Hi Robert,My name is Yasmin and I work at **** Digital, a UK digital agency. We are working with the ****** Times on their Features Documentary series, a new brand of video storytelling films from a global perspective. We would love to collaborate with you on a blog post, if you are interested?*___ ___ __ ___ _______ ______* video looks at China’s economy and labour force and investigates how one of the world’s most powerful and populous country’s has reached a critical new chapter in its history. What we were hoping for is if you could create awareness for the documentary by linking to the website and embedding the video in your post as well as providing context for the video by including an anecdote that makes its sharing relevant. Please find below the video, embed code and link to the website.The deadline is 6th April 2016 and we have £75 to compensate you for your time and effort in creating the post (transferred to your PayPal within 15 business days after publishing).
Blogs, of course, are no exception, and everyone hopes to "strike it rich" by writing a popular blog and making a penny per click. But the vast majority of bloggers don't make a lot of money from the ads. At about 128,000 page views per month, I certainly couldn't make a living blogging, based on Google and AdSense's arcane calculations. So I haven't bothered with it. Also, it seemed kind of obscene to blog about how bad PayDay loans are, and then end up with an ad for one on the same page - and make money in the deal.
Others have less qualms, and some have even cut to the chase and just copied all of my material into a new blog and tacked ads onto it. At first I was pissed, and tried to have them taken down. But in order to do so, Google requires you file a separate request for each page copied. That's a lot of requests, and the spammers could just upload the material again and again. The copied pages are formatted weirdly (cut and paste) and often are just fragments of posts, hoping to snatch internet searchers. I doubt they make much money from it, but by copying hundreds or thousands of blogs (using a bot) they might pull in some dough.
If you are advertising on AdSense, you might want to think about how much you are spending and whether it is effective. There are a lot of garbage content blogs like that, which are little more than Search Engine Optimization (SEO) keyword lists, with ads tacked in the sidebar.
And who responds to Internet ads in this day and age anyway? Most of us have AdBlock Plus, and even if we saw the ads, we know not to click on them, as they are likely to be shitty bargains.
And, as you can see from the letter above, there are some folks who will pay (or at least promise to pay) for embedded content - which probably violates Google's TOS. Embedded content is the ultimate product placement - subliminally advertising something while making it seem like a casual endorsement.
It is a brave new world, it seems. Everyone is out to hustle for a buck, and everything you see has some hidden meaning or hidden agenda behind it - or worse, just may have such an agenda, and you have no way of knowing.
Who can you trust? What can you believe in? Can you even believe your own thoughts? A lot of what we think are original ideas are often just things that we - along with millions of other people - see every day on the Internet or on television or in the paper or whatever. When I write a blog entry, it might be motivated by something I saw on the Internet or heard on the radio or read in the paper. Usually, these things don't occur randomly - someone somewhere decided to place them there. So while I think I am having an original witty thought, likely it is just an idea that millions of other people are also having - having been exposed to the same data.
And that is kind of a depressing thought. Are we all sheep? Even (especially) the folks who watch the conspiracy theory YouTube videos?
Questioning everything does get tiresome over time, too. But I guess skepticism is your only defense. You can't really accept anything at face value without thinking of the motivations of (and identity of) the speaker or writer and their possible financial connections and obligations to the subject matter.