You may have noticed that over the summer I included a new item on the sidebar; sponsors. For those that didn’t immediately delete my feed from their reader and/or unsubscribe me from the mailing list because I’ve “sold out”, I appreciate you for sticking around. My ultimate goal for the sponorsed links (only one of which is an actual sponsor, the rest are just Google Video Ads) is not to make any substantial amount of money. My goal for the links is to cover the simple hosting costs of the site (about $120 a year), and help cover any projects that I’m doing with my kids (hosting for other wikis, blogs, websites).
I know, I know, some may think “Look at Mr. Bigshot, making all this money from our precious clicks and reading time”. Since adding the advertising links I’ve made a whopping $3.24 from Google. And that’s since the middle of summer. So I’m really not looking to get rich here, just trying to pay the bills that I otherwise have been taking out of my own pocket. On the bright side, rather than using text links which appear based on content and my occasionally diaply something less than appropriate, I have chosen to use Google’s new Youtube advertisements. Which means I got to scroll through copious lists of advert categories and channels to hand pick certain videos. Most of them are focused on education, but a few also have an HGTV vibe to them about DIY tech, geeky, and science things you can do around the house. Enjoy…or not, the choice is yours!