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On Google Ads

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’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.

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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.

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Heidi Renee

posted March 29, 2008 at 7:15 am

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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Danny Zacharias

posted March 31, 2008 at 6:58 am

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

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