I’m often asked why my regular blog readers view the Adsense ads here at Freelance Writing Jobs. Many bloggers feel that it’s somehow offensive or tacky to show regular readers these type of ads. Instead, Adsense should be invisible to all except those who land here via the search engines. I can appreciate that there are plenty of bloggers who don’t want to subject their regulars to their entire arsenal of ads.
However, that’s not how I roll.
I have no problem at all with everyone who visits knowing this is a heavily monetized blog, I think it’s good to get that out in the open right away so there’s no mistake. I’ve always been sort of “what you see is what you get” and use that approach in my blogging. It’s not that I want to assault everyone with ads, but without a lot of ads I wouldn’t be able to provide the blog posts and services the FWJ community receives here on a regular basis.
While I can appreciate that bloggers only want to assault search traffic (and not regular traffic) with their Adsense ads, I’m assuming the reason they do this is to reward their loyal community with advertising-free content. I beg to differ if only because I feel a regular community are the people who should be viewing blog advertising. I feel (and I hope) the reward is in the content itself.
As I work on making changes around the network, Adsense is on my mind.
What are your thoughts on Adsense? Should your loyal, regular community view all the ads on your blog or should you only roll out the Adsense for the search traffic? Are you offended when blogs force you to view advertising?