Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kick-Butt Characters Blog Hop

Welcome!! 
The Much-Anticipated, 
Totally Awesome 
Kick-Butt Characters Blog Hop 
has arrived!!!  
Yesss!!!



Thank you to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer 

Good Choice Reading 
for hosting!!!!
Hop over to their site to enter all 100+ bloggers participating!!!

For this great Giveaway, I have a Kick-Butt plan!!

I've been learning a lot about advertising - it makes so much sense now and I had no idea before...

Personally, I have always been careful NOT to click on any ads, since "I'm not a sucker", you know? That's how I thought of it. "Your ad is not fooling me!" was the only attention I gave to an ad.

This is what I've learned that has changed my opinion:


a comet 

Some ads kick back a percentage of the sale to the blogger who advertised for 'em. Like Amazon, for example... all those Amazon-related things in my sidebar or in my posts have my signature on 'em (think comet trail), so if someone (like you, for example) clicked on one of those and then purchased something from Amazon, I get a wee percentage of your purchase. Not from you, of course, but from Amazon as a "thank you" for having the link so handy for you (see? HANDY!):


125x125 - Paperback SaleBefore, it just hadn't occurred to me to make my purchase via someone's link. But now, I would support a blogger while going about my readin' & bloggin'!!  I think The Book Depository links are like that, same as Barnes & Noble and many others.

But GoogleAds... (this is not a poll for who likes Google and who doesn't!) now those pay-per-click. Meaning... as you meander around visiting your fav blogs and following this way & that way and commenting your appreciation... you could actually send a blogger money by clicking on their ads. I mean... talk about a "thank you"!!  Google Ad:


And whatya think book bloggers are going to do with that money? Well... nothing until it adds up to enough for Google to cough up the earnings... but THEN... those book bloggers are going to buy more books, of course!!  Yea!!  And maybe offer more giveaways so we can all win more books!!! (Well, that's what I'd do!)  Clicking on ads is one way of Kickin' Butt that is nearly effortless!
"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."  Austin Philips
Wear the old coat
and buy the new book
- Austin Philips

As incentive, I'm offering an extra entry to anyone who wants to click one of my ads. I can't even follow up to see if you even did it. (I can't say that per blogger rules.) THEN... I'm going to offer an extra entry to anyone who's willing to click on any other blogger's ads... that's an entry for "I'm planning on it".  That's two entries based on goodwill.  But hey... it's that easy to support each other.


We don't get paid by publishers or authors to read their books!!  You know? If they paid me, I'd have to do what they told me to.  Ha.



(BTW... those affiliate links are a pain to set up. They all require days of attention, jumpin' thru hoops to verify I am who I say I am and my address is what I say it is and that's really my blog, etc, etc, etc. Anyone with an ad up on their blog went through all that work. My newest addition is my Privacy Policy - check it out! It's totally official-lookin'! Ugh!!)


Shall we get on with the Good Stuff?


Any book with a Kick-Butt character is available for winning. I have some favorites for examples... and wouldn't you like to get Bitterblue when it comes out?!?!  :-D     Uh-huh... me, too!!

Find my Giveaway rules on my About Me page HERE. They apply, as always!! (Whether you review 'em or not.)

(Click on the covers to find these on Goodreads. These are NOT ads!!  :-)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)  Bitterblue   Scarlet  The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)  Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)  Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)  The Day of First Sun  Mastiff (Beka Cooper, #3)  City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

[I tell ya... Hunger Games had BETTER be awesome!!! I saw a commentary last night and the producer read the books.  :-)  That's a good sign!  Are you gonna make it to the theater this weekend?!]  

Giveaways are my favorite opportunity to draw out Colorimetry readers and get all y'all's opinions on things. Today I'm curious about what you think of advertisements... if you have avoided them in the past, if my post has helped explain how they benefit bloggers (or if it's confusing?), if you still hate 'em, or what?!  Please feel free to vent... that's an essential part of kickin' butt any day.  And tell me...

What else 
do you want to know 
about 
advertising?!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


108 comments:

  1. Umm, don't actually want to know anything. Sort of realing. I had no idea Amazon gifted bloggers for setting up links. Interesting.

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  2. I think you said everything..nothing come to mind right now XD

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  3. I'm familiar with affiliate links and I do click them occasionally. I don't mind them, but when a page has too many my mind/attention/eyes wander and it gets to be overwhelming/annoying. I don't like cluttered pages/sites/blogs.

