SO many of you ask this question to Paula and I in our blogging on the side Facebook group, so today I wanted to give you a very brief explanation:
“Where do we start with monetizing with ads on our page? What is Adsense, The Blogger Network & Adthrive?” Here you go… 🙂
This is the path that both Paula & I have taken.
1. GOOGLE ADSENSE:
When you first start your blog, you have the option to apply for Google Adsense, or you can put ads on your sidebar that link back to other things (like affiliate links… ex: Books of other bloggers, companies that you are an affiliate of, etc…)
Here are tips to grow your Google Adsense Income.
2. THE BLOGGER NETWORK
This was the second blog network that I worked with. You have to have at least 100,000 page views to join (it may have changed, but this was the case when I joined). I really liked it. They manage all of the ads for you. They tell you where to put your ads and how many would work. They do all of the work.
I later (recently) switched to Adthrive because it is more $ per page view. It was a rough start (their plugin was clashing with a few things on my site) but is doing great now and they are very friendly/helpful. I am earning a bit more and they have started (this week) to implement mobile ads, which is great because 80% of my traffic is mobile.
Now onto WHERE TO PUT YOUR ADS on your page:
I have found that the best spot is above your post. I wrote a post here about which size gets the most clicks and about how my square ads did well above my post, but now I have a rectangle there and a square in my sidebar. While I think that I would make more money the other way, I like the way that this looks, so I’m not going to mess with it too much.
There you have it, in a nutshell- our ad history. 🙂