After an almost unanimous uproar (if I can call it that) about thinking about putting Adsense back into my blog, I’ve thought of an alternative solution today, and I’d like your feedback on it.
I’ve read throughout the “blogosphere” the pros and cons to advertising on our blogs. Most people for it are so because it supports our ultimate desire to sit in our bathrobes, pajamas, or lack-there-of and write. It’s a grand idea (some say unrealistic). Those against seem to be advocating the necessity of beautiful and uncluttered design. Personally, I’d like both.
So, let me know what you think about this: What if I could choose to put advertisements on certain pages? For instance, let’s say I have these posts that talk about gadgets. Maybe I do a review. Maybe people like or hate it enough to come and comment on it. Maybe I get really high in the search engines and I didn’t even intend to do so. Whatever the case, people are coming to certain articles in droves. Now, for these posts, I’d love to monetize just those pages – giving myself the feeling of not completely selling out, but being a smart business person as well.
After the wildly successful (an 800% jump in traffic) release of my first WordPress plugin, I’ve been thinking the ability to choose which pages you want ads on just might be a good idea for another plugin. I think it would help those of us who don’t like the all or nothing problem with putting advertising on our sites and screwing up the beautiful themes we have.
I would love it if you’d comment here and let me know what you think about this idea?
[tags]advertising, ads, adsense, wordpress, plugin, monetization, design, beauty[/tags]