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    1. I know! I'm such a clutter-pile in real life, I'm paranoid about letting it slip into my blogging life.

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  4. It's great that Amazon and The Book Depository reward you!

    How do you decide which ads to feature and which you don't?

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  5. I don't really want to know anything! I generally think that it's a good idea for bloggers to advertise, as long as it's not in the form of some fifty or so pop-ups that appear as soon as you open the blog. A lot of bloggers (myself included) put a lot of work into their blogs, and yeah, if they get something back (even if it's recycled into giveaways) well, why not?

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    1. Oh, good point. I don't really like having to move pop-ups out of the way to read a blog!!

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  6. Weeell, I didn't know WHAT exactly they were, so I'm sure I STILL don't know anithing, really.
    So, first, foolish question; do you choose which adds show up or are they random?

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    1. Most of 'em the blogger chooses... Google pays attention to what people uh, google, so they toss up some stuff sometimes that I'm like Wha?! That's when I jump on and google TEA a bunch of time to get an ad I like. :-) I could preview 'em, though. Another step!

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  7. There's nothing I really want to know! I'm all for affiliate links. I have a few peoples' blogs bookmarked and I go click on their links whenever I'm going to shop at Amazon or The Book Depository. It's nice to be able to give to my favourite bloggers so easily. I'm buying the books anyway so someone else might as well get something out of it!

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    1. Ah, see?! I wish I'd've known to do that earlier!!!

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  8. I think ads are fine, so long as they don't slow down the blog as it's loading. Trying to visit a blog that takes forever to load is a major turn off to me:)

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  9. I want to be able to control what ads appear on my blog before they pop up. I had an experience where an inappropriate ad appeared without my knowledge - until other people had to inform me it was there. I cut all ties to ads until I was sure there was better control so that didn't happen again. Should I try trusting ads?

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    1. Trust?!?! *snort* No way. Thx for sharing. I'm going to set my google ads to "preview first", as soon as I figure out how.

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  10. Can't say I like them. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway, you have an amazing blog. ;)

    Best regards, Diana

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  11. I want to know just about everything, actually. Such a lame answer, but I took one advertising class in college and fell in love with the subject. Unfortunately, I was already registered to graduate, so there went that.

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  12. Do you only host the amazon affiliate links? What about the Blogger ads...do you know how those work? I've not set up any ads on my blog because I wasn't sure how much control I'd have over what things you'd have to advertise for...so I'm a little leery of ads, all things considered. Also, do you have to pay taxes on your earnings from using the affiliates links?

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  13. I don't really want to know anything else, all I know is that because I think you're awesome, and in April I am buying a boat-load (yes, an entire boat-load) of books that I will come here and click an Amazon link just because I love your blog and want to support you!!

    Also, I totally thought when I scrolled down that you would be offering up that copy of Graceling. I was like "oh! This is why she bought it! I knew it!!!" and then I did not actually know it because you aren't...^____~

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    1. I was laughing so hard my son came over to see what was so funny. I didn't want to slip Graceling inside another giveaway... I'd like to highlight the series sometime in the next week, don't you think?! I'd hate to give Graceling to someone who already has it! Have you read 'em?! (Are you subscribing to all these mssgs?!?!)

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    2. I do have it! It's one of my favourite reads of this year.

      And no, I don't know how?!?!? I just come back and check regularly :)

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    3. The little "subscribe by email" link at the bottom of this post gets ya every comment delivered to your in-box!! :-)

      Just what you wanted to know!!!! Hahahahahaha

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    4. Oooh! Handy. Now I don't have to guess :)

      For some reason I thought that button would sub me to ALL comments. Now I'm edumacated on the matter. :)

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    5. Oh cry, it does sub to ALL comments. I wish I could just sub to responses to mine!?!? Do you know if there's a setting for that?

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    6. Lol - hilarious! No, nothing so nice!! You could email!! jajajajajaja

      burgandyice at live dot com

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  14. I'm not one for advertising, though I clicked one of the adverts for you! ( : Also, your Competition Rules Link isn't working- it's a quote that's been copy pasted.

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  15. I think that advertising book blogs on other book blogs (or anyother type of blog/site) is such a great idea. Just for the traffic that it allows. It is also pretty nice for a blogger to give up valuable bloggin space to help someone advertise for their site. All in all, great idea!

