Yes, I’ve gone to the dark side, ’cause I’m looking to score some cookies… *grin*
I spent far too much time this past year agonizing over the pros and cons of installing Ad Sense on my blog. A few days ago, I finally decided to take Nike’s advice. As you can see in one of the widgets on the left, our eldest has a YouTube channel, and is making money off her videos, so it seemed silly not to try the same here. Granted, her audience is huge compared to mine, but I figure even if I’m only able to make $13 a month between the ads here and on my very own YouTube channel (if having a handful videos with a dozen-ish hits each qualifies as a channel), I’d be able to break even on my web hosting and domain registering fees for the year. Of course, given my current numbers, even that goal seems a bit ambitious, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right?
I’ve gone through and tried to mute ad categories that don’t really match the tone of my blog. For example, before I started tinkering with it, the first ad I saw pop up on my page was for one of those mail order bride websites (can I get a big, HELL NO from the crowd?). If anyone has any suggestions/commiserations regarding Ad Sense, I’d love to hear them in the comment section.
Also, since I had to reword my About Me section yet again (seemed a bit incongruous to see, “My blog isn’t monetized” next to an ad for faster internet), I decided to also update my Word Cloud with all the things I forgot (seriously? I forgot to add my boys in green? They may never speak to me ever again!). Here’s the latest version –