Monetizing the Blog

I’ve always hated having ads on my site, but I also hate hosting bills, so I’m experimenting with some ideas for balancing my distaste for ads with making a few bucks to help with the hosting costs. I’m hoping that the ads will be contextual enough to be of value to the visitors to this site.

Right now I’ve got a reading list with Amazon associate links, and a small Google adsense banner at the top of the blog. I’ not sure if my traffic levels are going to turn any of this into real cash, but every little bit helps.

I’ll be experimenting with how the different ad vehicles work, and with placement, so if you have any opinions, feel free to pass it along. If you really want to help out with the hosting bills, and you’re in the market for a really expensive watch, here’s an ad just for you: