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Been thinking about some more creative ways to help publishers to monetize RSS traffic, and was curious what the overall general feeling was in terms of throwing ads into your feeds.
Does anyone do it? If so, how has it performed? If you don't advertise in your feeds, why not? Any just general thoughts on the topic?
Back ontopic though... I think about adding a RSS feed to my site within a few months, but I have even been doubtful about doing that for quite a while. The context is relevant here though, this is a personal, non-commercial site and I don't depend on any income at all.
Would I consider using ads from others in my feeds? No, I don't think so, because of the possible downside on user experience. (Is it easy for users to distinguish between content and ads for example? I wouldn't know). I like the more established methods of advertisement so users know what's going on (before they click), not risking people feeling being tricked into visiting an unexpected website.
But in a commercial environment, it might be a different story of course...
I am now using OrangeFeed to monetize my feed. The thing I like best is that I can choose how frequent the ads are displayed. I can't say I'm rolling in dough now, but atleast it pays for the website, and I haven't had any complaints from readers (so far).