A great, possibly excellent Blogger would probably have all sorts of links to validate the information he/she/it is sharing. If you have been privy to any of my previous posts, you’ll see I rarely do that unless I am speaking of a specific article. You should know how to Google as it has been around a while now. This is kind of just a preface to this post; no real significance.
As I have heard from various people because I’m not one to watch the news (talk about uneducated), investors backed out of Facebook because Facebook users (it’s a drug, amirite?) don’t hardly ever click on the ads. I know I don’t. I forget they’re even there and there is actually an app through the browser Opera that blocks them. Kudos, Opera.
Now what about Blogs? I have been a long time reader of a professional Blogger who blogs about her personal life. You may know her as Dooce or Heather B. Armstrong or the Blogger who blogged about her separation from her husband. That was a hard read. I have been following her, reading everything she has publicized since 2000. She made her Blog into a career and though she tries to explain how, I still don’t get it. I don’t think I could start a small business like that. But know she is making bank. If you’re morbidly curious enough you can find in other articles what she pulls in a month. It’s not just her though, her family benefits to and although separated her and her husband still work together. I’ve gone a little off course. You can obviously tell I am not one of her haters. I don’t understand what she has done to get some of the most heated criticisms.
One of the things she did was incorporate ads onto her Blog. You may have heard of that get-rich-quick scheme by some sites on the Interwebz. I honestly can say that I have only a few times clicked an ad on her site. Once or twice for something that caught my eye and once or twice because I thought if I clicked them it would throw a little chump change at her because I like her persona and her kids and definitely Chuck and Coco.
I had a Blog once before this one (I have started and killed quite a few, finicky) and placed them not to generate income, but because they had images and I rarely post images. I just like to peck away at the keyboard with my random thoughts, ideas, philosophies and curiosities. It sounds weird when I put it on screen—about placing ads instead of pictures.
So I wonder. Are ads on a Blog really worth it? Do people click on them or ignore them like I tend to do?