What are you, the hall monitor? This is a link, not an advertisement. The destination of the link is not selling anything either, nor is the link destination ad supported, so it gains nothing from increased traffic.
This is merely an invitation to interested parties like the ones on the Herald blog to read (or not) an opinion they might find interesting (or banal). If this is a violation of terms and conditions, then someone will notify me, remove the post or both. It's not going to hurt my feelings. I've worked, on and off, with many of the fine people at the Herald since the 1990s and many of them have reigned me in before.
It doesn't have to sell something to be an advertisement. I can advertise reading one of my past blogs, I don't make money off of those but its still an advertisement. I don't know where you got the idea that advertisement = money. Maybe instead of trying to be an "edgy" blogger, you could spend that time studying.
I'm pretty well learned in that area. You are just trying to be the next Rude Pundit, but you aren't good or funny at it. Plus you are begging for hits on a local blog site, desperate for hits much?
Wouldn't take much to find better, Garner. This cuppa joe has been standing in the pot way too long and is bitter, thick and rancid.