The Secret World of Blog Advertising

So you wanna start a blog do you?  So did I.

Congratulations! You’ve started your blog!  So did I.

Things are going well, people who don’t know your middle name are reading your posts … you think you might wanna start to run advertising.  So did I.

Only, when I started my blog and decided to start putting up ads I had no one to help.  No one to tell me what to do.  No one to demystify what might be the best kept secret in the world (next to how Joan Rivers stays looking so young).  Just kidding.  Llamas in Peru know she just drinks a lot of water and gets plenty of rest.  While sitting in her plastic surgeons office.

Actually now that I think about it Kate (Centsational Girl) was a huge help and generous with advice when I was starting out.  And still is.  As was Alice from Savory Sweet Life.  That poor woman answered every stupid question I had.  Have.

So blog advertising.  Even if you don’t have a blog you’ve probably wondered about the ads you see on blog sites and why they’re there.  And I’m gonna tell you allllll about it right down to how much money you can expect to make.

A Little Background

Bloggers blog for free.  They blog their little hearts out and ask for nothing in return from their readers.  So to make money, because Yes, Virginia … blogging is a job … we place ads on our site.  Suck it.

I’ve had people email me to ask me to take my ads down.  ‘Cause they bug them.  My general response is, “Well, if the ads come down, so does the blog.  Take your pick“.

There was a time when saying your blog was ad-free, or non-profit was a badge of honour.  As far as I’m concerned it’s a badge of stupidity.  If you saw $20 sitting on the sidewalk wouldn’t you pick it up?  Yes.  Yes you would.  Not selling advertising on your successful blog is like not picking up that $20.  Getting paid for something you love to do  is not selling out … it’s selling yourself short.

So.  That’s why bloggers run ads.  To make money so they can continue to run their blogs.  It’s either run ads, or charge readers for reading posts.

There are 3 main ways bloggers advertise on their sites.  Google Adsense, small, privately sold ads in their sidebar, and through Vertical Ad Networks.

Here’s how they all work …

The most popular first choice for bloggers looking to run ads are those from Google Adsense.  They’re easy to  implement and reap little reward.  BUT … you’ll make money and get your readers used to seeing ads on your site.  The Art of Doing Stuff gets around 500,000 pageviews a month.  I make around $350 a month from Google Adsense by placing one Google ad at the bottom of my post prior to the comment section. Google ads are “pay per click”.  This means the blogger doesn’t get paid unless you click on the ad.

You get paid 15 – 30 days after month’s end.  So if you made $50 in July, Google Adsense will direct deposit that money to you in the middle of August.

 

 

 

 

The next step a blogger usually takes is to run ads in their sidebars for small businesses and people who have Etsy sites.    These ads are normally 125 x 125 pixels in size.  My ads run for $50 for the month.  Smaller blogs would charge less, larger blogs would charge more.  I normally have between 10 and 14 Etsy ads on my site every month.  So that’s between $500 and $700 a month I’m making from these small ads.

You get paid up front.  I bill on the 1st of the month for all the ads running that month.

 

The real money making for bloggers comes in from Vertical Ad Networks.  Once your blog has at least 5,000 views per month you might be big enough to get the interest of a vertical ad network.  The largest networks like Glam, Federated Media, and BlogHer require more views or some kind of “in” to get noticed.  You can apply online and if you’re lucky they’ll like what they see and send you an email inviting you to join the Network.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve recently switched to a new network.  I left my old network and joined Glam at the end of March.  I will also be working with a new Canadian company SheBlogs. Glam will cover my ads that are seen in America, SheBlogs will run the ads that are seen by my Canadian readers.

Vertical Ad Networks take care of getting advertising for your site.  They buy and sell in bulk.  Vertical Ad Networks are relatively easy to deal with.  They give you a “code”, you insert it into your website and the ads automatically run. The more ads you run on your site, the more money you make, although it isn’t recommended that you run more than 3 or 4 ads from the vertical networks.  When you work with a vertical ad network they’re going to want the biggest and bestest spots on your site for their ads. They sell your ad space for a certain amount of money.  You get 50% and the network gets 50%.

