Advertising Stuff

It’s a New Year and a new direction!

This year I’ve resolved to make some money from my blog!  Knowing that I never keep my resolutions I should actually resolve to not make any money.  And not exercise.  Or take care of my bumpy neck skin.  But I digress.  You may have noticed the little button on the side of my page.  It appeared there yesterday.  Don’t get excited, everyone calm down, it didn’t appear by magic.  I put it there.  If I ever see evidence of actual magic I’ll be sure to let you know.  God know’s you aren’t gonna see it at Criss Angel’s Vegas show.

This is my little button

The button is there to let everyone who is interested in advertising on my site  know what the rates are.  I know you’re curious and wanna be nosey.   Go ahead and click on it.  I’ll wait.

I am now accepting advertising on my site!  I use that exact phrase because that’s what other bloggers seem to say.  They say things like “I am now accepting advertising applications for the spring“.  As opposed to the more realistic, “Oh please, God, advertise on my site … I’m actually accepting anyone whose ad doesn’t feature a dildo.  Unless I get so poor I have to buy no-name cheese, in which case I probably will accept dildo ads.”

My blog is a funny thing.  I started it as a way to fill my time in between hosting television shows (my real job).  I love writing and I love doing stuff.  Seemed like a perfect fit.  Problem is, I didn’t count on it costing me money.  But for every craft or project I post, it costs me money.  Often what I’m posting are things I’ve already done, and therefore have to do it again for the blog.  So I have to go buy the materials again to photograph it for the blog.  Basically I’ve created a money making venture that actually costs me money.  I have the business acumen of a pop can tab.  A rusty one.

So several months ago I added Google Adsense as a way to make a few bucks. At the time I didn’t realize that was going to be such a literal phrase.

The first step in advertising for most bloggers is usually Google Adsense.  These are the ads you see on my website right now.  Google Adsense is an advertising program organized by the freakishly large brained people at Google.  You submit your site for approval, they approve it and then they start placing ads on your site that they think will compliment your content.    If for example, I have a post on How to Toilet Train your Cat, Google might put on an ad for the Kitty Litter Robot.  Google Adsense is usually pretty good at matching content with ads.

To make money from Google Adsense, people have to click on the ads.  For every person who clicks on an ad I make anywhere from 2 cents to 2 dollars.

The ads I’m “accepting”  now, are flat rate ads. ( If you have an Etsy shop you want to drive traffic to, or a furniture store or a home business this is for you. )

I get paid a certain amount of money to put an ad on my site for the month and I get paid whether someone clicks on the ad or not.   But I would like you to click on my soon to be button ads.

The plain truth is, if you support my advertisers they’ll come back.  If you don’t support them by taking a look at what they have to offer, they won’t.  And without advertising money I’ll be forced to shut down The Art of Doing Stuff and go work at a cheese shop.  And nobody wants that.  Especially the fine people at the cheese shop.

Disclaimer: LOL … not everyone has to click on ads today! My intention with this post was just to make you aware of how it all works. And in the future … if something interests you click on it. This applies to not just my blog, but any blogs you might visit. Thanks to all for your support! ~ karen


  1. Leah says:

    404 error…

    • Karen says:

      Thanks! I think (hope) it’s fixed now. It’s hard to tell from my own computer .. sometimes things work for me but not for others. :/ ~ karen

  2. Rebecca says:

    Hey Karen, just trying to being nosy and the link to your rates doesn’t work. As if I’d advertise on such a shoddy site! Just kidding. If I had anything to advertise, I’d do it on your site for sure!

  3. @misskher says:

    My new resolution – every time I read one of your posts, I will click on the ads in the side bar. Hope it helps keep the blog alive! 🙂

  4. CJ says:

    Never commented before but had to say YAY! Junkmail on one of my favourite blogs! Yes I’m one of those scary people who love junkmail but am deprived of it by living in an apartment highrise so am a happy clicker of blog advertising. Plus I am very very skilled at procrastination and getting sidetracked…

    • Karen says:

      Hi CJ! Thanks for commenting! Yes, hopefully I”ll have a lot of junkmail for you to click on. I used to never click, fearing the ads were viruses or whatever. I didn’t really understand the ads I saw on blogs. Now that I understand them, I click. And there’s usually some really great stuff behind those ads! ~ karen

  5. Farquist says:

    I came, I saw, I clicked.
    Your stuff makes me happy.

  6. mimi says:

    I’ll second misskher’s resolution, as I don’t have anything to advertise but if I did, I would, if you get my meaning!
    Anyway, hope you manage to keep the site open, it’s a great blog.

  7. Pamela says:

    Your link works now. I was nosy. (Right hand held high)… I promise to click on advertisers. 🙂

    Keep up the site…you are my sanity here at work (sssh, don’t tell anyone.)

