Monday, July 2, 2012

Monetizing The Blog

This post is a little over-due as I started monetizing this blog several months ago, but I thought I would say a few words about it anyway.

My purpose for this blog is not to make money (if it were, I'd spend much more time providing content and making it look better).  However, turning on the built-in blog revenue-generating features was easy so why not?  My main purpose is really to document and share information on things I'm passionate about and others might find helpful or interesting.  If I make a few pennies along the way, so be it.

The ads displayed in-between articles are from Google Adsense.  I have no control over what ads are displayed.  Theoretically, they're related to the blog post, but I can't guarantee that will always be the case.  I also can't say that I would recommend any service or product being advertised here since I don't know what it will be.  Take it for what it is.  If you click on it, I get a penny.

Besides Adsense, I have also signed-on with Amazon to become an affiliate.  All this means is that when I recommend something, I can provide a link to the product on Amazon's web site that, when used by the reader, will pay me a few pennies if the reader purchases the product.  Sort of like a referral fee.  Note that the price doesn't change for you, the reader/buyer.

The "Recommended Products" box at the bottom right of this blog contains products that I recommend.  And I only recommend products that I personally own and/or am very familiar with.  If I write a review of a product, I will include a link for that product at the bottom of the article.  Based on the products in the box (at the time of the article), you can see that I'm going to be writing reviews on home theater equipment from Yamaha and Polk Audio - all of which I've been very happy with, but you'll have to wait for the review to learn more.

Below that you'll see an "ARRITDOR Shopping" image/link.  Use this if you'd like to throw a couple of pennies my way - you can purchase any item on Amazon.com with no increased cost to you.

Don't feel like you need to use any of these options.  They are there if you want to use them.  And if you do use them, I'll greatly appreciate it.  Otherwise, just enjoy the articles.  Thanks!