You may have noticed that there are ads now on my blog, probably to the right of this sentence if you are reading it on a laptop. This was a surprise to me. For those who don’t know, WordPress has this thing called WordAds that you can get on your website. For more expensive website plans (a.k.a., not what I can afford), you can get them automatically on your blog no matter how many views you get per month.
However, for the cheapest non-free plan, you have to apply and only after you get past a certain threshold of views (I was told in the thousands, though the number seems vague) can you get ads placed on your blog (a bit like how YouTube works, if you are familiar with it).
How it began…
I applied for WordAds probably about three years ago, a few months after I started my blog. I figured even if I only made a few dollars a month, it would be nice to make some money for something I put so much time into. Again and again, however, I was told that my blog did not get enough view to be elligiable.
Honestly, since I’ve gone back to college and focused on my future more, I’ve kind of forgotten about the whole ads thing. I’ve just focused on writing this blog for fun, sharing my thoughts on books and just playing around with ideas.
Imagine my surprise then when, exactly a week ago today, I received on email from WordPress saying my blog had qualified for WordAds. I was kind of in shock, not sure I believed it. But when I checked on my blog, sure enough, it was true.
What happens now?
This really won’t change anything for all my wonderful readers. I’m still posting the same amount, and content won’t change.
I also made sure to add ads only where it doesn’t seem really invasive. So you’ll see two on the sidebar of every post and one at the end of each post. I figure this keeps the ads to a minimum and doesn’t lower the user experience. I hate the news websites which run ads in the middle of the post. Like, excuse me, I’m reading that and you’re distracting me.
Although I don’t have control over what ads any of you are seeing, according to WordPress they have ways to kind of tailor the ads to your interests (not creepy at all). All the ads should be child friendly.
This feels like a random thing to share, but I’m really excited about it. I’m not expecting to make a lot of money, and currently my goal is to earn $100 a year to pay for the license for this blog, which I pay yearly (technically, the cost is around $40, but you don’t get paid until your income reaches $100). I’ll be rich! Kidding.
In other news, since I’m extremely busy with college right now (this semester is really time-consuming), I’m thinking of doing more chill, discussion posts. I’ve done some of these in the past, but they are pretty rare on my blog. But I figure it’s an easy way to keep giving you content, while not being too overwhelmed running this blog while I’m in school.
Let me know if any of the ads annoy you, or you see inappropriate ads. Also, if you have experience with WordAds, any advice tips for me? Are you also trying to add ads on your blog? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,