advertising with mint

Thanks for your interest in Mint Sponsors! Mint began in February of 2008, and today it has a large following of dedicated readers. In 2009, Mint was included by the London Times as one of the 50 World’s Best Design Blogs. I love blogging daily about graphic design, fine art, goods for the home, weddings, jewelry, clothing, crafts, my own personal projects, and more.

Sponsors are chosen based on their relevance to Mint readers and the topics covered here. To learn more about Mint’s rates, please email me at ellie [at] mintdesignblog [dot] com. In addition to button ads, I offer text link ads which are placed in the sponsored text link section of the sidebar. (Email for guidelines). I do not accept paid posts or text link ads inserted in posts, or products in exchange for editorial coverage.

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FAQ

When can you launch my ad? Within 24 hours of receipt of payment and your ad.

How do you do payment? With PayPal invoices (you do not need a PayPal account to pay, however).

How about sponsor posts? Sponsored posts are available on a limited basis. Please contact me for more info.

How do I tell if my ad is doing well? You should set up analytics for your site and track hits on your ad. Remember that the average click-through rate is 1%. However, sales generated from ads are not always immediate, and ads build brand recognition as well.

Where will my ad be placed? Ads are in the right hand sidebar. Banner ads rotate randomly each time the page loads.

Is there anything I can do to make my ad perform at its best? Sure! Hiring a professional to design your ad is important if you don’t have a design background yourself. A professional ad shows that it represents a professional shop, and it’s important to remember that the audience for a design blog is design savvy. I’m happy to switch out ads once a month, so if you’re booking a 6 month ad spot you might want to consider freshening things up every now and then.

Anything to remember when I’m designing my ad? Ads are 165×95 pixels (small) or 165×165 pixels (large) and can be sent as jpg or gif formats. Animated ads are accepted, but transitions may not be faster than 3 seconds.