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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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Comments:
[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: girlfight
2009-09-22 02:47 am (UTC)
yeah, that confuses me too.
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[User Picture]From: thaumaturge
2009-09-22 04:19 am (UTC)
Making money is unethical. Didn't you get the memo?
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[User Picture]From: foxfirefey
2009-09-22 02:47 am (UTC)
To be honest, I don't see why Dreamwidth couldn't implement this themselves. Not that they would, mind you, but mostly DW is against getting their revenue from advertisers. That doesn't mean they couldn't let users get money from ads on their own journals, though. So it's kind of a weird stone to throw at LJ.
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[User Picture]From: starlady38
2009-09-22 02:52 am (UTC)
When the number one answers in the relevant polls were that paid members were paid because they didn't have to see ads, I find the decision to spend development time on letting paid members see ads and show ads to other (paid) members boggling.
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[User Picture]From: foxfirefey
2009-09-22 03:01 am (UTC)
I'm not saying it would happen. I'm just saying there's not much against DW implementing a feature like this, especially not if all users had the ability to opt out of viewing ads on DW journals. Or it's possible that it could happen in other ways--what if paid users gained the ability to use JavaScript in their styles, because everybody is on their own subdomain and it's no longer judged a security risk? That could open the way for them to use ads.

Additionally, DW development doesn't really operate on a "decision to spend development time" basis because most of the developers (like myself at times) are volunteers. Features to implement get put into the bug database, and most developers pick the projects that interest them. It's not like LJ that has a dedicated development staff with salaries.
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[User Picture]From: ebolavirus
2009-09-22 03:11 am (UTC)
But I think the point is that they aren't just seeing just any ads, they're seeing ads that would make them money. Also, they could just opt-out and see none of it at all whatsoever end of story. I don't get the problem.

Edited at 2009-09-22 03:12 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pir_anha
2009-09-23 11:04 am (UTC)
i can tell you this: if dreamwidth ever did this, i'd dump them that very second; seed account and volunteer investment be damned. i am contributing in large part BECAUSE there are no ads anywhere on the site. anywhere. whether i have to see them or not.

when some journal owners think they should make money off their posts, it changes the whole culture of collaboration for creating community. i want SOME of the places i hang out on the web to not be fucked up with that -- most of the web is already hypermonitized, and it comes out my ears. i like the gift culture of the early net, and i want to preserve some of it.

money isn't evil per se, but the pervasiveness of it; the way nearly everything gets measured in it; how people twist themselves into accumulating it no matter what; that's evil.
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[User Picture]From: jiggery_pokery
2009-09-23 05:41 pm (UTC)
Very well said, extremely relevant and I haven't seen anybody else make the point. Thank you for doing so.
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[User Picture]From: beautyofgrey
2009-11-01 05:37 pm (UTC)
I love this comment.
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[User Picture]From: speaksoftlylove
2009-09-22 03:00 am (UTC)
:( if you don't have a paid account then I will no longer use LJ.

OH WAIT
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