Monday, January 29, 2007

First payday coming up!

Hooray, after years (starting almost at the inception of the blog) of having those ads pasted all over the blog, enough of you have clicked on them so I will get my first check either this month or next if I get $1.86 more in clicks (blatant begging, could be deemed as soliciting by Google?). As I mentioned before, this works out to about 5 cents an hour spent in writing the blogs but I think it's actually even less. Is it worth having those ads? Are they annoying?

The Google search bar seems like a convenience if you want to look up something more specific about the post and sometimes I'm even tempted myself to click on the ad links especially the ones listing plants for sale but is strictly verboten.

I did notice that different ads seem to be displayed by different browsers which is puzzling. Strange, as you would think the html content would be the same. I used someone else's computer with the Microsoft Explorer browser (I use Firefox) and all the ads that came up were for joining or setting up your own blogging sites, something which I never see on my computer.

So thanks to all of you who have clicked on the ads these many years.

8 Comments:

Blogger MrBrownThumb said...

Hmm.

I didn't realize you had two blogs. I just left a comment on the other one. The photos in this one are nice too.

10:56 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

I had wondered if the ads were worth it! I was reading that adsense or whatever it is, but I'm not sure what I think. I'll look forward to hearing more!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ki, right now when I look at your blog I see and ad for Flower bulbs from Holland, Columbines from Michigan Bulb, and one that must be targeted to me - Austin Tree Experts. Plus a click-list for Stink Bug, Banana Tree, Plant tree, Columbine Plant and Flower Plant - wonder if other people see local tree-trimming ads for their vicinity?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

8:28 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

mrbrownthumb,
Thanks for the comment. I created the other site mainly as a photoblog but it was difficult to create using the new Blogger templates and I still haven't added all the elements I wanted to it.

gotta garden,
After many years I'll be paid $100 - the minimum amount they'll pay out in a check. Apparently some of the more popular sites get paid several hundred dollars a month. But I think this is a fallacy. Someone may create many blogs and the total payment may approach several hundred a month but I think that is for the top 25 blogs or so who get tons (thousands of hits) of traffic. Of course I've already spent the money even if I haven't gotten the $100 dollars of clicks - on plants of course. It takes a lot of clicks to actually amount to anything. One click is probably something like 4-5 cents. So it does pay eventually, but don't quit your regular job. ;)

Annie,
Which browser do you use? I'm seeing a Free Garden Plant Guide - Fruit, Nut & Shade trees from Stark Bros.- Trees Bushes & Shrubs from gardenerschoice.com - and Free Rose Bushes from Home-Garden-rewardpath.com

I guess Adsense does tailor the ads to a location which is interesting. Otherwise local businesses who want to advertise won't have the means to do it on Blogger. The Banna tree in Ads by Google seems to be ubiquitous. Plant tree too.

When I used a different computer the ads come up for sites creating your own blog and not about gardening. Strange.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ki, I have regular old explorer.
This morning I see Austin Tree Experts, Fruit, Nut & Shade Trees-Stark Bros; Five Star Perennials-ParadiseGarden; and Austin Tree Service ratings via Austin city search. So it might change frequently.
My husband uses Firefox, and I was quite surprised to see how different my page looked on his computer screen.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

7:14 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Annie,
I was surprised too. You would think that browsers or html would be standardized by now. So WYSIWYG is not what others may get. I also have the Opera browser but haven't used it to view the blog. I should do that to see how it displays the different elements of the blog but probably not many people use Opera so why bother?

I don't use Explorer because I read many reports that said it had so many holes that hackers could attack. If I remember correctly a white hat hacker in the Netherlands warned MS of a hole in Explorer about 9 times and they refused to do anything about it. So he launched an attack using the very hole he warned them about to teach them that the browser was insecure. I guess he got their attention as they've been patching holes ever since. But I hate those automatic updates barging in a the wrong times so I quit using it unless there is a dire need to do so. Whew! too long a reply.

10:08 AM  
Blogger La Gringa said...

I've always wondered if us average bloggers can make any money from those ads.

I thought you might be interested to know that here in Honduras, using Firefox, I'm seeing a site in the Dominican Republic, one selling palms and phormium, one for Cycads, and one for miniature trees.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi la gringa,
Yes, you can make some money but it takes a long time if you only have a small readership to accumulate enough for a payout. I noticed that after Old Roses included me in the Voices reblogging I received more ad clicks - probably because more people were coming to the blog.

Thanks for letting me know what kind of ads you are seeing. I guess the ads are tailored for the location of the ISP connection as Annie mentioned local Austin Tx ads displayed when she brought up the webpage. Sort of big brotherish of Google to have all sorts of information about you. Interesting that their program is sophisticated enough to tailor the ads. I thought only generic ads would be posted.

Had to look up phorium as I was not familiar with the name. Looks like big grass or small agave. Wouldn't it cost a fortune to ship plants from the Dominican Rep. to Honduras?

10:40 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

My Photo
Name:
Location: Zone 6, New Jersey, United States

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]

Carnival-small Blogroll Me!

Listed on Blogwise

Blogarama - The Blog Directory

Gardening  Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory