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Offline Joanna

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2007, 06:10:59 AM »
I started blogging earlier this year, initially just out of curiosity about how the whole thing worked.  I'm still not sure if I'm doing it right but it has been an interesting and fun learning curve.  It's nice to have something that isn't like the work that I take on as a Freelance Writer - I can write as much or as little as I like and I'm not answerable to editors! (no offence to the editors out there!) ;D

I'm always keen to make sure that the things I do pay for themselves.  I've investigated Google ads and affiliate schemes and have adopted the ones that work for me.  My school PTA Blog is a great fundraiser for the school and I've been surprised at how enthusiastic everyone has been about it, including the children - anything to inspire children to improve in literacy is a great thing!!

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #46 on: November 29, 2007, 08:25:14 AM »
Hi Joanna,

It seems I'm at the start of the learning curve that you began nearly a year ago with regard to the whole blogging thing. I was interested to see you've "investigated Google ads and affiliate schemes".

I'm doing the same research myself at the moment and I wonder if you, or anyone else who reads this can help me with the following question:

Is there any way of excluding certain ads from my blog or website, or do you just have to accept what you're given? There are certain kinds  of company, etc. that I would not wish to promote.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #47 on: November 29, 2007, 09:30:05 AM »
Yes, I know what you mean about the content of some ads.  Google does have a tool for preventing certain ads showing on your site including those of competitive ads.  For affiliates, I use Affiliate Window which allows me to hand pick the stores and types of ad that I want to feature on my blogs or websites.  Have a look at my sites to see examples.  I'm sure there are other affiliate companies you can use.

The dilema I have is in coming up with content - inspiration only ever seems to arrive around 2am or when doing the grocery shopping!

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #48 on: November 29, 2007, 12:15:26 PM »
Damn it, how do you always know?
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2007, 05:27:13 PM »
Thanks, Joanna. I looked at your websites (an interesting range!) and saw that most of the ads do seem to be relevant and inoffensive. I suppose there's always the chance that some might slip through that you really don't want.

Interestingly, I've noticed on MWC pages that refer to limericks, there's sometimes Google ads for holidays, hotels, etc. in Ireland!

Ollie. How does who always know about what?
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #50 on: November 29, 2007, 05:29:18 PM »
How do you always know what I'm reading?
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #51 on: November 29, 2007, 05:44:58 PM »
Ah, I see. Just a knack I suppose. Mind you, I do find that omnipresence and omniscience also come in handy sometimes.
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #52 on: November 30, 2007, 05:38:44 AM »
Google AdSense ads do indeed sense the context in which they are placed. So if there is a blog post or a forum topic where the word 'limerick' appears a lot, they will assume (usually correctly) that the page is devoted to this topic and show ads relevant to limericks. However, where words have multiple meanings, it's quite possible for it to get mixed up and (as in your example) show ads related to Limerick in Ireland instead.

But yes, there are lots of affiliate marketing companies that let website owners pick and choose the companies they want to promote. Two others I have used with some success are Commission Junction (www.cj.com) and Clickbank (www.clickbank.com). The latter sells downloadable products only.

Finally, don't forget that WCCL, the sponsors of this forum, have an active affiliate scheme. If you have a website, you can sign up with them and promote products such as my writing courses, self-hypnosis tapes, Windows utilities, driving guides, and many more. I discussed the WCCL affiliate program a while ago in the blog post below:

http://www.mywritingblog.com/writer/2007/06/earn-extra-cash-promoting-my-writing.html

Good luck!

Nick  :)

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #53 on: December 03, 2007, 08:00:39 AM »
The Lord Of The Rings --------- Come on Nick!

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #54 on: December 03, 2007, 08:12:23 AM »
What's Lord of the rings mean?
Never make a decision standing up.

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #55 on: December 03, 2007, 08:33:59 AM »
Oh, how embarrassing. I answered something from a couple pages ago here on this page. I am slow today.

Sorry.

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #56 on: December 03, 2007, 08:38:18 AM »
FW, you might find this link interesting.
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=8353.0
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #57 on: December 03, 2007, 08:53:56 AM »
Thank you, it is.

Somehow it fits me very well today.

Chris

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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #58 on: December 03, 2007, 08:54:48 AM »
Today?
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Re: Is blogging a good thing for writers?
« Reply #59 on: December 03, 2007, 09:04:20 AM »
Ok, don't push it!

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