Friday, July 9, 2010

Shake your money maker

Hello there! I have emerged from under the massive, huge, endless piles of LAUNDRY I have been tackling for the past two days. We had SO much to do since the dryer went on the fritz – so now that it’s fixed, it’s been 48 hours of nonstop, never-ending loading, washing, loading, drying, folding, putting away (I hate that part!), repeat.

BUT, I do have to say, it isn’t as bad when the machines actually work. Who would have thunk it? :)

I’m back today with another (what I hope will be helpful!) installment in my blogging series. It’s not really a “series” – just a bunch of posts labeled “blogging” – but you know what I mean. :) 

Many of you know I’m pretty transparent when it comes to what I’ve learned about blogging. I have met so many wonderful women who have been so forth-coming and helpful along the way, and I figure this is my way to pay it forward. :)

One of the most common questions I get about blogging is when/how/why to include advertising on your site. My first piece of advice is the most important one – and it’s a BIGGIE.

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT start a blog to make money.

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The only reason you should start a blog is because you enjoy what you do, you want to share it with the world, and you love writing about it.

NEVER to make money. If you start for that reason, blogging will NOT be fun. It will become a job, a burden, and you will not have nearly as much fun as you would if you just did it because you love it.

Now, if you have done it, you love it, you are seeing more traffic to your site, you are still loving it, maybe someone has contacted you about advertising, you STILL LOVE IT, then it may be time to try out some advertising! Whoohoo!

There are a few different types of advertising that I was totally confused about in the beginning so I thought I would go through the options a little deeper for you blogging Squeezies!

In January of 2009, I decided it was about time I start accepting private ads on my blog. I wrote this post announcing the ad space, which is the first step in the process. I felt SO uncomfortable putting it out there – it was the most awkward feeling, assuming that someone would actually pay to put their ad on my blog.  Ugh.

I looked back at my analytics for the day I wrote that post, and I had 2,149 page views the day I made that announcement. When I started, my ad rate was only $10 a month.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to start out with a (fairly) low ad rate. You will open up ad opportunities to so many small businesses – and if it goes well for both parties, they may be able to stay with you as your rates go up and your site grows.

About six months after I started taking private ads, I learned my first lesson in advertising rates – I was charging way too little. :) By that time my page views were up to about 7,000 a day, and after I started asking around, I found out I was charging an obscenely low amount compared to other bloggers with similar traffic.

Since then, I have raised my ad rates numerous times, and most recently lowered them a bit. So how do you decide what your rates should be? You need to consider a few things – your traffic, rates for similar blogs (don’t be afraid to ask around!), what folks are willing to pay, and even the general economy. Things are tough right now for many, so I decided my rates should reflect that.

There is a rule of thumb, called CPM, floating around out there that says you can/should charge $1 (or more!) per 1,000 hits per month. Say your blog gets 20,000 page views a month – this means you should be charging $20 a month. I’m still not sure how I feel about the CPM equation for blogs. Some use it and charge accordingly, and it works great for them. But if I followed this, even at the lowest conversion, I’d be a very rich woman, and I am so not.  :)

Basically, you need to “listen” to what’s going on around you and take many aspects into consideration when deciding on your private ad rates.

If you want to avoid trying to figure all of that out (and I don’t blame you!) – you can always go for a pay per click or impression type of ad instead. Examples of that type of advertising are the Google ads I have along the side of my site, over there

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They don’t say Google, but they are the rotating ads you see along my sidebar. They have a few options available – text ads, image ads, ads for your “feed,” for mobile sites – in just about any size you can think of!

I started out with the text and search ads a year ago, way down low on my site, and saw such a small result I took them down. Then I put an image ad up a few months ago, and I tell. you. what. They ROCK! Zero effort on your part, and you can make decent money.

I added another Google ad to my sidebar a couple weeks ago just to try it out, and it’s doubled my revenue. These are such a great option for just about any blogger – no matter what your traffic! Google ads are a fantastic way to get into the whole ad thing without having to deal with the logistics of private ads. (And no, Google is not paying me to say this – ha!)

A third option that I am very pleasantly surprised with is the network-type ads, like my fun Juice Box Jungle ad in the upper left corner.

I am LOVING working with these folks! JBJ ads do not have any restrictions on my content/site – you have to watch those with this type of advertising. (They vary based on the company.) BlogHer is another option – but I think there has been a waiting list for years now. (Not sure of the current status though, so it wouldn’t hurt to check it out!)

