Announcement: Trying out a new ad network

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d write a quick post just to keep you guys up to date on what’s going on with the site looking a bit different, all of a sudden.

As you’ve probably gathered, I’m trying out a new ad network, and I thought I’d let you guys know a little more about that, instead of just expecting you all to read my mind, heh. 😅

Why the new ad network?

To be honest, it’s something that’s been on my mind for some time, because the ad revenue from WordAds, which I’ve been using from the start – with a few exploratory toe-dips into other networks on the side, which didn’t go too well – honestly isn’t very high at all.

As you all know, I’m hoping to find a way to make blogging a viable income, that will allow me to keep blogging full-time, which is something that I love. A large part of that income is made via my Patreon page and also, through direct contributions from you guys – thank you all for your support, I truly appreciate it. ❤️

At the same time, I’ve felt that I haven’t been tapping much into the full ad potential of the blog. To be clear, I don’t want to make the site look overrun with ads, but I do want to have a decent amount of ad revenue, if possible.

For now, you might notice things changing from time to time; that’s just me tinkering with the ad settings, to see what works. Please bear with me! If you have feedback for me about the ads, do let me know in the comments.

Also, if you are using an adblocker on your device, please consider whitelisting this site (not just this page, but the entire site)? That would really help me out.

Thanks, you guys.

Smooches. ❤️

KFG

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Kay
Kay
2 months ago

Do what you need to do. I’m sure most of don’t mind. Good luck with making the ads work for you 🙂

BE
BE
2 months ago

My goodness me, folks from 120 countries check this site out! Maybe I ought to be more perspicacious in my commentary, not to mention careful.

beez
2 months ago
Reply to  BE

@BE – “perspicacious”. Now you’re just hot doggin’! lol and smh

Trent
2 months ago

Well, from what I can tell at least some of the ads are targeted based on search history or something, because I’m seeing ads for “immigration law software.”

On the other hand, I’m also seeing “Ulta beauty skin care” ads, which, uh…nice try, guys.

phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  Trent

🤣😅😂😆

Leslie
Leslie
2 months ago

I’m seeing more ads kfangurl, but nothing too obtrusive yet. I’d be willing to put up with quite a bit to help make your site/life flourish, and I bet I’m not alone. 👍🏼 Thanks for looking for a balanced maximization. As always, you look out for your readers’ experience.

beez
2 months ago

@kfg – I don’t know how the whole ad things work (and I don’t care too much for the constantly changing ads at the top because they make my phone screen move up and down (and they sometimes flash over what I’m reading) but their tolerable. But the good news is I really like the ads that appear immediately after the open field to post a comment. In fact, I’ve actually clicked on them to shop recently. Before those ads were for stuff like gaming that I have no interest in. But now it’s a variety of things based on my web search/interests (cookies doing their best). In fact, their too good. I need to resist too much shopping.

Shahz
Shahz
2 months ago

Best of luck KFG! I don’t think anyone would begrudge you trying to make the blog financially viable. In fact you should be commended for your bravery in investing in your creativity.

One thing I think would be helpful is if there is a guide on “how to whitelist” for different users i.e android or Apple. As I definitely haven’t seen any changes in the website in terms of adverts! So there is definitely something awry. And I have just googled how to whitelist and none of the options worked for me.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Agreed on you doing whatever you can to make this financially sustainable!

While we’re on the topic of technical issues, is it just me, or did all WordPress users lose the ability to edit their comments for a brief time after posting?

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

No, it’s not back. Unless you changed something in the last couple minutes. In which case, I will edit this reply!

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I usually use Chrome. But I’m posting this comment via Firefox, after logging into WP. If I don’t come back to edit it within the next 30 seconds, then no go!

Edit ver 3: I can edit via Firefox, but not via Chrome, at least for the comment I posted via Chrome. Will try one from Chrome now.

The other new wrinkle is that it takes several minutes before my own comments appear at Chrome. Even for the ones I posted there.

While I’m waiting for that last comment of mine to show up, I should mention that this has been going on for at least a week or more, so it’s not a result of your ad network change.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

I see my “testing 1 2 3” comment finally showed up. It took close to ten minutes.

I posted that from Chrome but cannot edit it, even from Firefox.

I have a super fast Windows desktop. It’s only three months old.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

I invest in super fast desktops, but then hold onto to them for as long as seven years, which is an eternity in IT dog-years.

This one has an 1 gig SSD C: drive, which really helps speed up data processing, plus two external old-fashioned spinning drives (inside the chassis) for data storage.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Privacy tip:

I never log into my Gmail acount via my primary Firefox browser. Doing so allows Google to triangulate your Google searches with your identity, data they presumably sell to marketers.

So I only use Chrome for Gmail and for this blog and use Firefox for everything else.

Usually I would never use my personal Gmail account for a commercial login — I have an impersonal hotmail account for such activity — but I want to see updates to comments from your blog in my personal Gmail account. So you and WordPress are the exception to my rule.

phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

Merij1 – please and thanks share your ability to edit your typeface on your posts – e.g.: bold, etc.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

phl1rxd, it’s basic HTML formatting. Like this, except without the blank spaces:

italicize
boldface
underline

italicize + inset

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

Ha. That failed to show you how, and I posted from Chrome so I can’t edit it!

You bracket the words you want formatted with HTML formatting instructions. For example, the following letters. For the start, you use the “less than/greater than” keys as brackets around the letter, first pointing left, then right. After the formatting instruction, you do the same but add a right-sloping slash before the same letter, to tell it to stop.

Like this, except replace the words “example html code” with an i or a b and leave out the forward slash when you use it at the beginning.:

</example html code>

These letters work for basic stuff:

i = italics
b = boldface

I also use the word “blockquote” to inset someone’s words I’m quoting with italics. See example above.

phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

Ha Merij1 – I understood the first response completely. I know enough code to get myself into trouble. Thanks again for the response and follow up. You rock!

Trent
2 months ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Just FYI, in addition to the slightly more formal HTML style tags, I think wordpress recognizes simple in-text markup, so you can do italics with underscores: _ _ , or with asterisks: * *

So if you want to italicize something, set it off with underscores, or with asterisks

ETA: (I thought asterisks would render as bold–some systems work that way–but wordpress renders both as italics)

beez
2 months ago
Reply to  Trent

@trent * creates italics for me. I’ll try the underscore to see if creates bold

BE
BE
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

Ah I guess I do not get the formatting, darn.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

@BE, you had it almost right. But to close it out, use a forward slash /, not a backward one \ like you tried at first:

So it’s

To be or not to be, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1.

phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  merij1

This is a test

You are loved and cherished
Everything negative has a positive
You are a wonderful soul full of light

Love and peace to all who read this.

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love…Stevie Wonder

Yeah!! BIG HUGS Merij1!!!!

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Testing 1 2 3

beez
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

– I don’t think the issue with the editing feature is because of your latest tweaking. At least not for me anyway. The editing feature has been gone for the last couple/few weeks.

merij1
merij1
2 months ago
Reply to  beez

Agreed.

phl1rxd
2 months ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez and Merij1 – I just posted and edited a comment. That is really odd. I am using Firefox.

Merij1 – big thanks for the privacy tip!

Shahz
Shahz
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

Interestingly the tinkering you have done has actually for the first thrown up some adverts! I definitely wasn’t getting any before and I don’t use an adblocker. They are unobstrusive so no issues on my part.

Shahz
Shahz
2 months ago
Reply to  kfangurl

And do let us know if you get more revenue if we click through on an advert! I don’t mind doing that if it helps at all!