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