I have decided to make a little money from the internet. Or at least try. A number of reasons for this and i will no doubt share some of them later on. But you will soon see a small strip of Google adds on the side. I have given over 2 years of thought to this and have finally decided to put them on here.

I have been inspired by Darren Rowse – not just because he made some money last year, but that he went to India and showed some people how to support their families through the internet. That holds lots of possibilities . . and i would like that knowledge of how to make money on the net.

A few others are giving it a shot also – we need to learn from each other. God, please bless the work of our hands!

UPDATE: first advert on my site, top of the column, is for “Church Signs”. Really. This is sooooo the wrong audience . ..


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Sounds like a good move Andrew. I pray that it will be fuitful.

  • While my personal website is free from ads, we do use them on Hockey Pundits and Explore Saskatoon. Wendy uses them in the cooking section of her weblog. While I like Google ads, you may also want to check out Adbrite ( so that you set the ad rate and you also get to approve the ads. Adbrite charges a commission and does the selling of you site to advertisers. You might want to check it out to see if you can make some more money that way.

  • Jeff J. says:

    If this helps you create funding for the monastery and provide a place for people to grow and learn and become, I also pray it will be fruitful for you.

  • jonah says:

    more power to ya! It’s your work, you’re paying for the blog… You put whatever you want on here.

  • Darren Rowse says:

    Good luck with it Andrew.
    You’ll probably find that with Adsense Ads that you will often have this problem of ads that don’t quite connect with your content.
    One of the problems with Adsense is that whilst its pretty smart at contextualizing ads to content – it is not good at working out what the writers opinion/bias/ideology is.
    So political blogs that are left or right – often struggle with Adsense because they often end up with Ads from an opposing point of view.
    You might find that other types of ads work better for your content – unless you have the ability to just run the ads on certain categories of this site.
    Anyway – have some fun with it – see how it goes.
    Let me know if I can help at all.

  • DanB says:

    Hey Andrew thought I’d come and check out your blogg. Good luck with problogging I hope that it goes well for you. Thanks for posting my first real cooment. The other one was my mate who I was showing my blogg to. Dan

  • Sounds great! Darren has been a great inspiration to me and has been coaching me a little on this score. Whilst i don’t have ads on my Rivertribe Village blog, i do have it on the related blogs such as VJ Village and several others. After a week of trading I have made US$3.53! I am totally stoked!
    Best of luck…

  • Steve says:

    good move…blessings to you and to your family!

  • joeturner says:

    Why don’t you rent out your advertising space to individual companies, Andrew? That way you’d be sure you’d always be supporting links you agreed with.
    Also just had this wild idea of the TSK jetting around the world ‘sponsored by x’. OK maybe that isn’t quite the image – clearly Andrew works for Jesus not a corporation.
    I might be interested in exploring those ideas, though as I’ve not thought them through properly, they might easily turn out to be junk ideas.
    Wahay the lateral thinkers.

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