 

So if Toyota buys an ad spot for $10, you get $5 and the network gets $5. The “leaderboard” or the ad that runs across the top of your page … and a 250 x 300 pixel ad “above the fold”.  Above the fold means the ad can be seen right off the bat, without having to scroll down the blog page.  If above the fold isn’t possible because of your blog layout, then the closest thing possible is what they’ll want.

You’re given a variety of choices in terms of what you want shown on your blog.  If you don’t want ads that are video … you just say “no video ads please”.  If you want videos (because they pay more) but won’t accept video ads that automatically play … you just say so.  The choices are all up to you.  Generally speaking, the more invasive an advertisement, the more money you get paid for it.

So, as a blogger you have to decide where you draw the line. Over the next couple of months I’ll be running a variety of ads, deciding which ones work best for my site. Vertical Ad Networks normally pay on a “pageview” basis.

You get paid for every time someone views your page regardless of whether they click or not.

Most networks pay according to your CPM.   Your Cost Per Thousand (M is the Roman numeral for 1,000).  Let’s say you get between $2 and $3 for every 1,000 pageviews you have. If your blog gets 5,000 pageviews a day, you’ll make $10 – $15 a day for every ad from the network on your site.  If you’re running 3 ads, you’ll make around $30 – $50 for the day.  More pageviews translates into more money.

Vertical Ad Networks often work on a 60 – 90 day withholding cycle.  If you make $50 in January you might not see that money until March or even April.

 

Confused?  Yeah.  So was I.  That’s why I’m doing this post for you.  It’s kindda boring.  Sorry ’bout that.

A look at my full page shows you where all the ads I’ve talked about are positioned.

 

 

Money made from advertising isn’t huge. It just isn’t.  That’s why in the future, chances are you’ll be seeing more and more “in your face” ads on blogs than ever before.  It’s something we’ll all have to get used to and accept.   The thought of less than discrete ads doesn’t thrill me either, but neither does the thought of having to go back to buying no name cheese and dressing up like a ticket taker so I can slip into movies.  Those outfits are gross.

So if advertising dollars are kind of slim, how are you supposed to make any money?  More readers.   The more readers you have the more money you will make.  The amount of time and energy put into your blog will stay the same, but your income will increase as you get more and more readers.

This seems like a perfect time to introduce my latest venture.  The Art of Doing Stuff reader drive.  Do you know someone who would appreciate my particular brand of laugh til’ you cry DIY?  Someone who would like to read my posts?  Well then tell them about me!  Phone, text or email them!  Let them know I’m here.

Did you really love a particular DIY?  Click the little Pin it Button at the bottom of my posts.  Stumble it, Tweet it, Facebook it. One Pin can have a HUGE impact.

This is the only way my blog, or your blog will get more readers.  I share everything with you and hope you will in turn share it with your friends.  This advice is true for any blog you read by the way.  If you like it, let other people know about it.

If over the next month or so, you post and Pin and Tweet and email your little fingers to the bone and I see a measurable increase in traffic … I will have another tea towel giveaway.

If  not, it’s back to something like this.  Your choice.

 


130 Comments

  1. Alix Bouchard says:

    Will it be a random tea towel giveaway?

    • Karen says:

      Alix – LOL. Yes that’s the portion I haven’t figured out yet. If there were a way for me to track things I’d give tea towels to people who did the most to help increase my readership. But it’s kind of hard to measure. If anyone out there has any ideas with regard to this feel free to let me know. So … at this point. Random giveaway with special consideration to people who people who let me know that they’re Tweeting, Facebooking, Pinning etc. over the next month. I feel like such a numbers whore. ~ karen

      • yea, I think that’s what most people do to drive readership – one entry for a “like” or tweet or post (on their own site). That way a person who supports you on multiple streams will get more entries.

        Out of curiosity, what’s your take on sponsored content?

