After long and careful consideration, I’ve made up our minds:
we’re opting out of website ads.
Lately I’ve been hearing about all kinds of regular people like
me who are making gobs of cash by allowing ads on their websites and blogs–they
do nothing except allow a few dozen clunky interruptions per page, and the dough
just trickles in – even without much effort, they make a few hundred a month. I
could use that, too.
Though it seems like just about everyone but me knows this, one
of the best ways to make money on your website is to allow space for advertising
– in my case, through Google. You know what I’m talking about: those small, two-
or three-line teasers smack in the middle of the content (the info you wanted
to get) followed by a web address that are supposed to tempt you into clicking
(leading you to the info you didn’t
In this arrangement, when you click an ad, the author of the
website or blog makes a little tick of cash. I don’t for sure know how much; I
don’t know what it takes to get so big time that you have fancy ads and make
oodles of cash, and at this point I don’t know if I will be sorry that I’m
not adding ads.
But so far, I’m not. I’ve been looking around the web at so many
sites -- some like mine and many others that are lots more professional, and
they are so cluttered and busy that who the heck knows what their site is for,
anyway? I know I am old-fashioned and high-tech is like high math to me. But by
the time I have sifted through the
ads, pop-ups, videos and other crap I have usually completely forgotten why I
“went there” in the first place. And often I’m angry because the clutter: 1)
Distracted me from my purpose, when I have very little time to spend
goofing around on the internet in the first place and, 2) Manipulated me (or
tried to manipulate me) to buy something I had no interest
in or intention to buy. It’s freakin’exhausting, if you think about it.
I don’t want CottageSpicery.com to do that. For
anyone who takes the time and trouble to look at it; I want our
site to be like the products it represents: wholesome, honest, organic, genuine.
Tasty. I want all of my honored visitors (and believe me, if you are reading
this, you are among a very select and exclusive--and small--group) to get
something out of the information we present, even if it’s only that you never
want to hear about it again. I want our products and our website to be a
pleasant experience. And – am I
wrong? – everything is more pleasant without
Except perhaps the Superbowl.
So here goes:
everything it represents is ad-free, fat-free, caffeine-free, additive-free,
MSG-free, here for the pure fun of it while hoping it pays a few bills. We are
the sincerest pumpkin patch in the Ozarks. The only stuff we sell is stuff we
know and believe in. Hope I
haven’t scared you off.
What do you think about all this? Am I too naïve? Should I suck
up and shut up? I’d love to know what you think – what anybody thinks about
this. Please click HERE to connect to out contact
Thanks for listening!