Entries Tagged as 'Advertising'

Amazon Advertising

I’ve removed Amazon advertising from my BLOG and web site.


Well, it’s not because I don’t shop at Amazon any longer, it’s because apparently Amazon doesn’t pay commissions to sales to the individual hosting the ads, their family, or their friends — and Amazon makes the determination (solely at their discretion) of what transactions fall in that category.

The policy is clearly stated in their agreement, it’s just something I missed (I won’t say it changed — the agreement is long enough that I could have easily missed it skimming through when I signed up).

While I feel Amazon is a reputable retailer, I see no reason why I should provide them with free advertising space when there is simply no guarantee that any link through purchases will every generate a penny to compensate for the (ugly) advertisement that always loads slowly, and uses javascript that seems to cause lags in rendering on most every browser.

I guess I’ll go with Nancy on this one “Just Say No”.

Originally posted 2010-10-01 02:00:15.

Wikipedia Funding

I’m a big fan of Wikipedia— that should be clear from my previous posts on Wikipedia and my frequent use of Wikipedia as a reference tool (and to link to from my posts).

Wikipedia rose from the ashes of failue much like a phoenix… and currently operates one of the largest (if not the largest) repositories of human knowledge.

Wikipedia is freely accessed by anyone with an Internet connection (provided their provider does not block such access), and is currently funded completely through donations.

While I applaud the dreams of Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales to keep the site free of advertising, my feeling is that advertising might well be a better way to sustain the site.

My concept is that those who do not wish to see advertisement donate, and are free from advertisements as long as they have “credits”… when they run out of credits then they like those who choose not to donate see advertisements.

Since Wikipedia is one of the heaviest traveled sites on the internet, advertisers will likely pay top dollar, and there’s likely no need to work through an advertising network…

Originally posted 2010-01-24 02:00:35.


Craigslist has bowed to the pressures from forty state attorney general’s who’ve expressed concern over prostitution related advertising on the web site by removing adult related services (for pay).

I’m always a little concerned when Christian beliefs and morals are used as the basis for legal prosecution and pressure.

Craigslist is used to advertise a number of legal, illegal, and questionable activities — but because Craigslist fell center stage a few years ago state attorney generals wanting to make sure that their bible thumping voter base was appeased went on a witch hunt… and today they extracted their pound of flesh.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech; but when the Christian right fears what might be said they are quick to pervert the constitution and the laws to suit their own needs.

When the freedoms of one person or one class suffers, it diminishes us all.

NOTE: It appears that several sites have stepped up to take over where Criaglist has fallen short (inclusion of any site in this post is not an endorsement).



Originally posted 2010-09-04 02:00:16.


I have added side-bar and banner advertisements to my BLOG in order to offset the hosting costs.  The advertisements are supplied through Google AdSense, and public service advertisements have been enabled.

I certainly will _not_ allow any pop up (or pop behind) advertising, and I have no idea how many (if any) readers will actually click-through the advertisements; but my feeling is it’s certainly worth a try to see if it can support itself.

Originally posted 2009-12-18 01:00:25.

Premium Text Message Services

You know those annoying SPAM text messages you get from the five digit telephone numbers?

Those are called premium text message services, and it actually may be illegal from them to send a text message to your phone unless you subscribe to them (text messages may cost cellular subscribers money for each message sent or received).

Anyway, if you want to litigate to get your $0.50 back you can contact your cellular carrier and get the name of the company that has registered the number, though they’ll probably only have an 800 number for them (remember, calling an 800 number exposes your telephone number — you cannot block it); but while you’re on the phone with the cellular company you might want to request that they block all premium text messages sent to your phone.

There was a time when SPAM email almost crippled the Internet, and TEXT message may go the same way so I’d recommend you take action sooner rather than later to prevent marketers from forcing you to spend your money so that they have cost effective ways to reach you.



VeriSign owns mCube which is one of the larger premium text message service providers, so many companies use them to actually send their messages (both VeriSign and the company contracting there services may be liable; feel free to call up VeriSign and have a talk with their legal department)

VeriSign Contact Information



Here is a list of some of the Premimum Text Message Providers

  • 71769 CSW Group Ltd

Originally posted 2008-05-18 21:18:44.


Let me open by saying THANKS for your support… by clicking the ads on my web pages and ordering services through the links you really help me pay the bills with respect to this website.

Yesterday, I added another ad network to my BLOG pages, Chitika.com — I’m really just taking them for a test run, and their positioning on the page is poor, so I doubt that they produce much revenue (Google Adsense almost produces enough to pay for hosting and registration fees; before domain registration fees when up almost 100% it used to produce slightly more than the cost).

I know ads are annoying, and rarely will anything of interest show up on the ads; but occasionally I guess people find something useful (I can’t say that I’ve never clicked on ads on other websites — it’s a violation of the terms of service for me to click on ads from my own site).

The two first ads are not produced by any advertising network:  JustHost.com and 1and1.com; I recommend JustHost.com for economical hosting services (they have also proven to be very reliable) and 1and1.com for registration services (I can’t say that they are economical, but their prices do include free private registration, which prevents the hordes of unethical companies from harvesting your information from ICANN registration and sending you SPAM and postal mail).

If you’re looking for either domain hosting or domain registration I encourage us to use the ads to order the services — and yes, I do get a payment if you sign up for service, but they are the companies I used (I removed iPages.com from the ads when I stopped using them — in good conscience I place an ad on my web page for a service I don’t use; and yes I probably don’t use the services Google and Chitika  advertise, but I am not directly promoting those (and the ads do indicate they are from an advertising network).

I am considering adding back the Amazon.com referral link; however, I never got a penny from Amazon.com (even though I know that several people purchased through the link) because Amazon.com arbitrarily decides who they will pay for the referral… but since the insane holiday season is approaching, it’s possible that I might actually see a few dollars from Amazon.com.


Monday’s announcement by Apple of the iPhone 4 included their announcement of a mobile advertising network – iAd.

Google, of course, had recently closed it’s $750 million acquisition of AdMob –the current leader in iPhone and Android advertising.

It also appears that the Apple iAd developer terms specifically exclude the use of any other advertising network.  My suspicion is the FCC and FTC might have some issues with this (and certainly the EU will) since Apple clearly commands a huge portion of the smart phone market.

Advertisers who committed to iAd include Nissan, Disney, Geico, Citi, Unilever, AT&T, Chanel, GE, Liberty Mutual, State Farm, Campbells, Sears, JC Penny, Target, Best Buy, Direct TV and TBS.

iAd and AdMob both work by providing app vendors the ability to embed advertising into their applications.

It isn’t clear whether or not Apple will advise individuals before they download an app whether or not it contains advertising — remember, with the announcement of the iPhone 4 AT&T discontinued their unlimited data plan — and I’m sure someone is going to have to pay for the data usage that all this advertising consumes.

To me this is yet another reason to avoid having an iPhone — the last thing I want is to have advertising forced down my throat when I’m paying the bills.

Originally posted 2010-06-11 02:00:02.