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Google AdSense on poetshome?

by on Jan.26, 2006, under General

I was browsing today for a bit to see how progress was going on the Windows XP on a Mac Bounty was going (i.e. to see if anyone had figured it out yet, what the current bounty was, etc.), and saw something I’m curious about. Google’s AdSense program.

Specifically, what it seems to do is pay you for having google ads on your site, as well as a google search button (well, they pay you when users USE those ads/buttons). The interesting side of this of course is that it’s related to content you’re talking about. With that in mind, I do have to ask – what about having such things on one’s blog? I’m debating the ethical concept, for example of adding it on my sidebar someplace (i.e. do the three paned layout, have ads on one side). It’s simple to implement, is not overtly in your face, yet even if it was $5 a month, that’s still a book I could buy each month.

However, as said, there’s ethical considerations. Is it a good thing to have advertisements on a personal space? I can’t help but wonder if that’s really a good idea from the aspect of personal vs. commercial offerings. Second, that means my viewers are helping to pay me – I’ve always been of the mind that what I produce on my blog is content I’m offering to the world, not content people have to support me to produce. That’s for me the nature of a blog – non-commercial production of content. SO, having AdSense would make it semi-commercial. Thus, I ask you (whomever still reads my blog), for your thoughts on such a thing. Do I or do I not add google ad-sense stuff to my site? Is it ethical? What are your thoughts about advertising on blogs in general? Give me some reasons why/why not please smile

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