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As most regular readers of Tossing It Out probably know by now, I have an intense interest and curiosity about marketing and promotion and how the whole darn thing works. I like to experiment with marketing ideas and I like to hear about what other people have done.
In this post I'd like to address Google Ads. Some of you probably dislike ads on blogs. I may have even lost some past readers because of the ads that appear on my page. Others of you have Google Ads like I do. Or you may be part of an "associate program", sell your own ads, or advertise books or products that you or others are offering. Maybe you get paid for the advertising that appears on your blog or perhaps not.
My focus will be on the Google Ads. There is a reason that certain ads show up on the page when you are looking at my blog or another blog that includes Google Ads. I won't go into that here, but I would like for you to scroll down to the bottom of this current post and take note of what the ad is about. Also if you are inclined to do so, scroll down the sidebar and tell me what ad you see right now and you can also scroll to the bottom of the page to see what that ad is. Please tell me in the comments what was being advertised on your screen.
For example, as I write this piece, looking at my Tossing It Out page for today I see a cell phone ad from AT&T. In the sidebar there is an ad for a brand of tea. At the bottom of the page is another ad for AT&T. At Wrote By Rote (my memoir blog) there are ads for Dun & Bradstreet, Sports Authority, and See's Candy (mmm--I'm composing this post the day before Valentine's Day). Moving on to my dream blog A Faraway View I see two ads for Dun & Bradstreet and one for an astrology website.
For the most part I know why we see some different ads as we look at the same blog page and why we might be seeing the same ads in other cases. Do you know why you are seeing the ads you are seeing? Does the presence of Google Adsense on a blog bother or offend you in any way? Would my blog look better without the ads or would you even notice that they were not there? Are you annoyed by a page that's filled with images of books, badges, widgets, awards, and other images? Would you prefer mostly a page filled with text? Do you even think about such things?