Bonzai Aphrodite Is Now Accepting Advertisers For July!

June 25th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback


The time has come, and I am so excited. Yes, excited! I’ve been wanting to get ads going for ages (no really, ages), and I’m so happy that’s it’s finally (finally) happening.

A lot of people see blog ads as a negative, but I don’t think it has to be like that. Because I’ve built my entire reputation on my integrity, and that integrity remains unwavering. I see advertising as an extension of my mission – a way to bring attention to the very best businesses, blogs, and products that I’ve thoroughly vetted and can happily stand behind. It’s a way for me to help readers connect with brands that they’ll love, because anything that appears in that sidebar will have my personal stamp of approval.

Monetizing this blog is also the only way to make it sustainable. I think it’s clear from the quality of the content here, I put a lot of time into this place. And I love it, and I wish I could do it for free forever, but that’s just not the reality of my life anymore. Mama needs to get paid, dig?


This is what a blogger looks like. Phone in hand, always always always. This job never stops. And oh how I love it – and oh how I hope to do it forever! ♥ ♥ ♥

So anyway, here’s the deal. Because well hello transparency, why not?

Bonzai Aphrodite averages 130,000 pageviews per month. There, I said it out loud (but seriously, why are bloggers SO scared to spill their stats??!) Oh also, my audience is mostly female, mostly in their thirties, and mostly college educated. Also, almost exclusively AWESOME.

So hello, potential advertisers! If you have a small business or a big business or an Etsy shop or a blog or a website or a cool new project that you think my readers would enjoy supporting, you can check out advertising options and rates here on my ads page. Please email me (info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com) before purchasing ad space, so that we can make sure we’re a good match.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Suzanne

    Congrats on taking the plunge! You have no reason to feel dissonant about this; you deserve to get paid for awesome content!! Good luck :)

  • Sarah B, PhD

    You deserve to get paid. Also, that photo of you is radiant. Shine on! <3

  • Annelise

    This is great! You have every right to be paid for your efforts.

  • lysette

    Female-check. Thirties-check. Educated-check. Bonzai fan-check!
    Absolutely advertise.You should be paid for this blog. Your work ethic is tireless! I trust your opinion and appreciate your recommendations. I should be paying you for this blog ;)

  • Shango

    One thing that is hard to miss is how sunny and bright and happy the background of all your photos are since leaving PDX for Santa Barbara. As someone who lives in the Northwest, I covert the sunshine in all of your photos. I think is really adds positively to the BA aesthetic. =)

    Congratulations on all you years of hard work too. 130k views a month is a significant milestone.

  • Rachel from The Vegan Mishmash

    Congratulations! You absolutely should be paid for what you do. You’ve contributed so much to the vegan community and your blog is one of the reasons I became vegan! <3

  • Rachel

    Agree with all the previous comments. This site is gold, and you deserve to make some money for all your hard work. Rock on!

  • Jen

    I’m so happy you will be getting paid for all your hard work! I’ve been wanting you to get paid for years–especially since it’s always bothered me how many things I’ve bought because of you and you were never compensated! (Like Sock Dreams, those glass straws, Sun Warrior protein powder, etc.) I was so happy when you started doing those affiliate links so you can get a little kickback for those supplements you recommend. Wishing you all the best!

  • Maritza

    Good for you!!! You’re @##$% awesome!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you for the words of support!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aww, thank you Sarah!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Annelise!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you so much Lysette. And hey, perfect demographic! ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I notice that too, Shango. It still strikes me all the time. SUN EVERYWHERE now. It’s like night and day – which is exactly how I feel. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Best thing to hear ever, thank you Rachel!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thank you Rachel, that’s so sweet. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks Jen, I’ve been wantin got get paid for years too! Haha. ;-)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Wahoo! Thanks Maritza!

  • lexie

    Congratulations! Knowing you get paid for this will make me happy. And you’re right about the whole integrity/ads thing; I hate it when I go on a blog and find random whatever ads. Anyone who reads your blog will know it’s a good thing :)

  • skeptk_vegan

    I support you 100% in this! I will do my best to launch my blog soon and hopefully be approved by you to hold an ad space. Congratulations Sayward!! I’m happy to see your ads are at least relevant and useful. High-five! :)

  • Minna T.

    I’m just curious: how do you know what gender, age and education your readers have?

    Also, I think ads can be very useful for readers that are new to the vegan lifestyle so it’s definitely a good thing :)

  • Tara

    I’m always down to be called ‘awesome’! Which is true, by the way, along with all other demos. I have purchased several things from herbivore because you introduced us, and I fully agree with everyone else that you should be compensated for your thorough and fantastic blogging.