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Earn Extra Cash with Your Journal! [Sep. 21st, 2009|06:47 pm]
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As many of you may have alraedy seen, LiveJournal announced the Your Journal - Your Money feature today in news. This feature allows you to link your Paid or Permanent LiveJournal account to a Google AdSense account to display ads on your journal. You keep all of the proceeds from the display of these ads once Google takes their cut; LiveJournal does not keep any portion of the generated revenue.

Now, before getting into any of the technical details at all, let's cover the most important point right up front:  this feature is completely opt-in. If you choose not to use Your Journal - Your Money, nothing will change about your LiveJournal experience. You will never see any ads from this program on LiveJournal while you are logged in. Only those users who use this feature will see these ads.

So, those of you who know you'd never be interested in using Your Journal - Your Money can skip the rest of this post if you like and continue on down your Friends page. For those that want to know more, dive behind the cut for all the details.



Your Journal - Your Money is a pretty straightforward program -- the only options beyond whether or not you want to participate are:

  • The settings for your AdSense account, whether you are creating a new one or linking to an existing one.

  • How many ads to display and where they appear on your page.

  • What type of ads to display and whether or not you want to view ads site-wide to help others earn money.

Activating Your Journal - Your Money and Setting Up AdSense

You can activate this feature on the My Ads tab of the Settings area. After selecting that you want to participate, you then specify whether to create a new AdSense account or use one you already have.



Fill out the fields as prompted (they're slightly different for each option) and then click the Submit button to continue.

If you are creating a new AdSense account, you'll see a message stating "Your request to associate this LiveJournal account with the Google AdSense account you chose is pending." You'll be sent a verification email from Google, that will then lead you through to the actual setup of your AdSense account with them. Any questions about the specifics of AdSense itself, its policies, or Google's setup process should be directed to Google directly, as they will be best equipped to answer such questions.

In the meantime, you can continue to set up your preferences for Your Journal - Your Money even before completing the AdSense registration process.


Controlling Ad Placement

Once you've selected your existing AdSense account or created a new one, you can then select how many ads you'd like to display and where they should appear on your journal page.



There are four possible placements of ads on your page:

1) A narrow horizontal banner across the top.
2) A narrow vertical banner placed at the upper right.
3) A block ad placed in the middle.
4) A narrow horizontal ad across the bottom.

You can display up to three of these ads on your page. As you select a checkbox, the small graphic to the right of the checkboxes highlights in red the ad placement you've just activated. Note that even though you can select all four checkboxes currently, only three ads will actually appear on your page -- the bottom ad placement will be hidden on your page if you've selected all four.

Also note that the Minimalism journal style will only allow the placement of two ads. If you want to display three ads, you'll need to select a different style. (Sorry about the not-quite-right grammar on the My Ads tab in this area -- we'll get that fixed up as quickly as possible.)


Types of Ads and Helping Out Your Friends

The last section of the My Ads tab lets you choose the type of ads you want to see and also select whether you want to opt-in to seeing ads elsewhere on the site to help other LiveJournal users earn more money from their participation in Your Journal - Your Money.



First, select whether you want to view all types of ads, just text ads, or just image ads. Then, select whether to view ads from this program throughout the site. If you don't opt-in to this viewing preference, you will only see the ads that are placed on your own journal.


Where Do I Learn More About AdSense Itself?

The Google help forum regarding its AdSense program is where you should go for answers to your questions on the details of how AdSense itself works. A few specific topics you might want to check out are listed below:

Google AdSense Program Policies
How much will I earn through this program?
When will I get paid?
How are ads targeted?


And That's It!

Pretty simple, right? Just a few clicks and you're on your way to untold riches, we hope!
If you don't already have a paid account but now you'd like have one to participate in this feature, please visit the Gift Shop to purchase paid time. You can test drive a paid account for as little as two months, if you're not sure you want to commit to a full year. And if you need it in the future, this FAQ also has information on this program.

Thanks, and we wish you happy (and profitable) journaling!
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[User Picture]From: zerisama
2009-09-22 12:49 am (UTC)
Totally would.
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[User Picture]From: zerisama
2009-09-22 12:52 am (UTC)
Google AdSense is a horrible thing in that it waits until you've almost reached your goal, then decides to tell you that you did something ~wrong~ and says you can't have your money.

Screw that.
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[User Picture]From: glenniebun
2009-09-22 12:53 am (UTC)
How does this impact LJs that are have avatars with pop-culture sources? If they opt in, wouldn't they essentially be making money off of a product that is under copyright and thus be in (further) violation of copyright laws?
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[User Picture]From: unhipster
2009-09-22 12:53 am (UTC)
If you sign up for this, and the later decide you don't want to do it anymore, you can just opt out again, right?
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[User Picture]From: gerg
2009-09-22 01:12 am (UTC)
Yes.
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[User Picture]From: eveshka
2009-09-22 12:58 am (UTC)
With you on this.
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[User Picture]From: saintcheney
2009-09-22 12:56 am (UTC)
THIS IS A JOKE

THIS IS ALL A JOKE AND I AM JUST DREAMING
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[User Picture]From: hughcasey
2009-09-22 01:11 am (UTC)
Some of us pay for other reasons.

