The title quotes John Hayes, a professor at Gulf University who wrote an [interesting read] about the health of the local blogosphere in Kuwait. John talks about the influence Kuwait blogs have in customer preference and when blogging become popular back in the 1990’s when WordPress and Blogger were first introduced.
Interestingly enough, John brings up a subject that has been on hush hush for a very long time, bloggers that are paid under the table to promote a product or service. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with an advertorial or a sponsored post but under the crucial condition that the readers know a post is sponsored.
I read a lot of popular blogs all around the word that sponsor posts (example), the only difference is they’re not doing it behind closed doors and the readers know what’s sponsored and what’s not. If blogging is consuming so much of your time it kind of becomes a part-time job that you need to cash-in on else can’t withstand.
For bloggers that want to stay safe, having banners on the blog should suffice. When your blog becomes fairly known, companies start to have interest. The blogosphere in Kuwait is still on the raise, I estimate there are around at least 150 active blogs in Kuwait. I wonder what other bloggers take on this is, do share.[Kuwait Times]