I’ve been blogging for nearly 5 years. When I started the blog in 2009, I opened an Adsense account & had a textual type ad in the sidebar. I received a click here, a few cents there, but really nothing to even justify the ugly ads. I ended up removing them completely around a year later, after seeing so many irrelevant ads pop up, and getting sick of looking at them. In 2011, I read this blog post from Simply Stacie on how to increase your Adsense earnings.
Note: This issue has since been resolved. I worked with the company to come up with an option that works for me and the service has been great thus far. I’ve been asked by the company twice to remove this post. It is accurate and truthful and describes my experience. Fortunately I think the company has learned from their errors and it taking strides to improve, however not only is my experience relevant, but I am simply not comfortable removing it just because they asked me to.
For many months I’ve used Booshaka’s top fan app to award my top fans. I’ve been very pleased with it and would gladly have paid $10/mo or so for the daily updates & features the free version offered. They offered an upgraded version, which didn’t add any value to me (for my needs.) Rates were $49/mo (now $99/mo based on the # of fans I have.)