There is no set of rules or guides for golf blogging. Where golf blogging will be in 6 months or 6 years from now is anyone’s guess. But blogging is becoming more and more mainstream. It is becoming more of a trusted “source” for information and you know there are many other outlets out there who are very afraid.
Since HOG got it’s first sponsor a long time ago it has been an interesting experiment. I’ve had various ads here from the likes of Callaway, TaylorMade, Golfsmith, Golfgods, Gimme A Ruling, Teego and many others. Quite frankly I don’t make much dough off this site at all, and that was never the reason I started it anyway. I started it because I love golf. But it is nice that the site can pay it’s own expenses for hosting and the like.
One experiment has been the google ads. You see them everywhere on the web. I have some small links up top here and some bigger ones down the right column. If you click on them I may make a few cents. It all adds up I suppose.
Google won’t give you any dough until you reach $100. Guess what? I’m only $1.76 away from that first google check. I can put that $100 into hosting or reinvest it somehow into making this site better. Suggestions?
I’m not sure I’ll continue to run the google ads though. What do you think? The site is growing exponentially and the google ads are growing with it. Do the ads bother you? Do they take away from the site? Do you just ignore them or do you actually click there occasionally when something happens to interest you?