        • Karen says:

          M – There’s no real way to measure a true increase in readership derived from a particular person, so I’ll probably just go for a random drawing. 🙂 As far as sponsored content goes, it depends. I have never done it myself but wouldn’t rule it out. If it was something I truly loved to use – The Foodsaver for example – and they wanted to pay me to talk about how great Foodsavers were, I’d do it in a heartbeat because I truly do think everyone should own one. At one point I was approached by a coffee lightener I never use and would never use so I refused. It’s not that I think it’s a horrible product, I just can’t push something I don’t use myself. Unless it’s a Mercedes. ~ karen

  2. Becky says:

    Thank you! I have always wondered about that. But now I feel kinda bad that I never even pay any attention to the ads.

  3. Teresa says:

    If ads are what it takes to keep laughing till I cry from some oF your posts, so be it. Does getting your log in a reader still count as a page view? Oh, an BTW, I will be spreading the word!!!

  4. gloria says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I still have questions though. I always do. I know you said you have some choices, but how much control over the ad content do you have? What if you are given an ad for a product you don’t like, would never use in a million years, would never endorse? Also, are there successful blogs that don’t have advertisers? I read lots of blogs, but can’t remember seeing any lately that didn’t have ads.

    • Karen says:

      Gloria – No. No successful blogger can get by without ads. At this point it is the only way to make money from a blog. There are other supplemental ways to make an income, but without ads, there’s no blog. Like when you read a magazine, there’s always ads. When you watch a television show, there’s ads. That’s how money is made. You have some control over ads, but not complete. You do have the right to say no if someone wants you to do a “paid post”. I’ve never done one, but as a “for example”, if someone came to me and said we’d like you to do a paid post about how terrific this product you actually hate is – I could say no. As far as the ads that run on the site, I screen my Etsy ads and only put up stuff I like. For the vertical ads, I don’t regulate it at all. I don’t care if they put up diaper ads even though I don’t have a need for diapers. With Google, you can block sex ads, dating ads, ads to do with religion etc. etc. ~ karen

  5. Laura says:

    I think I remember you saying getting your photos “pinned” increases your traffic. Can you put a “pin it” button on each post? I have seen said button other places. I try to remember to pin and I have all my friends reading! I’m going to start clicking on those ads!

    • Karen says:

      Laura – Um. There is a pin it button, LOL. It’s right above the comment section (at the end of the post) overtop of the post it to Facebook button. ~ karen!

    • Karen says:

      Kay – I also just added a Pin it button to the top of every post. It seems to show up better there. Not as many distractions. They don’t make the Pin it button in various sizes. Supersmall is the only option. :/ Karen!

  6. I have been touting your (admirably) skinny arse non-stop already – why? Because we all love ya baby! Also face it: your readership is already growing by leaps and bounds. Nil desperandum.

  7. Wow you really demystify it all, well written my friend and thanks so much for the shout out!
    xoxo
    Kate

  8. Kailee says:

    Would you willing to sell your tea towels? And would that make you any worth while amount of money? Because I would buy one. I’ve seen other people say the same thing. I’d rather give my money straight to you to keep your blog up and running.

    • Karen says:

      Kailee – I’m afraid the tea towels wouldn’t make me any significant amount of money. If I were to sell them in fact I wouldn’t really make any money at all when you factor in the amount of time it takes to make them I’d earn about .25 cents an hour, LOL. But thank you! ~ karen

  9. Thanks for all the tips and explanations. One question I have – how long did it take for TAoDS to start bringing in revenue? Even if it was just google pay outs? Thanks for sharing with us all.

    • Karen says:

      I started to use Google Adsense about 6 months into my blog, I think. With around 180,000 pageviews a month, 4 Google ads on my site made me around $70 a month if I remember correctly. ~ karen

  10. Tara says:

    Don’t we all aspire to get paid for doing something we love? Also, everytime we open a magazine there are ads, and that’s after paying for the magazine to start with.
    I think it was very open of you to talk about advertising including actual rates.
    Maybe bloggers could be referred to as independent writers or something so people won’t freak out so much about advertising 🙂

  11. I have been spending the last few weeks considering doing advertising on my blog, and BAMMMmm you wrote about it. I LURVE u Miss Karen {is that appropriate}? *_*.
    Thanks for all your awesome info, and yes, as always, I share share share you with all my friends and family. I keep quiet about it so you aren’t toooo convinced that I may be a stalker.
    I.O.U. {but I am not pulling the weeds in that new monster garden}
    Lynne

