Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Oct 24, 2008
I had been thinking about adding Widget Bucks to my blog for a few days now. I have it on only a few pages of my Reviews of Everything site, and I hadn’t thought much about it until recently.
I’m not sure why. Maybe I saw it on someone else’s blog and it reminded me that I had an account. Maybe I was just thinking of another way to monetize my blog; I really don’t know. But I had been thinking about it.
Over the past two days I’ve been going out of town to another convention that’s about 40 minutes from home, spending lots of time there trying to network for my primary business. I’ve been getting home late; today I spent about 16 hours there, and I’m writing this bad boy when I should be in bed because tomorrow morning, early, I get to do it again. And our first speaker is the wife of the governor of the state of New York; this isn’t small potatoes, as you can imagine.
Anyway, because I’ve been getting home late, I haven’t spent as much time on the blog as I usually do, or in visiting other blogs. I did get a post in yesterday, which is always my goal, and if the internet access had been working at the hotel, I might have gotten a post in while there, instead of “having” to play poker. Still, I did what I did, came home, checked email, then Twitter, and came across this post by the Wealthy Affiliate WAHM talking about signing up for Widget Bucks, and a neat new feature they had where the widget you put on your site will show your visitors some statistics about where they live, and ads for their particular area. Hey, I just had to put that bad boy on my site.
So, if you look to the bottom left, you’ll see this particular widget, which I think is the coolest thing in the world. I have mine set to rotate every 7 seconds, rather than 3, because I felt that was just a bit fast; you can set it from 1 to 10 seconds. On the bottom right is a regular widget ad, which may or may not be there by the time you see this post. For that one, you can decide whether you want to pick specific types of products or categories of products, or whether you want it to examine your site and determine what kind of ads to put there based on your content. I decided on the latter because, frankly, I’m interested to see how the algorithm is going to interpret what my site is all about. But it takes a little time, so as I write this and probably post this, there’s nothing there, but I’m betting something will be there in the morning, at least, though I probably won’t see it until late afternoon.
After all, who am I to keep the governor’s wife waiting, right?