Thursday, 15 February 2018

Chuckles Chat #56 Extras

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This week I'm looking at the extra things that we have on our blogs

The first thing I want to talk about are affiliate links. (If I've spelt it wrong, well I don't really care so please don't point it out!) I see that a lot of blogs have links to things like Amazon where the blogger can make a little money out of encouraging blog visitors to purchase items they like the look of through that blog instead of just going to the Amazon web site directly. It's very much a personal decision as to whether or not to set things like this up on the blog. The question I have is how many of your followers would use these links...

OK I can only speak from my own opinion but I never ever click on affiliate links. This is not meant as a slur on the honesty of the bloggers who host the links so I hope nobody takes it that way. But I just never trust any links on web sites, the same as I never trust links in an email. It can be hard to tell a fake Amazon link from a genuine one with things popping up all over your screen at times, so I just got into the habit of never clicking on anything that appeared. I know I have a secure direct connection to Amazon where I can safely buy books I've seen on other blogs so I use that resource every time. I know it means bloggers I like visiting might not make money from it if we all ignore these links but I do take my online security seriously and try to avoid any issues by avoiding all these links. 

Adverts on blogs are also becoming more common. I admit that I really don't like being bombarded by ads and pop ups on every site I go onto. Even news channels seem to be trying to get you to buy things or view things they want you to look at and it drives me bonkers! I do understand the reasons why bloggers choose to host ads on their blogs but I just don't like seeing it personally. I also never click on ads to go to different sites, even if they are recognised book sites. I will totally ignore any ad that appears and if there are too many and they really start annoying me, I might choose not to visit again.

Do you have affiliate links on your blogs? Do a lot of your followers click on them? Do you personally click on these links? Do you host ads on your blog or are you considering it? Would you visit a blog full of ads? Do you buy from ads that appear on blogs you visit? 

22 comments:

  1. I hope you don’t stop visiting me! I put ads on my blog on Feb. 1. I’ve been blogging on various sites since 2005, and I’ve never put ads on a blog before. It was a big decision for me. I tried to put the ads in places that aren’t obnoxious, and I was extremely picky about which ads are allowed on my site. In the two weeks I’ve had ads, I’ve learned that very few people click them. Since I put on the ads, I’ve gotten over 1000 pageviews and around 6 ad clicks.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I haven't actually noticed ads on your blog so there's no fear of me disappearing! I'm unlikely to stop following my favourites even if there are ads unless they slow down my computer or make it freeze or something. I haven't visited anything like that this year!

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  2. I blog as an outlet and have zero links/ads because I can't be bothered to set them all up, if I'm being totally honest. Also, I do not click on ads so I do not put them on my blog. The only payment I enjoy is the occasional free paperback and the comments from my lovely followers and that works for me. BUT I also don't pay for hosting. If that ever changed I might try to recoup a little of the fee depending on the cost.

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    1. I don't think I could be bothered either even if I wanted to! I've seen people with affiliate links to Amazon complaining about being ripped off so it's not something I ever considered doing. I don't think I would have time to vet the ads! I do get why others do it though.

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    2. I shouldn't have said "zero links". Actually I do try to put in Amazon/Goodreads links but I get nothing off of that. It's just there as a convenience for those wanting to add a book to the WL.

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    3. Yeah I add my book links on my weekend post to Goodreads just in case anyone want to check out the book straight away.

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  3. I don't do ads! Will they prevent me from visiting a blog I love? probably not. But they're soooo not my favorite thing. :)

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  4. I never use affiliated links because I really don't know much about them and I just feel I don;t have the time to deal with that. Same reason why I don't do giveaways and other fantastic things other bloggers do. Great post Chuckles!

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    1. I don't do giveaways either but that's because a lot of my regular followers are from the US and I can't afford the postage to send books overseas!

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  5. I have links on my blog but they are only there for the reader's convience - I make nothing off of them when someone buys a book. I have not signed up for any kind of affiliate program and don't do ads. I don't mind it when someone else does (as long as it isn't too much) but it isn't something that I want to do.

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    1. A few useful links certainly don't bother me, as I do make use of them myself-but only to tried and tested web sites of course!

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  6. I used to put a couple of ads on my blog. Nobody ever clicked on them and I didn't like the clutter, even though I put them way down at the bottom. I don't do it anymore. I'm real cautious about clicking on links too. My email got hacked and it was such a mess to clear up.

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    1. I really hate these hackers who just wreck people's computers and stuff for fun.

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  7. I don't have any of these things on my blog and don't look to do so in the future. My blog is my hobby and a way to connect with people about reading. I don't fault people who do this and it doesn't stop me from visiting blogs, but I don't ever click on them.

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    1. The only extras you need are Booker T and Cass!

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  8. I have affiliate links, and I get some clicks, but probably not enough for Amazon to keep me in the program, so the experiment might be over soon. I don't have ads, and I have security installed in my Wordpress, so I know my affiliate links are safe, or I wouldn't have them. I'm never gonna have ads, even if this experiment in getting a little cash back out of my blog doesn't work (since I pay for my domain name and such). They're just too intrusive, generally the blog owner has no control over them, and like you say, they can be scammy.

    Mind you, I had someone send me emails complaining about the weird links all over my site, which don't appear for anyone else and actually probably mean they have adware on their own computer. So I'm still careful about what I click! It's why I went to some efforts to get a proper certificate, too, so that all data submitted to my site should be secure. Blogspot isn't secure, for example, so it's a bit more risky to submit personal information like your email on a Blogspot site than on one with a proper SSL certificate. Way fewer cookies on a privately hosted site, too, I think. That's kind of why I made the jump to self-hosting, too.

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    1. You're right it must be her site that has issues as I've never had that problem visiting your blog. What bugs me is the adware and stuff that the companies shove in with each update and cause the computer to slow horribly. I have to stick with blogger as I'd have to give up the blog if I had to pay a host for it!

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  9. The thing that really bugs me are the newsletter things and the pop ups that come up when the website thinks you're about to leave! Those are pretty aggravating, and I've seen them on blogs more and more. I agree with Barb, I don't want to do stuff like that.

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    1. I don't have a big blog or a ton of followers so I'm not doing anything to scare them away!

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  10. I am not really interested in having ads or links. I blog about books and bookish things because I love to read and write. I do have a pretty decent amount of traffic every month, but I still don't plan to have these things in the future. I rarely, if ever, click on links on other blogs.

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    1. Yeah ads really annoy me whatever blogs or sites I'm on!

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