Thursday, 21 January 2010

To Monetise Or Not To Monetise?


By popular request here's a picture of my new haircut.
Thank You so much for all your suggestions which helped make up my mind.
I will be back to regular blogging on February 1st but before I start afresh I want to put another proposal forward.
To monetise or not to monetise my blog? - that is the question.
As I reported before Christmas I had an interview for a place on a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate course.
The good news is that despite the fierce competition I was offered a place.
The bad news is that I will not be earning for a year and on top of that I will have to pay course fees of more than £3,000.
I have been approached my a few companies to offer competitions and I was thinking of offering advertising space for a fee.
However, the success of my blog is all down to my regular readers so I would like to consult you.
Here is just one approach I have had from LuShae Jewelry and I am being totally honest here.
For every 30 people who visit the site from here I have been offered a cash sum.
It is tempting but I don't want to put you all off.
If you can spare the time let me know what you think.
See you soon.

19 comments:

  1. So glad to see you are back - even if just for a day !
    Your haircut looks great and the scarf dress is l o v e l y.
    Personally I see nothing wrong with monetizing your blog - I think it's flattering to know that you get all this traffic and that you can make some $ out of it...

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  2. I miss you... great to see you again. I lvoe your new haircut. It frames your face beautifully.

    I find nothing wrong with monetizing your blog. It's your blog and you can do anything. xoxo

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  3. Go for it, girl. One has to eat, drink, and study, right?

    P.S.: Great look - outfit & hair!

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  4. Congratulations on being accepted!

    Monetize? Go for it!

    Your hair looks beautiful, and I LOVE the outfit. : )

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  5. Love your haircut! Sounds like you've got great plans for the year and I see nothing wrong with advertising if you like.

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  6. I say Go For It too, just keep the ad placement reasonable so that your site doesn't look like the Blackpool Illuminations. Giveaways are probably a very popular way to attract new readers too. Personally, I'd also be inclined to only accept advertisers which appeal to your own sense of style - but why not give it a whirl and see what happens?

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  7. Nothing wrong with earning a few $$ while blogging - it's great that you can do so!

    Love the new do!

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  8. I'm in - it's doesn't cost me anything, and it benefits you!

    Love the dress and the hair!

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  10. Love the new Hair .. Gorgeous!

    I say go for it as it doesnt cost us byt helps you

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  11. Honestly don't worry about it - you need to assist yourself during your studies. I've had a my-wardrobe ad on my website for same reason. I get a % of sales but seriously this is a rare occurrence!(Come on you buggers buy via my blog!!)
    It is fine to use your site to gain financially to support yourself - it won't detract from your writing.
    xxx

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  12. I say go for it! :)

    Love the dress and haircut. Can I please have those boots in my size thank you ;)

    can't wait for you to return to bloggin!

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  13. I have followed you from afar for some time now. I admire your style,your honesty and your writing. You obviously put effort, time and energy into it...if you had put the same time into a newspaper column, article, whatever, then you would expect to be paid. The corollary seems obvious to me.
    I dislike and rarely bookmark sites that have heavy ads as the layout seems to obscure the writing- but I think you will be able to judge the balance. I like in-text links that I can open in a new tab if I choose.
    Best of luck with this new addition- I will continue to follow in any case.
    Maureen

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  14. Goodness, yes - go for it, Jane!
    Sorry I don't visit to comment much anymore, but I'm still peeking at all your posts via my Google feed. Because you are one classy blogger, lady! :-)

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  15. Monetize your little heart out - you deserve to make some money with all the work you put into blogging!
    Ahem, would you please, please post where you bought that fantastic dress - I'm absolutely dying for one!!

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  16. Jane,
    Been reading your blog for quite a while now, and have been thankful you stop in when I update mine.

    That will not change with you getting some ad dollars. You are still the awesome you!

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  17. Hi Jane, great look, love the hairdo. We are so bombarded by ads that I got used not to pay attention to them anymore. So go for it, I won't even notice! Great news about the course place. Ciao. A.

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  18. Goodness, yes - go for it, Jane!
    Sorry I don't visit to comment much anymore, but I'm still peeking at all your posts via my Google feed. Because you are one classy blogger, lady! :-)

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