Friday Question Day No. 1

Friday Question Day No. 1

 

ItsFridayQuestionDay1I am going to try a little experiment and see how this works in terms of participation and engagement on my site. 

 

I wrote a post on May 17th; What Is Your Earning Motivator? 

 

and I love reading the comments I received, so this started some ideas rambling around my head again and I decided to start today, Friday June 5th and see how well received it is if I ask a specific question and see what the responses are.

 

So, my post was about using and sharing a spreadsheet to keep track of the earnings you have been receiving; even the pennies which do add up. 

 

I received some great comments on that post and I really appreciate each and every one of my readers. There was one comment that really made me re-think the post and that comment was from Adrienne Smith

 

This is an excerpt of her comment:
I believe that if Adsense or InfoLinks or whatever it is you are doing is part of your business model then sure, I say do it. If it’s not then I wouldn’t waste my time. The reason is you never want anyone to leave your site to go to another site before they’re ready. People may see an ad, click on it and the next thing you know they’re gone never to return again because they forgot where they were before they became distracted. That’s one more prospect you’ve just lost. Like I said though, if that’s part of your business model and you’re making enough to warrant having lost them then I say all the more power to you. If not though then I feel it’s definitely not worth the little amount you’ve made. 

 

See what I mean? A lot of food for thought.

 

So for my first Friday Question Day No. 1, I would like to know what your thoughts are concerning using ad links as I mentioned in my post and then the opinion that Adrienne gave in her comment about losing a reader too soon by a distracting ad. 

 

No judgments in any way, just friendly and constructive conversation about your thoughts on this subject. 

 

animated_arrow_right2Leave your comments below and absolutely share this on all of your social sites so we can get many thoughts and opinions on this question. 

 

Thanks to all of my readers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Monna Ellithorpe Writer, Published Author, Teacher, Blogger, Marketer. I have been writing in journals, diaries and creating short stories since my teen years. It wasn't until the death of my beloved husband in 2008, that I realized my purpose in life was to write. It was then I started to seriously pursue a career in writing and marketing.

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12 comments on “Friday Question Day No. 1”

  1. Mitch Mitchell Reply

    Interesting question. I’ll start off by saying I have an Infolinks account. I might hit $50 every 6 months or so, which of course means it’s not earning big money. The problem with it is that it’ll highlight certain words, but most of the ads have nothing to do with those words. It might be my fault, as I mainly use it on my medical billing / health topics site. Oh well…

    On my main blogs though… nope, not using it. I certainly would never use it on my business blog, and my seminal blog seems an inappropriate place for it; that and I talk about so many different things there that I’d be driving the algorithm nuts. Same with my local blog.

    However, I’ve been considering putting it on my finance blog; that one might work. Still, one thing I think is critical NOT to do on blogs is add it to comments. I’ve seen people freak over that in the past; no sense in going there I figure.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…The Early Marketing Of My Book Leadership Is/Isn’t EasyMy Profile

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Mitch, Thank you for your visit to my blog and commenting. Since my post, I have taken InfoLinks off of my site. I really didn’t like the look of so many words highlighted and not being relevant. I agree that there are some blogs it and any other advertising source would be of benefit but not every blog. I have never heard of putting advertising on comments before; I definitely would not put them on comments either. Have a great day and thank you again.

  2. Donna Merrill Reply

    Hi Monna,

    I don’t use infolinks or adsense. But as David mentioned above, if they can’t be set up opening a new window or tab, then I wouldn’t use it.

    I don’t think that loosing a little sale in the scheme of things on your blog is a great loss. Instead, I rather point my sales at a niche specific audience that is looking for the “answer” to a problem. Then target them. With all the analytics available today, I do find it more reliable than people visiting my blog.

    Why should I depend on a hand full of people when I can reach so many more with targeting a specific audience? It is all about marketing and knowing who to target.

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…The Nature Of Your BlogMy Profile

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Donna, Thank you for your opinion on this too. I knew I would get some great answers and I always wondered about it so, I will probably do my Friday Question Days on things I have never found an answer to. You are absolutely right. It’s not worth it.

  3. Adrienne Reply

    Hey Monna,

    Ah, I see you posted that question and others have given their advice as well.

    As I had mentioned in my comment to you on that particular post, I think it depends on your business model. I’ve only met a handful of people who have made any decent kind of money from Adsense. Those are the ones that have been here for a long time and know just how to make that work. They have this all set up on their niche related sites but few are able to really see any type of decent profits.

    They may have the links so that they open into a new window but how many people are going to rush back to read where they left off. Some will finish your post but most won’t.

    I know they have this in place for a reason and that’s for Google to make money from their advertisers. They’re willing to let you make a few cents to put it on your site but in the long run is that really worth it to you? My impression when I visit a site that has Adsense or Infolinks on them is that they’re only after the money. I find it annoying when links are in the middle of the post or they’re live because we all know what they’re trying to accomplish. Granted, I know people are here to make money so please don’t get the wrong idea. The issue is I think there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

    It all boils down to once again what your particular business model is. I can’t fault anyone for doing what they feel is best for them.

    Hope that the responses you get will help you make a decision moving forward Monna.

    Thanks for sharing my thoughts with your readers. I wish you the very best.

    ~Adrienne
    Adrienne recently posted…How To Blog Your Way Out Of A JobMy Profile

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Adrienne, Thank you again for explaining a little more in detail about your thoughts on this. I am in the process of removing them from my site because I am not seeing enough benefit to having them there. I appreciate your letting me share your comment in my post. Have a great week.

  4. David Merrill 101 Reply

    I think Adrienne makes a great point.

    I don’t use infolinks or adsense so I don’t know if you can set them up to open in a new window or tab. If you can, then you might try going that route. If not, then I personally wouldn’t ever use them.

    I also think that to build an online business, you must be willing to look past instant profits (especially relatively insignificant ones), and be patient working through a process that will build a following the enters into a deeper and perpetual sales funnel.
    David Merrill 101 recently posted…Getting Quality Backlinks To Your BlogMy Profile

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi David, Thank you for your visit and your opinion. I am beginning to re-think this strategy. I’ve received some great comments and opinions and you are right, I now believe it’s not worth those few extra cents to clutter up a valuable blog.

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Miriam, I am slowly removing InfoLinks from my site but haven’t tried to totally get rid of it. Should be just a matter of deactivating the plugin. I will let you know how it goes.

  5. Lolette Stephenson Reply

    Hi Monna,
    If a person is viewing your site from a regular computer, and if the advertisement links open up in a new window, then you haven’t lost them totally. You are still showing up on a tab. But if the person is on a cell phone, then yes you can lose them. When I click on a link with my Samsung s5, it automatically takes me to a new window and the only way I can get back to your site is to either view History or sometimes use the back button. I think also, if you have compelling content, even though a person wants to click a link, they will read what you have posted first and visit links after that. Just my 2 cents worth.
    Lolette Stephenson recently posted…Just a Little Fruit and Veggies..Okay?My Profile

    • Monna Ellithorpe Reply

      Hi Lolette, Thank you for your opinions on my Friday Question No. 1. I guess I hadn’t really thought about mobile which I do need to be more aware of. I guess because it’s hard on my eyes to read or do much on my smart phone, doesn’t mean its that way for everyone. Thank you for your input.

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