  12. Pamela Yool says:

    Thanks for sharing this information about blog advertising. Although I don’t have my own blog, I do enjoy reading blogs…so this was pretty interesting to lean how they make money. I just started following you on Pinterest and will pin a few of my favoutrite posts & hope you get more readers (and more money). Thanks for sharing all your great ideas ! 😉

  13. paula says:

    karen, as always, keeping it real. great explanation, answered a lot of my questions. i couldn’t do what you do each day. number 1 reason is that i am not witty, number 2 i just couldn’t devote the time and effort that you are. i’m happy to click on ads, pin this etc., just to keep your blog up. i love your blog and it starts each and every one of my days. thank you.

  14. Thank you for this post! Your honesty is sooooo appreciated. I’ve just recently crossed over the 5000/month mark and am thinking of starting to run ads soon. This post was immensely helpful and informative!

  15. Lynn says:

    I am SOOOO glad you understand and execute all that
    biz….. I am a blogger groupie you see, the one who clicks the ads if you will. I read every word of your posts (with the exception of this one maybe) and what I really want to know is, what is your middle name? Ann, Lucy, Michelle, Bertha, Beatrice, Louise, Martha, Myrtle, Kathryn, Carmen, Lola, Samantha? Oh well, even if you don’t give it up, mystery is sexy they say. Even if blogging is not! 🙂 Pardon me while a clicking I go…

  16. Louise says:

    I’m not sure I ever noticed the ads on top or the Etsy shop ads. One thing I noticed recently, and I’m not sure how these ads work, is that when I’m searching for an item I need – for example right now I’m looking for a towel rack that stands on the floor – then I notice ads for towel racks on some web sites I visit after that. One thing for sure is I’m not sure I would stick around very long on a web site or a blog with the kind of invading advertisement you’re showing us lol I had a toilet popping up on my screen! lol I pin a lot but not as much DIY’s. I’ll try to help you when I can, now that I noticed your pin button. One of the best ways to get more readers I guess is to get invited to Nate Berkus or similar shows. I guess you need to get noticed first, so that’s a vicious circle 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Louise – Nate Berkus is cancelled, LOL. And actually to be honest with you, as someone who has a background in television and has done a lot of television and radio interviews to promote this blog, the results are negligible. Internet mentions is what attracts more readers, not other media. Oh! And I actually really like that toilet ad. I think it’s cute. Like I say, you’d better prepare yourself for ads. Any of the bigger and better blogs have them and won’t be getting rid of them any time soon. Like I said, it’s either ads … or having readers pay for access to our sites. ~ karen!

      • Louise says:

        Internet mention is what it is then 🙂 And crazy ads lol I haven’t seen any of those popping ones anywhere though and I do visit the bigger and better blogs as you say. I think they’re the bigger and better blogs anyway. I was wondering about Nate Berkus being cancelled, I kept forgetting to check out if it was. Now I know 😉

  17. Susan says:

    Pinned it to my chest! Can’t say it’ll get much attention there as my chest doesn’t get much attention but I tried! …. Maybe I should pin it to my ass! It’s bigger!:-)

  18. Shirley says:

    Fascinating stuff, Karen. I doubt I’ll ever have a blog, but I’d really appreciate it if you could figure out a way for me to make money off my Christmas newsletter. 🙂

  19. Nicole says:

    Karen, thank you for this! I always wondered about the ad rates on blogs, and since most people don’t like to discuss money, I figured I’d never know! I do have a question – I use Google Reader to keep up with the blogs I read, so how does that work with ads? Obviously, with your blog, I have to click through to your actual site to continue reading, but there are plenty others where I get the whole post right there. While I love the convenience of having all my fav blogs right in one spot, I’d feel so guilty reading for “free” if my other fav bloggers aren’t getting ad revenue from me!!!