  8. Leslie says:

    So now when I am bored at work, I can clickclickclick your ads and make sure you don’t have to eat no-name cheese.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Leslie. 🙂 Remember when I get little button advertisers to click on them too. They’re usually Etsy shops and design stores so they usually have really great stuff. Makes the clicking worthwhile! 🙂 ~ karen

  9. Monica says:

    This was an interesting post … I’ve wondered how advertising works for bloggers and now I know. Your blog is great, Karen! Thanks for all the work you put into it, making it interesting and always hilarious. I’m sure you’ll get lots of ads and I’ll be sure to click on them often.

  10. Todd@PhitZone says:

    Learn from my lesson, don’t click on your own Adsense ads… no matter how much you want to buy what is being advertised on your site. Google will blackball you, and once you’re on their list, there’s no going back.

    • Karen says:

      Todd! I know. I’ve never clicked on one of my own ads. I’ve seen things that I’m interested in and written down the product and found their link all on my own. I’m terrified of Google, LOL. ~ karen

  11. Vila says:

    I’m sure that if people do not mind leaving comments here that they also won’t mind keeping your blog alive&kicking by clicking on a few links…no worries, I’m sure I say for all that we won’t live you to a terrible future of no-name cheese 🙂 we love you to much!

  12. Matthew says:

    As a 40 year old guy, I was shocked to see that I’m not in your prime demographic (sarcasm). Please do everything possible on your end to avoid dildo ads. The possibility of seeing dildo ads and meat cleaver icons on the same page scares me.

  13. Karen says:

    Jeff and Matthew! LOL. Um, perhaps all the men reading the site are lurking and not making themselves known. I’ll do my best with avoiding the realistic sex toy ads in conjunction with a clever. ~ karen

  14. lori says:

    You guys make me laugh!! (guess that make me healthy) I guess I am really over the hill now,seeing that i am over your age limit. LOL

  15. lori says:

    oh forgot to say I’ll start clicking, i too, thought the ads would bring bad juju

  16. Shauna says:

    ummm…. I don’t know what the kitty litter robot is but I am about to google it, so you have already started advertising for free…. lol

  17. deborahinPS says:

    I’m in!

  18. Yvonne says:

    I had NO idea that this is how you earn $$. I promise to click on your advertisers in hopes of keeping you away from that dreaded no-name cheese – which, by the way, I happen to enjoy (but that’s just me) Love your blog, keep up the good work!

  19. Julie shinnick says:

    Thanks for that info Karen! I was wondering how it all worked. I too have a small business that costs me money! lol But it’s huge fun isn’t it?!
    I am just starting out and trying to figure out all the intricacies of this web-thingy!
    Like the tortoise, I will get there and one should never, ever eat no-name cheese (shriek!!!) Might as well go out and eat some cardboard off of the street…..ewwww
    When I finally work some more things out I will submit for your approval…..think I would fit into the ‘weird enough’ category!
    Happy clicking everyone!

  20. Evalyn says:

    Thanks for explaining how Adsense works – Once again you taught me something I didn’t even know I didn’t know.

  21. kasia says:

    Huh. I had NO idea how this worked. Fascinating!! Too bad other bloggers haven’t been more forthcoming on why they have ads and how it works… but now that I know, I can go about supporting you and my other faves!! Thanks for all your efforts at educating and entertaining us!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kasia! I was a bit concerned about posting about this ’cause I didn’t want to seem like I was begging but the truth is NOBODY seems to understand how blogs make money or how the ads work. I know when I first looked at blogs I figured the ads were spam or viruses or whatever. I thought it needed explaining. 🙂 ~ karen

  22. Lynn says:

    So because my site name is part of my very German last name I keep getting German ads from adsense. There is no way to block a language currently through adsense, so I may in fact be advertising dildos. Yikes!

    I also signed up with an ad aggregator (is that the right term?)called Commission Junction. You can actually choose which companies you want to have advertise on your blog. You just apply to them, they check out your blog and approve or deny you. If approved you can choose the size ad you want and you just copy and paste the code into your blog. The hardest part is getting people to click, but since you seem to have a pretty good viewership maybe they will if you tell them to! 🙂

  23. Anemone says:

    click click click click…still clicking

  24. Roohi says:

    Dear Karen,

    I LOVE your blog. I stumbled upon it by accident coz I was looking at how to treat a tree stump – to make a tree table and voila!! Loved the explanation on Adsense. Didn’t really understand it before. TQ TQ TQ. You made my day.
    P.S. did I say loved the tree stump bit?? Ok ok.. I’m going now. Hv subscribed.

    • Karen says:

      Welcome to my site Roohi! Glad you love the stump, lol. And advertising in the world of blogs changes on a daily basis it seems. It never, ever stays the same. ~ karen!

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