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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Remain in total control of your website.  Do NOT give out any Admin rights, passwords, etc.

Aug 10, 2018 09:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Monetizing your blog is a fantastic idea. Make sure that you have an ad space contract that is comprehensive and you may have to have an attorney do it.

Now this is where that discussion elsewhere on disclaimers comes in handy; if it's a product related to your business--a mortgage product home warranty etc--you'll need a disclaimer that states that you are not endorsing your advertisers . . .

AND that you're collecting a fee for the advertising. And you may want to check and make sure that in your state you are allowed to do that.

Aug 10, 2018 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Debbie Gartner I believe has ads for products in her blog and on her site, if I recall correctly.  Monetizing your site is a great thing and a goal of people on one of the SEO forums I read.  Just make sure you approve of the company and have a kick out clause in case they start doing something you don't want to be associated with (child labor in uganda, dealing in blood diamonds, etc.).

Aug 10, 2018 09:41 AM
Rainer
509,449
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I don't have ads on my website but I think I would allow it if the company is reputable.  Just make sure that you are still in total control over your website and can terminate them if necessary.  I think having some kind of an agreement between you both is good, but make sure that your attorney is reviewing it.

Aug 10, 2018 02:39 PM
Rainmaker
1,231,853
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Why not? Isn't that what Facebook and other sites do?

Aug 10, 2018 11:34 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Erika,

We have declined the big bucks, as well as the "guest/informercial" posts.  We had a guy go ballistic because we did.  We personally dislike ads on blogs and have a strong ad blocker on our computers.  So we do onto others....A

Aug 10, 2018 10:57 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

I've become immune to ads on any site!

If someone is going to pay you good money to monetize your site, it's totally your call, Erika. 

Let us know what you decide!

Aug 10, 2018 07:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good opportunity for you. Do maintain control of your website.

Aug 10, 2018 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't and I've not ever considered it. I'm irritated by ads for things I'm not looking for, so I wouldn't subject readers to the same. Then there's the issue of how closely the public associates you with a company you have no control over.

Aug 10, 2018 12:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Fred Griffin has a great answer.

Aug 10, 2018 09:39 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Nothing at all wrong with monetizing your blog as long as it doesn't distract from the primary purpose of your blog, and is a good complement to the subject matter.  

Aug 11, 2018 12:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker
Aug 10, 2018 05:25 PM
Rainer
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Raj Taj
RE/MAX - Lake Bluff, IL
Drive By Blessings!

As long as it's not a porn ad.

Aug 10, 2018 03:54 PM
Rainmaker
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Don't rush into that. Check to see if others have that companies ads on their website would be what i would do.

Aug 10, 2018 10:31 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yep I get people wanting to back-link and post videos and ads too; I turn them down, I want full control of my content.

Aug 10, 2018 10:15 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's a good question for Anita Clark and Katerina Gasset 

Aug 10, 2018 10:02 AM
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Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Placing ads on your site can generate revenue for you if you have a good amount of website traffic. I would go for it. Just make sure you stay in control of where, they give you the content and make sure they are not scammers who are wanting to steal your bank account info or hack your site. Just make sure they are legit first. 

I know people who make a lot of income from ads on their blogs. It is a great way to add an additional stream of income. 

Aug 12, 2018 10:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Aug 11, 2018 11:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Fred Griffin nailed it once again!

Aug 11, 2018 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I don't have any ads on my web. 

But if I do - only me and me should place it and remove. 

 

Aug 10, 2018 08:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

None on my website, but I did notice that ads are showing up at the bottom of my blogsite. I'm not sure how that happened, but they're there.

Aug 10, 2018 02:32 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not something I have explored, I hope they are offering enough to make it worthwhile.

 

Aug 10, 2018 02:09 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Not for me.  I do not have ads and I do not allow guest postings. 

Aug 10, 2018 02:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
Internet Marketing & SEO

They simply want a link from your website to theirs (or their customer's). 
Proceede with caution. Linking to bad neighborhoods can be hazardous to your website's health.

 

Aug 10, 2018 01:48 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Check with Debbie Gartner on this. But it's not for me - I would not want ads on my blog, at least that's my current thinking. I get requests for guest posts, back linking, and such often.

Aug 10, 2018 11:35 AM
Rainmaker
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I refer them to an anonymized website where affiliate marketing and bartering is ENCOURAGED. 

Now, what if that company hired a real marketing company to place their ads via the browser used by the citizen. Jumped on your YouTube videos.

As you can see, there is more than one way to benefit from exploiting your popularity. So, it may be best to find mutual ground that allows you control instead of allowing them to discover they really don't need your consent.

Aug 10, 2018 10:47 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I am interested in knowing more. Parked and reading.

Aug 10, 2018 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I think you have some good responses.

Aug 10, 2018 09:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Depends on the reputation of the company. 

Aug 10, 2018 09:32 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

I am with Candice A. Donofrio making your website pay i.e. monetizing it is a good idea. But be cautious about over doing it or turning over any control to the advertizers and of course disclaimers for the ads. Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert 

Aug 16, 2018 03:10 PM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I have ads on my site...mainly on side bar, not in blog posts.  I earn good money from it - often above $4,000 per month.

 

But, I have an ad agency do this for me for free...that's how it becomes more effective and efficient and it's based on what the user searches for.  But, in order to use those places, you need to have a good number of pageviews/month - generally above 30,000 pageviews/month.

 

Not sure how one offs work, but generally it's more of a pain in the butt and less money.

 

BTW, less than 1% click off my site for the ads...it may just be 1/2 a percent.  And, 95% of my traffic is not from my area, so the numbers make sense for me.

Aug 14, 2018 12:03 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

seems spammy to me and I'd never do it.

Aug 10, 2018 10:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Good income ?

Aug 10, 2018 12:39 PM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would want to read it first.

 

Aug 15, 2018 12:11 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have had these type emails also, and prefer no ads.

Aug 14, 2018 10:56 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

No Pros, All Cons

Aug 12, 2018 04:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert - good to know you can monetize your website. I have never done it.

The only 'con' I see is - the ad may drive away the traffic from your page to the advertiser's page.

Aug 11, 2018 10:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert,

It's your website and you can run it like you want..totally a personal decision. Personally I'm not interested in monetizing my blog site, but that is just me.

Aug 11, 2018 05:37 PM
Rainmaker
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Saying “no” is the easy way out. You would have no concern about unsavory or poor quality adds or any other possible negative ramifications.

On the other hand, income is nice. Those of us here who are working are not doing so for free, I believe.

Assuming you do allow the advertising…what rules will be placed on the advertiser…what control will you have on content…what can you do if there is a problem...just the tip of the iceberg.

See…saying ‘no’ simplifies things.

Are you up to the challenge?

Aug 11, 2018 03:08 PM
Rainer
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

I would not be a fan of unknown others' ads on my site. I'm trying to get people to notice me, not send them to people/ places/ things I don't have control over. If one ad points to a bad experience, that would reflect negatively on me.
Bruce

 

Aug 11, 2018 08:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not interested in monetizing my blog site.

Aug 11, 2018 06:02 AM
Rainmaker
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Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

Great question. I often wondered about this myself. I see you have received many great suggestions. Thanks for asking. 

Aug 11, 2018 04:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I would not do it.

Aug 11, 2018 03:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

no

Aug 10, 2018 09:51 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Good question

Aug 10, 2018 05:29 PM
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Congrats. Only people like my blog wanting permission to use it....

 

Aug 10, 2018 02:06 PM