I find the Juice Box and Google ads are fantastic options because there is very little upkeep on my end. The downside is you have to be patient when it comes to getting paid. :) No instant gratification in the bank account where those are concerned.

My advice? Diversify as much as possible! I am seeing great results from including ads from each type – private, network and Google. The success of each one varies month to month as well – sometimes private ads are low, and Google goes through the roof. Then I’ll get a bunch of private ads, and the others don’t do as well. Having some variety helps.

So, once you’ve got your ads, where the heck do you put them? My past life marketing experience and recent research continues to show that the upper left of your site is the best spot – the reason for that is that our eyes reads left to right, so the upper left is the first spot your readers see when they reach your site.

There are arguments for other placements as well, and I see the benefits of either left or right. Research also shows the higher up the ads are, the better the results for your advertisers. Again –- I am NO EXPERT peeps! I’m just sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Some bloggers I’ve seen have them on the bottom right and do very well! Sometimes I think placement doesn’t matter as much as the content of the blog does.  :)

I know a few readers are put off by some ads – the blinking ads for instance. Because I know it was driving a few people nuts, I stopped taking those and only take static (non-blinking) ads now. The pop-up ads are another annoyance fro some, and I can promise you you will never see one of those on my site.

My general rule is if I would be annoyed by it, you won’t see it on my site.  :)  I do my best to keep the ads clean and relevant. And I will make one more promise to you – you will NEVER be directed to anything other than what the ad says – no spammy or offensive links here.

And if you do ever see anything like that, please let me know so I can address it. I love having an extra few thousand sets of eyes. :)

Oh by the way – having NO advertisers is always an option too.  :) Ads aren’t for everyone – and I completely respect those that decide it’s just not something they want on their site.

So what about you? If you have  a blog, have you made the jump to accepting ads yet? If yes, how has it gone? If no, is there something holding you back? As a reader, are there ads that drive you bonkers?

Oh wait – one more thing. You will not get rich from advertising on your blog. It will help – maybe a little bit or maybe a lot. The advertising from my site has been a Godsend – we are thisclose to having our debt paid off (after years of chipping away at it) and it allows me to continue doing what  love – tackling new projects and sharing them with you!

76 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say THANKS a BUNCH for this info!! I am just starting out with my blog and have always wondered about advertising. You always have such great information on here about blogs, and I just want to you know how much a I appreciate it :)
    Love reading your blog, it's the first decorating blog I go to each time-no lie!
    Keep up the good work, and thanks for being an inspiration!

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  2. As always, a truly informative post. I just started advertising on my blog and it definitely has been a learning process! Thanks for the extra tips and tricks. I will be sure to try them out :)

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  3. Very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to explain this. Much appreciated!

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  4. thanks for the information. I have my ads in the top right, but top left makes more sense. How many followers do I need before I ask for private ads? I'm a newbie and have about 50 followers.

    Thanks, Katharine

    http://katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com

    P.S. Would you look at my blog and give me your opinion? Thanks!!

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  5. Great information, but my good adsense choices are not the same as yours in the "gadgets", they allow me to choose "text only" or the combination of "text & image". I have searched and searched but do not find "image only". Can you address this?

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  6. Thanks for this...been 'toying' with the idea for a while but this has given me a great insight!
    Have a great weekend
    Annie x

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  7. Thank you for the great info! Im new to blogging and love it. I do the google adsense and the amazon links cause I love amazon. I'm more interested in doing giveaways for my readers, got any tips on people to network with? BTW, I'm doing my very first giveaway tomorrow come check it out!
    thanks!

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  8. Thank you for the great info! Im new to blogging and love it. I do the google adsense and the amazon links cause I love amazon. I'm more interested in doing giveaways for my readers, got any tips on people to network with? BTW, I'm doing my very first giveaway tomorrow come check it out!
    thanks!

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  9. OK -- I think you can disregard my question. I believe I figured it out, but I just have to be patient to see if it actually shows up. I know that I have actually ordered several items from both the Overstock and the CSN sidebar ads from bloggers.

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  10. Anything pertaining to blogging always peaks my interest. Thanks for sharing. Yes, I certainly am not getting rich from blogging, but I have learned so much from it!

    There are too many reasons why I love to blog, but the newest reason is I actually got to "talk" to a fellow mom blogger from Virginia yesterday! (Pretty far, considering I am in Wisconsin!) We've "known" each other for two years and we are becoming friends in real life! How cool is that?! :)

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  11. I so agree with you about not starting a blog to make money. You'll get burned out and discouraged. You *have* to love it. Such great points!

