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    filed under: Blogging on May 7, 2015

    Dear Sweet Reader,

    I feel like we need to have a heart-to-heart.

    A few of you have expressed concern, dismay, general dislike for the advertisements on my blog.

    I get it, I really do. As someone who likes to read blogs, they can get in the way. They can be intrusive. They can be annoying. Aggressive even. They can be hard to get rid of.

    They can be a deal-breaker for me.

    So I am assuming they are for you too.

    I want to tell you why they are there, and why they are all over the place and address a very real and very personal issue.

    It’s about money. (but not in a greedy way like you may be thinking)

    The first time I ever went to a blog that was covered in ads it was unsettling. I kept trying to click out or click away and couldn’t. I was just trying to see a recipe but there was some crazy pop-up every 2 seconds and then an ad that popped up in every image and I felt icky. I looked at the website differently moving forward. The blog author seemed greedy in my eyes. I mean, did she really need that many ads?!?

    So if *I* was offended by ads, why would I put them on my blog? Why would I do that knowing how offensive they can be?

    Well, as I am sure you know, a food blog is basically a free website that offers recipes, tips & tricks, detailed and personalized instructions, unique tutorials, one of a kind ideas, as well as personality and real life experience.

    The real deal behind website advertising.

    Why you may not have known is that it costs a great deal of money to run a food blog.

    For me to run this free website of thousands of free recipes, I need to pay a webhost ($120/month), buy equipment to photograph food ($18k so far) as well as props to style the food (I cannot reveal this amount or my husband will kill me), pay for technical support ($200/month), website design and support ($14k), advertising campaigns ($1600/month), not to mention the grocery bill for the recipes I share (anywhere from $400-$1k/month)! Miscellaneous expenses run anywhere from $15/month (paying for classes to learn about SEO, video, food styling, etc.) to $3,000! (Like when you have a project due and drop your camera and need to replace it ASAP. That happened. I cried. A lot.)

    Blogging is not cheap, nor easy.

    But still.

    Why do you need SO MANY ads???

    According to Smart Blogger:

    The average “click-through rate” (CTR, or times that a reader clicks on an ad) varies by industry; however, the average is around 0.1%. Let’s say the average cost-per-click (how much you earn when somebody clicks an ad) is $0.50. That means you would need around 1,000 unique visitors each day to get even one ad click and earn $0.50 for the day.

    If you enjoy 1,000 unique visitors each day to your blog, you can do a lot better than $0.50 per day in income. The bottom line is that advertising requires a ton of traffic to be worthwhile.

    Basically, the more ads, the more chances you give a reader to engage with your advertising.

    And certain ads pay more than others. For instance, that really annoying video ad that starts playing when your mouse hovers over it, that ad pays more than the one just sitting casually over on my sidebar.

    Or the ad that immediately follows every single paragraph. (or before) Those tend to have higher engagement because they fit “seamlessly” into the blog post. (I was going to add a picture to illustrate this, but I am assuming there will be an ad right above this so I don’t really need a picture!)

    The point being… I don’t run ads to be greedy. This is one of the most reliable (but unreliable-my income changes by as much as 60% month to month!!) ways I have of earning an income for the work I do. Just a few days ago my husband quit his job and at this point, I am the sole income earner for my family. This is a great responsibility and one that I do not take lightly, always considering the future of my 5 kids and home. It’s my job.

    To everyone who hates all these ads and never wants to visit this blog again and who thinks I should be jailed (yes, one angry woman thought I should be prosecuted and jailed for excessive advertising), I am sorry.

    I am sorry for all the ads! Please come back anyway. :)

    I am SO SO SO sorry.

    My goal is to one day be able to remove all ads from my blog and make this a beautiful wonderful experience. I often think about how this all could be better for you! (And if you have suggestions I am always open to them.)

    I hope and pray that you will forgive the intrusion and still opt to hang out here. It wouldn’t be the same without you!

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    Comments

    So sorry you are dealing with unkind people. I thoroughly enjoy all your recipe. I went back to culinary school in my late 40’s, I would love to do what you do!!! You go girl … ignore the the the nasty remarks…. you are doing nothing wrong…they are probably just jealous ❤️❤️❤️

    Fantastic post.. Superb blog thanks for sharing this nice one …

    I cannot thank you enough for all your amazing recipes.. I am a firefighter and I love love love getting to my fire station and logging onto your website. I print up a new recipe to try for the pure pleasure of seeing the delight on their faces. I don’t care one bit about the ads… thank you from the bottom of this gals heart for doing what you do.. I sincerely appreciate and so do all my fellow firefighters! Have a blessed day!

    Your baking styles are Perfecto I need the recipes of cookies I love baking and love to make cookies by ur recipes kindly send some recipies of cookies .

    I’ll deal with ads. You have some great recipes. No jail time lol

    So if click on every ad, would that help you? Because I’m more than willing!

      Oh goodness, no! Don’t do that. lol But thank you! <3

    Amanda, I LOVE your site! I look forward to it daily, and it’s one of my first go-to’s when searching for a recipe!
    I know it’s the holiday season, and I feel compelled to say what an idiot that woman is who thinks you should be jailed…but I won’t.😏
    That aside, I think it is tremendously brave of you to bring this message to us viewers. You certainly didn’t have to! Thank you for your integrity.
    You hang in there. I wish you and your family all the very best!
    Merry Christmas 🎄❤️

    I don’t mind the ads. I just run the ad blocker on my phone and read just the text. 😊

    Love your blog the ads are fine

    Jail time,really?
    There will always be ‘Candy Ass Cry Babies’
    Keep up the good work.
    Have your husband adapt your work to the grill, I have baked birthday cakes, rolls, cookies on gas a d wood grills.
    I’m looking forward to the Tatertot Casserole over pecan wood.
    Crybabies, go play in the freeway, you have chosen to come here, enjoy her work and thank her.
    Mark/Waco

    Don't Pass on Dessert!