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About my Ads

Its no secret that I have ads at the Dad Jam and I want to be up front about it.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about my ads:

1)  Why does the Dad Jam have ads?

Firstly, I am not trying to get rich by having ads on the Dad Jam.  I would probably have better chances playing the lottery, and it would probably cost less.  I started the Dad Jam because I enjoy it.  I would much rather receive a comment from a reader than receive a few cents from some ad revenue.

When I started this site, I figured I should do it right.  To do it right, I had to have my own hosting, my own domain, and a theme that looks good and is user friendly.    The only thing is, none of this was free.  I don’t mind paying for it all out of my own pocket, but I figure, if I can make back what I put into this site via a few ads, then at least I will break even and can put any extra few cents I earn back into improving this site even more.

So, I put some ads up, and tried to make them as unobtrusive as possible.  Maybe one day they will earn me back the money that I put into running the Dad Jam.  If not, that is okay too.

2)  Where do the ads come from?

I have ads from three different programs that I belong to:

a) The Pepperjam Network: This is an affiliate program with which you can sign up with various Pepperjam Network Partners and display their ads.  The payments are on a cost per action basis, so I only earn something from my Pepperjam Network ads if you click on the ad and then buy something or register at the target site.  This happens very rarely, as you can imagine.  The nice thing about the Pepperjam Network though is that I get to choose the ads I want to display, so I only choose ads that I like or think might be relevant or interesting for my readers.

b) Amazon Affiliates: This is another affiliate program that works on a cost per action basis as well.  I provide links to various Amazon products and books that I think are interesting to you, or that I recommend, and if you click on the link and buy that product or book at Amazon, I receive a commission.

c)  Text Link Ads: The Text Link Ads program is different from the above two programs in that it provides a monthly fixed income, regardless of the number of clicks or purchases.  This is nice, but the only catch is that you only get advertisers if you have a decent traffic ranking.  And, the better your traffic ranking, the more you earn for each link.  What I like about Text Link Ads is that they are very unobtrusive and they provide a fixed revenue.  Right now my revenue is not so high, because I only have a couple of text link ads on my site, but it still helps to pay for the hosting costs.

If you have your own blog or site and are thinking of trying out some advertising, I recommend all of these programs, as they provide totally unobtrusive and flexible ways of advertising.

3)  Why don’t you use Adsense?

I don’t use Adsense to advertise because I prefer to be able to choose what ads appear on my site, and I like my ads to be unobtrusive.

4)  How can I help support the Dad Jam via the Ads?

Since my ads are not on a cost per click basis, you can click on my ads all you want, or not click on them at all.  If you would like to support the Dad Jam, the best thing to do would be to look through my ads (on my sidebar), and find an ad that looks interesting to you.  Visit the site via my link, and if you find something on the site that you want to buy, buy it.  I am not forcing you to buy it, just buy it if it was something you were thinking of buying anyways.  If you do buy it, I will earn a commission for the sale.  That’s it.

I hope that helps to answer some of your questions about the Ads at the Dad Jam.  And I hope you don’t mind the ads too much.  If you have any feedback about my ads, or any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

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