    • Karen says:

      Nicole – You are reading for “free”. I choose to have only a few lines of the post come up so you can ascertain whether you’re interested in it or not. Then you have to click to read the rest. Bloggers who allow you to read the whole thing on the reader are either way nicer than me, LOL or … don’t realize that they’re missing out on the advertising dollars from all those subscribers. (most likely the later) ~ karen

      • Or you can put an advert in your RSS feed! That’s what I do, and it’s my most profitable ad.

        • Karen says:

          Yes, that’s what the Google Adsense ad I mentioned is. But that doesn’t take the place of the real money from Vertical Ad Networks. Google is a nice supplement but it’s not something one can make a living from. ~ k!

  20. Natalie says:

    I immediately went to pin the introduction to the coop blog post – because it is amazing, and inspiring, though I’m doing honeybees this year, and waiting on the chickens. I found out though that I cannot pin any of the photos (besides ad photos and the header and stuff). It seems to be only with that post?

    • Karen says:

      Hmm. Weird. I’ll go have a look. Thanks. ~ karen

    • Karen says:

      Natalie – Well, I looked into it and it seems to be a new issue with “Flickr” where all my pictures are hosted. I’ve done everything that was suggested to make my pictures accessible again to no avail. I’m sure it’s something most people have complained about/had issues with. I’ll look into it again in a day or to. That sucks! ~ karen

      • Natalie says:

        I just wanted to let you know to see if it was something else – no biggie, and I will pin others (and it once possible). I am far too into Pinterest.

  21. Sally says:

    Thanks for the explanation about ads and how bloggers make money. Even though I don’t blog I appreciate the knowledge. I can’t tell you how many of my friends I’ve sent to your blog world! Your humor and range of expertise are the selling points. I’m heavily into pinning what I think others would appreciate knowing and will, now that I know each pin will throw you a few cents here and there, pin more of your posts. Good luck, Karen, and keep up the good work!

  22. Babs says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve just started looking at advertising for my blog, and I need all the help I can get. 🙂
    Babs

  23. Dawn says:

    I love your blog so much I disabled AdBlock on your site. Because you’re awesome. That’s why.

  24. Lib says:

    I have a question I’ve always wondered about. When I read a blog on Google Reader or any other RSS feed, does the blog still get credit for a pageview?

    And, does the blog still get paid?

    Because some blogs have a couple of ads at the bottom of their RSS feed, but most don’t. Even the ones that I know sell ads.

    Its confusing.

    • Karen says:

      Lib – The ads at the bottom of the feed are Google adsenese. So the blogger gets paid for those *if* people click on them. If they’ve included their whole post on the reader they do not get any other advertising revenue because people aren’t visiting their actual page with their ads. A lot of bloggers don’t realize they’re missing out on hundreds of dollars a month or sometimes even day by including their whole post in their RRS reader. ~ karen!

  25. Karen J says:

    As always, straight up and to the point!
    Thanks Karen.

  26. Carol says:

    Thanks, Karen, for this very helpful information! I need to start advertising on my blog, but was dazed and confused about it all, so this is a great start for me. Much appreciated!

  27. Heather-Mae says:

    So I’ll just click the google ad to exit the page from now on before moving to check my Facebook. Yes, I read your blog before I check Facebook. I guess I’m a fan!

  28. Karen says:

    Cool! I “share” your site with friends often – tea towel or not! Love your humor, diy, and not to mention your awesome name 😉 I’ve often wondered how the whole ad thing worked, whether you had to go hunt them down or not. Kudos to you for making it all work!!

  29. Karyn says:

    I’m sooo confused…what and how are we pinning? I’d love to help you make money as I think everyone should be living their dream. Let’s face it, I do not know many people that actually work a job they love or hate for free. H-e-l-l-0!! Everything I do cost money so how do you supose I pay for it?? I fwd your post I recieve through e-mail to friends all the time. I love your humor. It is one way I live in the world of scarastic humor without people judging me>>>LOL How else can I help you make money?

