Creative Nonsense

ā€œIā€™m a fairly undisciplined writer.ā€ – Neil Gaiman

To Ad or Not to Ad – That is the Question

I fell into a “how to make money off your blog” trap early.

Honestly, I should have known better. I might not have finished my Master’s degree, but I took all the classes that we actual classes, including a whole seminar on Information Literacy.

I put together countless presentations for teens and young people on how to tell reliable sources from empty click-bait, and then I turned around and fell into the same trap I was trying to help them avoid.

To be fair, it’s an easy thing to do on Pinterest, which is where it started for me.

I was struggling to figure out how to start freelancing, and the Google algorithm just latched onto my search words and spewed a bunch of bullshit at me until I was so overwhelmed I could barely tell up from down.

I don’t know how many “free 7-day e-courses” I had subscribed to that covered everything from freelancing to writing non-fiction to finding clients to blogging.

I spent $300 on a BS course that basically focused on how to do email telemarking.

And my Pinterest boards? *Shudder* I try not to go near most of them if I can help it.

Again, you live and learn.

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When I realized what I was doing wasn’t working, I stopped.

When I noticed the “how to make money off of blogging” was really just algorithm-generated click-bait written by talentless corporate sell-out Moms, I backed as far up from that shit as I possibly could.

My website, the thing I’d spent months and months and months agonizing over, just sat there.

Every now and again I would check it, just to see if the WordAds I had allowed to creep onto all my pages were actually generating the kind of revenue that would result in some kind of cash out.

My grand total was $00.36. That’s right – all those ugly, stupid, meaningless ads flashing and waving at anyone who visited my pages (including me) resulted in a total of thirty-six cents.

Maybe if I was better at SEO, having the ads would be worth it. Maybe if I was a better blogger, or if I really did set up some kind of product-placement on my page, I would be seeing some kind of revenue.

But you know what? I HATE ads. I HATE cookies and product placement and scrolling through bullshit to try and get to the one thing I visited a page to get to (usually a recipe – if you cook at all you know what 8m talking about).

I don’t want to flood people’s screens with gross advertisements that could very well result in viruses. I don’t want to plant tracking cookies on people’s devices. I don’t want to go on and on and on about how the people visiting my pages *have* to purchase this useless, probably environmentally hazardous thing that could result in my getting a cut of the funds.

People, we live at a time where wage inequality is at an all-time high. Save your money, because odds are you works really hard for it and you need it to pay rent and buy food because we live in a world where the rich get richer and the poor go bankrupt just trying to make ends meet.

NOTHING anyone promotes on their blogs is worth your money.

NOTHING.

Don’t let the bloggers or the ads tell you otherwise.

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I took the ads of my website because I didn’t want them there anymore. If this means I’m a bad blogger, if this means I’m a poor brand or entrepreneur or what have you, then so be it.

I never wanted to be those things anyway.

One thought on “To Ad or Not to Ad – That is the Question

  • Don
    October 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Good for you! It’s not about the commerce, it’s about the community.

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