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ReviewU: Poetry 2.0

Ethan wrote in to request a ReviewU review of his site, Poetry 2.0. Poetry’s not really my thing, but after seeing the URL (poeticmoney.com), I was interested enough to take a look. Could a poetry-themed blog make money online? I know that one of my readers has a fairly well-monetized photography blog, so I was curious to see if the written arts could make money as well. Imagine my surprise when I found out he’s not monetizing his blog at all.

Poetic Money

You’d think with a URL like ‘poeticmoney.com’, the site owner would be monetizing his blog. Also, one of my rules regarding ReviewU reviews is that you have to be trying to make money with your site. Well, I’m going to make an exception in this case. Why? Look at the top of his site. See the fake Google ad? Click on it and read the article it takes you to.

You see that? See?

This. This is what I like. This is what I’ve been trying to preach since I started this site. The owner had apparently tried to monetize this fledgling blog at some point with Google ads and Kontera links. After realizing that he wasn’t making much money, he didn’t scrap the blog, he removed the ads.

“I think other bloggers out there should think about doing the same. If you have a relatively new blog, don’t slap some adsense code into it. Nobody likes seeing ads, and unless you have a fairly large amount of traffic, you’re not going to make very much from them.”

I think I’m going to cry. This is the most beautiful thing I’ve read in weeks. His site may be about poetry, but these three simple sentences moved me. I dedicate this haiku in his honor:

Content and not ads
Look, I am almost speechless
Holy f***ing s***

Yeah, I’m not much of a poet, but you get the idea.

The site itself

Ok, I’m doing praising his decision to remove the ads. The site itself, as you might have guessed, is about poetry. After reading a few pages back into his archives, I’ve noticed that he has as many, if not more, posts dedicated to blogging as he has dedicated to poetry. I would recommend focusing more on the core subject of the blog, and limit the off-topic posts to less than 1/5 of your total posts. Sure, it’s great to know how to use Entrecard and Stumbleupon effectively, but I’d rather read about poetry on a poetry site.

The layout

Nothing special here. I like the color scheme, I hate the gigantic RSS button, and I still don’t see the point of having the Feedburner widget up if you’ve got less than 50 readers.

Monetizing

I already mentioned that he has no ads on his site, in favor of actual content. He does, however, give you the option of commissioning him to write poems for you. It’s nice to see actual services offered on a website instead of advertising. You can also buy ad space from him, but that’s not so bad. Direct ad sales are much better than Adsense blocks.

Overall

This site seems like a pretty nice niche blog. Decent content, good layout, and a good sense of priorities (content > ads). Any poetry affectionados should head over and take a look.

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3 Responses to “ReviewU: Poetry 2.0”

  1. Ethan Christ Says:

    Wow. I wasn’t expecting this kind of response, especially with all of the warnings on your reviewU page. I’m glad you liked the “No Ads By Google” banner I made up. Originally the blog was meant to make money online through poetry. Well, I quickly learned that not many people give a crap about poetry, so, to keep the few readers that I had, I took down the ads. Now the only means of making money from PoeticMoney.com is if the occasional person buys a poem from me, or wants to place his/her link/banner on the site for a month. You’re right about having too many irrelevant posts. They should all be at least poetry related don’t you think? Thanks for the review. I wasn’t expecting it to be a good one, but I stand corrected.

  2. Geoff Says:

    Wow, I kinda contradicted myself in this post, didn’t I? “He’s not monetizing his site at all” followed by “he’s monetizing it a little.” That’s what I get for writing a review at two in the morning.

    Oh well, other than that, I stand by what I wrote.

  3. evilwoobie Says:

    Ethan Christ is a POET?!?

    *shocked*

    What a … pleasant surprise.

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