And seriously, putting google ads on your blog??? Bitshares is going to look like a bunch of hustlers trying to nickel and dime everything if our lead developer is selling shitty google ads :p I'm starting to think this is a Christmas prank :p
Google ads is dangling a distraction from BitShares in-front of readers while damaging credibility at the same time. Businesses don't generally put up ads unless the content is their product, which it isn't here, BitShares is the product. Imagine if Gavin Andresen had Google ads on his blog, it would be a joke, undermining the value of the product he's writing about.
I was wondering when this topic would come up, it's an important topic. As delegate's sites become more and more popular they will start to be worth something in their own right, in which case, who does the site belong to? If it's BitShares funded the creator shouldn't be able to sell it or earn extra income from ads as it should belong to BitShares stakeholders, who paid for it.
Anything funded by delegate pay should be ad free unless a pre-arranged deal was made in the delegates campaign. An exception would be to allow BitShares referral links to act as an extra incentive for effective marketing and for tracking purposes.
The BitShares business model is sound as it is, no need to change it. Delegates can always put up ads of their sites and see if the community votes them out, but that is asking for trouble. Ads are space for competitors. Imagine if Ethereum put up ads, BitShares would buy all of them! It's inviting competitors into a BitShares landing page.
Amazon referral links could be acceptable too as they are non-intrusive, so long as the content isn't deliberately skewed to get a link in, but even that is debatable, the income would have to be declared.
If a delegate proposed a business plan in advance
and said they plan to use BitShares as funding initially before switching to ads after x months + burning their income, that's different. I'd be interested in seeing these kind of delegate proposals.