I branched out and added some advertising to my site. It doesn’t seem like a popular thing to do as I’ve never seen anyone talk about it but I’ll share what I made and why I removed Google Adsense and AdBrite from my site.
First, you have to understand my stats before you can compare. According to my sitemeter account, I average somewhere around 40 hits a day. I know, baby stats compared to some. And even though this blog is somewhat
old established, I just recently even started trying to get any readers. It’s always been about having a place for me to journal/vent (and it still is). I also have anywhere from 10-24 feed subscribers depending on what day you visit.
So based on that, here’s what I earned this month in order of what I added.
#1 BlogHer. BlogHer isn’t just about advertising. It’s about a community of bloggers and I like that you can find other bloggers in their text links. The banners are nice-looking and I highly recommend them. This is my first full month with them and it looks like I’ll close out at around $9.
#2 Text-Link-Ads Since I have BlogHer, I have to be careful about what graphic ads I add and found Text Link Ads to be perfect. I enrolled in a system last month where they sell my posts. Or something like that. My site doesn’t actually have any links on it from them. And yet, this month I will make $11.48. When I have a full month of the same ads, I will make $13.50.
#3 Google Adsense – .46 in a few weeks just wasn’t enough to have any hope. They’ve been removed
#4 AdBrite – .08 REALLY wasn’t enough to take up so much of my sidebar.
All in all, I averaged around $20 this month to blog. I’m sure it will go up and that’s really cool. I know some people literally live off their blogging income and while that’s not my goal (although that’d be COOL) , I’m glad my domain and maybe some Starbuck’s is now financed from me sharing what I want to share anyway and from you, my lovely readers, for visiting. I don’t even have to ask you to click anything. Although I’m sure the advertisers at BlogHer would really appreciate a couple clicks on those pretty banners they make.
And, as always, if anyone has any suggestions on advertising, let me know. There are a few things that BlogHer doesn’t allow, so I’m limited to somewhat on what I can and can’t do.