I often look at the data that shows how people get to my site.
Mostly people use search engines and are looking for egg free and dairy free recipes, or allergy pictures.
One blog site that has a link to mine is another allergy blog, that is only a month or two old, and they have google ads. If you sign up to Google Ads they put 3 or 4 small, content relevant ads on your blog. If surfers click on the ads, the blog owner collects a small fee (quite small I imagine). As the clicks build up – they eventually accumulate enough $ that google will send them a check.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. I certainly didn’t set up a blog to make money… but I also know I now get a lot of hits.
So what are the ethics associated with putting ads on your blog?
On the one hand – they are a small and non-intrusive, people can see they are paid ads – so it is not deceptive, and it may prove useful to surfers to find more info.
On the other hand – it would feel sort of fake. Would it change what I write about in an effort to attract more visitors? A blog is to jot down your thoughts – have a rave – reach others. Is attempting to make money from it right? Is this capitalism going crazy? These days everything seems to have an angle. I can’t imagine we would be talking about enough money to make it worth the hassle… or would it?
What are your thoughts?
I am keen to know.