[you can read part 1 of this series here]
i) My Sex. Chocolate. Ice cream blog: I don’t think Adsense would work that well on it, so I’ve taken the affiliate route. I also want the creative freedom to share what I want without worrying about whether Google’s gonna close down my Adsense account ‘cos of its content. I don’t think the content’s risqué, but because under Adsense’s terms and conditions, it states that putting their ads on ‘adult content’ sites is a no-no, it’s another reason to keep this one away from it as I don’t know what their definition of ‘adult content’ is.
I’ve monetised the blog with Amazon links, Allposters links and an affiliate banner. The Amazon links are listed along with other links to other blogs; I think they fit in better that way. The Allposters affiliate links are behind the actual images accompanying some of the poems.
ii) IWriteNamePoems.blogspot.com: This has Adsense on it (positioned towards the top) and one vertical Amazon banner on the side displaying a book that I feel might be relevant to someone looking through my blog. ‘Til quite recently, IWriteNamePoems was called TheNamePoet, but I changed the URL as I noticed several Adsense ads showing weren’t relevant AT ALL. I went to the Google Keyword Tool, searched for a relevant keyword for my niche ‘name poems’ and changed the blog name to include that keyword. I also included ‘poem’ in all the blog-post titles. It seems to be working a bit better now.
I guess until I get a considerable amount of relevant traffic, I won’t really know which monetisation method will work well. However, I did get my first little drop of Adsense pennies from the name-poem blog a week ago, so that’s encouraging. With more of the right traffic, who knows, ey?
Waiting for the bus yesterday, some people must have thought I was mad, high on something or that I’d died standing up ‘cos I had this blank look on my face and I was hardly blinking. That was me in daydream mode. I know it’s early days, but I’m kinda excited about this experiment. Haven’t felt this excited in a while. My head’s been buzzing with loads of other ideas too. When that happens, my blood quickens and I zone out. Makes me feel alive. It’s a nice feeling, but can be dangerous when I’m driving.
I don’t drive.
Unless you can count riding a bumper car at the arcade when I was 17 as driving.
Anyway, have a beauty-full week, people. Graffiti it marshmallow-pink.