Archive for the 'Monetized Blogging' Category

Should websites have a disclaimer related to ads by Google?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

I was just checking out one of many online businesses that claim to operate on Christian principles. I am skeptical but respectful of this practice. Basically, I consider it a branding decision and the degree to which it is ethical is entirely dependent on how well they follow through with that promise. Actual churches don’t always measure up, so it is highly probable that many ‘Christian’ businesses register fairly high on the hypocrisy meter.

This particular Christian business seemed okay and what caught my eye was that they felt it was necessary to have a front page disclaimer related to advertising. The most prominent advertising was coming from Google.

Many webmasters and bloggers put contextual ads on their sites and take a buyer beware approach. These ads are so ubiquitous that we tend to feel zero responsibility for their content. Maybe we are wrong.

Google Through the Back Door by John Chow

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

chow1.JPGI am way late in making any kind of commentary about John Chow getting manually punished by Google for his not not evil ways, so I won’t bother. I will focus instead on page two of the Google search query for John Chow. It contains an entry for John Chow’s MyBlogLog page and the text blurb is written by John Chow. It is the highest ranking page over which he has any editorial control. His holiday wishes are expressed on this page at this time. I suspect that JohnCow.com is getting more Google traffic than MyBlogLog.com/buzz/community/JohnChow/, but every little bit helps.

The URL for my full name is taken, but I really need to make a point of getting domains for my kids. Having a your name as a URL is a tremendous asset if you don’t blow it by ticking Google off.

Page Rank Discussion

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

There has been and continues to be what can only be described as hysteria in the blogosphere lately. I have suffered some disappointments along with many other people, but I have tried to remain calm. I have tried to have some perspective.

Many of the things that people have been doing over the past few months in hopes of maintaining and/or improving their own page rank have backfired. I purposely avoided a few of these on this blog. I joined the Do Follow movement with my personal blog, but not with Slamboard. I took part in weekly memes with my personal blog but not with this blog. I joined blogrolls with my personal blog, but not with Slamboard.

The Google pagerank for Slamboard went up to a number that made me happy for several days and then dropped back down. I still had a net gain of 1. My personal blog dropped by 1.

I think that I am going to continue writing and managing my blog in much the same way that I always have and hoping that I move up the rankings through attrition.