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I have a long-lasting debate with myself whether or not it would be OK to place advertisement on the website, particularly in the dynamic part. On the one hand, I see a lot of scholarship oriented blogs that do not have any ads. It makes perfect sense, especially when some of the discussion is dedicated to the commercial nature of relationships in media spheres. Having advertisement in this context just feels wrong. Moreover, making profit is not the goal of this website. It is my virtual “home” or my virtual “business card,” a resource for myself and a community of those interested in similar topics, and a space where I launch ideas in hope for a good discussion.
On the other hand, there are academic websites that have advertisements (for example take a look at the ScienceBlogs hosted by Seed Magazine) and I do have to bare the costs of maintaining this website from my own pocket. Moreover, sometimes I do write about books, for example, and I refer to a particular publication or am trying to promote a particular cause. So, maybe it is ok if something I am talking about anyway would occasionally help me pay for hosting?
Currently I reached a compromise with myself and decided to try a few things:
- I enrolled into Amazon associates program. So, now, when I provide an Amazon link to a book I am mentioning in a post, it has the credentials of this website. If you happen to buy that book, hosting for ThinkMacro will be cheaper. If not, nothing of course happened. Since I stated practicing this referral, I have never mentioned a book just for the sake of a sale and I intend to keep it that way.
- I while ago I moved to Blue Host as my hosting provider and I am pretty happy with them. They also have a referral program to which i enrolled. So, there is now a small banner on the right hand navigation bar. If you are looking for hosting and would like to consider Blue Host use that (or this) link and while getting answer to your needs, you will also help me maintaining this site.
- At some point, in an attempt to add interactivity to the website, I added a widget from a start-up company called Outbrain. These are the little stars you see at the end of each post, which you can use to rank a blog post. They offer a number of ways for generating relevant links that you see under the stars. I opted out for a version that includes sponsored links and this is why you see links with a little i near them. However, I personally am not earning anything if you follow those links. Outbrain takes a cut of that money and the rest goes to children.org.
I may add some other links, which are part of referral programs with companies that I like and think others can benefit from them too. I will update this section as more referral links are added.