I've had two emails recently that I put on the back burner but have decided to 'air' them, the first was telling me I should not have ads on my blog because 'making money is not what it's all about' ...
well in answer to that I'd say, anyone can do what they want with their own blogs, none of us need permission from anyone. I actually like blogs with a few ads on because they usually are tailored by Google to fit in with the subject matter or the days post, and I think they add to the look of the blog, but that's just my opinion. I sometimes see ads that I would like to click on (on my own blog) but it isn't allowed and Google would slap our wrists. No one is obliged to click on an ad, it's not compulsory.
Now to payment, unless you are one of the big boys it has to be said that in spite of all the hype on the net, you won't make 'big' money, in fact you won't even make 'small' money, and even a little 'pin money' is hard to get. These days it's hard to make any money at all selling, just look at all the advertising there is around everywhere you look, it costs big companies millions of pounds/dollars, so what chance do little blogs have ?.
When I first started with AdSense, I was lucky to get 1p - 3p a week ! yes you read that right, a week ! now I'm hardly going to get rich at that rate. Now I average the princely sum of 20p -30p a week. Bloggers 'earn' if a visitor clicks on an add and 'looks around it' i.e. clicks on some internal links, obviously the advertiser is not going to pay for anything less and quite right too. If just one click is made then the minimum of 1p is paid, sometimes not even that.
In my opinion, you have to be in the big league of bloggers to earn anything worth having, i.e. thousands of visits a day (I should be so lucky) but there are plenty of those around, it's a numbers game, and in the words of a well known supermarket that shall remain anonymous (Tesco) - 'Every Little Helps'.
So I hope I've cleared that up Anon, no offence taken, I too believed that money could be earned from 'moneytising' your blog until I tried it, however I won't be cancelling ads from my blog because I like them.
I'll leave the reply to the other email for another time.
Have a nice day ...