Thanks to a sponsorship from my pretend internet girlfriend (thanks Mac) I’ve been able to sign up with the BlogAds service for carrying ads on SEB. I’ve decided to do this because I’ve gotten several different requests from folks interested in advertising on SEB as a way of helping to support it and I had no formal way of doing it previously. BlogAds also allows me to have full control over what shows up on the site and what doesn’t as all ads have to be approved by me before they start showing up on the site and I have some control over the placement and size of the ads. Another neat option with BlogAds that I wasn’t aware of previously is that I was allowed to define a “special offer” code that I can give out to folks whom I want to be able to put up ads without charging them or I can use it for my own ads. I may make my link to CafePress a rotating ad and remove the big graphic I’ve currently got in the sidebar as a result.
Currently the ad box is in the middle of the sidebar, but it’d probably attract more interest if I move it up higher on the page. So I now have another reason to get a redesign done soon and make room for it without shoving all the the navigation stuff way down the page. I also need to come up with a 200 word “pitch” to put on the BlogAds site promoting SEB to potential advertisers and I’m having trouble deciding what I want it to say. Any suggestions would be appreciated. The past several months had us averaging between 38,000 and 44,000 visits a month from folks and I know we have a fairly good sized audience of folks who tune in every day so those are selling points, but beyond that I’m not sure what to highlight.
Anyway, if you’re one of the folks who has asked about advertising here previously you can now do so. I went with the suggested prices from the folks at BlogAds to begin with, though I may adjust them later, but for the moment they are: $10 for a week of ads, $15 for two weeks, $20 for a month, and $40 for 3 months. Seemed reasonable enough, though I admit I’m quite new at this. You don’t have to have a big fancy business to advertise as for $10 you could promote your own blog if you’d like to get some exposure. You can sign up for an ad by clicking here. I don’t expect to get rich off of this and I’m mainly doing it as a means of supporting SEB’s growth as I just bumped up our VPS plan to the next level to get some more elbow room RAM-wise and this might help offset the extra cost a bit.
As always, I’m open to comments/criticisms/suggestions on this addition to the site.