I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

Advertising on my blogs is an unfortunate necessity It’s the devil of the Internet. How does one make enough return to recover the costs of serious blogging? Sure, there are free blogging alternatives, but when it comes to blogging for real, only self-hosted blogs offer the tools that can attract decent daily levels of daily traffic, and hence interaction, and if I may be so bold, attention. In my case, keeping my blogs online costs around $2,500 per year, which includes hosting fees, software and theme purchases, annual upgrade fees, plus the costs of site development by my (absolutely brilliant) WordPress developer. While clicking around my blogs may work seamlessly for my

In Honour of Stupid People

In Honour of Stupid People

Warnings for stupid people. In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods for really stupid people, but from even dumber manufacturers. On a Sears hairdryer — Do not use while sleeping. (That’s the only time I have to work on my hair.) On a bag of Fritos — You could be a winner! No purchase necessary.   Details inside. (the shoplifter special?) On a bar of Dial soap — “Directions: Use like regular soap.” (and that would be???….) On some Swanson frozen dinners — “Serving suggestion: Defrost.” (but, it’s just a suggestion.) On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed

Sneaky Bastards!

Sneaky Bastards!

Google News are sneaky bastards As many do I suppose, I check Google News once a day or so. It’s not my favourite news source, as I have a long list of news and newspaper sites I check most days, but it covers a lot of territory. However, in the last few days, I have noticed something that is really starting to irk me about Google News. Well, not just irk really. More like annoy me greatly. It is something that proves that Google is purely an advertising company and nothing else and that they are becoming increasingly aggressive. Let me start at the beginning of this nasty little story of

Social Big Business

Social Networking Marketing Spending to 2015

It seems everyday a new social networking site is born. What was once a practical and enjoyable way to keep in contact with your family and friends has now really become just a business and an advertising market that is less and less fun by the day. All the big Internet players are now making their intentions clear. They don’t want last weekend’s photos of your kid’s birthday party. They want you as an advertising consumer in a market that is forecast to be worth $38 billion in 4 years. From the big guns like Facebook, Goggle and Twitter all the way down to niche sites such as Linkedin and