I got rid of the Bachmann ads (Part I)Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 07/04/2011 - 09:56
So last week (or was it a couple weeks ago now? The days seem to meld seamlessly into one another lately), I started getting a lot of complaints about Michelle Bachmann ads on the Daily Paul. Of course I would never knowingly put a Bachmann ad on the site. It turns out they were being served through Google Adsense, so I blocked them. Then Romney ads started showing up, and I blocked those, too. (Do we care about Buddy Rhomer? He doesn't seem to be much of a threat.)
But here's the thing about Adsense: Every ad placement is a real-time auction. The highest bidder wins, and that ad is the one that gets placed. So blocking these high paying ads means an overall reduction in revenue for the already strained resources of the site.
In spite of the incredible traffic that the the Daily Paul gets, and the central place it occupies in this grassroots of this community, chronically low revenue remains problem. The site has long grown beyond my ability to manage it on my own, and for that I rely on critical assistance that needs to be compensated if this site is to continue to grow and improve.
To try to address this, my crack team of programmers has come up with a potential solution: Subscriptions. Subscriptions start at $5 per month, and go all the way to $50 per month. In exchange for subscribing all the ads on the site disappear when you're logged in!
Right now this is definitely in beta, so please bear with us. Patience is appreciated! You have to first be a member of the site to become a paid subscriber. At present, this is the setup.
Basic Level subscribers ($5/month) receive:
- Ad-free browsing, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to support the Daily Paul.
Premium Level subscribers ($10 / month and up) receive:
- Ad-free browsing
- Access to Premium-members only features, such as blocking undesired users
- The satisfaction of knowing you’re helping to support the Daily Paul.
- And more, to be announced!
My goal here is to ensure the long term viability of this site, through the current election cycle and beyond. There is a ton of work to do on this site, and I have a ton of ideas and ways to improve it. Without the resources, the site will bump along until the work becomes overwhelming, and the ideas for expansion will simply remain ideas.
If you are interested in offering high level support beyond the subscription levels, please contact me using the form on this site.
Thanks again for your patience, all. Enjoy the holiday weekend. More information on this, as well as other improvements, coming soon. If you have any questions or run into any snags, please post them in the comments below.