Friday, June 02, 2006

Google Ads - Opinions?

What is the general consensus on advertising on blogs? Would an inconspicuously placed Google Ad put people off reading a blog?

I am considering the posibility of placing advertising on my site to pay for my expenses and wanted to hear what others feel about this before proceeding.

This Post was written by Pamela from Posie's Place

19 comments:

nika said...

dont expect much! :-) I think I made $0.02 one month. That was the most I ever made.

I am sure readers will be ok with a few here and there.

I personally find the ones that are put at the bottom of each post annoying.

Good luck!

Michele said...

I''ve done quite well with adsense on my blog. I have had some complaints about the ads but others have said they don't mind them. I say it's your blog so do as you wish ;)

Amy Sherman said...

I'm curious, what do you consider "quite well"?

I don't have ads on my site because I don't like the way they look and I wouldn't want something on my site I didn't believe in, but that's just my opinion. Ads don't keep me away from most sites, but I generally find them annoying.

William I. Lengeman III said...

I see nothing wrong with using AdSense and don't mind it at other pages if it's not in my face. At my pages, I try to make it noticeable enough to be worthwhile without being downright irritating and in the way. I've done reasonably well with it, given my modest traffic. How well, I'll decline to say, given that it violates the AdSense terms of service.

Michele said...

Amy, it's against Google's T.O.S. to discuss actual earning amounts, but I'm about to receive a check from them if that answers your question. I put the ads expecting to earn some extra change here and there but have done much better than that.

FJK said...

I don't think my blog gets enough traffic to warrant doing it and I don't want the clutter, so I haven't added it to my site, but I have no problem with ads on other sites as long as the ads don't impact the readability of the posts. (I don't like ads between posts either)

Personally, I'd rather the creator of the blog makes some adsense $ instead of just the blog farmers and rss reapers out there.

Ellen said...

It's funny. No one professes to like the ads between the posts but they perform quite well apparently if your goal is to earn some money. I don't mind ads if they don't impact the readability. I have them. I make some money, but far less off the blog itself than my main cooking main site.

Tana said...

I hate them all, especially the ones between posts (GourmetFood.About.Com's "sponsored links" made me queasy -- Walmart was a "sponsored link" on a site professing to be about "gourmet" foods. If them's not fightin' words, I don't know what is. Of course, "gourmet" has been co-opted by agribusiness so that the bloody Safeway has "Gourmet Cat Food." My cats eat gophers but delicately eschew the green greasy gopher guts. So it's all relative.)

If you have to have them, stick them on one side where a single scrolling bypasses all.

David said...

It seems to me that you only make money if... A) You have a lot of traffic, B) You place them in the right places on your site.

I added them a few months ago, to cover hosting fees, but those ads barely cover them. I keep them mostly for the fun of seeing what GoogleAds come up with as they scan my site for content. Since my site's eclectic, I love to watch and see what related 'links' appear!

Amy Sherman said...

Ah yes David, perhaps you remember the eBay ads for "Used Pinot Noir" on Vinography...!

If you don't have issues with Amazon, their affiliate program isn't too bad and less intrusive if you are only using links to books/products you write about.

Kalyn said...

Hi Pamela,
I don't think there is any "general consensus" on adsense. Some people hate it and others think it's an easy way to make a little money. I have a few ads on my blog, and the small amount of money I make helps offset the extra money I spend for food and other kitchen goodies to write about, so it seems like a good trade off for me. Unless you have a lot of traffic you won't ever make a lot of money from the ads, but they are easy to put on and don't take much thought after that. The ads are tied to the content of your site, which can be interesting, but I haven't really had anything pop up that made me go "Yuck, I don't want any part of this."

It's interesting that a fair number of people here say they hate ads, but some of the most highly visited food blogs have them, so it doesn't seem that the ads stop people from visiting a site.

One more thing, it is my impression that unsophisticated internet users are the most likely to click on an ad (looking for more information and not knowing exactly how to access information on the internet) so if you're going to make anything at all from the ads, you need to be sure your post titles and links are things that search engines will find.

David said...

I know people with very popular food blogs that are making a lot of money with ads on their site. The ads are very, very carefully placed for maximum exposure and click-ability. The ads are well-integrated into the site, causing them not to be so noticable.

There are some objectionable ads on AdSense, depending what you object to. Some of the 'normal-looking' ads are actually for porn and you don't know that until you click on them (which you can report to Google.)

Luckily, I think you still get your per-click fee from them
; )

Willa Frank said...

i don't mind the ads if they are situated on a sidebar, but am really turned off by the adsense ones appearing before or after posts. they just seem like clutter there, to my eyes at least.

David said...

For ad placement, there's an interesting Engadget Visual Breakdown that shows where ads are supposedly more effective, and the like.
Kinda interesting...

Pamela said...

Don't think I will bother with any ads for the moment, going on what you say I don't think my site has enough visitors to make enough money to cover the hosting costs.

Thanks everyone for your feedback!

neil said...

Maybe we need to have a "Click On The Ad Day", where everyone clicks on the ads on every site they visit. That might generate a bit of extra income for everyone ;-)

Willa Frank said...

tankeduptaco,

it couldn't hurt! ROTFL! ;-))

Michele said...

It's true, placement is a huge factor as to if the ads will work well for you or just be an eye sore. Funny thing is, I've tried many different formats and placements and the ones that are the most annoying looking prreform the best. Maybe people are so annoyed the click the ads just to get away from my blog? Ah well... whatever works I guess, LOL.

Madeline said...

I have refrained from using the inter-post ads because they look so cluttery to me that I am not willing to sacrifice the look of my blog for them. I hardly make anything from my ads, but as traffic increases, I have seen an incremental increase in ad revenue.

I prefer the amazon associates program because I can make money from linking to things I write about, so it makes sense.