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Ads Are Not Riches

Process Post #8.

“Do you want to monetize your site? If so, how will you do so? What changes will you need to make?”

Who doesn’t want to make money? Seriously? No one. Everyone wants to make cash, let alone a little extra cash. We need it to survive. And most important, we need it to go out for meals so we can take photos of our duck confit and blog about it.

In all seriousness, there’s a right and wrong way to go about making that cash we so desperately need. There’s also an efficient and inefficient way to do it, and that varies from person to person. As far as monetizing my blog goes, I don’t think I’m there yet. Actually, I know I’m not there yet.

Using Google Analytics, I can see the traffic on my blog. Exciting! People are viewing it. OK, I’m famous. Slap some ads on there and bring me a mimosa cause I’m about to sit back and rake in the revenue I get from the…..

14 people that have viewed my blog this month.

OK, maybe I’m not famous.

As we’ve learned in class, monetizing your blog is something that may actually push new users away. AdBlock exists for a reason: people don’t want to see ads. Adverts often play to the subliminal, using data mining to target the perfect audience and at the very least remind them on the products and services the ads are selling. So, why monetize a blog with such a small following? As much as I would love to make a little extra money, I’m not there yet, and theres no use in ‘nickel-and-diming’ your users, especially if it’s such a small following.

Side note: February 5th, 97 users viewed my blog. Considering 141 users have viewed my blog… 97 is a pretty big chunk. Whatever happened on February 5th…. I do not not. But damn was I popular.

Long story short: no, I will not be monetizing my blog. Yet! Let’s wait until I do get a big following (it’s only a matter of time, I swear), and then I’ll revisit the idea.