A Note About Advertising on This Blog

If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a week, you will have noticed a big change in the appearance. As I discussed in an earlier post, I’ve changed themes to create a cleaner, easier to navigate, and also easier to maintain web site. I’ve tried to keep customizations to a minimum, but I do find that some are necessary to get the look and functionality I want.

I’ve also kept advertising links because they help me to pay for hosting this site, but I’ve gotten rid of the gaudy buttons and banners from this page. I think the look was getting entirely too busy and was detracting from the content which is what I would like the focus of this blog to be.

I’ve been experimenting with different types of advertising over the past few weeks and I just recently signed up for adbrite. This is another text link ad company that provides a keyword-based alternative to google’s adsense. Because the ads served are based on keywords rather than context, they can co-exist with adsense ads without violating google’s terms of service.

If you’re interested in buying ad space on this blog, feel free to contact me directly by way of my contact page. If you’d like to try out adbrite for your own blog or web page, click the small button in the left sidebar on this page. Yes, I do make a tiny bit of money if you do, but I hope you’ll consider it as a small contribution to this blog and also as a way of generating a bit of income for your own blog.

I’d like to hear what you think about the advertising on this blog. Leave a comment if you think it’s too much, too little, just right, or if you have any other ideas for me.

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10 Responses to A Note About Advertising on This Blog

  1. Mike says:

    Everything seems okay to me but a couple suggestions.

    Take the Google ads and set the link colors the same color as the links on your right side bar. When they blend in it make the site look cleaner and more consistant.

    Also, the add just below the individul posts and the comment box are crowded pretty tightly together which makes them a little rough to read.

  2. ray says:

    Hi Mike. Thanks for the advice. I’ve fixed the adsense and I think it looks better. Incidentally, I just realized you can save custom palettes in adsense setup. It makes it much easier to create ads quickly.

    I’m not sure what I can do about the adbrite ad at the bottom of the first post. I’ll check out the code and see if it can be fixed (or maybe replace it with adsense).

    Thanks again for the input and do let me know if this looks any better.

  3. Mike says:

    My pleasure. Don’t forget to pay attention to your CTR to see if I just screwed up your site though. As well all advice, individual results may vary…always consult your…well you get the picture.

    Looks cleaner to me anyway.

  4. ray says:

    LOL. My CTR isn’t much to talk about yet. Give me a couple months to get out of the sandbox!

  5. Leroy Brown says:

    Your CTR isn’t affected by whether you’re hanging out in the sandbox or not. If you want to see CTR jump, you’ll need to toss an ad in a more prominant place – in your content. I hate it myself, but I do it on just about every one of my sites, because it works very well. Adsense Beautifier also will help provide a CTR boost.

  6. ray says:

    Hi Leroy. I was referring more to the lack of traffic, although a hundred or so uniques a day probably isn’t so bad for a blog that’s this new.

    I had adsense in my first posts for a while, but had trouble with internet explorer making the ad invisible because of a nasty little bug in how it handles css. I’m thinking of trying it again if I can work out the bugs and also make it subtle and unobtrusive. I may also try out Adsense Beautifier, too. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Leroy Brown says:

    Damn IE…. you’d think the most popular browser in the world would at least handle CSS right… that ticks me off to no end when I’m fiddling with CSS. Just about every webmaster has lost countless hours trying to appease IE.

  8. ray says:

    It’s absolutely nuts! I’m always trying to figure out why people do things and the same goes for MS: Why do they take something good and throw a little crap on it and then serve it back up to you?

  9. Eddy E says:

    How did you put the google search box on the image up top?

  10. ray says:

    Hi Eddy. I put it in a table inside the wordpress header div, so it’s really a table inside of a table. I tried a couple of different ways and this was the method that worked best for both IE and FireFox.

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