One of the advantages of having [paid] blogs is getting freebies from advertisers. Although I prefer money in exchange for paid post or text link but freebies is also great.
Last December I got this set of blue and white porcelain pen and bookmark from an advertiser in exchange for text link in the side bar. I check the price and its value is around $27.00. Actually they offer me 4 different freebies to choose but I love the pen and bookmark set the most... just like love at first site! I love it the fact that I love to read and usually write down phrases from books that I read.
The Alexa ranks of my blogs are improving since I joined the Alexa hop from groups of bloggers. And advertisers are now starting to contact me. I hope more opps for this year. I need the moolah badly but freebies are okay as well.