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Thursday, June 9, 2011

To Ad or not to Ad?

I NEED your opinion! I've thought about blog advertising for awhile. And now I've been chosen to be part of one of those big blog networks. So I need to make a decision. Yes or no? On the one hand, more people would see this blog, and that's a good thing! But on the other hand, I always feel kind of funny about ads. Sort of . . . yucky. What do you think? Please respond!!!

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19 comments:

shannon said...

my gut reaction is NO, i like to go to blogs and read about others everyday life and what they are doing with their quilting, not to play hide and seek with ads to read it. one of my favorite blogs got so cluttered with ads, i stopped going. i don't think it should be that hard to read a post.

BUT (there's always a but) if you are wanting to use the gained attention to one day publish a book, start a fabric line, or teach- that's a step you have to take to get 'out there'.

i'm so not helpful..

Jen said...

Why feel yucky? You have ads for your patterns in your Etsy store. Why not put ads where you promote products or services you believe in? you don't have to use random ads or let google choose your ads. Take control of your blog and advertise who you want to promote. There are many ways to put ads on your blogs, research it a little and choose whichever way makes you feel more comfortable.

Emily said...

I feel weird about it, too! My husband and I were just talking about it last night (well more about posting ads on my blog to earn $). I'm just all about free and no ulterior motives. But, it probably doesn't really matter either way.

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

I signed my name on the dotted line last night (if I think we are talking about the same thing). Actually I haven't been anything but excited about it. I saw the ads, and I feel like they are so small and discrete that they don't get in the way of the blog or the blog content. I think it's a good thing, especially if it means you might get the opportunity to have cool giveaways on your blog (like a Silhouette or something else sewing-related). Hope this helps!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

I don't mind ads and I love it when a blog I already read and like has sponsored give-aways. I've been thinking about adding ad space to my own blog. That will be later, though.

Jennifer said...

I don't mind ads at all, as long as the blogger keeps blogging about what they love (which is why I read them in the first place!) and the ads don't distract from me reading the blog. I usually read through google reader on my phone anyway, so they don't bother me one bit. A lot of time and effort goes into running a popular and successful blog, and I don't think there's anything wrong with using ads for any reason; whether it's random ads by google to generate some money or sponsors you really love or something in between. Just keep blogging about cool stuff, and no one will care if you add some ads :)

gill said...

I'm not keen on ads but I take your point about increasing traffic etc

Laurel H. said...

Do it. Quilters who invest as much time in the art as you do deserve to receive advertising income for it. If I'd been asked, I'd do it in a heartbeat...

Patty@Granma's said...

You can tell I'm an old dog! Years ago I would drop magazine subscriptions if the content went to more then 50% ads. I don't watch TV or listen to radio advertising. And now I'm finding myself dropping blogs that are filling up with advertising. I guess I have never liked having things pushed in my face, and that's where I put advertising.
I do love reading your blog, following your quilting progress, and the recipes, and family fun you have.
Follow your heart :-)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am not a help...I can't say I understand the ads you're talking about. If it promotes your work; or you make money from this; I say go for it!! I would love to promote my work better. But there are usually 2 sides to everything; and who gets the most out of it???

Needled Mom said...

I vote for no, but I am sure you will make the right decision.

diane said...

is there a difference between ads and sponsors? I'd like sponsors so I can give things away. I do not like to look at blogs with a lot of ads! You make the choice, it's your blog.

Vicki W said...

It's your blog and you should do with it whatever you want and what meets your needs/goals at the time. There's no reason that you can't implement ads and remove them later if they don't work out for you.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Try it and see. =)

Hollie said...

Will the ads just be on the sidebar on your blog? I don't see anything wrong with that.

Regina said...

I read for content - if it is good I stay, if it is not I don't - the ads are just "extra" that I sometimes look at or don't ... I have never left a good blog or website because of ads... do what is best for YOU and your goals and dreams. As long as your core content stays as wonderful as it is - I will be here!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I think ads can be a good thing, especially if you can earn some extra m oney from it. Just make sure that the advertisers are in line with what you believe etc...and that it wouldn't be a compromise with your blog etc :) :) I've thought about adding AdSense to my blog...to earn a little extra money. I"m not sure about it yet. So I'll keep praying about it, till I am sure, either way :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Janet said...

When blogs have a two liner in reader and then an ad I seldom open the blog post to read it. On the other hand if blogs have small ads on the side I don't usually notice them. I definitely don't look at blogs to see ads. Does anyone?

Jenny said...

im on the fence...personally, i pay ZERO attention to ads on blogs...never ever click on them...just dont...so im fine either way. whatever is best for you i guess.

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