Scenery on the Pan American Highway north of Lima, Peru.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Huaraz, Peru.

Where are they going next? Not sure yet! We return to Canada November 3rd.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Thanks for sticking with us!

Back at the beginning of May, we began testing out a new advertising partner for this blog. At the time, most of the response was positive. The ads were kind of overwhelming though... and because you were so used to the clean look that I had given the blog without the advertising it was a bit of a shock at the time.

So now, four months have passed and I thought you deserved an update.

The entire ad program is very "hands off". All of the placements and settings were done by the company itself, so I did not have to do anything.

The company normally deals with larger websites and blogs. Our reader statistics are at the low end of the scale for them, but I still have a dedicated ad manager that I can speak to when I see problems or have questions.

So, what's the verdict?

Well, people are resistant to change but I think that the initial shock of seeing the ads has likely worn off by now. Statistically, we see no difference in readership that could be attributed to the ads. Essentially, our regular readers continue to check in with us whether the ads are there or not! And transient readers who happen to come here from a google search or a link on another site would not know the ads are there until they actually arrive, so we still benefit from that as well.

The best part about the whole program is that it involves ZERO work on my part. It is "passive" income because it is cash flow that we receive on a regular basis that takes no effort to maintain.

After four months, we are getting our first payment of $1,347 USD ($1,786 CAD) at the end of this month.

So, for $446 CAD per month, or approximately $5,352 CAD per year, I'd say that it's totally worth it.

Thanks for sticking with us... this money goes directly towards our travels so that we can continue to tell you about the amazing things there are to see in the world!

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Nice price drop on the Off the Beaten Path Travel Guide

And in Canada...

Good deal on Craftsman Inverter Generators


32 comments:

  1. So how did you find out about this or do they approach you?

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    1. They approached us. But, I'm sure it can't hurt if you approach them. The company name is Ezoic.

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  2. I'm good with ad's if it helps in your travel budget, I barely noticed them.

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  3. Every other blog has ads. As long as it doe not involve one sentence and flip the page, find the next sentence on next page lost in a million ads. I am sure you know what I am talking about! I love your posts! I do use the handy dandy link you provide on facebook

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    1. Yep, we know exactly want you mean and we don't like those either. We are glad that you like that quick little link that we include in our daily facebook post. :-)

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  4. I don’t even really see the ads. $446 a month is good passive income . Go for it!

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    1. Yes, it is a nice little income that helps to keep us traveling and bringing our fun adventures to you and the other readers. :-)

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  5. Good for ya! Of course, I'd read your blog even if it didn't have any ads. :c)

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  6. Um, TOTALLY worth it! Good for you guys. I admit it was a bit much at first, but then I just got used to 'x-ing' the one banner out (really only one that gets in the way).

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    1. Thank you Janis, glad that it hasn't stopped you from reading along. :-) And, I know exactly which ad you are talking about, it's the one that I keep x-ing out as well.

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  7. I'm all for it if it helps keep your blogs coming to us!

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    1. Thank you Jerry, that means a lot to us. :-)

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  8. I am interested in what you are telling me. With ads or without. I am happy for you that you get extra money for your travels.

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    1. Thank you, Renate. We are happy that you like our blog posts and that you find them interesting. :-)

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  9. Are they the adds that’s clothes and shoes.M&M direst and 5 herbs for Weak unite flow. Do we need to click them for you to make money?

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    1. The ads are different for everyone but yes, those would be the ads. No, you do not need to click them, only do so if it is something that you are interested in.

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  10. Anything to add to your wallet is good. If people want to read your consistently good content, they will put up with the ads. I have no issue with them :)

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  11. Your content is good so I don't notice the ads.

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    1. Lol, thank you, we are glad that you enjoy our posts and hopefully we have been able to supply you with some helpful information from time to time. :-)

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  12. The ads don't bother me. I look forward to reading your blog every day!

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    1. Thank you for your positive comment. It seems like many of our readers feel the same way. :-)

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  13. Love to read your blog

    Mary-Lou Diller beck

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    1. Thank you Mary-Lou! Hope you are doing well. You have been following along for a long time now. Are you still going to the Kingston KOA campground in the summer?

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  14. I don’t mind the adds sometimes you see things that you like. ✅

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  15. Hmmmm, I am using a couple of add-blockers so didn't even realize you had ads! I don't see any of them. :)

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  16. I am so thrilled that you have created an income flow from your excellent blog. Travel on!

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    1. Thanks Tamara!

      And now our trip to the Galapagos Islands will make all the advertising you see worth putting up with it. We all win. :-)

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