If you look over to your right, you’ll see a block of four paid advertisement spots (assuming you aren’t reading this via RSS or Email of course. If you are, please click through).
I have no doubt that some out there in the REBC (Real Estate Blogging Community), aka the “RE.net”, will be appalled, and thoughts of “shill”, “sell out” and “non-purist” will arise along with the bile in their throats.
I’m not a big fan of advertisements spread all over a blog. I’ve seen blogs that have ads across the header, down the sidebar, in the footer, inside posts, in the comment fields and in the RSS feed. There are even ways to put pop-up adds inside sentences via contextual ads. And I’ve seen some using all of the above. To me, that is too much and carries it a bit too far.
On the other hand, who the heck am I to say someone is wrong to monetize their blog however they see fit?
So yeah, we’ve now got some advertising spots. I could try to justify it by pointing out all the hundreds of thousands of other blogs and web sites that carry advertising. But I’m not all that concerned with what others do, and have always found the, “but everyone else is doing it” argument weak (just ask my teenagers).
Honestly though, I’m not sure I need to justify it. It is, after all, my blog.
But, it’s also your blog in many ways. I do sincerely thank and appreciate every single reader of this blog. And I care what each and every reader of this blog thinks. Unless there is an uproar against the ads here, they will stay. I’d love to hear your honest and brutal opinions. Are ads on a blog good, bad, or indifferent to you? Why? (especially wondering why if you are strongly opposed to them)
So let me have it in the comments (or the contact form if you’re not comfortable expressing your opinion in public).
And thanks in advance!