Random Rants and Rambling #21 | Advertising

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How many blogs have you been to lately that sell ad space? It seems like I have been seeing more and more lately, and it got me thinking,

“Is it worth it?”

One of the main questions I get asked when I talk about my blog is – “Do you make any money!?” That’s easy;


It’s difficult to explain sometimes, because people don’t understand that I do this because I want to. Because I have a passion and a hobby and I love networking with others that have the same thoughts.

Yet, there are times when I think, “Jeebus, I spend X amount of hours on my blog; networking, promoting.. it’s hard work!” Does that mean that I should get paid for it? Or could I earn a (small) amount to help keep my blog going?

Shoooooot, blogging is expensive.

For the first 6-8 months, I didn’t even know you could possibly make money blogging. Sure, I knew there were “tour sites” that were paid to organize blog tours, book blitz etc. But that’s their job. And I sure as heck didn’t know that people paid reviewers. I wouldn’t – but to each his own. Then I stumbled upon Affiliate sites.

I have a Book Depository and Amazon affiliate links (and more recently with my host), but how many people actually click on those links? Not many, that’s for sure. I use these links in ALL my purchase links, yet I haven’t really “earned” much. Maybe $3.00? I will sometimes go and look for my favorite books and post on Twitter/Facebook; but then the fear of being labeled as a SPAMMER comes to play.. And I stop. ➡ Topic for another day.

So this brings me to Advertising. My husband as asked me several times why I don’t advertise on my blog. I don’t really have an answer. But I do think about the outreach that I have and wonder if I am even a good candidate for it. I think about whether or not people will stop coming to my blog because I advertise.

I wonder if I would be wasting my time and if it’s even worth it.


tell me your thoughts

Do you advertise on your blog? Why or why not? If so – how has it been working out for you?

Do you click on/purchase anything from ads on other blogs?

I’d love to hear from you!

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15 thoughts on “Random Rants and Rambling #21 | Advertising

  1. Lola

    Lately I’ve seen more blogs offer advertising. I think there are different ways to handle advertising and if you feel comfortable advertising on your blog I would say go for it.

    The variation of advertising I like most is when the blogger themselves handles the advertising like Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I actually bought an ad on her site once for Lola’s Blog Tours. I did notice that people do click on those ads, not big amounts, but I still got some visitors to my site from the site I was running the ad.

    Maybe you can offer ad space for authors and such, although I am not sure how much you really make of rit and whether it’s worth the hassle as I’ve only been on the other side of advertising, namely buying the advertisement.
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    1. tonyalee

      I was thinking for authors or other bloggers, but I still just don’t know! 😀 Thank you for your feedback though.

  2. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I do the affiliate links too, but I’ve made no money at all that way. I do make about $5 per month on the Litbreaker ad on my blog. It takes me no work whatsoever and I figure it helps offset the costs of a giveaway here and there. I do know that there are bloggers who make more money on ads, but I haven’t put it any effort to figure out how.
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    1. tonyalee

      Hmm, maybe I can check that out. I don’t see HOW they do it – but it seems like I am slow on the uptake with everything LOL

  3. Candace

    I had tried ads but never made anything from them. It just seemed like a waste to me. I have recently started using my Amazon Affiliate links more. I share sales on social media (and add in freebies as well) and I went from making nothing to making about $3 a month (sharing the sales). So really, it’s not worth my effort, but I do it anyway. I did recently put up some Amazon Affiliate ads and so far they aren’t getting many clicks but someone did buy a big bag of dog food using my link somewhere and I actually made like $2 with that. Which compared to the .4 cents here and there (lol) sure felt like a lot! But the more you share, the more you make so right now I’m working on building up my percentage and then seeing how things go. I worry about the spam thing but I just share things I think my readers will like and try not to post constantly (spread it out and with plenty of other stuff in-between).
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    1. tonyalee

      I have been posting sales and such too! It seems to be bring traffic there so referrals are going up, but not many buys. $2 is nice off a link! Book or no! 😀

    1. tonyalee

      It seems like a lot of work – not saying that I want something easy and simple, but I just don’t have that much time to apply towards it, ya know?

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I’ve been considering this lately myself. I do affiliate links, but I don’t get hardly anything from them sadly. Honestly, blogs that have advertisements on the sidebars don’t even bother me at all. The only ads that bother me are the ones like on YouTube before you’re trying to watch a video. Hahah.

    1. tonyalee

      They don’t bother me either – unless there are a lot. But Kyle has an ad blocker, so I know I don’t even see them all!

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    I use advertising to pay for my website expenses, and keep them to the sidebar. I am uber picky and handle the ads on my own instead of those pennies on the click ads with random stuff. I use affiliate links and all proceeds from there go to giveaways and shipping. I give it right back and that makes me feel good.
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    1. tonyalee

      I saw that on your blog! I think if I decided to go ahead with it, I would start off with a 3rd party until I found my footing, ya know?

  6. Ashley

    I never ever click on ads. I actually have adblock turned on so that I never see ads at all.

    I will never put ads on my own blog because they’re not worth it to *me*. As a reader of blogs, I really don’t like ads. That’s why I block them. So it would feel hypocritical of me to put them on my own blog.

    It’s important to me that my blog is a space that I would want to visit. If I had ads on there, I’d want to visit less.

    For me, blogging is a hobby that I adore, and I’m more than happy to spend money to do it. I personally don’t feel the need to earn that money back.

    That’s just ME and MY blog though. I don’t judge anyone who does put ads on their site. But, you should only do it if it’s worth it. I always see ads as a sacrifice. You’re sacrificing sidebar space, minimalism, and site speed. Don’t bother putting up ads if you earn only $5 per month from them. In my opinion, that’s not worth what you’d be giving up. If you’re making $50 per month, then maybe it is.
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    1. tonyalee

      My husband uses an ad blocker too – so I only see the ads when I am not on my home computer. Which is another thing that I have had hesitations about; how many people use them? People don’t “mind” ads when they are blocked!

      I love blogging – and I have been fine doing it for free, I guess it was just a thought on IF I could earn anything and HOW. Make sense? Advertising would be a HUGE step in a direction that I am not sure I want to go. It’s just something that’s been on my mind.

      Thanks for your input, Ashley!

  7. Terri M., the Director

    As the year has gone on, I’ve wondered about advertising. I agree with Ashley about having to give up real estate for something that won’t get you a lot of money. I do provide an Amazon affiliate link on the very bottom of my site as well as on all the reviews. I haven’t made a bit of money from the affiliate links. But I have hope…

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews
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