#BlogTrends – Advertising 101 – Apr 23

Advertising is essential if you are thinking about monetizing your blog.  Whether it’s done through affiliate ads, banner ads, or through sponsored posts, it’s important to stay updated on the current trends with blogging ads.  Maybe you even want to consider placing an ad on another blog to market yourself. Join us as we discuss the possibilities with advertising and how to do it most effectively for your blog.

Q1 Do you currently have ads on your blog? How did you determine where to place them & what to charge? #BlogTrends

@rachelmaleady: @blog_trends A1: I currently have one affiliate ad. The company approached me. I have only been blogging for 3 months.#blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A1 I have one. Fees are based on traffic, total online influence, and what people are willing to pay. #blogtrends

@ashia: A1 I do have ads on my blog. I did some research to discover what other blogs were charging. I also use project wonderful.#blogtrends

@starcrossedsmil: A1 I don’t currently have ads on my blog, but I did for a short period. They were in my right sidebar (3 cols) above the fold. #blogtrends

@justsitpretty: A1: I don’t currently have ads on my blog b/c I want to make sure what I advertise fits in with my brand and vice versa#blogtrends

@styleblacklabel: A1 I have one ad on my blog…all the way down at the footer. That is it. I’m not sure if I even want to add ads.#blogtrends

@NYConmymind: A1 I do not have ads becaue I don’t think they work and they clutter up my page #blogtrends

@SassyDianaMarie: A1) Still too newbish to have ads at this time but looking to advance to that level at some point for fun #blogtrends

@DigitalKaitlyn: A1 I don’t have ads, I personally haven’t found my niche well enough to find totally relevant ads I would want to display#blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A1 Most advertisers want their ad “above the fold,” or in the first screen before scrolling. #blogtrends

@danielle_framed: A1: Yes I have ads on my blogs! For prices I make sure they reflect how many followers I have & various price ranges available. #blogtrends

@coralandstripes: A1 I have monthly blogger swap ads. We promote one another for free using ads in our sidebars on a monthly basis.#blogtrends

@atlanticstyle: A1 Some of mine are affiliates but I do offer ad space that comes with a monthly rate. I place ads near the top of my sidebar. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A1 Because I blog for fun, I don’t chase advertising. Actually, I have more than 1 ad. I have some paid text links.#blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A1 Yes. Before considering placement consider if they are a good fit for site. Fees based on traffic & influence.#blogtrends

@lindseywolff: @Blog_Trends A1: We limit our ads to 3 per month. Currently have a clothing sponsor&a friend up! I’m curious 2 hear abt ad rates #blogtrends

@smalltwnfashion: A1: I tried WordPress’s new ad program & hated how it messed up my blog. Ads that have nothing do w/ my content are useless IMO. #blogtrends

@KatiePetix: A1 right now I don’t have any, dislike the look of affiliate program ads & don’t have the time to reach out and manage ads yet#blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: I’ve tried commission junction, adsense and affiliate window… highest payout without a doubt for me has been skimlinks#blogtrends

@backngroovemom: @Blog_Trends a1: you can make more $ if you chase ads down yourself but it is a question of time, etc #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A1 If you use adsense, make sure you keep an eye on ad content. Do you really want real estate ads showing up on a fashion blog? #blogtrends

Q2 If you have ads how did you find advertisers? Do you use a service like commission junction or adsense? #BlogTrends

@Terry_McFly: @Blog_Trends A2 start with a service and then when you build up a large following brands will reach out to you to place ads#BLogTrends

@danielle_framed: A2: I use Google Adsense but it doesn’t do much. I’d much rather prefer to have ads from other bloggers & Etsy shops are great! #blogtrends

@CreativelyYours: @Blog_Trends Q2. I use pepperjam and Commission Junction…no leverage w/private business yet #BlogTrends

@gritandglamour: A2 @_IFB has lots of posts on affiliates and how to get started with monetizing your blog. #blogtrends

@discountthief: a2: not using an ad network, will solicit via direct sales #blogtrends

@QueeninHeels: Q2 I read about both Reward Style and Lyst on @_IFB #blogtrends

@HouseOfJeffers: A2 I use CJ and ol fashioned research. Visit the site you want as an advertiser and look into whether they run ads elsewhere #blogtrends

@starcrossedsmil: A2 For the ads I’ve placed on my site, either the shop or brand or a PR company has reached out to me and pitched their ideas #blogtrends

@ashia: A2 I get ads from Project Wonderful http://t.co/dPpAL2VX and linkshare plus companies occasionally contact me. #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A2 I’ve used adsense and amazon marketplace. Again, I’d rather do flat fees over commission any day. #blogtrends

@jomariemalcolm: a2 Depending on the popularity of the blog, sometimes advertisers find you. Otherwise it’s our job to find the known channels #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A2 I’ve used services, companies & paid links. Companies have always approached me. If I work w/them, I disable other ads. #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A good rule of thumb is to look at CPM & the size of the company. If someone huge like YSL approaches you, ask for more $$$$$ #blogtrends

@styledelights: @passionfruitads is another place to rent/sell the blogspace to advertisers @Blog_Trends #blogtrends

