Hey all, I have a few quick question for bloggers and blog readers.
• Do you write posts that are short or long?
• What is the average length of your posts?
• Do you monetize your site by running ads?
• Which are the best ad affiliates in your opinion?
• Are you working with ad affiliates where you can choose ad placement and type of ad or are they on auto with random placement?
• Would you care to share how much you earn from affiliate ads?
• Do you enjoy short or long blog posts?
• Do you lose interest if a blog post is too long?
• Do you ever click onto an ad and make a product purchase?
• Do ads on blog sites and/or any website annoy you if they pop up or overlap content?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and please, add any other thoughts you may have!!
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I both write and read blog posts of various lengths. I think the subject matter defines the length in writing and my interest in reading. Blog length can be 500-2300, but most are 500-1200.
I don’t currently monetize my blog, but I’m considering monetizing book review articles where the link goes to the book purchase page. Placement would be in the article and not on my website page.
I have purchased book recommendations from others when they recommend a book in their blog post. Some were just mentioned, and others had a monetized click. I’m an avid reader, so I always appreciate book recommendations.
I haven’t purchased anything other than books. If someone has TONS of advertisements on their website page, I leave. I don’t want my reading experience to be me visually hounded by a cheesy salesman. I just walk away or rather click away.
I do not like ad pop-ups on webpages! They are extremely annoying! No, I don’t buy from the pop-ups, but I do exit the website as I refuse to fight their page pop-ups to read.
I look forward to gleaning from your inquiry, Dee.
Thanks, Lisa. I lose interest if a post keeps going and going, I can’t stay focused unless it is perhaps super interesting. I don’t like annoying popups!! If there are popups and ads over the content then I exit the site as quick as I arrive. I think some bloggers never look at their posts after they publish them.
I do both long and short posts, but mine are on the longer side for most, because I deal with serious topics, no “fluff.”
I do not run ads, but I do link to Amazon products. However, since I am not there to make $ but to just say “this is the book or product I am talking about in case you are interested” I only make pennies – I don’t “push” products. My website costs much more in annual fees ($60) than I bring in with Amazon ($10).
I have heard from others that ad sites are getting worse and worse, and that they constantly change things and are not worth your time and effort. In my opinion, most ads are vulgar and take away from what you are trying to say. On many sites, I can read faster than they load 🙂
I enjoy both short and long posts. It’s easy to read 4 written pages on a single post, as long as the subject matter is interesting.
I rarely click on ads, and only once have I bought from an online ad. Thankfully, it was worth it!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Janine. I suppose it’s my fibromyalgia but I can’t stay focused if posts are very long. I truly believe that a lot of bloggers never look at their posts once they hit publish. I’m referring to those who run annoying ads that pop up and overlap their content. If they looked at their posts, they’d see that their readers can’t read their content due to the mess they created with the ads.
Do you write posts that are short or long? Varies
• What is the average length of your posts? 100-400ish.
• Do you monetize your site by running ads? No, not sure how that works
• Which are the best ad affiliates in your opinion? Not sure, I never checked into it
Great questions Dee.
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Thanks, Paula for sharing your answers.
I don’t personally monetize my blog site when it comes to ads because I see it more as a ministry. (Though I do sometimes promote retreats and other events my husband and I are doing.) But I certainly understand and appreciate that others do and I don’t see any problem with that even when it is ministry focused. It’s just my personal choice for my particular site. I don’t object to ads on the sites that I read when they are not too intrusive. My posts tend to be on the long side even though I know not everyone will read them through every time. I do plan to write more shorter posts this year. And, yes, I do occasionally click on links for products on sites that I read regularly. I know it doesn’t cost me any more to do so and I want to be a blessing when I can.
I should have added that I dislike pop-ups, especially the ones that are hard to get rid of, never click a link on one of them, and will leave the site if there are very many.
Donna, oh yes, the annoying pop ups and overlapping of content!!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Donna. It’s the intrusive ads that get to me.
Hm… I think my posts tend to be on the long side mostly because I love words so much. I try to balance out the words with photos though so those readers that might like something shorter can skim through. I don’t mind the length of blog posts as long as what I’m reading is interesting me. I used to run ads and I think it took me nearly a year to get $100 through google’s adsense program so I gave it up. I also don’t have any affiliate programs anymore either as I found that trying to monetize my blog took away from my enjoyment of blogging. I have never clicked through an ad on any blog site but I have definitely clicked on affiliate links if they’re reviewing something that appeals to me. I have had a few sites that I had to leave because an ad popped up (without a way for me to click off it or around it) and it was blocking the actual blog post so I couldn’t read or comment. I do get annoyed when I have to close three or 4 or 5 popups first but I’m okay if it’s just one pop up or if there are adds between the paragraphs that aren’t getting in my way.
Joanne, breaking up long posts with photos is a great idea! Thanks for sharing your Adsense earnings! I understand monetizing could take the enjoyment out of blogging but seems a lot of these sites just throw the code on there and the ads pop up randomly. Surely the bloggers wouldn’t place them where they overlap their content and such. But, I think a lot of them don’t even bother to look at their messy sites in the first place.
Dee, most posts are short unless I have relative photos. I hate posts that you scroll forever with tons of photos. I don’t like pop-up ads either.
I do a few ads on my blog. Most of the time, I go directly to the website of my choice for purchases.
Linda, I hate posts that go on and on too with tons of photos which I think are absolutely unnecessary. Lots of times these photos are nearly similar. Reminds me of those Etsy sellers who try to fill up the allotted photo spaces with the same photos, what’s with that? I don’t get it. The photos slots are to show different angles, not the same one over and over and over. I hate pop ups too, makes no sense.
Hey Dee. Thanks bunches for sharing your blogging questions with Sweet Tea & Friends this month.
You’re welcome, Paula.
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You’re welcome, Carol.
I once read that long, well-researched and well-optimized posts cab boost your search engine results and get higher rankings. But our readers nowadays like short text. I write both. I like that. I myself like to read long blogs, if the font is not too small and if the blogger has chosen good photos to clarify the text.
No ads, no affiliates, because I don’t need them. I’m not in the situation where I need more money, so I focus more on the text I’m writing.
I often read English blogs with Google Translate. My computer gets confused seeing things popping up 🙂
Your question: “Do you ever click onto an ad and make a product purchase?”
My answer: “Never.” But… I will respond to personal emails. If someone sends an email: would you like to read my book, then I will check if this is something for me.
I still think being personal works better than posting ads. So, a newsletter is a good thing after all. When you’re selling something, you could say it in a fun, personal way in your newsletter.
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Aritha, I’ve read that too about long posts but small font is usually what I come across and the posts are not well-researched nor well-optimized . You say yuor computer gets confused with things popping up, well my brain gets confused. It’s absolutely ridiculous. I know in my heart that these bloggers who allow such a mess on their site don’t ever look at a post and see how difficult it is to read it. And, speaking of photos, I was reading a blog today and the photos didn’t match what I was reading as I scrolled down the post. The reason I figured out was that the photos were ads. I thought WOW!
I just got officially approved for the Amazon affiliate program ~ got my 3 sales. Baby steps LOL! Sometimes I click on Amazon links if the product interests me. I dislike when ads overlap content and I leave if I have to work to read the post. I only have one pop-up and it’s my newsletter sign up which actually does work for getting my site new readers. Small font is hard for me to read, so I use a larger font to make sure visitors don’t have to strain their eyes like I do on some sites. Visiting from Penny’s Passion. Enjoy your Thanksgiving gatherings!
Yay, Allyson! How do bloggers or any site expect us to read the content with all the pop ups and overlays? Boggles my mind!!