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  12. Thank you for the info! II recently started a blog about our first home and really appreciated the insight :0)

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  13. Thanks for the info! : )

    One tangentially related question: you mention having 2,000 + page views when you started taking ads. How long did it take you to get to that point? I know you have talked about commenting as a way to build a following, do you have any other tips?

    Thanks again! : )

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  14. GREAT article, Sarah! I definitely have to agree about not starting blogging to make money. Lately, I've seen a lot of brand-new small blogs with "Advertise Here" or "Donate Here" links and I wonder if they're going to burn themselves out in a few months.

    I waited until after I'd been blogging consistently for a year before I started offering ad space on my blog. I worked up to a regular posting schedule so that my readers knew what to expect from me, and I felt like I had a good relationship with my readers. I figured that after a full year, chances were that I was not going to get bored and quit or run out of steam. ;)

    I think it's important to have some degree of trust with your readers so that they know you aren't going to plug any old thing on your blog just because. I try my best to keep a balance between promoting my sponsors, but not letting that area take over my blog with constant mentions, promos, etc.

    Thanks for a great article!

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  15. First of all . . . I LOVE you and your blog. You are refreshing. I have a question . . . how do you find out how many people read your blog every day? I have a little blog and I would love to know how many of my friends are visiting. :)

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  16. Awesome post! I've often wondered how that all worked when I'd see ads on different blogs & now that I'm close to opening my Etsy shop I'm really interested in advertising on other's blogs as well. Great tips! :-D

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  17. Great info, I will reference this again once I take ads, which I've decided to do once I get my blog redesigned, probably in the fall. It is secondary to me, advertising, as I love writing my blog. But I might as well, if I'm going through all the effort to post on a regular basis!
    Janell

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  18. Thank you!! I've been REALLY thinking about starting my own blog but do not understands the ins and outs of it yet AT.ALL.

    So, reading little tidbits like this give me better insight into the process. I wasn't sure how the whole advertising thing worked, so I appreciate this.

    The other thing, I work outside the home full time and wonder if any other 'good' bloggers do this? I've noticed that the blogs I follow seem to be SAHM's with husbands that work outside the home. I'm a single mom, so working full time is a MUST. I know I read of one woman who is also a single mom, works full time, and blogs...can't remember her site, but she does romantic cottage design, and her home has been in magazines...but her kids are teens. Mine is only 10.

    This is my biggest concern.

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  19. I only have a couple of ads on my blog right now {text/word link} ads. My only criteria is that they should be relevant to the home and/or decorating in some manner. I mean it would just be silly for me to have an ad for dog food on my blog! : ) I think I've quoted a fairly modest rate, but then again, ads weren't something I really put much thought into. They are not really enough to do anything {like pay a bill}, but who knows where I'll be this time next year! Thanks for sharing your info on it!

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  20. No ads for me. This is just a fun hobby but I respect your decision to accept ads Sarah. Your blog still looks clean and we all feel like we know you. That is important to me or I will not visit a blog. Great information. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  21. Thank you so much for all of the great info. My biggest problem is blogging consistently but I'm committed to trying harder to make that happen. I love to do it and being able to make a little $$ would be a bonus. I love your blog and am so thankful to all of you great bloggers who share their advice and experience.

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  22. The thing that has held me back as far as advertising on my blog is that I'm afraid that I would feel like I HAD to keep posting and posting even if I had nothing to say in order to give the advertisers their money's worth. Or that I would feel guilty if real life took me away from the blog for any length of time. The Google or amazon ads might be a way to go, though. Not sure yet. Thanks very much for this post! I'm curious as to how much revenue you see from ads (if that's not too personal to ask.) :)

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  23. How do you receive payment? Do they send you a check each month or do they pay you through Paypal?

    Di

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  24. This post is an example of why you are such a successful blogger -- it's well written, with an enormous amount of honest information packed into it. Excellent!

    My only ad today is my blog post today, which is an "ad" for my daughter's Etsy shop! (original fashion watercolor greeting cards). Heck, I'm her Mom . . . what could I do?

    Keep up the good work!
    Cass

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  25. Thanks for another edumacationelll post about blogging :) I keep learning so much from you. And I'm soooooo happy I linked up to your party, I couldn't believe the hits I got. you're my hero hehehe

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  26. As always, your blogging series is wonderfully refreshing and insightful. I appreciate your taking the time to 'pay it forward'.

