Not a day goes by that I don’t get an e-mail from someone who is just dying to place an ad on this blog. It usually goes something like this: “Hi, Mustang Bobby, I read your blog all the time and I really like it! I especially liked your post on [fill in the blank]. I also notice that you write about [fill in the blank] and I’m really interested in that too. I run a website that caters to people who like [fill in the blank] and I would like it if you would place a link to my website so I can take their money. I really look forward to hearing from you! Peace and God Bless!”
I usually delete these e-mails along with the ones that come in from people representing “candaian pharmacie” and the guy who swears he can give me a huge manhood (which begs the question as to how he knows the size of it and what makes him think I’m not perfectly happy with it the way it is?). But I’ve been thinking it over, and perhaps I should reconsider my policy about carrying ads. After all, if these people are going to all the trouble to read my site and, golly gee, actually write to me, then maybe I should at least offer them the opportunity to show their gratitude.
So after much thought — during a commercial for Cialis, actually — I’ve decided that if someone really wants to buy an ad here on Bark Bark Woof Woof, then sure, why not? I’ll set up a link on the sidebar like the one I have for the blogroll and favorite quotes. (This would be separate from the links on the blogroll to “Friendly Businesses.” Those are the sites of friends, and I do them as a courtesy for people I know and whose businesses I patronize.) I’ll call it “Sponsored Links” and post links to advertisers; there won’t be any display ads on the front page of the blog. The rates will be very simple: $100,000 for a year, payable in advance via certified check. I make no guarantees as to increases in traffic and I take no responsibility for the contents of the ad. Just give me the money.
Think it will work?