On AdSense and revenue and blogging and culture

by Lee Hopkins on September 15, 2007 · 6 comments

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Phew! that’s one heck of a title! What it boils down to is this:

I am very aware that there is a requirement to make money from most of one’s activities, unless one is the fortunate recipient of an endowment or something.

So it comes as no surprise to watch the wonderful Joel Comm give ‘great visual’ on his video series about Google AdSense — after all, he wrote the book!

I have a personal hesitancy about plastering AdSense adverts all over this blog. Joel recommends without hesitation the 336×280 rectangle, followed by the 300×250 rectangle.

I know that he and many other bloggers who make a living online use those rectangles (Amit Agarwal, one of my favourite bloggers, is one) but I have a personal reluctance to plaster ads all over my blog.

Does this mean I am forever to be denied the passive income I desire from my Social Media activities?

The community’s views, please…

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  • http://www.live365.com/stations/claren44 Clarence Jones

    There are two questions that you have to answer, Lee.
    One) Will the ads dilute my brand? (both in terms of losing readers-doubtful; and in terms of choosing the space(s) for the ads to run-can you place them so that they are prominent without pushing important info about you down too far on the page)
    Two) Can you control the ad content so that it compliments the contents of the page? (are the ads for competing services; are they relevant to your readers)
    I’m all for you making a bit of Aussie $$ in return for your great work, so it won’t put me off. The two questions are what I would have to answer for myself if I were to ponder such a thing for my site or blog.
    Love & Peace, Clarence

  • http://www.live365.com/stations/claren44 Clarence Jones

    There are two questions that you have to answer, Lee.
    One) Will the ads dilute my brand? (both in terms of losing readers-doubtful; and in terms of choosing the space(s) for the ads to run-can you place them so that they are prominent without pushing important info about you down too far on the page)
    Two) Can you control the ad content so that it compliments the contents of the page? (are the ads for competing services; are they relevant to your readers)
    I’m all for you making a bit of Aussie $$ in return for your great work, so it won’t put me off. The two questions are what I would have to answer for myself if I were to ponder such a thing for my site or blog.
    Love & Peace, Clarence

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  • Francis

    I think if one has a strong idea, brand, vision, you can lead the way from the front without adsense revenues and ultimately take part in other revenues, through your own innovation.

    I feel so often adsense ad’s degrade the user experience within a web page / blog page. They seem so 1940′s and contain such little production value.

  • Francis

    I think if one has a strong idea, brand, vision, you can lead the way from the front without adsense revenues and ultimately take part in other revenues, through your own innovation.

    I feel so often adsense ad’s degrade the user experience within a web page / blog page. They seem so 1940′s and contain such little production value.

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