I agree with Melody!
I don't love them or hate them. I've been looking at some different blog templates that will allow me to fit ads in my blog. Until then, I'm fine with not having them on my blog right now.
I think a lot of them on one blog can look really tacky; and the best-looking blogs have few or none. But how does a blog with absolutely no ads -- like Orangette, which I like -- generate the kind of traffic/income/notoriety to earn the author a book contract?? Maybe it's just a matter of time....
Here's a related question: would any of us be willing to plug away at our blogs (or have you already) for three or four years, ad-less, waiting to earn money/recognition the slow way?
My blog is a big advertisement for me as a talent. If a company wants to advertise on one of my video shows, great, let's talk. But for now, the blog remains without ads. The business aspect of blogging bores me. I want to be the creative one, making my videos and writing. I don't want to think about the other aspects. Perhaps I need a business partner! THen maybe I'd have advertisers.
I've had just a few ads on my blog and they've generated a whole 12 cents. I think they're tacky, I often don't click on those belonging to other bloggers either. I don't get how some people can make so much money on them!
I just switched my blog to wordpress and have my own domain, so I was considering adding advertising. But, not sure yet. I do have some small buttons on the side of my blog and some are mainly affiliates, but not sure how to offer space for sale? Any suggestions??