So AdSense has been the big thing for the past few months, yeah? I just can’t do that to this site. Not only am I not trying to make money here (at least, in the “I’m writing for a paycheque” sense), but they taste horrible. Others are making hundreds, if not thousands off of AdSense. It’s tempting to throw in the towel and just go for it to see what results, but I’m still not ready to compromise yet. (Give me a month of huge overage charges on my hosting plan and watch how quickly I turn to the big ‘G’.)
What I have been experimenting with is Amazon’s referral program. For the past few weeks I’ve simply added a referral ID to all outgoing links to amazon.com. I’ve made about 30 bucks ($US, no less, and that means a lot north of the 49th), and that’s not too bad for the minimal effort. I noticed my inclination to link something on Amazon went up too, so their program is clearly benefitting them.
All of which lead to thinking that resulted in a recommended reading list on the right (spurred further by Matt Mullenweg’s recent ruminations). The idea is that by sharing books I like, by letting you know what has been helpful to me in hopes that it will be helpful to you, I can continue supporting my habit and buying more books to recommend. While this blurs the lines between content and advertising, the expectation is that new users of this site will be able to quickly distinguish, and those more familiar will completely ignore it.
The effectiveness of this method will probably lessen over time, but I’ve noticed a nice little jump after launching a few nights ago. I’m looking forward to the first shipment when I decide to order in a week or three. Any recommendations?
Some will note that I’ve replaced the photo journal. After my rebuild last month, I had broken it to the point where new images were no longer being picked up, and the archives were a mess anyway. I hope to bring this back one day when I have time, and it’s still available at the old URI, but it’ll have to wait as I have more pressing things to attend to.
update: Then again, I suppose it’s not available. I followed the link and got a type mismatch. Which goes to show a) that I am not much of a coder, and b) neglect is obvious.