No Ads Please. Not Here. Not Now.

From time to time I get emails from companies wanting to advertise here on Wonderwebby.  Instead of replying with my standard “no thanks” response,  I thought I’d write something here.

Why” No Thanks”?

Because this is my playground.

But don’t you want to make money?

Sure. But not here.

Are there other ways I can promote myself/my product through Wonderwebby?

Yes!

Like last year, when Reward Yourself Card donated $100 per post for 13 bloggers to write a tribute to the entrepreneurial poor, to raise microfinance for the Philippines. If you’re interested in supporting any future fundraisers, I’d still be interested in hearing from you.

Sometimes I’ll write about a relevant book or product sent to me. But I’m not paid for this. And sending me something doesn’t guarantee it will find its way to this little corner of cyberspace. Unless it’s full of wonderment :)

And every so often I like to share things that inspire or interest me, like this video from my employer. (See the disclaimer to the right…views expressed here are my own, not those of my employer, yadda yadda yadda.)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfEbMV295Kk]

I suppose sharing corporate content is blurring the lines a bit. But it’s a personal choice, and that’s what I’m comfortable with.

What’s the Art Not Ads logo about?

Read more on Keri Smith’s Ad Free Blog site. It’s food for thought.

I’m not saying every single blog should be ad free.  But it’s still a choice, not an obligation to use Google Ads or to be paid for advertising.  Do you know what I mean? What do you think?

5 thoughts on “No Ads Please. Not Here. Not Now.

  1. Caesar

    If nothing else, another good reason for not having ads is because ads by their nature are designed to draw attention and traffic. This puts them in competition with your content, and why should you have to compete on your own site! As you say, it’s your own playground…

  2. Andrew

    Nice one mate. Keep the independence, keep the clarity and keep the vision hat you had when you started writing. Its your real estate, so keep it how you want!!

  3. wonderwebby

    Thanks for the feedback Caesar and Andrew.
    Caesar the competitive content angle had not even crossed my mind in my rationale – but you make a good point.
    Andrew here’s the thing – in my quest to learn more about blogging I have discovered there’s almost an expectation of “monetization.” Why is that I wonder? Do you think this is because of the medium – the internet?

    1. Caesar

      @ww: personally, I find that the expectation comes from the misconception some people have that if you’re not doing it for the money, then you’re doing it for the vanity. Damned if you do… etc. you’re either greedy or narcissistic.

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