Giving Thanks for the Occasional Paid Post

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Giving Thanks for the Occasional Paid Post

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Jason McCul­lough: Oh, I thought I might just leave town. Just get out of town before they ride in — just ride out and keep on goin’.

Prudy: I don’t believe it.

Jason McCul­lough: Well, I don’t know why not. I’ve never made any secret of the fact that basi­cally I’m on my way to Aus­tralia. And I don’t think I’m gonna find a bet­ter time to get started than right now. Besides, uh, I don’t like the odds.

Sup­port Your Local Sher­iff 1969

I write for Money

Robert Stacy McCain

It’s 2 am on thanks­giv­ing day and I’ve just woken up, which is a good thing for two reasons.

It keeps me in the awake cycle for my overnight job since I’m on for the next 8 days straight.

It allows me to catch up on some work unin­ter­rupted, such as invoic­ing a cus­tomer for a paid post.

It’s those paid posts that I want to talk about today.

As you know, or may not know if you are new to this place, I’ve tried to make a liv­ing of this blog, via tip jar hits and ads for years and actu­ally man­aged to do it for a few years. As things were look­ing up I expanded the busi­ness bring­ing on my mag­nif­i­cent seven writ­ers et al and the radio side of the show.

But shortly after my exten­sive cov­er­age of the Satanic Black Mass busi­ness at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity my traf­fic and tip jar took a big hit (quite a coin­ci­dence that) to the point where it was no longer pos­si­ble to do this full time. I dropped the radio show and last year took on a full time job to cover Da Mort­gage and made up for my decreased writ­ing time by bring­ing on more writ­ers. While new writ­ers increased expenses paid out of DaTip­Jar since the Pay­check was tak­ing care of the mort­gage a smaller tip­jar return was not an issue.

My long term goal is still the same. For the site to Gen­er­ate enough rev­enue to serve as full time employ­ment to make a liv­ing while still cov­er­ing pay­ing the expenses (host­ing, minor travel, equip­ment writ­ers etc)

And that brings us to the paid posts.

In addi­tion to the ads on the site (not all of which are paid) the occa­sional tip jar hit , and my sub­scribers who really keep things run­ning over here , I occa­sion­ally get requests for “paid” posts. These come in two types.

  1. Posts on top­ics I would nor­mally write about any­ways. This comes when a think tank occa­sion­ally puts out a call on an issue look­ing for a post on a par­tic­u­lar gen­eral topic. If I’m included in such a blast, find the topic inter­est­ing, and am on board with the cause (So planned par­ent­hood don’t even bother to ask) I’ll pitch my idea for a piece and if it’s accepted write the post and be paid for it. It’s much like writ­ing for a mag­a­zine or site except instead of being paid to put my piece on their site, I’m paid to write on my own. These posts are pretty much indis­tin­guish­able from my reg­u­lar writ­ing. It’s fairly rare, I’ve had maybe a half dozen such posts in 2016.
  2. Spon­sored Guest Posts.

It’s these posts I wish to talk about today.

Even with the traf­fic down from my pre-​going after the Satanists era the traf­fic here is impres­sive. as of this writ­ing we are ranked 358, 160 in the world and 65,682 in the United States.

While that might not seem all that great at first sight, remem­ber as of this writ­ing there are (accord­ing to Inter­net live stats) over 1.1 BIL­LION web sites in the world.

Fur­ther­more while our 185,430 unique vis­i­tors (as of today) in 2016 can’t com­pare to a porn site like xham­ster (ranked 73rd world­wide 87th in the US) a store like Bob’s Stores (170,693, 31,626) a col­lege like Trin­ity (74,091, 16,201) a news­pa­per like the Tampa bay times (11,400, 2,490) or even the web site that tracks the num­ber of web sites ( 45,402, 38097) for a small blog pow­ered by a few writ­ers, writ­ing on top­ics in our niche whose national expo­sure is com­pletely based on our own efforts that DOESN’T auto reload to pad our stats, that’s pretty damn good!

