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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.

How to set it up, control ad placement, opt-in to see ads on your friends' journals, and everything else.Collapse )
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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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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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[User Picture]From: lowiness
2009-09-22 03:38 am (UTC)
Hmm, this is an interesting idea. I doubt I'll be using it since my journal is so small, but I don't mind having the option available.

I am curious about something though. In the post it said "LiveJournal does not keep any portion of the generated revenue.". So if this is not a benefit in any way to LJ, why add it? Was this something requested by a large number of users? I'm just wondering.
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[User Picture]From: foxfirefey
2009-09-22 04:06 am (UTC)
My guess would be that LJ gets a (slight) kick back for each user that signs up. Because Google's AdSense program doesn't pay out until someone's account reaches $100, which few journals will be able to reach with any speed, it is very beneficial for Google to hold all that money in aggregate, which they can make interest on before they pay out. Additionally, if someone's paid LJ account is cancelled, the FAQ says the Google AdSense account is automatically cancelled, and if there are less than $10 in that account, the user does not get anything back. And, of course, Google makes money on all the ads whether or not a user gets paid back or not. This means that Google can afford to give LiveJournal a small kickback for each journal that signs up with AdSense.
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[User Picture]From: bad
2009-09-22 03:49 am (UTC)
WHAT I NEED TO MODIFY IN MY CUSTOM THEME TO ENABLE ADS?
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[User Picture]From: evila_elf
2009-09-22 04:19 am (UTC)
Why are people all flipping their shit about this??

Yes, you can choose to do it. Or not. If you choose to, only other people who choose to do it as well can see the ads. You are not forcing it on other people who aren't already asking for it.
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[User Picture]From: xo_kizzy_xo
2009-09-22 04:55 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: dimfuture
2009-09-22 04:23 am (UTC)
I am totally filled with nerd rage and disdain about this for reasons I refuse to go into, but rest assured I will be writing a -very- strongly worded letter to my four-person "trusted" filter.
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[User Picture]From: heinous_bitca
2009-09-22 04:33 am (UTC)


(yes, I know it's OPT-IN, this is just my response)
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