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  16. i hate the pop up advertising.. but i also think that advertising book blogs is a nice idea:)

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  17. I'm okay with adds as long as I get to choose myself, if I'm gonna click them or not. I don't like pop-ups. I'd like to know if pop-up adds reduces the number of visitors on the blog

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  18. I do wonder how many people actually click on ads and then purchase something....which then results in a small "thank you" for the blogger or whatever the site may be. Percentage-wise it has to be pretty low, don'tcha think? The idea though makes me want to set up a book blog all the more though lol. As far as general ads on blogs and other sites go though, I'm always cautious thinking it will result in some pain in the ass virus for me!! But I'll think differently when on blogs if I can help someone out. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    1. Well... it's like 6% of the sale (average-ish), which is low unless enough of us do it. I mean, I buy books all the time, so it makes sense to hop somewhere from someone's site, but I didn't think of that before.

      Pay-per-click for me is about $.87, which is hardly anything, either, but it adds up. I'll post how I got interested in it, 'cause it's worth thinking about: I have a relative - don't know him well, or anything - who's making real money from pay-per-clicks on his site. He went to a Google Ads class and my mo-in-law went... and she brought me back the outline of the class w/ connections to the instructor.

      So, now I'm all wondering how that works, you know? I'm skeptical of his income, which is funny since I'm getting inside scoop on it, but I'm sorta skeptical by nature.

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  19. I've been an amzon affiliate for the past couple of months, so that's when I learned most things about advertising. Thanks for all the extra info in this post.

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  20. it was a really interesting post. when i'pm doing my shopping i try to use affiliate link to help when i can ( bookdepository since it's teh only one i can use)

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  21. I'm curious if you earn a lot from them ;D

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  22. I recently learnt about the amazon and book depository link but I did not know about the google ads, I will make sure to click on a couple every time I visit a blog.

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  23. Sometimes adds are frustrating, but at mostly I found great things clicking them =) I love the amazon and TBD add.

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  24. I usually don't click on ads but recently I learnt that you can help the bloggers If you buy a book from amazon or Book Depository ads.
    So I will start to use these links!

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  25. I just recently learned that buying books on Amazon could help the blogger and so I am going to start using the links!

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  26. I hate it because I am a sucker for everything! They know what buttons to push! I try to tape my shows so I don't see them

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  27. LOL, I think I know as much about advertising as I want to.
    My husband has/had? a google ad account

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  28. Clicked! yay!

    And believe me or not, but I got an assignment for my English lecture *today*, and it's: current trends in advertisement. So yeah. YIKES.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Agnieszka @ Nook of Books

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    1. REALLY?!?! Do tell!! I think advertising is really changing. I noticed our local newspapers shrink to half their size in the last 3 years, plus things like the yellow page directories are like, almost obsolete. But they both still charge out the kazoo if you wanna list something in 'em, like they're not keeping pace with the times. My husband figured out how to make fancy ads on CraigsList - for free! I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!!

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  29. I actually don't have a problem with advertising (Shocking, I know!), and I've never hesitated to click on an ad if it interested me. I never really thought about how much it might or might not benefit a blogger, but now that I know, I'll be even more likely to click on the ads! (Does that make sense? LOL)

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  30. I'm fine with ads on a blog if it doesn't pop up and as long as it is related to the blog such as an ad about books on a book blog.

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  31. Advertising is a lot of work for designers, they have to make it eye catching for viewers, simple while still having it say what the adverting want to say.
    <---graphic design student XD
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  32. My understanding of how advertising works is pretty good. I personally haven't set up any links on my blog yet but I plan to.

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  33. I was already familiar with the Amazon link to purchase part because another blogger explained it and I have used it on occasion, but I should have realized that it was the same for the other advertisers.

    I do on rare occasions click on an ad, but I tend to shy away from them because I know of people being burned by a false ad so I am cautious.

    Thanks for the explanation and thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  34. I just signed up for AdSense maybe a week or so ago. I haven't earned much, but I figure, hey, since I'm not actually doing anything, it's pretty cool. This time next year I'll see a check lol. I just want to know where the money comes from, you know?

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  35. I learned a lot about ads from your post! A surprising large amount actually lol

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  36. It's nice that it's pay-by-click, but I still think not enough people click. I prefer the ads that relate more to the site itself

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    1. Um, YEA! Me, too. I have worked pretty hard to get Barnes & Noble and I'm working on The Book Depository. I found this tea website I would use myself (except that I can't click on my own stuff) so I'm trying to figure out how to get that up. Tea!! :-D I'll brainstorm some other fun "related" things and see what I can find.

