New Feature: Sponsored Links

I have decided to roll out a new feature here on Sponsored Links will be a cluster of links that sit in the sidebar and are visible on every page. I have always been against monetizing this site and have kept the advertisements as low-key as possible. However, Yahoo doesn't seem to be providing relevant ads and what ads exist don't pull in much at all. I figured I would let readers plug their sites. If you run a tech-related site, you really can't get advertising much more targeted than here.

Here's how it works. If you're interested in having your link displayed in my sidebar, drop me a line, tell me a tad about your site and provide a link. Sites that are in good nature, informative and bear no resemblance to spam sites will get approved easily. Upon payment of 50 USD via PayPal, your link will be posted for exactly 1 month. I can make no guarantee regarding uptime as there are times when the server might act weird when extreme traffic makes its way over here.

Until the end of May 2006, I will be offering a one-month link for a price of 25 USD. If you've been an avid reader, purchasing a sponsored link is a great way to contribute to the site and boost your traffic in return. This site has a Google Page Rank of 6 and daily traffic around here is generally above 2,000 uniques per day and roughly 40k-60k uniques per month as seen here.

To sum everything up, you get hits and the satisfaction of furthering the development of this blog and I get 50 USD (well more like 48 something after PayPal takes out its fees) which allows me to eat. Okay it's not that bad, but with an extra 50 from each link I won't have to pick up a job this summer and should be able to afford Ikea furniture for next semester's off-campus townhouse. Depending on how successful this little venture turns out, I might be able to completely remove Yahoo ads, which I've been wanting to do for some time.