Many people now own websites with a “.com” to serve as their portfolio or resume. On the other side, it has also become a trend to start a blog with the sight to only make money from the website. While the idea sounds glamourous, everyone fails to look at the grit it takes to reach that level. Not to mention, the time period is different. We are not in the 2000s anymore.
Confused? Back in the day, blogs were a way to showcase and document the writer’s thoughts, activities, and dreams. Marketers saw this as a new avenue to advertise their products/services and would pay handsomely to popular bloggers based on their website space.
It looked like crap at the end of it. Thank god those days are gone!
Instead, most bloggers will make their income via affiliate marketing and their own products. In fact, the good old space ads no longer have the value they once did due to oversaturation. Which leads me back to the original question: Should you have ads on your personal website?
No. At the end of the day, keeping your website running can be run on a cheap budget, and should be used to keep professional relationships, showcase your portfolio, and to bring value to your company. If you want to make money off of your blog, there are better ways to go about it. Just study big names like Food Babe and the Ijustine. They had this down to an art form for YEARS.
So the next time you think about creating your own website, please remember to do it for the value.