So over the last year I’ve been con­tacted by sev­eral com­pa­nies whose cus­tomers are look­ing for expo­sure to those nearly 200,000 folks but don’t want to just put up an ad that will be clicked off or ignored. They ask for per­mis­sion to put a post up on our site for a fee and if they meet the fol­low­ing conditions

  1. Noth­ing in said post sup­ports jihad, rad­i­cal Islam, abor­tion, gay mar­riage etc,
  2. Any links in said post do not go to sites sell­ing or pro­mot­ing any such stuff or porn or cheat­ing etc etc etc
  3. The post must be pre-​approved by me

And of course meet my price, the post goes up.

These posts aren’t all that hard to spot, most such posts are kinda vanilla in nature, designed not to upset or offend any­body and con­vey gen­eral knowl­edge about a topic that my customer’s client offers ser­vices in. They are posted under a par­tic­u­lar account on the blog for spon­sored posts and the author is listed as “various”.

I actu­ally pre­fer them to sta­tic ads as they are generally

  1. More inter­est­ing to read
  2. Don’t slow the load time of the site
  3. Pay bet­ter over the course of the year

Now many, in fact I’d say most blog­gers don’t accept such posts and some of you might object to the occa­sional post of this nature on the site mixed in with all the others.

But remem­ber we gen­er­ate over 1000 orig­i­nal posts here a year, most of them at least sev­eral hun­dred words long. Includ­ing first hand report­ing, inter­views, orig­i­nal video and even the occa­sional ques­tion at a news con­fer­ence with a future pres­i­dent of the United States

But I’ve never made it a secret here that my goal is to be able to make a liv­ing off of this web site, pay my bills and be able to even­tu­ally make enough to go and cover events out­side of my dri­ving area on a reg­u­lar basis. These posts help me reach that goal and I’m very grate­ful to have them par­tic­u­larly since that rev­enue if it con­tin­ues to increase will allow me to bring on more full time paid writ­ers to gen­er­ate more posts on the sub­ject that you are all inter­ested in.

So on this thanks­giv­ing day in addi­tion to being thank­ful to my God for my fam­ily, my health, my friends, my mag­nif­i­cent seven writ­ers our sub­scribers and tip jar hit­ters and you dear reader who is tak­ing a few moments from a finite life to read this site, I’d like to thank my cus­tomers who are pro­vid­ing these guest posts who are help­ing to pay the bills around here bring­ing me one step closer to my goal.

A Happy and Blessed Thanks­giv­ing to you all.

2016-countries-as-of-thanksgiving-day
The Countries that have we have gotten hits from (so far) in 2016

Jason McCullough: Oh, I thought I might just leave town. Just get out of town before they ride in – just ride out and keep on goin’.

Prudy: I don’t believe it.

Jason McCullough: Well, I don’t know why not. I’ve never made any secret of the fact that basically I’m on my way to Australia. And I don’t think I’m gonna find a better time to get started than right now. Besides, uh, I don’t like the odds.

Support Your Local Sheriff 1969

I write for Money

Robert Stacy McCain

It’s 2 am on thanksgiving day and I’ve just woken up, which is a good thing for two reasons.

It keeps me in the awake cycle for my overnight job since I’m on for the next 8 days straight.

It allows me to catch up on some work uninterrupted, such as invoicing a customer for a paid post.

It’s those paid posts that I want to talk about today.

As you know, or may not know if you are new to this place,  I’ve tried to make a living of this blog, via tip jar hits and ads for years and actually managed to do it for a few years.  As things were looking up I expanded the business bringing on my magnificent seven writers et al and the radio side of the show.

But shortly after my extensive coverage of the Satanic Black Mass business at Harvard University my traffic and tip jar took a big hit (quite a coincidence that)  to the point where it was no longer possible to do this full time.  I dropped the radio show and last year took on a full time job to cover Da Mortgage and made up for my decreased writing time by bringing on more writers.  While new writers increased expenses paid out of DaTipJar  since the Paycheck was taking care of the mortgage a smaller tipjar return was not an issue.