      Some of these Google ads are goofy... Tide?! The list they give me to pick-n-choose is listed as major companies, so I don't know what ads they're connected to. I mean, who's Tide? I don't know!

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  37. My main concern is pop ups and spam. That's why I never click on advertisements.

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    1. I have some connections that I can guarantee aren't spam... like the vacation site. My mom-in-law resells timeshare weeks for owners and brokers a lot of deals. That's her site link in my sidebar and page bar. She finds some crazy-great deals, too, that would look spammy just 'cause they're so good. :-) Well, plus she's trying to look professional.

      I don't get paid per click to her site, though... that's just sharin' a great deal. Pays in warm fuzzies!

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  38. Don't mind ads as long as though they don't trigger a popup. Don't like that.

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  39. Well, I'll definitely file that under things I did not know...about the ads for Amazon paying some percentage to the blogger... I think we all have to help each other in the business, whether it's blogging, writing, advertising, bookselling, etc.

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  40. I don't mind ads unless they are pop-up or pop-under or super annoying!

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  41. Ads are a good touch to blogs, but I think some blogs can get so overwhelmed with them that it takes away from the blog's real purpose and distracts the viewers. It's really annoying and makes them not want to visit that blog again. =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. Hi Laura :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!!:)
    I am confused with the add clicking part of your Rafflecopter I apologize....I'm unfamiliar with adds on blogs....

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  43. I really don't mind adds on blogs as long as they are organized and take over the entire blog. I don't want to have to guess if it's a book blog or advertisement page. As long as the adds are tastefully displayed then I think they are fine.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the add tutorial.

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  44. Some of the ads I enjoy especially on the book blogs, but they can make loading a page very time consuming, if not impossible on some blogs. I've always wondered how many clicks on average do you get on your ads.

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  45. Yeah, I also have an affiliate link on my tumblr but it doesn't get much clicks, since I guess I'm not that popular or I'm not a book blog.

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  46. IDK...to me, ads really disrupt the flow of a blog and kind of cheapen it. No offense though! I just don't plan to put any on my own blog anytime.

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  47. I'm going to get click-happy whenever I visit now! *taps mouse schizophrenically* :-D

    (HTMLy stuff scares me, so I probably won't ever use them on mine.)

    *CLICKS*

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  48. I'm not really enthused about putting ads on my blog, but if it turns out that I have to (if I decide to get my own domain name, etc), I will. :/

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  49. I really chicken about them, but would possibly be interested in advertising B&N books since I adore B&N. Do they do it too like Amazon or no?

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  50. I never really thought about the ads before; Thanks for the info!
    sqwalker2@hotmail.com

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  51. At the moment there isn't much I want to learn about advertising because I honestly hadn't thought about it much before. I feel like I'm now more aware of their purpose and what they can do. I'm definitely willing to click on an Amazon or similar ad when making purchases if I know it's going to help out a blogger.

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  52. Thanks for posting about advertising. I have the ads on my blog as well. I only have one google ad and an amazon search bar. I was always afraid to click on those ads before I learned of them as well. You never can be too careful nowadays. I agree with some people, too many ads are disruptive, but you can place them on the side out of the way, so as to not disrupt the flow of the blog. I clicked on yours. I try to click on everyone's. You know, Karma and all!

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  53. Oh, btw, thanks for signing up for the Friday the 13th blog hop/giveaway! Please feel free to advertise and let other bloggers know. I would really like to have at least 20 blogs participate! Thanks

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  54. I don't think there's anything I want to know about ads. I usually don't mind them unless they're pop up or make noise.

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  55. I don't mind any of the ads except the ones that pop up in the middle of reading a post.

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  56. I have been afraid to click on the advertising, unless I know the blog well and they have posted about their links letting me know that it is a valid and good thing for the blog. I think it is great for the blog to get some support from this method, unless it gets out of hand. I do not want to visit a blog where that is all it is :) Thank you for your participation in this fun hop.

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  57. HA, my roommate's an advertising major, so I know way more than I ever wanted to.

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  58. I have blog ads too and I think it's great that bloggers are rewarded if anyone clicks their ads.

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  59. I think it's great that bloggers can advertise and get something back, however I hate the sites that have so many graphics that it takes forever to load.

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  60. I don't do blog ads, at least not yet. But from what advertising I've done for my blog so far, it's always been slow-going. :/

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  61. You've pretty much summarized everything that I know about advertising. By putting ads on their sites, it also helps lower the costs of bandwidth. :)

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  62. Honestly I dont pay any attention to ads. Sorry

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  63. I can't think of anything right now, I have ads on my blog as well from Amazon and Google....It's just figuring out where to place them is the case.

