Even though the wifi is chugging along today, and Flickr is jammed up like the Port Mann bridge at rush hour, here we are in the session. James Sherrett of AdHack is leading, “Is Advertising Killing Blogging“.
Update: Starting off with full-on participation from the audience, getting some views about advertising. Do you have ads? Are you a non-commercial contributor? Do you feel pressure to put ads on your site? Do you have a personal blog and feel it’s not right? Do you have ads on your archives? In your feed? Are they unobtrusive? Are your ads for major profit or just to cover your hosting?
Side note: Ads on Miss604.com contribute towards hosting and site costs. I’ll have a blog post up soon enough about my trials and horrible experiences with hosting. Thanks to some great ad contributors (all Vancouver-related and a great fit for my site) I’ve been able to make the move to a reliable (knock on wood) host this past month.
My big question is how am I improperly using adsense? I mean I really don’t want to saturate my site with ads but seriously, after 12 months I’ve just touched the $50 mark with Google… and they still only pay out at $100/month.
Update: More input from the audience is going up on the board, “I have ads but basically in exchange for free stuff”, “I haven’t found ads that don’t look hideous”. I just overhead someone say they charge $500/week for ads on their site. HOLY dinah! (to quote Keira). Am I undercharging (I don’t think I am) or are some people just REALLY ambitious??
On that note, I just went to that website and they’re an aggregator that is scraping content from my friends’ websites… so they’re charging loads for advertising on their site whose content is purely taken and copied from our websites. Wow. I mean I’m a little off topic here but maybe I should ask about this if there’s a Q&A later.
Back on topic, reasons people don’t have ads: “clutter”, “ugly”, “what about kids, would the ads be appropriate?” on the ‘yes’ side, “we have a tip jar”. This session is currently being streamed on Ustream.
Speaking to the subject of aggregators, we have two sides of the argument. The one I mentioned above where I get no links and no ad money but then someone mentioned Google – they refer tons of traffic to your site and they’re making a heck of a lot more money than you. I think speaking to that, a lot of aggreators scoop FULL posts – Google doesn’t. Also, Google links, a lot of aggregators don’t and they just purely violates licensing etc. It’s a whole other ball of wax but in greatful for the lively discussion in the room and seeing both sides and perspectives. I (heart) Northern Voice.
James just asked for a show of hands, “how many of you then think that advertising is killing blogging?” One hand raises.
Update: Oh crap. I just realized that I hadn’t even PUBLISHED this post yet. Crap. So much for “live” blog. It’s up now.