Featured Sites

by derek on May 29, 2007 · 5 comments

As this site has continued to grow from the beginning a few short months ago, I have kicked around a few different ideas on how to monetize the site. For the most part, I have removed the previous attempts such as Google AdSense and Kontera as I just didn’t feel that they were the right option at that time.
With my personal finance blog I have had a fair amount of success with my monetization efforts, with the most successful tools being Google AdSense and Text Link Ads.
As you may have already noticed, I have now added a Featured Sites section to the sidebar and I will be offering space via Text Link Ads.

Text Link Ads

Monetize Your Site
If you have yet to sign up as a TLA publisher to try and monetize your own blog, go ahead and click the large Text Link Ad image to the right to get started now.
For those that have signed up and been denied, no need to worry as I can help you out.
I’ve now submitted two sites for approval and both have been denied, although I am now selling advertising space on both of those sites.
How Did I Do It?
When I orginally submitted my personal finance blog, I may have been a little too eager as my site was still really new. However, as my Google PageRank and Alexa ranking continued to improve I had hoped my account would be reviewed and subsequently approved.
After waiting and waiting, I realized that I may be waiting a long time for them to review my account request and decided to take matters into my own hands. In a matter of a few minutes, I had my account approved and was on my way to my first earnings with TLA after following these steps:
1. Call Text Link Ads @ 877.480.9755
2. Press “2” to be directed to Technical Support
3. Explain that your site rankings have improved and you would like a review of your account.
4. Thank the TLA representative for approving your account.
In my experience, you will have more success calling earlier in the morning around 8-9am EST otherwise you will likely be directed into voicemail.
For this site, I opted to try a different approach and simply sent an email to the TLA Support staff explaining that I had submitted this site for approval and believed the recent increases in PageRank and Alexa rank warranted approval. This morning I received an email response that this site had been approved and was ready to begin selling advertising via TLA.
Sign Up Now!
With the plugin installed and the code configured on my sidebar, I am looking forward to selling out the available space on this site. With a Google PageRank of 4 and the various rankings such as Alexa and Technorati continuing to improve as the site grows, I believe this is a good opportunity to reserve your advertising location.
As many of you know with my Speedlinking feature, I enjoy sharing the link love and will be sure to reward those that take the initiative to advertise here with a little extra link love from time to time.
If you haven’t signed up with TLA as an advertiser, it is not too late to take advantage of the $100 in FREE Links!
Does it get much better than receiving $100 in free advertising that you can spend on this site (or others if you so choose)? I didn’t think so! 🙂
So what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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Theda K. June 3, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for telling us about calling or emailing Text Link Ads! I’m going to try that tomorrow morning. I’ve been waiting also, after having been too eager the day after I started my blog. LOL! The things we learn in a short amount of time about how blogging works.


derek June 4, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Theda, your quite welcome and I hope it works as well for you and your site! Please do come back to let us know how you do with the phone call or email.


Theda K. June 7, 2007 at 5:24 pm

Hi Derek. It worked! I emailed TLA on Tuesday I think, maybe yesterday, and I got an email today approving me! I have no PR, but close to 100 Technorati authority, about 49000 rank, and my blog is 1 month old (on its own domain…posts go back to Feb. though.)
Movin’ on up! Thanks to you.


derek June 7, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Theda, I am very happy to hear that you were approved by TLA and are now ready to start selling spots on your own blog!
If your budget allows, don’t be shy about grabbing a $15 ad spot here on my blog to promote your site! 😉


Dave@BBQ recipes September 18, 2008 at 6:11 am

Good idea, I’ve been using adsense for a good while, with mixed results.
The problem being all my eggs are in one basket. I’ll have a look a text link ads, I guess it’ll not work for every site.
Daves last blog post..Delicious BBQ ribs


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