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  64. I don't like ads as they slow the loading of the page. I don't mind a few, but not an overwhelming amount.

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  65. Wow! I found this post very interesting because I had no idea that bloggers benefit from clicking on their ads. It makes sense so I'm not sure why I never realized it before. There isn't anything else I am curious about right now though.

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  66. Advertising is good as long as it doesn't interfere with the blog's content.

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  67. hahah thanks ur advertising info was enough. I don't know anything about it LOL


    thanks for your giveaway

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  68. Previously, I knew nothing about ads. Never really cross my mind unless they take me away from a a page. That's annoying.

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Why on earth does anyone think it's a good idea to have a video ad that plays automatically and with sound? It slows loading speeds and annoys the heck out of anyone attempting to come to your page.

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  70. Thanks for the information. I, for one, never click on Ads. I always thought they were a sure fire way to get viruses. O.o I will have to rethink this. :)

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  71. Hi!
    I don't really mind ads, and I do try and buy books through someone's affiliate link when I purchase from Amazon...

    but I thought that I should let you know (and I mean this in the nicest way possible, I don't want you to get in any trouble) that it's a big no-no with Google Ads (https://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=48182) to "encourage clicks" ("Publishers may not ask others to click their ads") and maybe making ad-clicking as an extra entry could put you against this policy.

    anyway, I'm not an expert or anything, just suggesting that you look into this just in case!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Ugh!! Your comment gave me cold chills.

      You are totally right - I can't request that anyone click my ads for compensation. I've changed my Rafflecopter giveaway form.

      Thanks for the head's up. I'd like to say I never get myself in trouble with great enthusiasm, but unfortunately... that's one of those things I seem to find easily = trouble.

      Thanks, Andrea!!

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    2. Hi! Yes, sometimes we all get carried away with enthusiasm :) I was a little worried about mentioning this because I once mentioned it to another blogger who brought this up and all I got was a very nasty email in return (accusing me of getting them in trouble and reporting them to Google - which I hadn't done)...
      Anyway, it's an interesting topic for sure!
      Good luck!

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  72. Hmm, I can't think of anything else specific I want to know now-you gave a really great overview!

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  73. I'm just a reader, I don't have my own blog, so I don't really need to know anything about advertising. And I'm also using Ad-block, so I don't even see your ads:) My internet connection is very slow, sos even without ads, sites take some time to load.

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  74. I have been very cautious about clicking on ads, most of the time I have been directed to a porn site or a virus starts trying to download. Your overview about ads was very helpful, thanks for writing about it :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  75. I don't mind bloggers having affiliate ads, but it really does tick me off when bloggers use giveaway entries to get people to sign up for sites like superpoints or swagbucks. I think it's rude and manipulative and greedy. At least affiliate links are like...part of your job. You aren't doing it because you want stuff that you do not need.

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  76. I know little about ads. I'm actually very cautious in clicking ads because they are normally spams or worms, and they're just headaches. But I've heard about getting a percentage from Amazon if a buyer clicks the link directly from a blogger and I think it's really great!

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  77. I knew about the kickbacks with ads, but didn't know they were all based on just clicking on them too. I don't normally clikc on ads because I don't really trust them. This completely excludes Amazon. I use my favorite sites for Amazon purchases quite a bit and don't mind one bit. Of course I trust Amazon, so that is part of it. :)

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  78. I actually do not know anything about advertising up until now. Although, to be honest I'm not really interested about it but it sounds really cool but quite complicated. I think you did well in explaining. Thanks so much! :D

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  79. Im passing this info onto my husband for his game blog!

    I do generally ignore the ads....

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  80. I had NO idea! Dear, God!!! And I'm a book blogger. This info is a hidden gem. Thanks so much for posting.

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  81. I don't mind ads, and if it is something that I find interesting I will click on it.

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  82. I am familiar with affiliate advertising but apart from Amazon, I don't often use it. But thank you for the information you provided! And for the giveaway, of course!

    Pam

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  83. I'm always a little wary of these adds, thinking that they'll lead me to a website with malware or some system-killing virus on it, so I just avoid clicking ad links on the internet. Though, I did just click yours (it was an advertisement for a holiday in Sun City *sigh* If only....).

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway:)

    Sarah Bibi Setar (Rafflecopter name)

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