Breaking the Technorati top 10K with free advertising

What’s that? Free advertising? Tell me more.

In honor of this site’s venture into the Technorati top 10,000 blogs, I’m kicking off my new advertising campaign. I’m giving away 2 – 3 advertising spots for free. Currently, I’m using AdSense in the far right sidebar. This is where the new ads will go.

Note: These ad spots have now been filled. Thanks to everyone that participated.

I’m a little late on doing this because I’m currently within the top 9,000. I dropped rather quickly, much quicker than I had expected, below the 10K mark and was a bit unprepared. I’m ready now though.

How do you get this free advertising?

Simple. Leave a comment on this post or use the contact page requesting the free ad spot.

I’m not sure how many people might be interested in this, so I can’t guarantee that you will get a spot. Priority will go to sites or blogs in the WordPress, blogging, or Web design niches because that’s the type of advertisers I’d like to have on this site in the future.

I, of course, will pick the sites that get their ads put up. If there’s enough interest, I might run a rotating ad script or something like that.

So, what’s the catch?

There’s no real “catch,” but I would like a little help. I’d like to get weekly reports on what kind of traffic you’re getting from my blog. This is just a little stat-tracking to help me out.

That’s it. Free advertising in exchange for statistics.

I’m not sure how long I’ll run these ads, but am looking at about a month or until I start seeing some more serious advertising proposals. A lot depends on how much traffic my blog’s getting, bringing you, and other various factors.

The only other thing I ask is that you have a 125 x 125 px ad. This is becoming more standard, and I would like to try this out.

Am I crazy for offering free advertising?

To some extent, maybe. I do have some goals in mind. Part of the reason I’m doing this is to see if my site is ready for advertising beyond Google AdSense. I’m also experimenting with ad placement because I might change this site’s layout or theme some over the course of the next month.

It’s all one, big experiment, and I feel like this blog’s still at a point where I can do a lot of experimenting.

No, I won’t make any money from this in the short-run. However, I think this could help draw in a little more traffic and subscribers. I’m looking toward the future to see what my advertising options might be then. There are still a few kinks I’ll probably have to work out with my advertising system, and this experiment should help straighten those out.

Help celebrate my blog entering the Technorati Top 10K 9K by signing up for a free ad spot now!

19 Responses

  1. Michael Castilla
    Michael Castilla Published |

    Hey Justin,

    Pretty cool idea you got going here. If you’d like to take a look at my site to advertise on your site, that would be great.

    Thanks and good luck with your goal!

    Reply
  2. Adii
    Adii Published |

    Yeah Justin! :) I’m in bro – just let me know what you need from me! :)

    Reply
  3. Artur Kim
    Artur Kim Published |

    Hey Justin, I’m interested. (:

    Reply
  4. Frank C
    Frank C Published |

    Hi Justin,

    I’d like to run an ad if you still have the space. I’ll have to put together a 125×125 ad though.

    Hopefully you’ve gotten a little bit of traffic from OpTempo since I started using your Visionary theme.

    Reply
  5. Emperor
    Emperor Published |

    Hi Justin

    I think Adsense is a good solution for some sites, but for others it is really useless. I’ve given up on them and currently earn money from other sources.

    If you still have a ad spot open please consider my blog.

    Regards
    Emperor

    Reply
  6. InvestorBlogger
    InvestorBlogger Published |

    I’d love to have some free advertising! I’m just trying out your themes this weekend. Already linked to your blog…

    Kenneth

    Reply
  7. Amanda
    Amanda Published |

    Justin your idea and intention is truly wonderful! Congratulations on entering the top 9000!

    Reply
  8. Armen
    Armen Published |

    I’m not really wanting to take up one of your ad spots for my personal blog, Justin. However, I’m just congratulating you on your increasing popularity, which is obviously showing the impact of you themes.

    Reply
  9. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Thank all of you that are interested in the advertising. I will leave this post open for a few more days before deciding. I’ll send out emails in the next few days.

    Armen and Amanda, I hope to continue increasing my “rise to the top” or whatever it is. Thanks for commenting.

    Reply
  10. Nyssa
    Nyssa Published |

    Congrats on entering the 9k. :)

    Reply
  11. Katz
    Katz Published |

    I have several smallish blogs and would love to see how ad traffic would work for one of them. Let me know what topics you think would work well…my themes are cooking, media marketing, and online biz tips.

    Reply
  12. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Thanks Nyssa. I’m almost in the 8K now.

    Katz, mostly, I’m looking for sites that center on WordPress, Web design, or blogging tips/resources. Anything that relates to that is what I’m looking for specifically, but that’s not “set in stone.” Send over your links, and I’ll check them out.

    Reply
  13. skarld
    skarld Published |

    Congratulations on entering the Technorati Top 9K!

    I would be very much interested in your proposal. Mine is a new site site design, and platform and in need of ads and back links to attract an audience. I am not a graphics expert but I think I could create a suitable ad that would fit your space. I would be happy to use your web analytics tool of choice and grant you access to the web logs. My background is in SEO and I am currently an Internet Analyst for a major brand. Thank you for your consideration.

    Reply
  14. Michael Castilla
    Michael Castilla Published |

    Sweet! You’re in the top 8K now!

    Reply
  15. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Thanks to everyone that expressed interest. I’ve sent out emails to everyone that gets an ad spot.

    Michael, I just noticed too. I suppose I’m moving on up in the blogosphere.

    Reply
  16. Not John Chow
    Not John Chow Published |

    Hey! I am also offering free advertising! Great minds think a like! What do you say to a trade? Readers of this commentcan join in too.

    I am offering a free 125X125 ad space on my site. The length of time that the ad will run will depend on demand. I may even give out more ads and have them rotate on a regular baisis.

    Stop by soon NotJohnChow.com

    Reply
  17. Justin
    Justin Published |

    Not John Chow
    I’m not really interested in the advertising, but maybe someone else is. I actually stopped running this a few weeks ago though.

    Reply
  18. Matt | Advertising Course Internet Marketing Online

    Congrats on your numbers! Nice to see the site growing in rank!

    Reply
  19. Internet Marketing Service
    Internet Marketing Service Published |

    Thank you for this advertising opportunity. That’s really interesting.

    Reply

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