    • Karen says:

      Karyn – While the end result is making a living being a blogger, what I’m looking for is just for you to share my site. The readers are my means to an end. Are you a member of Pinterest? Google it and have a look. It’s basically an online scrapbook for everyone. Pretty addictive. You can create your own pinboard of your favourite things and follow the boards of others. Then, once you’ve joined (you need someone to invite you for some weird reason) you can click on the “Pin it” button my my posts and the post or idea will be added to your board. Once you have a look at Pinterest you’ll better understand what I’m blathering on about. ~ karen!

  30. Karyn says:

    aha…Of course I aleady addicted to pinterest and my garage has taken on a “no car zone” because of all the projects I have going…ok so I will start pining your stuff and keep sending your awesome post to all my friends. DONE!

  31. Dee G says:

    Thank you for the blogosphere Facts of Life. Sometimes it’s easy to take things for granted and we forget, even if you enjoy doing this, you have to make a living too! Will get better at passing the word around.

  32. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This looks like a job to me..You do so much work to entertain and teach us Karen..You certainly do deserve to make some money..

  33. Chris says:

    Will send an email and link to my friend in Hong Kong so she can share it with her collegues. First found you many moons ago while having a discussion that a certain show wasn’t the same without you. When I did a search I came upon this Blog and have been reading it ever since. Your dry wit is wonderful! What’s a click or two on an ad in return for the giggles you give me!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Chris! I’m actually doing my very best to get out of television entirely. I’ve done it for a veryyyyy long time now and I love having complete creative control over what I say/do. ~ karen!

  34. Pauravi says:

    This was the most informative post for a beginner like me. BTW, I love your blogs!

  35. mary c says:

    This was SO NOT BORING!! What a great post. Well written and super informative. Thanks-a-mucho.

  36. Shauna says:

    Hey Karen, prior to reading your threat, er I mean post today, I actually responded to a FB inquiry from SITS (a blogger group) asking what our favorite blog is – surprisingly, I didn’t say my own (maybe not so smart of me), but I gave them yours, with the full clickable url. Because I want to make it easy for people to click through and find you.

    p.s. and totally off topic – do you let your chickens free range or do they stay in the coop most of the day. My chickens free range and the mess is getting ridiculous. We’re going to be re-landscaping soon and I’m afraid they’re going to destroy everything, but feel guilty leaving them in the coop all day while we’re at work.

    • Karen says:

      Shauna – I felt exactly the same way about the coop. Even with a fairly large run. Often though, if chickens are only raised in their run and coop they’re fine with it. However … having said that … I just couldn’t do it. So I’ve haphazardly partitioned off my side yard for them. I, of course, will be doing a post on this in the future. 🙂 The chickens now have their own backyard to crap all over and I get to keep mine crap free. ~ karen!

      • Shauna says:

        I look forward to the post, perhaps it will give us some ideas of what we can do before we re-landscape everything and are stuck.

        • Karen says:

          Well the first thing you have to do is pick a section of your yard (preferably something right around your coop) and dedicate it to the chickens. Then it’s just a matter of fencing it off. This can be done a variety of ways … some expensive … some not. But it has to be high. Chickens, as you know, actually CAN fly. ~ karen

  37. Jenn says:

    I pinned it, I pinned it 🙂
    This is a great overview of blog advertising too. Now to decide if I’m going to really blog, or just keep playing around with the idea of blogging part-time!

  38. Lita says:

    Dear Karen,

    I find myself pinning your posts often. You’re a fun read. Here’s hoping the readership follows according to my opinion of your level of fun-ness 😉

    -Lita

  39. Beth J says:

    This is a really great, helpful post! Thanks for putting real numbers in there; I’ve read a ton of posts on blog advertising, but seeing the actual numbers makes it a lot more concrete.

    I think I might actually go for it.

  40. Tara says:

    I am so glad you took the time to write this particular post! I have a friend who I am always telling about you but I keep waiting for that perfect post that I know she won’t blow off. This is it! This is the one! She is a new blogger and needs to know this stuff. There’s no way she could possibly deny your brilliance now (or mine for finding you;-)). I also just clicked on the Google Ad thing. Now that I know that’s all you need, I am only to happy to always click it.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Tara! I did a post similar to this in the past and found everyone clicked on the ads the first day then promptly forgot. 🙂 Which is fine … it’s new readers that every blogger wants! ~ karen

  41. Preston says:

    TEA TOWEL! TEA TOWEL! TEA TOWEL! <3

    I'm dying without one :'(

  42. Spokangela says:

    YES! I was hoping the ‘this’ link was back to the cheese eating, finger giving, stick figure 🙂 I laughed my ass off when you posted that!