Q3 Do you send out newsletters for your blog? Do you included paid ads in those? If so, how do you determine the rates?#BlogTrends

@danielle_framed: A3: I use @mailchimp to send out blog newsletters and it’s a huge hit. They look professional & have lots of info, but no ads #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A3 I don’t do newsletters. Wish @PrttyShnySprkly were here to jump into this convo. #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A3 Haven’t done newsletters myself. What do you put in them? Content *not* featured on the blog? #blogtrends

@justsitpretty: A3: I don’t send out newsletters, but I don’t think it should be done if it’s going to be redundant &I’ve never seen ads in them #blogtrends

@ashia: A3 I don’t do an official newsletter but when I do a new post, @mailchimp sends out a email but there are no ads. #blogtrends

@starcrossedsmil: A3 I’ve never sent a newsletter. I’m curious- what kind of content do you put in there and how is it helpful to your blog?#blogtrends

@MissVersatile: A3) I do news letters for clients, I use Mailchimp for that, great tool , low cost-free haven’t done ones with outside ads yet#blogtrends

@closetfashionfx: A3 I tried mail chimp for my classroom blog to help update parents but haven’t found a reason yet for my fashion one#blogtrends

@Hera_Nyx: A3 ive thought about doing a newsletter…..haven’t solidified a direction. Do you add highlights from blog? #blogtrends

@discountthief: a3: staying away from newsletters. challenge w/coming up w/new content not already on the blog #blogtrends

Q4 Do you pay to advertise your own blog anywhere? If so, how did you decide to advertise where you did? #BlogTrends

@QueeninHeels: A4. I do not. With Twitter, FB, and other social media. I will get traffic for free or die trying. haha #blogtrends

@discountthief: a4: it’s something i’m strongly considering. will start w/bloggers who have a loyal audience, not a huge following#blogtrends

@danielle_framed: A4: Although $ is sometimes tight, I make sure to pay for at least 2 ad spaces on other blogs each month. I go for high traffic #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: A4 Nope… haven’t paid for any advertising. That seems like cheating to me somehow. LOL Wait. I tried FB once. Not worth it. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A4 I have before, 1x on Blog Catalog. Didn’t help. Best advertising? Write a great how-to post and watch the retweets happen. #blogtrends

@coralandstripes: A4 Not currently. A blog that I really like and w/ similar content offered ads for $5-$10 today and I’m considering it.#blogtrends

@ScorchingStyle: A4. No, I am still way too small to promote my blog. Besides, I like knowing that only a few people see my learning curve!#blogtrends

@justsitpretty: A4: I haven’t b/c if I do I want to see some definite results and it would have to be a site that has influence &loyal followers#blogtrends

@KatiePetix: A4: I did once and it was a bust. didn’t get any extra traffic. c’est la vie! #blogtrends

@atlanticstyle: A4 I haven’t paid to advertise my own blog. I’ve used guest blogging, ad swaps, & directories/networks to get my blog out there. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour A4 Best advertising? Write a great how-to post and watch the retweets happen. #blogtrends

@gritandglamour: A4 Stumble Upon, Twitter, Pinterest—all great FREE blog advertising. Make your content compelling and people will share. #blogtrends

@katelynbrooke88: A4 If you’re paying to advertise, it’s important to take note of the interaction the blogger has with their current sponsors. #blogtrends

@QueeninHeels: A4. Use free resources. My FB page is at 3000+ fans thanks to friends and family sharing it and supporting me.#blogtrends

@danielle_framed: free ad swaps are another great way to advertise your blog! I offer them on my blog & so do many other bloggers#blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A4 I’m trying to bring in money and spend as little as possible. #blogtrends

Q5 If I want to pay to advertise my blog what are the most important 1st steps? What info should I request before paying?#BlogTrends

@danielle_framed: A5: Know what you’re getting for your money. Guest post, giveaway, and intros are all good ways for people to get to know you! #blogtrends

@fashables: A5. Understand what Google Adwords is. #blogtrends

@nouvelle: A5 Look at the reputation of the site/platform you’re advertising on. Is it going to be effective & engaging? #blogtrends

@blackblondeone: A5 Also know who you’re getting in bed with, so to speak. Know their terms, what they expect, other blogger’s experiences. #blogtrends

@styledelights: A5. Brand ur own blog first – what you will bring to the table to an advertiser – what’s ur USP? Answer these Qs before u start. #blogtrends

@BeautifullyInv: Q5 I wouldn’t do it. Don’t spend money to advertise your own blog when you can do so much for free. #blogtrends

@atlanticstyle: A5 Do you research on how much traffic people usually receive through this service or site- what’s their traffic?#blogtrends

@styledelights: A5 – U should know ur traffic,readers demography,even their profile,engagement level,ur top referring site, klout, page rank etc #blogtrends

@katelynbrooke88: A5 Ask for a media kit! If they regularly take sponsors and have experience with advertisers, they’ll have one!#blogtrends

@jomariemalcolm: a5 The basic question of value for money and ensure that you do your research to make sure that this is the best decision #blogtrends

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