best package to fit our needs
Hi All, We are looking to upgrade our account, but need the best package that would accommodate the needs for these questions.
Can someone please answer the following questions for us, then suggest the right package?
* We would like to update our subscription for WordPress so that we can advertise on our blog page. If we update our subscription, can we advertise on our blog page?
* How much more per month and per year will it cost us to advertise on our page?
* By advertising, will we be able to update the creative through WordPress or does WordPress have to update the creative?
* The type of advertising we would like to have is a leaderboard and skyscraper. Once our blog page has a leaderboard and skyscraper on the page, will this change the template? If so, how?
* If we want to have ONLY a badge ad on the top of the right side rail, will this change the template?
The blog I need help with is dprlive.wordpress.com.
1) There are only two upgrades that allow advertising: the Ad Control upgrade available to blogs getting about 1000 hits a day which enables you to split the Adsense revenue on your blog 50/50 with WordPress; and the VIP upgrade, which costs $600 per month and is recommended for blogs getting half a million or more hits per month which allows you to run pretty much any advertising.
2) You are responsible for maintaining all advertising on your site in either case.
To have free rein in advertising, you will have to self-host a blog. Then you have complete control, but with that control comes responsibilities. You have to do the installations, the upgrades, the backups and all troubleshooting. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out and fix it. Figure an average overall cost of between $10 and $25 per month – or higher depending on bandwidth and storage needs.
You have to spend money to make money, and the one thing you should be aware of is that the vast majority of blogs that advertise only make around $100 per year, which typically doesn’t, or just barely, covers hosting. The percentage that actually make money off blogging is relatively small.
Also, if you are starting a new site, it is going to be around a year to two before you have enough revenue coming in to cover your hosting unless you get pretty lucky. It takes that much time to build up enough page rank to get enough traffic to make advertising pay (unless you blog about ferry fossils or Brittany Spears, or Lindsey Lohan.
Best of luck.
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