Jesus Creed

Jesus Creed


On Google Ads

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I both think blogs that are cluttered with ads are unattractive. So, we’ve done our dead-level best to avoid putting up ads. But, recently we read problogger.com’s stuff about AdSense, a Google Ad program, and thought it was worth the effort. So, for two days we tried …
On Day 1 I found 30 or so sites that I had to block … some having to do with “dating” services that came over as “Jesus” sites. Manipulation and it was taking more time than I cared to give. After a day or so of doing this, and chasing down sites that needed to be blocked, I woke up one morning to discover a “Christianity is BS” site on our little “Google Ads” button. That was it. I e-mailed our ever-present friend Helen and she yanked the Google Ads for us.
For us to advertise, it has to be clean and fit with our site.



Advertisement
Comments read comments(6)
post a comment
Daniel

posted March 29, 2008 at 4:50 am


I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I’ve never wanted ads on my blog because I was never very convinced that it was worth the revenue with a personal blog. I also appreciate simple, clean, Web2.0-y design. So I sympathize with your concerns.
Really though, I think the problems will be ironed out once Google gets the metrics right. Even a company as great as Google has been cannot avoid being associated with the often ham-fisted way technology companies in general misunderstand modern Christianity. They don’t know the code words, the handshakes, the oral law. So they think that by mining datasets and crunching other numbers, they can achieve a “good enough” analysis of what Christians want to buy. Not there yet, but I think we will be soon.



report abuse
 

Heidi Renee

posted March 29, 2008 at 7:15 am


Adam @ pomomusings.com might be a good reference for you as he seems to have found a way through this.



report abuse
 

James Gregory

posted March 29, 2008 at 11:25 am


If you are interested in having your blog generate some revenue in an acceptable manner, you could try two options:
1. Paypal Donations
2. Text Link Ads
The first option isn’t an advertisement, but it allows people who want to donate to you for your blogging to do so.
The second option allows companies, under a genre that you specify, to pitch advertisements to you; you must confirm which ones you would like to be presented, so you have total control over what is advertised on your site.



report abuse
 

Bryant Mathews

posted March 29, 2008 at 9:50 pm


I’m bringing your post to the attention of our Christian friend who works on stuff like this at Google here in L.A.



report abuse
 

wess

posted March 29, 2008 at 10:54 pm


Hi Scot – I had the same dilemma as you a while back and finally decided that if I was going to do ads on my site (for my school expenses) then I needed to have control over what gets advertised. Textlinkads.com was what i settled on because people rent out “space” for their link on your site every month and it’s up to you to approve (or disapprove) of that link before if ever goes on your site. Also, the nice thing about it is that they are just links, nothing flashy and don’t add to the clutter. In my opinion it’d really be worth you checking it out, if this is the route you choose to go.



report abuse
 

Danny Zacharias

posted March 31, 2008 at 6:58 am


You’d probably generate more just adding some amazon associate links.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

More Blogs To Enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Jesus Creed. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Red Letters with Tom Davis Recent prayer post on Prayables Most Recent Inspiration blog post Happy Reading!  

posted 11:15:58am Aug. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the hand of God's bounty (v. 7a).Step two: David became too

posted 12:15:30pm Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.