hehehe! Most people are like me and just ‘roll’ through signup’s without really reading them. The way I look at it, if I want (or need) a service, reading the small print doesn’t always mean much as objecting just means I can’t use the service. Not often is the small print in a contract written by someone else written to protect my interests! I am not implying that WP is out for us, just showing that most people don’t read anything!
Trust me when I say that I know that ads on blogsites have become the norm. Trust me also when I say I’m also well aware of the other free bloghosts that are available, their templates and their “features”. IMO wordpress has the best blogging technology bar none and that is why most of my blogs are hosted here on wordpress.com.
Trent, you’re right, they don’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make them look dumb later for signing contracts without reading them. As far as I’m concerned all newbies get one free “what? I didn’t read it!” and after that, they don’t really need to continue to complain about something that they raised as an issue months ago. It’s not productive.
Realistically, how much money are most people going to make from their blogs through AdSense etc.? My blog has a Technorati authority of 95 with over 300 incoming links and averages several hundred hits a day; I doubt I’d see more than a couple of McDonald’s meals from revenue per month if I were able to put ads on it. Unless you’re cheezburger, BoingBoing or Scoble you’re not going to be able to quit your day job or even get much pin money from ads; people need to be realistic about their blogging footprint and stop thinking they’re going to cash in with a Technorati rank under 15 for god’s sake. They need to give their heads a shake.
Thank you, and with all due respect, people REALLY need to get that through their heads once and for all.
They won’t though. They’re most likely the same kind of people grub their pennies together to waste on lotto tickets, all the while thinking they’re going to win millions.
There’s no such thing as wordpress.org blogs. We need to try to not say things like that.
When and where did the policy get clarified? If a policy is clarified in the forest and nobody reads the post…
Link to a post from Mark and continue reading down a few posts after that about my single affliate link in my sidebar.
Hmm, that spammer hasn’t been ToSed. Notified again.
If we can’t say wordpress.org blogs then can we say blog templates you download from wordpress.org? Or shall we say regular wordpress blogs?
P.S. I want my steak dinner ;)
Don’t talk about food please. It’s the end of the month for me.
EEEuuuu and there’s more than a week to go until month end. Too bad you don’t live close by. If you did I’d treat you to a great home cooked dinner. :)
I agree that it’s misleading to say “WordPress.org blogs,” since that implies blogs hosted at WordPress.org. “WordPress Classic” is my current favorite term for “blogs running on software downloaded from WordPress.org.”
“WordPress Classic” :) I really like to tell people self-hosted because while the software they run really is different, most people wouldn’t know the difference as it is extremely similar.
The problem I ran into when using “WordPress Classic” is that there is a theme by the same name so I confused people. And using “self-hosted” creates a problem with those who do want to hire a web host.
As far as most people not knowing the difference it appears to me that many bloggers do not read sticky posts or the FAQs. This gives rise to me wondering if they really read much at all. I have a strong suspicion that most “skim”.
Yes, otherwise they’d be novelists.
How can ‘self-hosted’ be a problem for describing wordpress.org downloads as hiring a web host is exactly what they have to do? ;)
That’s not hosting it themselves: that’s hiring other people to host it. I’ve gone through that confusion before. “No, it’s not a self-hosted blog, definitely not” twenty posts later “well my friend Bob is hosting it on his server.”
I can see your problem with the terminology, but everyone that I talk to uses that particular terminology, so I never really thought about it. I can see where confusion could arise. Self-hosted to me, means that you have your own host for your websites and not having your own server, but that might not mean the same thing to everyone (obviously).
Hosted-Elsewhere wordpress then because I stick with my original point that the difference is what your web host allows. WordPress.com is blog hosting and the community is just a great spinoff!
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