One of the first things I did when I started this blog was install Google Adsense. I really didn’t know much about it (and admittedly still don’t know much), but it seemed like a good idea at the time and it made my blog seem fancy. By fancy, I mean that I had one blinking, rotating ad that made me feel legitimate. I figured “why not?”, and if I was lucky, I might even make a buck or two, right?
Well, it’s two years later and I haven’t seen the fruits of my Adsense labor. No offense, Google. I know there are a lot of blogs that experience great success with Adsense. I remember reading this fascinating post on Weddingbee Pro by Bee Kim about her experiences with blog advertising. If you haven’t read it, check it out. I was so inspired, and still am…but I certainly ain’t makin’ thousands of dollars a month! As if! In fact, at this very moment in time, I’ll fess up and say it:
I’m not sure why I have Adsense.
I have made like $20 in two years. And a lot of that revenue has come from the past few months due to increased blog traffic and clicks.
But here are some pros:
1) I don’t mind the Adsense ads (Except for the one dating site featuring 12 year old girls in their underwear. Me no likey that ad.) Other than that, most of them are very helpful and relevent.
2) It is low maintenance. I really don’t mess around with it much.
3) Adsense is one easy way to track your hit counts.
For the most part, I’m not opposed to advertising on my blog. I would eventually love to promote small businesses on here. But, currently I am looking into other advertising networks. Specifically, BlogHer has caught my eye. I like their community and they seem to be all about women. How nice. Also, they recently contacted me letting me know that I can apply for BlogHer advertising. (Yes, they have a waiting list.) Anyone a part of BlogHer advertising?
So even though my blog is small potatoes, for whatever it’s worth, it has made me think about this whole advertising thing which I have avoided thinking about for a long time. I don’t know. Maybe I should just stick with Adsense. I’d be interested to read other small-ish bloggers’ experiences with Adsense or other similar advertising networks.
Please share! Let’s help each other out. And now I sound like an episode of Sesame Street. But seriously, go Team Small-ish Blogs! 🙂