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  28. This post came at a perfect time for me, Sarah! I just revamped my blog a few months ago, and while I've been posting regularly and gaining a handful of followers every week, I just haven't felt like it would be "appropriate" to take on any advertising while I'm still so small. Do you know what I'm saying? Sometimes I'll be stalking a blog that has 5 followers and they have ads all over the place and I just think "who are you kidding?". I don't want to be THAT girl :)

    I remember when you posted your plans to start to take on advertising. And I remember your agony :) But I also remember thinking you were exactly right to do it! I'm one of your earlier readers and still get all giddy every time I see a new TDC post in my feed! :)

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  29. Thanks for the wonderful blog and thanks for this post. I have been blogging for 1 1/2 years. I started because I love card-making and scrapbooking and wanted to share my ideas with my family. My blog has grown into more of a blog about my day to day life. I am not at a point where I want to have advertisements but I will definitely bookmark this page for future reference. Thanks again for all the information.

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  30. Very good post, I actually am the Internet Sales Director and deal with CPM's and SPNSR pricing on a daily basis and know all about ad space etc. I've been pondering if I should do the Google Ads I don't really like them because they actually are sold on my CBS TV site that I manage and I don't like them when they are on there so I wasn't sure if I'd make enough to want to put that ad out to my users. Can I ask how much you might have gotten when you first started out with Google ads and using JPGs for the 160x600 ad space?

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  31. Very interesting and helpful. I don't blog and don't have any plans too, but things might change some day and this is good to keep in mind, just in case.

    I do have a question, total curiosity. How does Google Reader work with your traffic? I don't click over here every day, but I do keep up on GR. Do us subscribers count on your statistics? Are followers different than subscribers? Like I said, just curious. Love your blog, BTW. I made curtains this weekend and I don't know how many times I pulled up your blog while trying to figure them out. Your curtains inspired me big time!! Thank you.

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  32. Great post - thanks so much for sharing the things you have learned along the way - it is invaluable to those of us that are fairly new. A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to sign up with Blog Her, and I am really glad I did! It certainly doesn't make a substantial amount, but for some reason that little bit of income makes me feel less guilty about spending so much of my time blogging!!

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  33. Wow! Thank you so much for the advice! I love writing in my blog simply for the fact that I LOVE sharing what I know and do! Best wishes!

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  34. Great post! I'm waaaay too new and don't have enough followers to do advertising, so for now it's just kind of a cool "what if" for me. I'm enjoying every single minute of my house remodeling though, which is the number one reason why I blog. I love sharing this crazy misadventure with others... even if that means only 29 followers. At least I've got 29 people out there who are giving me so much encouragement and advice! I am grateful for it every single day, and it keeps me motivated to do more.

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  35. Fantastic advice Sarah ! A definite 'must read' for new bloggers !

    xo
    Kate

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  36. This is a great post Sarah! I have been blogging for a little over a year now and have considered using ads on my blog. I love blogging and I must admit that in the beginning I thought it was all about getting readers and followers. Now I know that its about loving what you do which at the end allows you to write well! I say now, if you write it, they will read it! And I've been watching my traffic grow ever since! Thanks again for this post I will make sure to keep it in mind when I decide to do this!

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  37. Thank you so much for these blogging tips!! They are so helpful! You are great at what you do and I enjoy your blog so very much!!

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  38. Thanks, Sarah. I always learn so much from you!!!

    :) Laura

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  39. Thanks so much for the ad info. I have been wondering about some of those exact things. Also, I will be sure to take the time to CLICK on those ads now and again. It will be my way of saying thank you for the great blog and GREAT IDEAS.

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  40. This is very interesting and informative. I just put a Google add on my blog yesterday. I wasn't going to do any ads on my blog but then I decided, why not do that one. I don't have to try to post just to post to ensure visits to my site because I feel obliged to sponsors. We'll see how it goes. I'm going to have to bookmark this page and come back and look at it again in the future if I decide to do anything else. Thanks.

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  41. Hi Lady! Great post! Just a little FYI...Juice Box Jungle is not accepting new advertisers right now, althought they are starting an affiliate program. Thought you might like to know. (I contacted them after our little email conversation last month.)

