If this headline caught your attention you probably have an affiliate ad in your sidebar that earns you zilch, or you are a member of an ad network that isn’t working out so well for you.
You’re probably wondering why my focus of late is about earning money on your mom blog. The simple fact is so many bloggers earn money on their blog, there’s no reason that everyone shouldn’t earn something.
Over the years, I have tried all types of rev-share programs that various companies have promised would earn my sites money. I worked with a gaming company once that paid by how many times people played a game. Let me tell you, that revenue share was a joke!
I have been a member of only one ad network in my web life and that was enough! It was a nightmare. I signed an exclusivity contract and turned over my traffic to them. I was mesmerized because it was a huge media company. Dumb move! I was so happy when that contract ended. I won’t ever be a part of another ad network again in my life. Okay, I won’t say never, but it’s highly unlikely.
Once, I was a part of a rev-share program where I earned money based on the amount of times my site visitors watched a promotional video. Another joke! I only agreed to run it because it was a big brand with a parenting focus.
I’ve also been a part of several affiliate programs that have earned me $0, but I kept the banners up because I was too lazy to take them down.
If you constantly hit yourself over the head for letting banner ads clutter up your sidebars when they’re not earning you anything, I’ve been there.
It took me a number of years to figure out how much better I am at selling my own advertising and sponsorships than relying on affiliate advertising, rev-share programs, or ad networks. They just never worked for me!
This is all to say, if an ad isn’t netting you money, by all means, take it down! When you become a part of a rev-share program, if the ads don’t convert in two weeks tops, it probably never will. Treat your sidebars like the gold mines they are and fill your blog with ads or sponsorships you sell yourself. You can do it!