    And, oddly enough, even though I’ve been following your blog for a year (and LOVING all the amazing things you do, even trying some stuff myself) THAT was the post to make me finally text my sister and tell her that she must follow you.

    Oh, and I also desperately want one of your darling meat cleaver tea towels 🙂

  43. Marsha Blatchford says:

    I’d never read a blog in my life until I discovered pinterest. That’s how I found you, and a few other bloggers. I very much enjoy your sense of humor and talent. Your ideas have inspired me and I’ve found a renewed interest in the beauty of my home.

  44. Aimee says:

    This? Was an excellent post. THANK you.

    I just added you to my blogroll…I hadn’t updated it in nearly a year (yikes!), and a lot of folks I read religiously need to be added. Thanks, too, for that reminder.

  45. Tracy says:

    Thank you – awesome post.

  46. Gayla T says:

    I sub to a high school kid who does awsome paper art and he is talking about his facebook helping his YouTube thus his blog. I share his facebook stuff all the time cause it’s right there on my facebook and I know that many of my friends who scrap now sub his blog. Do you do that? I’m not great about pinning things because for some reason my pinterest has always taken me to my granddaughter’s page and they never acknowledge my messages to fix it. She gets on my computer when she is here for visits and I’m sure that’s why. As to clicking on ads….I seldom if ever do it but sure can if it helps you. What is following me around are Toyota ads. Now I know why. I did click on one as I’m thinking about trading in my 14 y/old one. Yes, I know but I drove the last one for 400.000 miles and this one just rolled over 100,000. They last forever if you keep the oil changed. So now everywhere I go I have Toyota ads popping up and I have Norton to keep it from happening. At least now I know why. If it helps you make a buck to be it. One of my grands works for a huge advertising company in Chicago and they have huge accounts like Disney movies and major soft drink companies. I had no idea until then what a rat race it is and the internet has really killed TV. The money is jumping over faster than you can believe. She was making vids in high school that were awesome and she says TV is dead meat and they are picking over the bones like vultures. She went to Chicago on a summer internship and never came home and has no degree yet so you know she is good to be pulling the big bucks from the big accounts. It’ like early days in silicon valley to be in internet advertising and it’s good you are riding it for all it’s worth. I’ll start clicking on the ads like a good subscriber.

  47. Jessica in WI says:

    Let the pinning frenzy begin! I love your blog and read it daily. Sometimes I check for a new post, forgetting I have already read it. Then I feel sad.

    Plan to share you with EVERYONE! Karen needs money folks!! I cannot be deprived of this blog so hop to it!!

  48. Sarah ATD says:

    Thanks Karen! As a newish blogger, I’m just about ready to venture into blog ads, so this is perfect timing. I try to pin your stuff whenever I can (I get the most hits from Pinterest too). I love how helpful and entertaining all your posts are! Thanks for being awesome!

  49. Kasia says:

    I feel so honored that I *knew you* before your ads… but not bothered one bit by them. We all gotta make a livin’ 🙂 And you add to my life, even though I don’t *know* you, so why shouldn’t you profit from that somehow if I do!!!

  50. lori says:

    Thanks Karen,
    I actually enjoyed you column a lot today about advertising on your blog. I learned a lot and understand more!
    I discovered you through a Pin and have been very glad I did! You are a thought provoking humorist,who shares a love of domestic goddess-ness! Yet with-in budget and with a love of simpleness.
    I have been promoting you and will continue to do so!
    LOVE YOUR WORK!!!
    (I also have 5 chickens and one lonely duck—need to find another duck!)

    • Karen says:

      Lori – Hah! Your last line made me laugh. Thanks for sharing and all the compliments! That’s been my goal all along. Make em laugh so hard they don’t even realize they’re learning. ~ karen!

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