I know that a great many people have problems with ads on sites. Having worked in the internet industry in the past, I have a firsthand experience to the idea that the web needs to be “pure” and unbiased.
Conversely, there are costs in running a food blog that exceed what the typical blogger has. Aside from hosting and bandwidth costs, there are food costs (if you focus on recipes), restaurant costs (if you focus on eating out) and research costs (if you do stuff like I do). This doesn’t even take into account the time involved.
If you’ve followed this blog, you’ve seen me playing with a variety of ads and ad services. My decisions haven’t made this a profitable blog, but it has made it close to paying the monthly hosting charges. I can live with that.
So, with that said, I think it’s important to me to state my advertising policy. It is as such:
- - Any ads on this site should not be construed as an endorsement by myself or any other person representing Accidental Hedonist.
- - I have the right to determine who gets to have ads on my site and who doesn’t.
- - The readers of this site should not be technically inconvenienced by the ads (i.e. no pop-ups, no graphics that require you “close” the ad).
- - The ads should not expect any extra-benefit from advertising on this site. i.e, I reserve the right to criticize any one of my advertisers, regardless of context.
- - The reader should expect a reasonable amount of restraint from those who provide content on this site, in regard to pimping the ads. What this means is that you (the reader) will rarely, if ever, see me asking you to click on the ads.
- - I do reserve the right to figure out where the best place is to place the ads, in regards to both website aesthetics and how much money the ads return.
To that end, there are only two ad services that I have found that meet the above. Google’s adSense and BlogAds. Both allow me to retrict certain advertisers and both allow me to to keep with the Food theme of this site. So, when Adam asked me to take part in the Food Blog Network, I was already familiar with BlogAds. We’ll see how it works out.
That’s it… if there is anything you would like me to take under advisement, please feel free to place your concerns in the comments.