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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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
- Nothing in said post supports jihad, radical Islam, abortion, gay marriage etc,
- Any links in said post do not go to sites selling or promoting any such stuff or porn or cheating etc etc etc
- 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
- More interesting to read
- Don’t slow the load time of the site
- 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.