My long term goal is still the same.  For the site to Generate enough revenue to serve as full time employment to make a living while still covering paying the expenses (hosting, minor travel, equipment writers etc)

And that brings us to the paid posts.

In addition to the ads on the site (not all of which are paid) the occasional tip jar hit , and my subscribers who really keep things running over here , I occasionally get requests for “paid” posts.  These come in two types.

  1.  Posts on topics I would normally write about anyways.  This comes when a think tank occasionally puts out a call on an issue  looking for a post on a particular general topic.  If I’m included in such a blast,  find the topic interesting, and am on board with the cause (So planned parenthood don’t even bother to ask) I’ll pitch my idea for a piece and if it’s accepted write the post and be paid for it.  It’s much like writing for a magazine or site except instead of being paid to put my piece on their site, I’m paid to write on my own.  These posts are pretty much indistinguishable from my regular writing.   It’s fairly rare, I’ve had maybe a half dozen such posts in 2016.
  2.  Sponsored Guest Posts.

It’s these posts I wish to talk about today.

Even with the traffic down from my pre-going after the Satanists era the traffic here is impressive.  as of this writing we are ranked 358, 160 in the world and 65,682 in the United States.

While that might not seem all that great at first sight, remember as of this writing there are (according to Internet live stats) over 1.1 BILLION web sites in the world.

Furthermore while our 185,430 unique visitors (as of today) in 2016 can’t compare to a porn site like xhamster (ranked 73rd worldwide 87th in the US) a store like Bob’s Stores (170,693, 31,626)  a college like Trinity (74,091, 16,201) a newspaper like the Tampa bay times (11,400, 2,490) or even the web site that tracks the number of web sites ( 45,402, 38097) for a small blog powered by a few writers,  writing on topics in our niche whose national exposure is completely based on our own efforts that DOESN’T auto reload to pad our stats,  that’s pretty damn good!

So over the last year I’ve been contacted by several companies whose customers are looking for exposure to those nearly 200,000 folks but don’t want to just put up an ad that will be clicked off or ignored.  They ask for permission to put a post up on our site for a fee and if they meet the following conditions

  1. Nothing in said post supports jihad, radical Islam, abortion, gay marriage etc,
  2. Any links in said post do not go to sites selling or promoting any such stuff or porn or cheating etc etc etc
  3. The post must be pre-approved by me

And of course meet my price, the post goes up.

These posts aren’t all that hard to spot, most such posts are kinda vanilla in nature, designed not to upset or offend anybody and convey general knowledge about a topic that my customer’s client offers services in.  They are posted under a particular account on the blog for sponsored posts and the author is listed as “various”.

I actually prefer them to static ads as they are generally

  1. More interesting to read
  2. Don’t slow the load time of the site
  3. Pay better over the course of the year

Now many, in fact I’d say most bloggers don’t accept such posts and some of you might object to the occasional post of this nature on the site mixed in with all the others.

But remember we generate over 1000 original posts here a year, most of them at least several hundred words long.  Including first hand reporting, interviews, original video and even the occasional question at a news conference with a future president of the United States

But I’ve never made it a secret here that my goal is to be able to make a living off of this web site, pay my bills and be able to eventually make enough to go and cover events outside of my driving area on a regular basis.  These posts help me reach that goal and I’m very grateful to have them particularly since that revenue if it continues to increase will allow me to bring on more full time paid writers to generate more posts on the subject that you are all interested in.

So on this thanksgiving day in addition to being thankful to my God for my family, my health, my friends, my magnificent seven writers our subscribers and tip jar hitters and you dear reader who is taking a few moments from a finite life to read this site, I’d like to thank my customers who are providing these guest posts who are helping to pay the bills around here bringing me one step closer to my goal.

A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you all.