I tried. I REALLY did try to like the context links on my page. I thought it might be nice to have a few extra $$$ from the site by way of the context links, but I’m just not feeling it. If anyone was logged on between the hours of 3am and 9am PST you would have seen I had 10 or 12 links on the page with the double underline on some of the random lines on my front page, and, ugh. I just didn’t like it.
They really take away from the content of the blog, I can deal with the ads on the sides of the pages, and they often will be something of relevance because they’re off in their own corner of the page, and if you’re looking over there, you’re looking for ads anyway. But right in the middle of your story or comment for the day – that’s too much. I found myself really distracted and taken away from what I was writing; and for the most part, the ads were referencing a CD (no, not a CD like relevant to this site, but a Compact Disc) that had NOTHING to do with the post.
I did a search and ran across My Affiliate Journey and Reaper. They seem to really like the ad setup; but at the same time, it looks like he’s blogging about books or music. If that is the case, then yes, I guess I could see a good reason to have the ads I suppose because that is what the base of it is. Maybe if Investopedia had a widget to link similar posts I’d use it, maybe something with a definition or similar that would pop up and explain a term I’ve used that some people don’t understand. I can see a use for that, but not the Amazon one.
I also am a frequent flyer to TheFinance.sg but the ContextLink ads in there are a little distracting – I’m curious how the owner is dealing with them – most of them point to the same thing on popup of “get $7 trades now” and I don’t think they ad much to the site as a whole –
The other people that seem to be liking it are people pimping out their blogs to the mass media, and/or to ONLY make $ online by any means necessary, like OnlinePresence, AdesBlog, DarkZZT, and AssociateReference. I’m not against what they’re doing, they’re just trying to make a buck. But at the same time, it’s a real chore to wade through their blogs to find any content; granted their content IS finding ways to pimp out the blog, so maybe it’s my own fault for going to them? I don’t know, to each their own I suppose.
I found one very honest opinion giving the pros and cons of the Kontera from this DoshDosh. DoshDosh hits it right on the head with this piece:
“I did find Kontera to be a little obtrusive. Some publishers may find that In-text advertising might devalue the worth of their content because they interrupt the experience of the general reader. I think this will depend on what type of website you own.“
Don’t get me wrong, I like money, and am always into looking for the next good passive income, but those are going a bit too far. I’m in the same boat as XFEP though. I don’t want my readers to be tricked into riding a link to somewhere they don’t want to go. If you click on one of the ads in the ad SPACE on my blog, that’s another thing, but not in the story, that’s too much.