We're rolling out integrated advertising on all pages today, for Open Salon and its members, to help you start profiting off of all your fine work here. You need to join Google's AdSense ad network to launch the ads and start earning money off of them. To do that, sign up here, or follow the "blog ads" option up under the menu listed under the "More" button at the top righthand corner of the page. (You need to be logged in to do this.)
Our philosophy from the get-go has been that Open Salon is a publishing partnership. You're wildly generous with your talents and energy; we try to help you find a smarter, vaster audience than you would if you were off blogging on your lonesome. And while certain other organizations have no plans to ever pay their bloggers, we've always understood that if we profit, you should profit. We'll continue to try other methods to make blogging on Open Salon a more enriching (and profitable) experience -- but this is a big step, and we hope it proves worth your while.
The basics: We're giving you three spaces (the maximum Google allows) shown below in blue; the square gray space is one we've reserved for Open Salon advertising. You can choose to use fewer than three of your ads if you want. They will be text ads, which we think will perform best for you:
And sure, go ahead. Allow yourself to be carried away by stories of a click-generated fortune. Don't quit your day job -- that's a pretty rare scenario. But it is a direct way for you to convert your audience into cash. Some of you already have an AdSense account from another blog; you can use that same account here, too.
Let me try and anticipate some of your questions:
How do I make money off of Adsense?
Google describes the process this way: "Google places relevant CPC (cost-per-click) and CPM (cost per thousand impressions) ads into the same auction and lets them compete against one another. The auction takes place instantaneously and when it's over AdSense will automatically display the text or image ad(s) that will generate the maximum revenue for a page -- and the maximum revenue for you."
Basically, you get ads on your page that are either making money based on the number of clicks on them, or simply from the number of views of them. You won't know, though, which ones will be on your blog.
Can I remove ads from my blog I don't like?
You can remove your own ads, yes. Read more about AdSense's AdSense guidelines (scroll down to "Safeguarding your business standards is our business too"). The ad that Open Salon places on your blog cannot be removed.Does Open Salon take a percentage of the revenue from my Google AdSense account like other blog networks?
No. Members retain 100 percent of the revenue from their AdSense accounts.
I'm a member of Salon Premium. Should I still be seeing ads on Open Salon?
Yes. Salon Premium gives subscribers an ad-free version of Salon. There is no ad-free version of Open Salon.
Do I have to participate?
No. If you don't sing up for AdSense the three positions on your blog that we reserved for you will remain dormant, with no ads.