| 3:49 am on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
There's nothing wrong with monetizing your blog with adsense provided it doesn't offend your target audience.
There are excellent all in one advertising plugins available for wordpress which cater not only to adsense but other CPC networks too.
Go to the "wordpress plugins directory" and search for adsense plugin. Select the one you find easy to use.
| 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.
| 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.
Thank you once again for your prompt responses.
| 8:50 pm on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Most of the plugins I've seen will protect you against violating terms of service by having too many ads.
If I could remember the name of one I used, I would tell you, but I can't. I'd just go to WP and search and look for ones with high ratings.
Then read the descriptions - some only manage ads in widgets and blocks you create, others inject them into posts, and so on.
| 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.
| 10:13 pm on Nov 22, 2010 (gmt 0)|
Thanks so much ergophobe! I will look for the plugins tonight. I might have more questions.