Direct Ads

First, thank you for your feedback and changing the design of FueledbyLOLZ.  I had wanted something cleaner and more easy to navigate for a while but I’m about as good with web design as I am with grammar and spelling. Anyways-

I’ve always wanted to stay transparent with readers and viewers.  As my blog grows, something I’ve considered for a while is the placement of direct ads.  I’ve never wanted to join an ad network and do affiliate links.  They aren’t really my style.  I don’t prefer to get payed to review something because I want the freedom to write an open, honest review.  (obviously I don’t get paid to go to Diners, I just like too). Most companies prefer you don’t post openly that their product sucks…

I have however, considered direct ad hosting.  Direct ad hosting is seeking out companies, bloggers, or people who would like to run an ad monthly on FueledbyLOLZ.  There will be two options (on the right hand side bar where the netrition ad is) and at the bottom in the footers.

Blogging does not take up my entire day or pay any bills for my house.  Currently  I don’t make money off my blog but I do pay for a few costs associated with it.  So I’m hoping running some ads will help to keep me breaking even.

Not to say that your hobbies shouldn’t ever cost money but this would be a great way for me to offset that.

So why did I decide to go the Direct Ad route?

Direct Ads allow me to choose companies, bloggers, ideas that I truly believe in.  I’m not linking up to amazon and I have control over the content placed on my side bar.  Are you ever going to see a dishwasher ad on the side of my blog?  No because I would rather have no ads then that.  Will you see an ad of an app that I like or blog that I enjoy?  Maybe and I hope so.

It also allows companies or products to be seen by people who are interested in them.

For instance, right now you see I have an ad for the website “netrition”.

I’ve been using netrition since freshman year of college.  Going to school in Northern NY, I was about 3 hours away from some of the food products that I wanted.  For swim team (wow that was a while ago) I ordered protein powder from that site.  Needless to say I have invoices from 6 years back.  For netrition it just works that for every person that clicks and purchases something I get 20% off my next purchase.  So nothing over the top or big.

So with that if you are interested in running an ad on FueledbyLOLZ please send me an email ( and I’ll send you the details. 

Questions for you:

Do you use an ad service?  Direct ads?  An ad network?

How much time you spend blogging weekly?


22 responses

  1. You’re pretty much the most honest and real blogger out there and for that, you’re awesome. Wishing you much success in all your endeavors.

  2. I finally allowed the plain old Google Adsense last year, and I get like $0.25 a day. $1 when I have interesting things to say, lol.

  3. Lately I spend very little time blogging because well… I write for a living and when I’m not doing it for money, sometimes I just want to spend my afternoons and evenings away from electronics :). I do think if I had a different career path i would blog more, but after 8 hours of work involving writing and computers… stick a fork in me, I’m (usually) done.

    I don’t blame you to incorporate ads. I don’t considering it selling out or not being transparent- and at least you are advertising a service you believe in and something helpful. Nothing wrong with monetizing your blog- you have to pay the bills too and this isn’t a cheap sport. AND, I love that you do the diner reviews and all. It’s a good way to promote places and share your thoughts on things just because. I hate it when people only review what they have to instead of sharing what they really enjoy.

  4. I think you are making a great choice doing ads – you have a fun site and deserve to at least have it pay for itself if not give you a few $ on the side. My general rule is so long as the ads don’t interfere with my basic ability to view the site on my iPad (and some sites have so much crap it DOES interfere), I will stick with it.

    I personally have no interest in ads or making money at this point – it is all just for fun for me … no stress 🙂

    • That’s my rule too! Especially when ads take over a blog and you can’t see the actual content! That’s a main reason I didn’t want to do pop up ads!

  5. I’m about to start using an ad service. I honestly think I’m going to make about $25 a year, if that, haha. I spend very little time blogging – maybe 2 hours a week? It’s not my “routine” yet! I want more readers before I spent exorbitant amounts of time, but I won’t gain readers before doing that! What a catch 22…

  6. That’s fair 🙂 I’m thinking about going with ads too just so I can break even with the cost of paying for a domain name.

  7. I think the blog looks fantastic. I wish I could understand how to make my blog look so professional. I took it down because I’m so ashamed of it. Is your blog self-hosted? I honestly don’t understand any of the things one has to do in order to have a polished and marketable blog…technology has moved on without me 😦

    I’ve said all the long that you have the talent and integrity to make money from your blog without shilling for anything and everything the way other bloggers do. You deserve some income – your blog is better than almost every ‘big’ blog out there IMO.


  8. P.S I LOVE Netrition. It was my lifeline for specialist vegan protein before Amazon UK started allowing independent sellers to stock things like Sun Warrior, peanut flour etc.

    • Jess…I was hoping you would respond to one of Hollie’s posts. Personally, I miss your blog and thought it was great. Simple design and well written. I hope you are doing well and the dry needling is working on your impinged nerve. Mine is improving slowly, but that is because I have another injury and and currently swimming and biking. Anyway, take care of yourself.

      Hollie, the new blog design is nice. It looks very “clean.”

      • Amanda, I took the blog down for several reasons; the layout and design, the fact that I can’t manage to understand self-hosting and also the level of stress was getting so great that I couldn’t really continue…at least at present. I’m not getting paid to write and it takes me so long and so much agonizing to respond to comments and e-mails (it might not come across that way, but with my limited abilities it takes me so long just to formulate a basic post, and I resent the fact that others clearly don’t take the time and care that I do yet have successful blogs because they understand the technology and can market themselves. I don’t mean Hollie though! Personally I can forgive lapses of spelling and grammar when someone has great content, talent at running and a tone that I love) that it was like a part-time job. I never felt my responses were adequate either, or I deserved some of the long and considered comments I was left. I also couldn’t live with the scrutiny of GOMI. They are usually right, but that doesn’t make the feedback hurt any less.

        Dry needling has pretty much fixed my hamstring but they don’t think it will help with any nerve impingement. I have been able to run a bit between treatments, which I didn’t think I would be able to, but really whatever is causing the dead leg issue isn’t much better and probably won’t get better, even with rest, without some kind of serious intervention. I guess without running I don’t believe I have much to say that’s remotely interesting :/

        Anyway, sorry to hijack your blog Hollie – I’ll shut up now!


  9. I honestly do not spend too much time blogging…but I do spend a lot of time reading blogs! Work just keeps me really busy and I don’t want to just post “fluff” for the hell of it.
    I think ads are fine as long as they do not interfere with the ability to read. There are a few blogs that I LOVE but when I read them commuting on my phone or Kindle Fire, pop ups come and the ads take over. Sadly, I x out and never wind up going back to read. So as long as it doesn’t compromise that, go for it!

  10. I worked with an exchange once, where you had control over the ads that were exchanged on your site – I thought it was a solid method, but then they started charging for their service and I wasn’t making any money to justify that!

  11. Love the new look AND your honesty 🙂 I’ve been approached by companies to get paid for guest posts and what not, but I had to decline their offer because they wouldn’t give clear answers to my questions like if I’d be able to proof read them, what they will be about, who will be writing them. To me, it’s just not worth it, even if it would provide me with additional funds. I don’t want to break or ruin my relationship with readers. That being said, if there is ever a company that I do truly believe in, I wouldn’t mind featuring it on my blog. Great stuff, darling! ❤ xoxo

  12. I’m laughing (in a good way) because I used netrition primarily when I was at Oswego lolol. Mustard seed or whatever it’s called was …. not well priced. Big props for being honest!

  13. Definitely don’t mind the direct ads. The way they are placed on your site are not intrusive at all. And yes, I love the redesign, your site is much easier to navigate!

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