Blogging for Money
Surprisingly I'm not talking about people who are paid to write blog posts on certain subjects... that's better left for another discussion. Instead I'm talking about people that plaster their blogs with ads. I don't get this, I pay for web hosting and domain registration... I consider it part of being a geek... I currently have about 20 domains @ $5.99 USD/year and a $120 USD/year hosting account. I pay these costs myself, and provide my blog (and other sites) without ads plastered all over them. I even provide hosting (web and email) to friends.
So when I look at other people's blogs I have to wonder why they have them plastered with ads. I've complained about ridiculous blog tagging in the past, and others have complained about the large quantities of scripts that are employed on some blogs. Well now I want to gripe about ads. I don't want to point fingers, but a great example of this is Martin McKeay's blog. There are definitely worse offenders, but this happened to be the one I visited tonight that made me think about it. Why do we need to plaster our blogs with Google Ads, blogging is supposed to be about sharing information... originally personal info in journal form and now it's more journalistic... Is that why? We feel that since newspapers place ads, we should as well?
The only thing worse than plastering your website with ads, is placing them all over your RSS feed. Especially those people that provide "summary" articles in their feed, requiring that you visit the site for the full story, yet still insist on tacking an ad below the summary.
I'd love to know why... Do people really make that much money of their ads or are people really that hard up for the few extra cents that these ads bring in? I can get one ad in the side bar, or across the top or bottom of the page, but placing them between each post is excessive and annoying. I'd just love to know why people insist on doing it, especially when I see such little benefit.