Personally, I've been WANTING to monetize my LJ, so I'm glad they're finally going to let me!
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[User Picture]From: writewrongs
2009-09-22 01:02 am (UTC)
How much money are we talking here? And how easy is it for the average blogger to break even without covering their blog completely in ads?
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[User Picture]From: psychokitten76
2009-09-22 01:46 am (UTC)
Break even? You don't have to pay to join, so everything is profit.
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[User Picture]From: iftherainstops
2009-09-22 01:07 am (UTC)
Did I just awake from a long slumber and it's magically April 1st?
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[User Picture]From: theanonsisters
2009-09-22 01:10 am (UTC)
Read the faqs - still can't make much sense but I don't think it'll be of any use to people who don't have lots of traffic.
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[User Picture]From: staygoldpnyboy
2009-09-22 01:20 am (UTC)
thats what i was thinking.
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[User Picture]From: hughcasey
2009-09-22 01:10 am (UTC)
FINALLY LJ is going to let me monetize my blog!

Now I don't have to RSS feed it to another site to use AdSense.
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[User Picture]From: rhetoricians
2009-09-22 01:14 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: homunculus
2009-09-22 01:21 am (UTC)
haha best.
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[User Picture]From: haro
2009-09-22 01:17 am (UTC)
Not interested myself, but I don't see the need to complain. Seriously- don't like it, don't use it. LJ's put in far tackier features than this.

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[User Picture]From: amberghini
2009-09-22 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: rhetoricians
2009-09-22 01:20 am (UTC)
I'm still holding out for the ability to search a community and pull up all of my own posts in it from the time I joined. That's the only feature paid LJers don't have that I want.
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[User Picture]From: faedreamer
2009-09-22 01:26 am (UTC)
Now *that* would be an awesome feature.

And more damn userpics. I'd pay big for an additional hundred or so.
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[User Picture]From: salanth
2009-09-22 01:26 am (UTC)
Why would I do this to my friends?
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[User Picture]From: fuzzygruf
2009-09-22 01:38 am (UTC)
exactly
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[User Picture]From: kent
2009-09-22 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, "you can skip this post if you'd like" is stifling dissent? It's Socialism Fascism Socialism!
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From: christinaathena
2009-09-22 01:51 am (UTC)
I'd be interested in this feature if I had enough people on my f'list to make it worth while. I've got 100 friends on my f'list, a fair number of them are paid users. Guesstimating maybe ~70 free users. I'm not clear on if the ads will show up on friends pages. If not, then a lot of those friends wouldn't even see the ads in the first place. So, I can't imagine I'd get more than a few dollars worth of clicks per year.
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[User Picture]From: fiddlingfrog
2009-09-22 02:09 am (UTC)
I imagine if you've got "Minimize my journal's inclusion in search engine results" enabled then you'd probably see very little search-driven traffic, thus minimizing your ability to earn from AdSense.
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[User Picture]From: starlady38
2009-09-22 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, that just killed at least 50% of my inclination to re-up my paid account. Oh LJ, you're special. Hooray for Dreamwidth.
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[User Picture]From: psychokitten76
2009-09-22 02:36 am (UTC)
So you'd discontinue to use the service simply because it added a feature which you don't even have to use or see?
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[User Picture]From: shownemotion
2009-09-22 02:44 am (UTC)
So would I have to start posting public entries again?
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[User Picture]From: randomneses
2009-09-22 02:46 am (UTC)
YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT JESUS PEOPLE.
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[User Picture]From: pink_suedeshoes
2009-09-22 02:57 am (UTC)
LoL Seriously!
Sheesh!

I think that it's a bad idea, but that's just me.
Doesn't mean that you HAVE to do it! Christ!
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[User Picture]From: numbereleven
2009-09-22 02:54 am (UTC)
Is this feature available on a community you maintain, or just private journals? Obviously one gets more traffic than the other.
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[User Picture]From: acktacky
2009-09-22 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'll give you ten dollars if you rake my leaves.
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[User Picture]From: chrysa
2009-09-22 02:55 am (UTC)
If we're paid and don't opt in, we still don't have to see them, right? =\
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[User Picture]From: astronewt
2009-09-22 03:00 am (UTC)
That is correct. You only see these ads if you opt into the program yourself by turning on the checkbox. If you don't, then you remain ad-free.
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[User Picture]From: msilverstar
2009-09-22 03:34 am (UTC)
I suspect this is a way to make money off ohnotheydidnt and high traffic journals like that. Still: what a sleazebag newspeak name for it, why not just "Journal Avertising"?
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[User Picture]From: msilverstar
2009-09-22 03:32 am (UTC)
I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't called "Your Money" -- such Newspeak crap! It's "Your Advertising" which is not the same thing at all. BE HONEST AT LEAST!

I'm not giving LJ more money for userpics, which I was just about to do.
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[User Picture]From: dimfuture
2009-09-22 05:14 pm (UTC)
That'll teach 'em!
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