The first way I ever made money blogging after building up my site a little was by selling two direct ads on Budgeting in the Fun Stuff about 4 months after I started blogging. They were 2 text links placed on my right sidebar for 6 months for $400. And they were from a payday loan company.
My Take on Advertising
I personally never thought about whether or not I should accept advertising from cash advance places. I haven’t ever personally used their services but I do have a couple of friends that have. I know they have HUGE interest rates, but I also know my friends don’t care. I just always figured it was like me and lottery tickets, a waste of money but a personal decision overall.
Then I met people who seemed to take it personally. That was my first time being publicly criticized and I didn’t like it. I also didn’t like the way some people made it feel like I was being attacked by bullies. That made me stubborn and I have accepted all advertising since then. I have never been approached by a porn agency or a cigarette company, which is good because those are the only two things I would avoid. All other companies are fair game to me.
Make Up Your Own Mind
But that is a personal decision that every blogger has to make on their own. What are you comfortable with? What would you rather avoid?
Advertising on blogs can be very lucrative, but that’s worthless if you feel like crud for doing it. I personally expect my readers to simply ignore the ads and sponsored posts like I do at other sites, but every once in a while, I still get an angry comment. Oh well, I also bring in more than $1000-$1500 every month through direct ads alone, so it’s worth it to me.
I don’t personally have much affiliate marketing, but I am expanding slowly. On Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, my affiliate advertising is limited to Host Gator (who I use and like a lot), Scribe SEO (who I also use and like), and Amazon (who I also use A LOT and LOVE…seriously, I am an Amazon addict…). I just don’t make much from any of those, so I stick with the direct advertising route. If you have a very specific blog in a set niche or a lot of traffic, affiliate marketing can be HUGE – just look at Pat Flynn! I’m just not there yet, lol.
How about you? Do you accept direct ads on your blog(s)? Do you like affiliate ads better?