    As always, you are a sweetheart and you rock beyond words!!

    xoxo
    Wendy

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  42. Great info. I have very briefly thought about doing ads, but really don't know if I have enough readership for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. this is a great post sarah, i'm sure so many are thankful for this advice. as for my blog, i'm having a lot of fun writing and sharing. i don't run any ads at this point. my blog is with wordpress, though, and they occasionally run google ads (wp is great in so many ways, but nothing is "free" i guess). i make nothing from that, and i'm sure some of my readers who don't know about wp would assume i'm making money. but i'm not. maybe one day...

    one thing i've seen is when new bloggers start running private ads too soon and then they find they are spending so much time trying to drive traffic to their sites to maintain their sponsors. and not enough time creating and writing about what they love.

    anyway, thanks for the interesting read.

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  44. Yet another reason why I LOVE your blog! I've been reading it for *I think* 1 1/2 - 2 years now, and I still love it. It's still one of the first ones I check on because you are constantly inspiring me. As far as ads go for me -- I am SUCH a newbie in the decor blogging world (haven't even been blogging 2 weeks yet - although I've had our family blog for 3 years) that I have (obviously) not even considered that as a possibility! I just love it and hope to share that love/enthusiasm with others. (and I'm pretty sure my readers are my 4 friends that know about my blog!:) I wish I were a better writer, so I could really convey that love to my readers, but, as I'm sure you can tell, I am a rambler! I am working really hard on becoming a better writer so hopefully my ideas come across as cohesively as possible! As far as ads on other's sites, as a reader, as long as they don't distract from the point of the blog, I don't mind them one bit. I think it's great that people who put so much into blogging are really getting something even more out of it.
    Sorry again for the novel!

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  45. I just realized I totally just talked about myself in that comment -- so sorry! I really appreciate the advice you give about blogging -- it is so helpful to us newbies! :)

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  46. So interesting!! I am so new, and dont' have much traffic yet, so I don't think anyone would want to put an ad on mine yet! I would love to be there someday though....great tips, thank you so much! I love blogging, and hope to have success at it!

    Cindy

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  47. Great post! I have been blogging since 2005 and still found great info from this article!

    FYI, I know that ads are best for revenue in the upper left hand corner, but for those who are vision impaired, a screen reader will also read left to right and will have to go through everything in your sidebars before being able to read your text. I do 508-compliance for my 9-5 and have several subscribers and readers who have let me know they are vision impaired and use screen readers for my blog. After learning this, I changed my sidebars to the right-hand side. You never know who may be your most loyal reader! :)

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  48. Thank your for an excellent post.

    I am so new to blogging (right now, just for fun) that ads are the furthest thing from my mind. Thank you for reviewing the general concepts and how to begin. Will be book marking this post!

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  49. I have wanted to do advertising but my question is: how do your private ads pay you? (the ones you asked $10 a spot for) and also if I use digital scrap booking supplies to decorate my blog & have advertising I have to buy the commercial license digital scrap kit right?

    Thanks,
    Kristi

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  50. Great post, i have been blogging for about two years now and recently gave my blog a face lift with the new blogger templates, I have since noticed that I am now getting alot of advertising request and recently was asked to do a csn giveaway, and other posts, however at the same time I have noticed that the number of readers seem to have dropped off a little, there seems to be a fine line between keeping everyone happy, and not feeling like you are just posting endless ads and press release posts.
    Feeling a little discougaged right now.

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  51. Thanks so much for this post and the "All I Know about Blogging" post. I just started blogging this year and am having so much fun. My topic is our adoption of a 7 year old boy from China. At first my blog was private - just for family and friends. I recently "went public" and have been happy so see lots of new traffic. No advertising yet. Stop by and take a look if you have a chance!

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  52. Thank you for this wonderful blog post! It's very interesting... hopefully I'll be able to get mine going (and looking good!) soon :) Love your blog, by the way. I stop by ALL the time!

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  53. Sarah, thank you for taking the time to share this information.

    I noticed you offer three different options for advertising, is there one that sells more then the other?

    I just launched my advertising program last week. To help with selling the spots I created an ad rate pdf to send out by email as well as posted it online.
    Do you have something like this or recommend it?

    www.plussizefashion.ca/advertising

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  54. Thanks for the information. You are a giver!

    Lisa

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  56. Thanks for this post! I am considering offering ad space when I revamp my blog next month, so this comes at a perfect time.

    Here's my question: format wise, do you add the private sponsor's buttons to your sidebar yourself or does someone do it for you? I wanted to have side-by-side ads in the sidebar, but when I asked my blog designer she said she'd have to resize and add them manually for me. Which costs money, negating the income from ads in the first place! Any advice on this technical issue?

