This is somewhat surprising. Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere 2008 report states that a whopping 46% of the blogs are not running ads at all. As in no Adsense, affiliate programs, or anything. That number surprises me, I would’ve thought it to be lower, but then again it might still be a bit tricky to add advertisements to a lot of blog platforms.
I’m also comforted by the fact that 24% says that they don’t want to clutter their blog with ads, while another 24% just aren’t interested in making money with their blog. 21% are very realistic, they say they don’t have enough visitors to make it worthwhile. Refreshing. Another comforting number is the fact that only 6% of the blogs use paid postings to earn their ad dollars.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.