Will I Make More Money By Placing More Ads At Sabahan.com?

Posted on 13th November, 2007

After reading an interesting post by Sha over at Shamoneymaker.com, it struck me that I’ve probably been leaving easy money on the table by not realising Sabahan.com full advertising potential.

What Sha did was calculate how much of the content are advertising space. The calculation was based on a method devised by Serverdome where they took screenshots of the visible portion of some of the top blogs and counted how much of that was paid space.

In the article, Sha asks “Does it mean that the more ads percentage has some correlation with the amount of profit can be gained from monetizing your blog?”

I believe so, but only until a certain point where it will start to get annoying for your readers. Instead of putting more money in your pocket, it’ll drive your visitors away. The level of tolerance as far as the readers are concern would be different from one blog to another of course.

One blogger that’s well known for pushing the limit is JohnChow.com. Not surprisingly, he tops the chart at 27.86% content to ads percentage.

  • Johnchow.com – 27.86%
  • Stevepavlina.com – 20.30%
  • Problogger.com – 17.76%
  • Shoemoney.com – 14.69%
  • Dailyblogtips.com – 13.01%
  • Copyblogger.com – 11.37%

Sha finds that their Asian counterpart tend to display fewer ads.

  • Chanlilian.net – 15.15%
  • AdesBlog.com – 14.75%
  • LiewCF.com – 13.98%
  • ShaMoneyMaker.com – 8.52
  • Gbalakrishnan.com – 7.64%
  • xiaxue.blogspot.com – 4.77%
  • Sabahan.com 1.94% (now I don’t understand why some people still say I have too much ads here LOL)

OK, I know that I could have made more money by displaying more ads, but then if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not a fan of making my blog looks like a giant billboard for the sake of making money – at least not at my main blog. My principle is that if something isn’t beneficial to the users, it probably doesn’t belong in this blog. You can see this from the experiment I did with Kontera ads.

That said, I think it’s still acceptable to display more ads as long as they don’t compromise your blog’s content and usability.

To tell you the truth, I don’t make much from this blog. If you don’t know this already, my main online income comes from selling my own products and pay per click affiliate marketing. That’s probably why I don’t bother placing more ads here. Then again, wouldn’t it be interesting to see how much more money I can make by allocating more space for advertising?

Yea, I thought so too and that’s exactly what I am going to do 🙂

So starting from today, I am going to sign up with Nuffnag or Advertlets, put back Kontera links, sign up with Widget Bucks, and whatever advertising companies that can have a place here.

Lets allow this “experiment” run for a month or two and see how much more I can make. At the end of each month, I’ll report my income here. Just so you know, I’ll probably reduce my blogging frequency towards the end of December because of all the holiday, Christmas, New Year stuff going on. So let see how that will affect the blog’s income.

To get the ball rolling, I’m going to reveal Sabahan.com income for the month of October. Since this is for one blog only and I purposely exclude income generated from my seven or so other blogs, they are far from exciting and rather disappointing. I didn’t do any affiliate program promotion or tracked how much money I made from my affiliate links signups during that month.



Now I got an interesting offer for you. If you are a member of an advertising network like Nuffnag or WidgetBucks, I’ll sign up under your affiliate link. To qualify, you should

  • Be the first to leave your link (in addition to your comment) for the program in the comment.
  • I only accept one affiliate link per person.
  • I’ll only join programs that I am not already a member with
  • I won’t join get rich quick schemes or programs that promote spamming.
  • I am looking to join blogger’s friendly programs

So what are you waiting for? Leave a link and let me make you some money 🙂


  • Ahmad Uzair says:

    look like i be the first.

    widgetbucks :

  • Tim says:

    Gaman, is that statistic true? how you manage to come out with the results?

    If that’s true, I admire you !! Well done!!

    –blog for dream–

  • edgar says:

    LOL! OMG!

    the recommendations!

  • kenirobet says:

    Put ads or not peoples still keep coming because your blog is great. it just like exchange infos with money :).

  • Wayne Liew says:

    Are you trying to drive us away? LOL

    I never ever thought that there will be someone saying that your site has too many ads!

    Anyway, your contents are good and sticky enough and we will keep coming back even though there will be a lot of ads. 😛

  • Gaman says:

    BTW, I haven’t signed up with Nuffnag and Advertlet 🙂

  • Gaman says:

    Oh like that one 🙂 I have no idea because never really check them out

  • Let me start a first comment which is NOT about giving you my affiliate link. 😉

    I think you have a pretty good site here, with interesting content. It’s clean and organized. But I do think that at this point, the ads you have here is just TOO LITTLE. But even with that, you raked in $262.48, which is actually great!

    Thus, I think you are doing the right thing by putting up more ads. Don’t listen to those who say that your site has too many ads. They are just making a fuss and probably don’t know what they are talking about.

    Keep up the good work! Cheers, Samantha from What Sells Online

  • uncle sha says:

    thanks for the mention 🙂

    keep us updated on your ‘experiment’

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    it is kinda little to me….nice way of experimenting

  • Justin Tsan says:

    I totally agree with Samantha that you have a great site. That’s why I have recommended my friends to link to you. Probably they have “stumbled upon” you site through link at my blog. Great content, skillful writing, sometime entertaining, excellent info are the impressions I have for your site. I would highly recommend anyone to link to you. Adertisement or not, I will keep coming. Cheers

  • nimrodjo says:

    I’ll keep on visiting your blog no matter what…I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for a while now…I seldom comment her but I know what is the current update…will be waiting for your experiment outcome…

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  • aljo says:


    Just curious, do you make money from Click Bank, CJ and others that blacklist Malaysians? If yes, how?

    • Gaman says:

      As a matter of fact, a large portion of my income comes from affiliate programs like CJ.com and others.

      CJ has reopen to Malaysian sometime last year. I thought Malaysian can join ClickBank?

  • aljo says:

    Nope, ClickBank is still not open to Malaysians. CB Sign-up Form does not even list Malaysia under ‘country’. Will try out CJ sometime later when I’ve been at this for a while. I m new to this but have been your silent reader for a while and learning a thing or two. Thanks Gaman & Kopivosian/Kabansayan!

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  • abi says:

    Nice one mate!Cant wait to see the report card of the experiment when you have it:)

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