Msg#: 4233275 posted 3:21 am on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi All, As the subject of my post suggests, this is with regard to having advertisements (adsense of other ads) along with wordpress blog posts. I was wondering what thoughts or experience you folks have with this. Any advice would also be highly appreciated. I am considering incorporating adsense into my blog posts and I was wondering what I need to think about prior to incorporating the two. Responses to my post will be highly appreciated.
Msg#: 4233275 posted 3:50 am on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
A few thoughts
- be prepared for disappointment. I have a few low-traffic blogs (1000 - 10000 monthly visitors; total at peak points of abotu 15K-17K visitors per month) and the adsense income for this rarely exceeds $10/month. Granted, most of these sites have topics poorly suited to ads and the ads are often very subtle (just down in the footer for example), but still...
- I do think lots of ads worked into content really cheapens a blog, so if you have something more important to say/sell, you'll need to see whether it's worth it to you.
- it's dead simple to turn on and off, so why not try it?
- there are a handful of plugins and there are free themes like Flexibility 3 that make it very easy to toggle the ad switch on and off.
Msg#: 4233275 posted 5:21 am on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Thank you OMZen and ergophobe! You guys are awesome!
I was considering doing the "one ad at the end of each post" thing. Any thoughts on that? Now, I know exactly how that would appear on the "one post per page" arrangement but how does this work out on the main blog page which features all my posts given that adsense has a limit of 4 ads per page?
I definitely do not want to overdo the ads thing. I care about NOT cheapening the blog than I do about monetizing.
Does the plugin tie into themes or does it function as an independent entity? I am currently running my wordpress installation as an integration with soholaunch site builder - which has created its own slew of problems. Not problems - but it definitely makes adding a blog post a non-trivial task.
Msg#: 4233275 posted 8:53 pm on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
Oh yes, and there is one that was mentioned here that rotates the plugin author's Adsense code through every X number of impressions (not sure what to suggest for search terms - it might take some effort, but you could probably find the thread about it).
Some people found that objectionable because he wasn't disclosing it. By the time I saw the plugin he was disclosing it and I think an author has a right to license his work any way he wants. But it is something to pay attention to.
It should be no surprise that people writing plugins whose purpose is to serve ads might be interested in generating some revenue off that plugin.