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Thursday, June 23, 2005


So I'm doing an experiment with TypePad Text Ads for the next 30 days (if I keep them for that long I get a whole 2 dollar bonus!).  I'll monitor whatever earnings they might generate and then decide if it's worth having them to subsidize my monthly hosting fee. 

All that said, I'm curious how all y'all feel about adding ads to the site.  Thanks.


[Update: the process for incorporating ads is a bit clunky since I use the Advanced Templates feature on TypePad, so you might notice a bit of weirdness in the look and feel for a bit.]

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I want you to do it so you can let me know how it goes (I got the same e-mail you did).

Posted by: Hubris | Jun 23, 2005 10:17:53 AM

I'm hurt... I didn't get that email! (Or maybe I deleted it as spam, not realizing what it was.)

Ads? add ads, don't add ads; I couldn't care less, as long as they don't pop up or flicker too much. I know TypePad ain't cheap.

Posted by: Steve Bates | Jun 23, 2005 10:45:17 AM

I'm with Steve Bates. So long as they don't induce epileptic seizures with the flashing or slow down the load time of the site, I don't particularly care.

Posted by: watertiger | Jun 23, 2005 12:23:44 PM

Yes. Utilize your site space to turn a penny. Just as long as you evenly distribute you income among the Liberal Coalition members, of course.

Posted by: Screwy Hoolie | Jun 23, 2005 12:35:59 PM

The more irritating the ad the more I will use post-its to cover it while I read or even to make a mental note NEVER to buy that specific product.

That said, what the others have noted. Paper your site as long as we can read and hear you expound, see Sam and Cairo romping (and Saff sleeping) and see your photos.

OT, but was curious when Saff goes to the big meadow in the sky, have you planned to 1)bury her in a catnip patch 2)stuff her and put her on the mantle 3)let the vet take care of it?

She is obviously a good and faithful friend, fangs or no fangs.

Posted by: ellroon | Jun 23, 2005 12:57:18 PM

Curious, why is it clunkier with Advanced Templates? Isn't that the one you pay more for?

I was thinking about getting that and making my site all purty.

Posted by: KathyF | Jun 23, 2005 2:01:02 PM

Your blog, your rules. I'm with Doggerel - as long as nothing pops up at me, I'm fine with it.

Posted by: andante | Jun 23, 2005 3:16:42 PM

Way to SELL OUT TO THE MAN! Ntodd what'cha going to do if the ads start popping up selling copies of Ann Coulter's new book? Huh? What then? What if you start getting lots of money from selling Ann Coulter's book and she writes you and says, "NTodd if you don't change what you say about me I'll yank my ads!" What then laughing boy? You'll cave just like ABC or NBC. They do what their advertisers tell them to do. You'll be just like big media and you sold your soul for money.

Little tiny men with 'Che shirts will start dancing around your head chanting:

/Not really.
Okay, that was the negative voice in MY head saying those things to ME because I am afraid one of my 15 readers will think these thought if I take ads. But of course I don't have the huge traffic that you or Atrios has so it is kind of a mute point.
On the other hand MY 15 readers are Quality People (hi Ellroon!) who fit the much sought after demo of 15-175 year old human male/Vulcan male with disposable income.

Posted by: spocko | Jun 23, 2005 3:25:12 PM

Whoa! Spocko has disposable income! Take note, NTodd!

Posted by: ellroon | Jun 23, 2005 5:52:10 PM

If it helps, keep em.

Posted by: vachon | Jun 23, 2005 6:05:15 PM

"The more irritating the ad the more I will use post-its to cover it while I read or even to make a mental note NEVER to buy that specific product."

I'm with ellroon -- and as usual, ellroon has an effective solution that I can use in the future -- I hadn't thought to use a post-it to cover up the ads that are annoying or are MOVING. (They drive me to distraction and since I have ADHD, the distractability factor is something I have to struggle/contend with constantly).

But ads bring you revenue and if we can still access everything that's beautiful on your site, then fine by me!

Posted by: Sandy-LA90034 | Jun 23, 2005 6:19:41 PM

Obviously I'm missing something, since I see no ads now and didn't when I first dropped by about 8 hours ago.

Posted by: Linkmeister | Jun 23, 2005 6:31:22 PM

Go for it, NTodd. I don't mind the ads at all on most sites, and even find things of interest every now and then.

Posted by: desi | Jun 23, 2005 7:26:15 PM

Go ahead with the ads (as long as there are no pop-ups). I'm very good at just not even noticing them - so good, in fact, that I didn't even see the infamous PIE AD at dKos until the whole kerpiffle started...

Feel free to delete this comment if it would alarm your advertisers. ;-)

Posted by: Medley | Jun 24, 2005 4:57:21 AM

I got the same e-mail, and I was thinking it over. But it looks like I read the e-mail right: Kanoodle gets to pick the ads, and the blogger has no control over them. I notice a couple of ads for "hot personals," and that's not something I want cluttering up my site. So unless I get a veto over ads I think are inappropriate, I'm saying "no."

Posted by: Michael | Jun 24, 2005 7:51:32 AM

Thanks for the feedback, folks.

And Michael, you can choose the categories of ads, though not specific ads. I've just gone through and selected some and we'll see what that does.

Posted by: NTodd | Jun 24, 2005 3:57:07 PM

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