I have no great wisdom to impart in this post. This one will be filed under “Duh, John, you dork.” Last year, around this time, I started reading S.E.O. blogs (search engine optimization) and B.F.D. blogs (blogging for dollars – I just made that up.)
Snake oil – the lot of them.
These “blogs” dole out dubious little bits of low quality information while hoping you click on their ads, showing you how to dole out dubious little bits of low quality information getting people to click your ads. “You too can be a rhesus monkey, sitting around my RSS feed waiting for your next morsel.”
I’m going to call it. “Done.”
At one point I had three different ad companies puking ads for antennas and Tivos, making me about a penny per day. The problem is, though ads seem to pay for much internet in one form or another, the ads here seemed to push people away.
There was a perceivable “Push Back” reaction. Sure, you may find the info you are looking for from an article you Googled, but you see all the ads and you get this immediate visceral reaction to leave.
Why do ads do this? I honestly think the answer is simple – we do not want any more noise to process than we have to. Ads = Noise. Simple.
And now there is noticeable increase in “hanging around.” Thank you for staying. And thank you for REALLY hanging around, those from Tallahassee, FL and Vancouver, WA. We miss you too.
I also needlessly shut off comments as an experiment. Email quantity went up. I then had to re-post good ones. Too much work. They are back on now.
Ads are gone. Comments are on. And there is a fresh pine scent.