Advertlets.com Invitation and Why I Have to Pass

Last modified on 3rd June, 2007

I am not sure if I should share this info with your but well I have to come up with blog posts which are timestamp for the future so here we go.

Recently I received an email from Josh Lim, the founder of Advertlets.com. He invited me to sign up with them over the next 1-2 days, and in doing say I could benefit from a campaign targeted specifically at East Malaysians.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tempted – when this could mean easy money for me. Several bloggers are probably making nice income from Advertlets.com but I have to pass – at least for now.

My decision has nothing to do with the quality of Advertlets.com service or how much I could make from it. I am sure they are very good at what they are doing.

Just that I don’t feel it’s time to display a permanent image based ads yet. May be I’ll change my position in the near future – who knows.

Besides this, I’ve also rejected paid review requests from ReviewMe because they are not targeted to my blog and several text link ads.

Have you rejected any sponsorship request before? If you have – why?


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

  • […] Even some of known sustained bloggers dropped both of them (refer Why I Drop Advertlets and Nuffnang and Advertlets.com Invitation and Why I Have to Pass). […]

  • […] Sabahan asked this question in his post Advertlets.com Invitation and Why I Have to Pass. I do have my share of ‘i diss you, you don’t diss me’ situations. Since it is a long one, I decide to make a post of it instead of writing a long one on Sabahan’s comment box. Here are some reasons why I refused : 1) I actually ban one advertiser because LOL, they are too fussy with their requirements. It is empowering to tell them, hey, pack your bag and go elsewhere. I am not going to write or even want to see anymore paid opps from you. 2) I have long lists of opps which I can take for my PR 5/10 blog but I refused because the topics are either not interesting or the amount they gave is pathetic. 3) Adverlets did approach my parenting blog for ads eventhough I am not registered with them. I didn’t take it because I have a principle of not advertising cow’s milk related products as my site promotes breastfeeding. 4) I have one penis enlargement LOL text link on my personal blog but it is a foreign site. I actually found it quite funny so I leave the link there. I notice that the text link received the most clicks. If the site has been in English, I would reject it right away. Personally, I feel if we are serious about building a blog, we have to stay away from too many monetizing stuffs. The choice is ours – be a good blog or be an income blog. Both don’t mix. It is normally hard to achieve that balance. Even for nuffnang ads, I only place one ad because I want to keep my blog neat. I feel like getting a seizure when I see some sites place not three but six blocks of the two local ads companies. Some of these are flashing red blinking lights. My dear friends, this is not a wise thing to do because the money you earned from the ads does not justify the damage it does to your blog image. In the long run, people are not going to visit your blog. No visits, mean less income. Don’t be the fool that wrote something like ‘I like this abc ad company because they give ads to even zero traffic blog, abc company doesn’t discriminate small blogs’. Think long term. If you have a good blog, you can easily earn up to RM150 or even more per block of ad per week with the traffic you have. Do the calculation? Remember that advertisers are not charitable bodies. And we are not beggars. They want traffic. We want image. And we owe it to our readers to provide them useful things to read, not colourful ads that give our brain seizures. […]

  • I just wondering, What make Advertlets.com different than Adsense? I see it have similar benefit with google adsense.

  • Lorna says:

    “I’ve also rejected paid review requests from ReviewMe because they are not targeted to my blog and several text link ads.”

    I’m fascinated with this statement. I never really looked into monetizing my blog, and I never really considered ReviewMe as a tool to target visitors, until I read your statement. You’ve given me an idea which I will be blogging soon. Thanks!

  • weirdoux says:

    Gaman: Besides this, I’ve also rejected paid review requests from ReviewMe because they are not targeted to my blog and several text link ads.

    Not targeted (text link ads)?
    How about that Concert Ticket link up there?

    joking only!!

    anyway, good and honest post gaman.

    • Gaman says:

      I knew someone going to ask that 🙂 . I guess we can put that in the ‘interesting stuff’ part. Well those related to forex, pharmaceuticals, adult etc are the ones that I rejected

  • Kassper says:

    I never had that kind of offer 🙁 Nor did I expected one 😉

    Very nice to see some people actually turning down the sponsors, not grabbing them with two arms.

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    advertlets ads actually look pretty nice, but to get the demographic filled is pretty hard, coz user does not know to click them and fill it up

  • Turk says:

    I have never received such an invitation due to low traffic 🙂
    Wow Gaman, you are such an honest person. I like your style (you like to listen to your readers). I like reading your blog, very informative and well presented. Keep up the good work!

  • boringest says:

    well i think if the majority of your readers are out of Malaysia, it’s gonna be real slow to load these ads hosted in Malaysia…and turn them off.

  • Josh Lim says:


    Thanks for your honesty, and we appreciate your comments. Just so you know, we are currently already running the East Malaysia targeted campaign, which you should be able to see on quite a few East Malaysian blogs.

    However, in future do let us know, whether you are keen on text ads, or sponsored posts in future. We understand your concerns of relevance. It would be helpful to know also, is your concern whether the image advertising takes up space when it is not displaying ads?


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    Josh Lim

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