Husband-of-the-boss here. Recently, Patrice and I have been talking about advertising on the blog. As many of you "old timers" here at RR.com probably remember, we used to run advertising along the right margin for products and services we thought might be of interest to Patrice's readers (mainly because they were of interest to us). We had a lot of big-name internet businesses, the kind you see on most of the other prepper/self-sufficiency sites. But we finally closed that down because it was a bit too commercial for us.
However we’re reconsidering ads, but only of a certain kind: we’d like to showcase home businesses with products that might appeal to our rural- or preparedness-oriented readers. No more big mega-companies (with the exception of Tattler reusable canning lids) – instead, if you have a home product or service to sell, this might be your chance.
Patrice has a pretty good readership. She gets about a million unique visits a year. And there's no doubt about the target market: It’s people who enjoy independence, preparedness, self-sufficiency, homesteading, rural living, etc.
So we're going to offer ten advertising blocks on the right side of the blog. Each will be 160 x 160 pixels (if you need me to, I can create an ad for your approval as part of the cost), and we'll put in the necessary script to make the ads change position frequently. Ads will be $50/month with a two-month minimum. If an advertiser has a special or a new product, we can post an announcement on the blog (within reason; if you have a “new product” every day, we’ll probably have to talk).
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, let us know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember, these ad spots will be for small businesses, small authors, homesteaders, preppers, etc., and the products and services being offered must be related to self-sufficiency, preparedness, or simple living.