Out of curiosity, I applied my blog to WordAds yesterday morning not expecting any feedback for a while. Then last night, when I checked my blog, I saw numerous ads on it which was strange since I knew that my ads were turned off. Thus, I asked WordPress support about it and I got a reply that my blog was already included in the WordAds program. That was surprising since nobody notified me about it.
I didn’t think that my blog would be accepted that quickly as I read that it usually takes weeks or even months for that to happen. All things considered, my traffic isn’t really that great but maybe having a large percentage of the traffic coming from North America helped.
The point is, I am not certain whether this is a good thing. After all, I haven’t thought about running ads on my blog before.
When I first saw the ads, there were even ads on the sidebar which messed up the positionings of my widgets. Fortunately, I could turn them off. Now, the ads that remain are — one at the top of the blog, one at the bottom of a post and one at the start of an archive. I’m not sure how much these ads would slow down my blog. My internet speed is fast enough to offset any decline of the average load time of my blog so I can’t test it here. Let me know if anyone of you experiences a significant increase in loading time.
Are the ads too large or annoying in your browsers? Ads are different for every country. In Hong Kong, most of the ads are small but it seems that the areas for ads are huge. So, please tell me if you think that the ads are intrusive.
Anyway, it would be awesome if I could at least earn enough cash to pay for my web hosting expense, though I doubt it. Perhaps, I will make an update on how much I’ve earned next month so we could laugh at it.