    Thanks again for your post; how generous of you to help other bloggers!

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  58. This was perfect timing for me. I've been blogging for a long time now and never thought about having ads, but I've had a couple of emails lately asking if I took ads and how much I would charge. I had NO idea! I still haven't decided if I want to accept ads (just not sure if it's a good fit for my blogging style), but this post gives me some good ideas to think about. Thanks!

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  59. Quick question for you - I can't tell what your Google image ads are directly. Are the Abe's Market ads?

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  60. I really appreciate the low-down on blog advertising! I have been thinking of giving it a try myself but not sure yet.

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  61. This is great info! I would have loved to have read something like this a year ago. I agree with a lot of what you mentioned. I too strongly feel that it has to be an added benefit to your blog and not turn into a job. I have found myself frustrated with other bloggers who get caught up in advertising and their blog content becomes less important. I got Blogher ads about a year ago. They still had a waiting list but I guess if you have a certain amount of traffic, they will take you anyways. I will have to check our more of your blogging "series" :)

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  62. Very informative and very helpful! Thank you!

    I have not put ads up on my blog as of yet. I think one reason is I was (until reading your post) unsure about them and the whole "package." Another reason is that I just started "seriously" blogging about 2 months ago. I started my blog in Jan, but didnt really start blog surfing, linking up, following other bloggers, etc. until a couple of months ago.

    Thanks again! Love your blog!

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  63. I love your site. I come to it often to check out all of your awesome crafty ideas. I've been blogging for less than a year and I do have ads on my site, but I'm wondering how long it took you to build up to 2,000 hits a day? Last blog post you said to comment on other blogs, how many should I be commenting on? So many per day or so many per week? And should they be brand new blogs each time? Or do I go back to the same ones?

    Thanks again! Glad your blog is so successful!!

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  64. Thank you for the very informative post-no, I did NOT fall asleep even once! Ads are something that I have been considering for my blog. I am so glad you gave me some food for thought.

    http://stacinay.blogspot.com

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  65. Thanks for the info. I've been hesitant to put ads up because I've seen so many badly designed blogs. However, the advertising on your blog is done very tastefully and more importantly, your content always great.

    BTW, I saw that my husband has your blog bookmarked. Love that man... he's cut up all the beadboard pieces to do a backsplash in my kitchen and is using your blog post as a reference.

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  66. Wow. I don't know how I missed this post before cuz you're in my reader. I'm glad that you linked back to it in your post today! :)

    I so respect how transparent you are. What a blessing to so many. Thank you!

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  67. thank you!!! This post really helped! I have been debating advertising, but I figure why not? I LOVE blogging, and I might as well make a little extra while doing it!

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  68. Thanks for re-posting this! Great info for new bloggers!

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  69. Great information to get one started blogging. Thanks for getting the info out there for one and all.

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  70. Great information for this newbie blogger. I just started about two months and have focused on writing consistently and figuring out what my readers like best. I am really enjoying it. While I do use Google Adsense and have my sister's business listed as one of my sponsors I am not focused on earning money. I hope to become a better more consitent blogger with followers before I decide to add advertisers.

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  71. I just wanted to post that you are absolutely right in the linking of blogs. I started reading Layla Palmer of theletteredcottage.net and moved over to Bekci at infarrentlycreative.net and from her to you! I was so inspired by Layla that I actually started blogging myself.

    I don't have a following yet... it's only been a few weeks, and I'm really not promoting it. What I have found mostly is that it's forcing me to focus my decorating plans, hopes and dreams rather than running madly off in all directions. If for no other reason, THAT has made the process worthwhile.

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  72. Thank you so much for this very helpful post! Thank you for going into to details so that us newbies have some range to shoot for!

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  73. Hi Sarah! Gotta question! I started using Google adsense back in October & have really only been ranging about $10.00-$15.00 a month from it. When you say that you added another Google ad to your sidebar, how did you do that? I looked through Google Adsense & can't figure out how to add another. Any tips or suggestions?

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  74. Hi,
    What about text ads? I have had some approach me with this and am not sure what to do.
    thanks

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  75. Another great post, Sarah! HomeJelly has only relied on Google Adsense, but we are just about to diversify. Thanks to your info. (as well as your smart readers' comments) I am learning loads as to how to proceed. I am also going to work on linking...I know I can do it!

    Inspirational people are cool.

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  76. Thanks so much for your helpful article in posting ads! www.lusciouslifeanddecor.com

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