|from Comic Vine|
Long-time readers may have noticed that Amazon ads have appeared to the right and at the bottom of LoS. Soon, Google ads will join them.
I have more reservations about this than positive thoughts. I can't help but think it somehow taints the blog and I find it all a bit distasteful. I have no illusions here. Traffic on the site hovers around 3,500 hits per month, which is small potatoes; any revenue generated by these ads will be minimal.
You may be wondering why, in this case, I have taken this step. One factor, certainly, is curiosity. How much money can an obscure blog generate, even it it amounts to pennies per month?
A second factor is that well, the Gid and I are doing some research, writing it up and putting it out there in the world for the sole purpose of sharing our interests and discoveries (which is actually very satisfying). The occasional encouraging word is also a great pleasure. Less fun is to see the work used elsewhere with nary a thank you or even a head's up--especially on a site which uses advertising....but hey, I didn't put a Creative Commons license on the blog for nothing. On the other hand, if a lot of people are reading and/or using this information, why not make a little money? We like to eat as much as the next guy, after all.
I'm not sure if the monies earned will offset the arguably negative impact of advertising; I've half a mind to can it after a few months anyway, if the "experiment" proves worthless. I did this once before. The ads were up less than a week before I took them down, feeling somewhat tarnished. I asked Gid for his thoughts and he said go for it, why not? So after months of hesitation, we've decided to shake the devil's hand..
Like I said, I don't think this will keep me in caviar and champagne, but it may be able to defray the expenses of a book or two. My idea is that any money generated by these ads will go towards buying a book that could in turn enrich the content of this site. Either that or help me to buy a small island in the Pacific. After I kill off the Gid that is, and steal his share....