Believe it or not, I'm pretty conscientious of the advertising on this site. How much of it there is, what it's for, where it's placed, and how it behaves. I do try and make money from the site, but I always say no to the most annoying stuff. On this site: ads look like ads, there are no disguised text links, no super shady companies, no flash, and no popups/popunders or otherwise aggressively placed ads (e.g. "after title before content").
With the limited space available, there are more companies that want to advertise than can fit on the site. It sucks saying no to good companies that want to give you money, especially now as I have moved into a rather expensive area of the country.
And thus was born the idea for Deals for Designers. This is a new page of the site that is full of promotions for companies that are offering a deal of some sort on their product or service. This way I can say yes to more companies wanting to advertise, but hopefully not annoy folks or break any of my rules.
I think this is a win for everyone. Readers like you can check this page out if they are in the market for some kind of web design product or service (e.g. hosting, themes, training, etc) and want to save money. Companies can get some promotion. I can earn money in the case that company has an affiliate program.
Here are the facts:
- Companies don't pay to be on this page.
- If they have an affiliate program, I use it.
- I either use or would use all of these products/services.