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Would you cover the outside of your house with advertising in order to have your mortgage paid? Obviously some people are willing, as Adzookie put up a form and thousands have reportedly filled it out.

Here’s what they propose:

We’re looking for houses to paint. In fact, paint is an understatement. We’re looking for homes to turn into billboards. In exchange, we’ll pay your mortgage every month for as long as your house remains painted

Here are a few things we’re looking for. You must own your home. It cannot be rented or leased. We’ll paint the entire outside of the house, minus the roof, the windows and any awnings. Painting will take approximately 3 – 5 days. Your house must remain painted for at least three months and may be extended up to a year. If, for any reason, you decide to cancel after three months or if we cancel the agreement with you, we’ll repaint your house back to the original colors.

I have the same problem with this idea that I have with Twitter users who sell their profile background and bloggers who cover 75% of their blog with Google adsense and advertising spots … it’s hard to take them seriously and not feel like they sold out. And, in all honesty, it’s hard to take the advertiser seriously. While some companies may feel they are thinking “outside the box” or they are getting shock value – I have to wonder if there’s a more positive and tactful way to go about it.

I’ll be curious to see if they follow through on this project, who advertises, and where the houses are located.

Would you do it?

Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld.com. She has been a freelance writer and blogger for over a decade, writing for About.com, iVillage and b5media. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni.


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  • Deb Ng

    Well, I don’t think I would like to paint my house with an ad, but I will disagree with you regarding bloggers who use Adsense or other ads as being sellouts. I find advertising on a blog to be a lot more honest and less obnoxious than bloggers who only seem to write posts just to sell their webinars or products.

    Hey, house ads might save some homes from foreclosure. Right?

    • Nikki Katz

      Trying again – with my account this time!

      It’s not Adsense in general. I actually have Adsense on most of the blogs I run. It’s the blogs that cover their content with advertising – at the top header, above the post, within the post, at the bottom of the post, on the sidebar – making it hard to actually view the content itself. That I view as selling out.

  • Blondie

    I would gladly do it to have someone pay my mortgage, which is high, for 3 or more months. Imagine how it could help you as well, if you have a business, as I do.

  • Rachel Rankin

    Wow! This is incredible! I think it’s a pretty sweet deal, but only if I didn’t have neighbors that it would bother. If I lived in a rural area… maaaybe… but then, one probably wouldn’t get paid much for advertising in a rural area.

    Cool post… thanks!!

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