Reviews, Sponsored Giveaways and Blog Integrity

One of my blogger friends has been selling ad spaces on her blog for about six months. The strategy has made her some money and it has gained her a few followers. The other day, she asked me “Why don’t you advertize on your blog? Or at least add AdSense?”

“The second question is easy.” I told her. “I would hate to be the one promoting the latest penis enlargement spell, just because someone thinks that would fit my blog.”

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The first question is a bit more complicated and very personal. I’ve chosen not to sell ad spaces because I want to maintain Pagan Culture’s integrity. I’m not referring to honesty, for I know that all my blogger friends’ reviews are unbiased. However, I want every reader of Pagan Culture to know that this blog is not fueled by money, or the need to make monetary profit.

I like the idea of reviewing books, but I only have time to review adult and young adult ebooks (mostly urban fantasy, paranormal romance and dark fantasy), in Kindle (text-to-speech enabled) format. This format allows me to read/listen during my daily commuteI don't have that much time for reading anymore :-( Email requests to magalyguerrero (at) live (dot) com.

What are your thoughts on this issue? How may the possibility of making profit affect a blog?

19 comments:

  1. Funny as it was only a few weeks ago I was asking if you advertised your blog anywhere - technically not what you asked but I found it funny lol
    I don't advertise for the the 'control' aspect, if I don't know the product why should I advertise it, think we have all at some point seen the effects of junk advertising, I suppose its also the fear of it being something so distasteful that it makes your followers dissappear lol
    I want people to follow because they like what they are reading / seeing and not really for the adverts etc. If this post make no sense I apologise I have my two year old son screaming in a tantrum as I type!...Now where's that naughty chair gone xx

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  2. Pixie, you are too cute and yes your comment makes lot of sense--tantrum and all :)

    Control over my content is one of the issues I have. I will be very fair when I review things and I won't remove a review just because the owner of the product didn't like my assessment. I'm saying--or writing hehe--this because a friend had a huge problem with a lady who wanted my friend's review of her book taken off. The book was badly written (plot, grammar... it wasn't the best) my friend was honest. She also included the good points, but there weren't many. My friend had to take a lot of heat, and by the gods, I won't go through that.

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  3. No, if people want honest reviews they should be able to take the bad with the good lol! Hell if someone really hated my art work I wouldn't mind them telling me no matter how much it would sting, because you have to appreciate not everyone will like everything we do all of the time! And above that honesty rules lol

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  4. Funny, I had just removed my adsense from my blog before reading this! Not that I had a problem with it really, the thing just doesn't make any money.

    I do accept small advertisements on my blog, but besides the adsense, the only ones that I've personally accepted have been from handmade shops (like Etsy).

    I also do reviews, but only of products that I have personally used or read.

    And of course there are the giveaways, which I love doing. Most of these have been connected to reviews of products that I tried out, or again from handmade shops, which I love to promote.

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  5. Pixie, you are a riot! And yes, you'd think that people would like to hear an honest opinion, no matter what, so that if change is needed they can go ahead and make it. But that's not always the same, some choose to ignore these things and get mad when someone points them out.

    Mrs. B, I love your blog and the quality of your reviews. To be honest, I kind of look up to you--okay, more than kind of. Your blog is always super informative and so genuine. Also, I admire all the causes you are always trying to help with. You have a GREAT blog!

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  6. Magaly...perfect timing.I've been wondering myself about advertising on blogs. I'd decided to give adsense a whirl this past week but have been feeling uneasy about it. I've requested no adult ads, but ads that are relevant to content. (should be safe as my sites deal with art, travel and magic?)

    The catch is that the ads are reader geographic specific...what my followers in Thailand see won't be the same as my followers in Ireland or the U.S. I'm anxious because I feel uncertain about not having exact control over content. Also, like you, I only review books I've actually read so as to put forward an honest face.

    I will give this advertising idea a try for this month only and will see how it goes. I am still sitting on the fence on this one...(maybe my uncomfortable feelings should be enough of an indicator?)

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  7. Hi Susanne! It has been a little while since I see you here, it is so good that you stopped by.

    I'm very skeptical about AdSense, you should probably talk to Mrs. B from Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom, she just removed AdSense from her blog because it was not making her any money. I don't know all the details though. Then again, you might have better luck, but I would listen to my instincts "unconfortable feelings" can keep us safe at times.

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  8. i removed ad sense ats it didnt make any difference moneywise.....if i was offered to review something, i might do it...normally though if i use something i like i do say so and no money is made or so on.....

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  9. Hm, it seems like this is the general consensus. And I think it is understandable. I mean how many times have you click on one of those ads yourself?

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  10. Thanks so much for the kind words!

    I had to come back over, because this week I accepted more advertisers, lol, and I didn't want to look like a hypocrite! I'm now advertising an online book publisher (who found me when I reviewed one of their stories!) and a Halloween costume shop (which I feel is pretty appropriate!). I hope I can stick to my need to only advertise with companies that really are appropriate. I have to say that it's nice to be able to throw in a little money to the household, though!

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  11. Mrs. B, I'm happy you are making profit from your blog and still keeping as witchy as it can be. Like I said before you truly have a gift and if you can use it to spread the wonders of our belief system and to help out with family expenses, well that makes you and very good Witch in my heart.

    Now I'm going to your blog to check out the goodies :)

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  12. “The second question is easy.” I told her. “I would hate to be the one promoting the latest penis enlargement spell, just because someone thinks that would fit my blog.”
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    Rotflmao!

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  13. Oh you can laugh Casey, but you know it's true lol. Glad you stopped by ;)

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  17. Hm, it seems like this is the general consensus. And I think it is understandable. I mean how many times have you click on one of those ads yourself?

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  18. Magaly...perfect timing.I've been wondering myself about advertising on blogs. I'd decided to give adsense a whirl this past week but have been feeling uneasy about it. I've requested no adult ads, but ads that are relevant to content. (should be safe as my sites deal with art, travel and magic?)

    The catch is that the ads are reader geographic specific...what my followers in Thailand see won't be the same as my followers in Ireland or the U.S. I'm anxious because I feel uncertain about not having exact control over content. Also, like you, I only review books I've actually read so as to put forward an honest face.

    I will give this advertising idea a try for this month only and will see how it goes. I am still sitting on the fence on this one...(maybe my uncomfortable feelings should be enough of an indicator?)

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  19. “The second question is easy.” I told her. “I would hate to be the one promoting the latest penis enlargement spell, just because someone thinks that would fit my blog.”
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    Rotflmao!

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