Ads on our blogs – let us do it.

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  • #137095

    raincoaster
    Member

    I wish we had a way to filter the forum so we don’t even see the eighty billion “I want ads” threads. I have enough tsuris reading the novelists “I want a six figure book deal” threads on the writer’s forums.

    There are fifty-seven million blogs registered on Technorati: how much can an ad on one of them be worth, realistically? Allow me to shatter your dreams now. Allow me equally to say that capitalism requires capital. This is not a capitalist environment.

    #137094

    go download it then :) you’ll find it in the plugins section. Very handy for getting rid of those annoying flash and google ads

    #137097

    options
    Member

    sorry, couldn’t find a ‘firefox’ in the plugins section.

    wouldn’t you’ve happened to have a relevant download link to the FF with an ‘adbuster’ built in to it? it would be an extremely handy one when being somewhere off around hostile non-builtin-adbusterded browsers ;-)

    #137098

    options
    Member

    also, capitalism does not require a capital. that’s what it does produce from a surplus value.

    a venture does, initial one.

    #137100

    raincoaster
    Member

    Are you a practicing capitalist? I’m an entrepreneur and small business columnist. Believe me, it takes capital to be a capitalist. You must be adequately capitalized. The #1 reason businesses fail is that they are undercapitalized in the first year.

    A venture is the fundamental unit of capitalism. That it requires capital as a precondition means that capitalism requires capital as a precondition.

    #137101

    options
    Member

    oh, I’m really glad for and do believe you and it’s hard not to: a capitalist without a capital is probably not exactly the one.

    also, entrepreneurs are really require adequate investments into their ventures.

    I mean, capitalism, as an acting system with the specific mode of production, constantly produces and aggregates a capital. just like people constantly produce CO2 from the air and recrements from the food.

    that’s [almost] how capitalism was defined by those who founded this term.

    #137102

    raincoaster
    Member

    Capital doesn’t come from thin air; it requires capital to begin. It’s like sourdough.

    For-profit blogs are a venture that also requires capital to begin, regardless of how much they may make later.

    #137103

    weirdscience
    Member

    great..so we all agree that ads suck. :p

    #137104

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ads are almost beside the point. What drives me demented is the repetition and sense of entitlement. Isn’t entitlement a Liberal Socialist construct???

    #137122

    bd113
    Member

    if they allowed ads like you want them to, the numer of spam ads would probally double.

    #137123

    bd113
    Member

    wordpress is meant for people to express their opinions about the world, to the world, not to make money. If you want to make money on something, find a blog company that allows advertising, or sell some stuff on eBay

    #137124

    Redundant meter says… duh!

    #137125

    timwheatley
    Member

    Not really, we’re just fed up to the back teeth of people coming in and asking the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

    I see way more people asking how to use their blog, than asking for ads. There really is no need to get pissed off, you don’t actually have to reply to every forum post if they annoy you so much, you know that, right?

    Although I read and agreed to the TOS when I signed up, importing my blog posts from my self-hosted Web site and seeing those ads dissapear as WordPress.com filtered them, that doesn’t mean I don’t totally understand what galileo is saying… I think some of you have a little problem with the word “ad”.

    Here’s two examples of how I have used advertising on my blog prior to bringing it here:

    I love photography, I have a deviantART account and sell prints on it. I wrote an extensive blog post about a location I visited on holiday and made a couple of prints available on dA, I linked to them from the post. The post contained a visitors guide based on my experiences, it contained a photo gallery (30+ images) and two text links to dA, where those prints could be purchased.

    Does that make me a bad blogger? – LOL!

    Another example… I wrote reviews on some games for the PC, this is often a large amount of text, a lot of screenshots, a YouTube video and a single text link that allows the visitor to buy the game from an affiliate (in my case it was Amazon). In some cases that isn’t an ad, it’s a service. If you give someone a link to buy the product at a decent price (if you’ve given it a fair review, of course) then actually the ad is helping the visitor. Not all ads are “evil”.

    Oh and I hate to break it for you, but lots of people use WordPress as a CMS… I understand that this is WordPress.com and that the TOS is the TOS, but that’s why galileo is ASKING. Lighten the hell up!

    #137126

    raincoaster
    Member

    Dude, why not take that large word count to your blog?

    Hang around and you will get a sense of just how frustrating the constant ad requests are. It’s certainly not like anyone in the forum can make that change anyway. We generally get anywhere between one and four threads about them a day. It’s tiresome. It’s perfectly appropriate to express how tiresome that is. And ramping up the volume isn’t making it any less tiresome.

    Sure, people try to use WP.com for all kinds of things it doesn’t work for. It’s the indignation and sense of entitlement that are so annoying.

    #137127

    timwheatley
    Member

    So, why reply to them?

    (Was that post short enough? I didn’t realise there was a character limit along with a limit on what we’re allowed – by other users – to post about…)

    Sigh.

    #137128

    raincoaster
    Member

    It’s just that this is a technical help forum staffed by volunteers. We have limited time. If we want to read opinion essays, we go to blogs.

    #137129

    timwheatley
    Member

    I see…

    #137130

    trent
    Member

    It is a policy issue that only Staff can decide on. It is in not a place to be discussed here in the support forums, so I kindly ask everyone to move on.

    You can send in your feedback to staff through an email to support at this domain, the support tab in this forum or through your “support” button in your blog admin.

    Trent

    #137131

    @trent
    I am asking that old threads like this one be closed so they can’t be viewed and used as an open invitation for people to blog on the forum. Checking them and responding to them is a waste of volunteer time and energy.

    #137132

    trent
    Member

    Agreed ;)

    Trent

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