Last week I made a decision to get rid of the ads in my sidebar that relate to make money online courses. I had a few different courses on there and they were all rotating alongside WordPress theme ads etc. in about six ad slots.
The Ads That I Decided To Remove
After my shift last week about focusing on focus, I thought to myself that my blog doesn’t really represent what I’m writing. Here I am writing about how I can not get distracted any more, yet I’m trying to advertise all these shiny new products to my readers.
It’s not that the courses don’t work – I would never ever put an ad up if I hadn’t used it and didn’t think it worked – but the fact is that we’re all on our own path and I don’t want to be responsible for distracting you and making you deviate from what really needs to be done.
And, the truth is, no course provides all the answers. All the courses I’ve bought have helped me reach where I am now, but I just decided that I won’t blatantly push them in your face anymore. I think we get used to seeing ads and pushy affiliate sales pitches everywhere and it all perpetuates the idea that there’s something else we need to try, that we’ll miss out if we don’t (-not true).
What About Affiliate Links/ Reviews?
I’m not going to edit anything I’ve already included in this blog, but I pretty much never push affiliate links anyway so I don’t think it’s a problem. I’ll still use them if something comes up in the course of my updates. And I’m not saying no to detailed reviews, either. In fact I will be reviewing Tiffany Dow’s latest product next week, which is about selling PLR rather than affiliate marketing, though not here (I am starting a niche site about how to sell PLR).
In short, I’d really rather not push anything on you. Plus, it helps reaffirm the fact that I’m not buying into shiny new guides any more (Tiffany’s product is a bit different, and will already fit into my PLR business plan). But I’ll be happy to give my advice if it’s ever requested.
The Ads That Are Staying
I decided to keep a few of the ads though, on second thoughts, after a first draft of this post I decided to get rid of them too. You will find a select few recommendations (services and WordPress themes) on my recommendations page. My sidebar is now ad free!
Lastly, I have a bit of extra space for my “newsletter”. In reality this is a way to stay up to date with my blog, by getting notified about the latest posts but in a little more personal way than subscribing by email or RSS (which you can also do if you want) – and with the bonus of a free article every week. I set this up last year and got a small number of subscribers, though I ended up neglecting it. But I love connecting with people here, and decided to start it up again.
This really is a friendly way to connect, rather than a list of people I want to promote to. I will let you know about my latest PLR packs in my Friday email where I will give you your free PLR article. Since I have a few subscribers now, both here and for my PLR site, I decided one weekly free PLR article would be a good way to say thanks. But it really is mainly just a way to connect.
A Question for You
Before I ask – I just want to say that there is nothing wrong with ads on your blog, this is just my decision. So, on that note, What do you think about the idea of removing sidebar ads? and What else could I put in that space that’s actually useful? Do I need anything at all?
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