Is Your Favorite Blogger An Ad-Whore ?

  • How many blogs do you read each day?
  • Of those blogs, how many are jam-packed with advertisements?
  • How many have more ads than content?
  • Do you enjoy sifting through the ads to find the meat?
  • Do you ever wonder how careful the blogger is being so he or she does not “offend” any of their advertisers?
  • Do you ever wonder if he or she is being paid to post something?
  • Do you trust these bloggers?

    Picture of an ad-whore
    Nobody likes an ad-whore.. Except for the advertisers.

 

Over the last few months I have slowly removed all advertising from the blog and as of a few weeks ago it is now 99.9% advertisement-free. It would be 100% ad-free but there are still some affiliate links in a few old posts and it was easier for me to say “99.9%” than it was to hunt down all those links and remove them.

Why I removed all advertisements from my blog:

I did it for three reasons:

1) YOU
If you read my blog on a regular basis I am guessing you are probably a webmaster/blogger or thinking of starting up a website or a blog of your own. I also assume that you are at least an above-average internet user and are familiar with how PPC and other advertising systems work. Finally, I assume that A) you don’t click on ads very often and B) you probably get annoyed with advertisements. I am going out on a limb and going on the theory that you might enjoy my blog just a tiny bit more without ads cluttering it up and without me trying to trick you into clicking on them or otherwise trying to sell you something.

2) The ADVERTISERS
Because most people coming to my blog are probably totally ad-blind, any money that an advertiser invested in my blog would probably just go to waste. And since we all know that some (not you, but other) webmasters/bloggers often click on PPC ads just to “support” other bloggers, I feel putting this kind of advertisements on my blog would not be fair to advertisers such as Adsense, Kontera or YPn.

3) ME
Now can can say whatever I want, however I want, whenever I want, without having to worry about breaking any policies or TOS’s – I can curse excessively if I want and I can talk-bad about products I don’t like. Heck, I can even post naked pictures of my next-door neighbor if I wanted to! Can your favorite blogger do THAT without getting a nasty-gram from the Adsense police?

How Can I Afford It?:
Earnings at GrownUpGeek.com are averaging over $7,000/month, so I can afford not to have ads here in the blog – and frankly I’m surprised that other “rich” bloggers don’t do the same. To me, being “owned” by the advertiser makes me trust these bloggers just a little-bit less – not to mention that it’s just damn annoying on some blogs. Now don’t get me wrong – if some advertiser made me one of those offers that I could not refuse, AND if I thought that you the reader might also benefit from the ad – for example if it was for low-cost web hosting or something, I would probably jump on it – However, I’ve turned-down several direct-ads in the past, and I seriously doubt that any advertiser would be willing to pay me enough to sway my feelings on this subject. So for now and the medium-term future I shall remain 99.9% advertisement-free.

Affiliate Links: I do put affiliate links in posts, but I will identify them so you dont feel “tricked” into clicking them. Even though aff-links are identified in each post, you should assume that any link posted is an affiliate link.

If you think that other bloggers, particularly ones that are already rich from other ventures should follow my lead, post a comment on their blog and ask why they aren’t Ad-Free like Rand Wilson’s blog!

3 thoughts on “Is Your Favorite Blogger An Ad-Whore ?

  1. but just one question.how do u earn so much?if u were to be so kind,is it possible to visit my blog,look at the layout and see what is wrong with it.I am a total noob to blogging and is still learning the trade.

  2. @Constructicle Boy –

    The mystical key to good earnings is traffic.. we get over 10,000 unique visitors per day at grownupgeek.com – that combined with good content = good earnings.
    I looked at all the blogs in your blogger profile and i dont wee anything “wrong” with them. I would focus on driving traffic to the blogs – if you can do that, earnings will follow.

    if you havnt already, check my eBook, here in the blog, tag “ebook” and you’ll see a lot of specific things that we’ve done at the site.

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