Around the first of March, Chris and I decided we’d do a little testing with each of our domains – seeing if we couldn’t make a few dollars with some of the domains we have scattered around the web. I never really put a whole lot of faith in advertsing programs, because it seemed just too easy – ya know? Money never comes easy, does it?
For reference, we’re using the following programs for advertising in various different spots on our various different domains:
I’ve tried not to make the ads too obtrusive on the sites that we own. Just a few here – a few there…scattered about. Since I put the ads up mid-March – I figured a good, solid idea of how well they are doing was to wait until the end of April to see what the figures were. Now that we’re just about to the end of April – I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with the results (even though we still have 3 more days to go in April):
Google Adsense: $595.82 for the month of April.
Text Ad Links: – $269.54 for the month of April
AdBrite: $174.56 for the month of April
BlogAds: – $146.54 for the month of April
Crisp Ads: $98.67 for the month of April
Aprils grand total for advertising: $1285.13
Also, this doesn’t count the hard coded link ads I sold from direct contact with the advertiser on a few domains for $450.00 early on this month . . add that to the total and we’ve got $1735.13
I’m thinking our experiment in advertising was productive. Not bad for a few links scattered here and there.
Some folks don’t like advertising on blogs – and I can fully understand that point of view. I personally don’t mind it – I don’t even mind visiting blogs that have advertising. I think that if folks develop their sites and domains to the point where it is considered to be valuable ‘real estate’ for advertisers – then it’s not a negative thing for that site owner to make a few bucks off a few well placed ads.
Heck – I even click ads if I see ones that I think might be interesting.
Our little experiment in advertising was to really find out if people can make money off their websites by simply advertising. Many people will say that it’s all hype – but I’ve found that it’s not true.. it can be done. Now, I don’t think you’ll make a fortune and certainly it’s nothing to retire on – – but a few dollars can be made, for sure.
A few things I’ve found to be of some importance to advertisers willing to purchase space on your blog:
- Google Page Ranking on your domain. Advertisers seem to be happy with sites that rank between 5-10. This site ranks 6. Most of my other sites and domains rank 5 or 6
- Alexa ranking – this link is an example of alexa’s rank on one of my domains
- Page Views per month for your domain
It’s all a game, really. This month could be great – next month could be nothing. It’s a crapshoot, really… at least I think. We’ll see how we do in May.