You may have noticed that over the last month, there has been an advert at the top of this site. They looked something like this, depending on whether you loaded the dark version of this site or not:
The advert is from CodeFund, an ethical advertising agency. Their ads have no tracking, no cookies and no nonsense.
I started using CodeFund at the beginning of June following a recommendation on Fosstodon. I wanted to see if I could use it as a way of getting a bonus for some of the many hours I spend on this blog.
Things were pretty successful. I hadn’t had any complaints from visitors, and I was able to make around $80.
While this won’t allow me to retire any time soon, I was planning on using the funds to save up for a new desktop computer. CodeFund announced today that they are having to close their doors unfortunately.
The time has come for us to shut down CodeFund. As many others, we were unable to survive the economic downturn.CodeFund
This is a real kick in nuts for me – I had finally found an ethical company that provided useful ads to my visitors, without tracking them or sacrificing their privacy.
While I’m not desperate to monetise this blog as I have a full time job; it would be nice if I could get a little bonus back for the time I put in.
The powers that be clearly had other ideas and stepped in to stop that from happening. Oh well, maybe other ethical monetisation options will appear in the future. Until then, I’ll keep chugging along and churning out content, like I always do. 🙂
If you have any recommendations of ways to ethically monetise this blog, please get in touch, or leave a comment below.