Thursday, February 01, 2007

Picking Ads & Stocks: The Value of Money & Ethics

I'm curious about the process other bloggers, publishers and website operators use to pick ads. Just like a stock picker can select investments that fit a certain ethical & social & economic agenda, I try to select ads that fit the frame of my blog.

For example, I run a blog about frugal beauty tips. Given that editorial view point, should I run ads for expensive skin care products? Likewise, on this blog, I've nixed ads for gambling and other "free" you-will-lose-money-for-sure promotions. Ditto for Viagra ads and assorted really-don't-try-this-at-home products.

But it's not always so clear cut & I'm curious about the procedures other writers use for handling advertising. Here are my questions:

1) Do you have any choice about the ads on your blog(s)? Do you exercise that choice?

2) If so, how do you decide which ads to accept and which to nix?

3) Do you think readers care about the types & quantity of ads on your site?

4) Do you ever feel uncomfortable about the ads on your site vs. the content you create?

5) Do you just leave it up to readers to sort through the ads?

Comments are appreciated: or please leave a note in the comment section. Thanks!


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1 comment:

DarthImmortal said...

I have to be honest with you and I think bloggers who use ads are "tacky". I don't understand why they are necessary. They only contribute to a society burdened with spam and an oversaturated advertising frenzy created by television and radio.