My Site Got Accepted To WordAds… What Now?

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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.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

83 thoughts on “My Site Got Accepted To WordAds… What Now?

  1. I was applied to WordAds three months ago but now I am still waiting.
    But surely my blog have only 200 views per day at now. I am trying to increase that number but it take a lot of time >_<

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  2. Just for reference, I have a small site at ethugamer.com and is enabling Wordads (WP.com) where I wrote about video games guide – which is fairly new, last month I got 22k views and earn 15$ for that matter.

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  3. I’ve noticed ads coming up on my blog too, but I thought I wasn’t supposed to have ads unless I requested it. I’d really rather not.
    When I was on Blogger, I think I made all of 20 bucks over 3 years off of those stupid ads 😂😂😂

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      1. Yeah, that’s what I thought. And to think that applying to Adsense these days is said to be so difficult considering their miniscule returns.

        As I said in a comment above, my former classmate’s gaming blog which has 5 million page views a month only earns $3000 to $3500 per month from Adsense…

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      1. I know several people who use AdSense and the pay out isn’t that great either so they opted to disable it.

        For example, my former classmate’s gaming blog has 5 million page views per month but he only earns $3000 to 3500 per month which is small if you think about the traffic his blog generates.

        Also, it depends on the quality of the traffic. I have a friend whose blog about Chinese literature has around 16 million page views per month but he only earned $4000 per month from AdSense. So he just disabled it. Selling ebooks and e-courses is where he earns his money.

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      2. For the traffic your friends have the revenue is not much. If ebooks and e-courses are doing better stick with those. I am thinking of upgrading my blog today actually, I am curious to see what would be the revenue….

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      3. You should be really sure as it’s not easy.

        Despite what some people say, it requires quite a bit of technical know-hows. Personally, even if I have the know-hows, I don’t have the time, so I let my blog hosted on WP as it’s less hands on.

        If I have more time in the future, of course, I want to self-host my blog.

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      4. I am not a tech wiz…:) but i do have time on my hands due to the fact that I have unemployed for the past 1 1/2, and finding work in NL is quite hard. Most of my friends have just upgrated their sites and they are happy with what they are making so it must be doing something right. Thanks so much for the follow back 🙂

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      5. Yeah, time is the most essential commodity for this.

        If I have a self-hosted site, I would have customize all the style sheets to my liking, tinker with the PHP, create a Java applet for Rubik’s cube tutorial, mess with different types of plugins, etc. You see the idea 😃. And they require a huge amount of time.

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  4. I pay for the premium package to avoid ads. I feel it looks more professional and gives more credibility to a blog. I think the ads I’ve seen on sites look larger than they did a number of years ago, and worse, now they have moved in some cases to video ads. I think the video ads are particularly noxious.

    I’d be glad to contribute a dollar annually to sites I read often to pay for a premium package that would eliminate ads on them. For the twenty sites I visit regularly, it would only cost me about $20 a year, and if a blog gets a hundred contributors or more, that would pay for it.

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    1. When we turned off the ads our page load times
      were considerably quicker, also switching off the
      sharing button made load times much faster.
      The $3 a month to switch off ads was worth it.

      It would be interesting to find someone who is
      making big money from WordAds, who knows?

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      1. Here, I don’t see any difference. But as I said, my internet speed is fast enough to make the difference inconsequencial. Certainly, this will be more apparent on slower internet connections.

        I doubt that there are that many people who can even make decent earnings. My former classmate’s gaming blog has 5 million page views a month but he told me that he only earn around $3000 to $3500 from ads per month which is very small considering his traffic.

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    2. I agree as ads can distract and annoy readers.

      I have been using Adblocker for 10 years so I haven’t seen internet ads for quite some time. It can also block those YouTube ads that many are complaining about.

      I occasionally contribute a dollar or to bloggers, artists or YouTubers that I support on their Patreon accounts. Indeed, a small amount of money from a large group of contributors can be of great help.

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      1. If there was a way to select ad options that were
        relevant/ related to the blog it would be much more
        advantageous for both parties. Personally we avoid
        GMO products, so having Monsanto ads on our page
        would be the last thing we wanted. If there were ad
        categories the blogger could chose from (ethical for
        example) it would be much better than just whatever
        ads WordAds algorithms would choose to display.

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  5. Did not notice any change in the loading time, nor the Blog itself, except for the word “Avertisements” in very small print at the left top of the page, above your Banner. I use the WordPress Reader, also. Interesting post! Thanks for sharing, Edmark! 💞

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  6. Good topic! I’m curious to know if the ads that clutter up our sites do indeed generate some $$, or are we allowing advertisers to place ads on our sites without much return. Let us know from the back end. GREAT IDEA to try and pay your WordPress annual fee. That would be worth it.

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  7. Not a fan of ads… period. But I know a great deal of Internet content is free and available to the public because of ad revenue so unfortunately, it’s a necessary trade-off.
    The ads here didn’t affect load time, nor are they distracting.

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  8. The ads don’t seem to have delayed load time, and they haven’t intruded on content. I don’t mind ads on website, given that SO MANY sites have them, so one must adapt…
    Congratulations on acceptance to WordAds!

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  9. I have tried to implement ads so many times, I just don’t understand how it works 😦
    Many people seem to be annoyed by ads. Honestly I always read blogs in wordpress mode, so I don’t even see them.
    So, ad away 😀

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    1. I don’t really mind ads as long as they aren’t intrusive. I even whitelist some sites that only display a reasonable number of ads on Adblocker to support them. Unfortunately, most ads on the web are very annoying. I will not whitelist YouTube though, as their ads are getting more and more troublesome.

      Anyway, what’s more annoying are sites that block their contents unless you whitelist them. This is stupid and an obtuse business model in my opinion. Several large sites like Forbes and Tweak Town do this. I know that the smart thing to do is to either just whitelist those sites or just ignore them. However, I have a little vindictive edge against this type of websites. So, every time I encounter a site with an anti-adblocker (or even anti-anti-anti-adblockers), I just run a script to counter their silly scripts…

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  10. I have an uncomfortable relationship to ads… On one hand, I hate them. They’re usually ugly and boring, and they are always created to manipulate our minds as much as possible. On the other hand I’d love to get paid for blog traffic… 😀

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