Monday, January 9, 2006

Site Changes: Advertising

You may have noticed that as of the first of the year I’m now using a new rating/spec box for each candy review. If you’re reading the site via a feed, you’re missing that part (that’s the place where I list the name, brand, calories, price, etc.). The ratings box, as a table, simply won’t show up correctly in the feed, so it’s a “site only perk.” I’ll see if I can figure out a way to have some of the info show up in the feed without duplicating it on the site.

It should also help to clean up the comments area so that it’s easier to see the link and click on it.

Also, as of this week I’m adding some advertising to the site. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of money on candy and of course there’s the cost of running the site itself and eventually some travel costs. I’m not looking to profit from CandyBlog, but I’d prefer it not be a losing proposition. There are many ways to do this, “tip jars”, affiliate links and ads. I’ve chosen ads because I do get a fair number of requests from readers to help them track down places to actually buy some of the things I review. I hope that the ads that appear will actually help you out in finding them should you choose to click on them.

If you are a candy seller and would like to advertise on the site, I’m using two different companies right now, BlogAds, which is the up on the top right and Google AdSense, which will appear at the bottom of the first review on the site and on all the individual pages for the posts.

Please let me know if you find anything that is inappropriate for the site (this is a family friendly place, after all) or if anything looks a little wonky.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:40 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     News

  1. I read this site pretty much exclusively through the rss feed, and I have noticed that I don’t get to see the rating score (your 10 point scale) anymore.  I actually really miss it.  It looks like, through bloglines alone, you’ve got over 75 subscribed readers who are missing out on that.  I’d love to see some way to get that into the feed.

    Comment by Steve on 1/09/06 at 2:45 pm #
  2. I like the new little box with the highlights. I was using the feed, too, and now see what I was missing.

    Comment by Russ on 1/10/06 at 11:25 am #
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