Jan 26, 2013

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I Have A Question For You About Advertising…

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I’ve been approached by a few authors/companies about the possibility of advertising on my blog.  I’m torn over this.  I like the idea of my blog generating a bit of income that I could use towards giveaways and such but I don’t know what I think about ads on personal review blogs.

First of all, I would have to move my Currently Reading widget lower and I would also have to move my Current Giveaway widgets lower (when I have one) meaning they would not be as noticeable.  I feel I would need to do this because advertisers deserve the best spot on my sidebar and that is the very top.  The other thing that makes me weary is what I’ve heard from a few of my friends.  Some think that allowing advertising on a blog ‘cheapens’ the blog.  Others think it’s almost annoying to see it there.  I don’t feel either, unless it’s too big or too flashy or just plain crude.  Then I don’t like it.  It makes me cringe.

I also find myself wondering if anyone ever actually clicks on the buy links on the ads?  Have any of you ever looked at an ad on a blog and wonder about the advertised book enough to actually click on the image?

So before I decide what to do, I am throwing it out to you guys.  What do you think about ads on personal review blogs?  Does it bother you?  Do you like it?  Do you even care ;)?

Thanks for your input guys.  I really appreciate it.
Happy Weekend!


  1. Advertising on blogs doesn’t necessarily bother me, but it can be off putting if there are too many. I’ve never clicked on an ad or link on a blog, but if it helps to make a little income for you and the blog I say go for it.

  2. Truth be told I do not care. I mean it’s a good way to make a few bucks to put back in your blog. Too much would be annoying and I would never click anything

  3. I agree with Sophie that it doesn’t bother me unless there’s tons of it. I have never clicked on an ad to purchase a book, but I DO click on buy links at the end of a review if I’m interested in a book you’ve reviewed.

  4. It usually doesn’t bother me unless it makes the site run slower or pops up when you accidentally move your cursor over it. I’m all for bloggers earning income from what they do and love! But honestly, I’ve never clicked on an advertising link. I’ve clicked when a post is “sponsored” by someone/thing. For example, once a week The Bloggess has a sponsored blog, once it was a book that sounded interesting so I clicked on it and then ended up purchasing the book. Maybe something like that would be more appealing to you instead of permanent advertisers?

  5. I agree with everyone above. A few ads won’t stop me from stoping by each day!

  6. It really doesn’t bother me all that much-but it can get annoying if they take over the sidebars completely-I just stop looking at them. The ones I like the best are the ones that rotate in one box.

  7. I think it’s up to the blog owner but I don’t have it them on my blog because I don’t want to “junk” up my blog and I don’t think it’s a match for me. Plus it’s more work that I don’t want to do.
    I’ve never bought a book because of an Ad I’ve seen on a blog.

  8. I don’t mind the advertisements unless they are so huge/in the way that I can’t get to the main blog easily. I have found a few books that I might not have otherwise through ads, but I’ve never just directly bought something because of ad – I always do more research first. I definitely wouldn’t consider it selling out or anything like that if a blog did acquire some kind of advertising – and I definitely wouldn’t say no to more opportunities for giveaways!

  9. They don’t bother me, unless they are popup windows. But I wouldn’t go with Google add sense, you wouldn’t want to see adds for escort services on your blog or hot chicks for hire…LOL. Some of our content will pull that kind of adds.
    But if is something you can approve ahead of time before posting, I don’t see why not.
    It’s just a matter of personal preference, I suppose.

  10. I ignore all advertising, especially in this economy, choosing instead to keep my “Have to have it, can’t live without it”, brain parts quiet and depleted. Saving money is more important to me. I do not even save coupons, just buy what I need to keep healthy and shop when I need it.
    I find advertising intrusive and annoying. I threw my tv away and only use the internet to watch all my shows, which allows me to pleasure of no brainwashing ads.
    I do understand however your need to offset some costs for giveaways and such..
    There are always two sides to every issue. I would probably drop your e-mails and blog though if you do take on ads..even though you were my first and still my favourite site.

  11. I have never clicked an ad on a book blog but I have clicked in a blog review directly to Amazon if that book is featured and it is appealing.
    I find certain ads slow down the loading of a blog and honestly I am impatient so if a blog is taking too long to load, I exit out.
    I do look at the side bars to see the covers unless there is a dozen or so ads/covers and then they all merge together and I ignore.

  12. If it’s one of two and book/author related I don’t have a problem, my problem is with those that don’t have anything to do with the content of the blog, those I hate!

  13. I am not a big fan of advertising on blogs, but I do understand why authors or publishers want to do it. I have never, nor will I, clicked on an advertisement. If I want to buy a book, I will go to the site itself. I do use the buy button beneath a review though.

  14. OMG… I just posted the exact same topic on my blog on Saturday as well! I don’t have very many replies, but head over if you want some additional input.

    Personally, I don’t know if the income earned is going to be worth the extra work it will take. I’d love to hear what you decide to do! Personally, I don’t do click-through ads, but I do see them on sites and may subconsciously sink in!

  15. As long as the ads are for pertinent products, I actually find them useful. Pop ups annoy me though, so I use apps that suppress them.

  16. Thank you so much for your help guys!
    I’m still not really sure what I’ll do seeing that no one seems to have ever clicked on an ad before lol. If I decide yes, I’ll keep it simple. One box. But whoever said it’s more work that it’s worth made a lot of sense. So right now, I’m leaning towards ‘no sdvertising’.
    But I like the idea of the buy links at the bottom of reviews. That has brought up a few questions from me so be on the lookout for something about buy links on a future Monday Question 😉
    Really guys, thank you for taking the time to help me out. I have the bestest readers ever.

  17. It’s the blogs that have all the “blogads – advertise with us” all over the place that are an eyesore. (They’re usually on the top section and all over the sidebars.) But regular ads (like the ones on Fiction Vixen and Smexybooks) don’t bother me.

    I don’t click on ads and truth be told, I pretty much ignore ads. I look to friends for book recommendations. If I see a book in an ad that looks interesting, I’ll note the title and check it out on Goodreads.

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