WordAds: Advertising on WordPress

Opinionated Man:

This is worth a read and there are some great bloggers sharing some info. -OM
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Originally posted on The Human Breed Blog:

I seldom go off-topic (away from stereotypes) and even if I do, I still write about people, men, women; about countries, possibly about laws and their effect on societies… but I don’t go off-topic, so far away to talk about technology or blogging in general or advertising in particular. So why am i writing about WordAds?

  1. I can’t stop thinking about it (I tend to do that often once I am excited about something :D) and bloggers / writers simply write about their passions and their thoughts, and this where my thoughts are right now.
  2. I feel that there isn’t enough information about WordAds out-there since the program is relatively new and is still not as mature as Adsense. What I will be discussing in this blog post, can be found in bits and pieces all over the web, in many discussions, in other blog posts from other bloggers.

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Why no one reads your blog

1. You never visit other blogs. If you want to be introverted online that is your right as a user. An introverted user that never publicizes their work will never become popular or even be seen. If staying in the shadows is your goal then by all means… stay introverted. Just don’t whine about no one seeing you when your aspiration in life is to be a ghost.

2. You listen to everyone’s advice. There is so much advice floating out there for new and old bloggers. There is a ton of horrible advice out there as well. Often people will “hear a tip” that is given with the best intentions, but in reality is an idiotic piece of advice. If something sounds stupid it generally is.

3. You are a stingy motherfucker. If you keep all the cards for yourself because you hate seeing others succeed you are not only a stingy motherfucker, but you are also pretty pathetic. People can tell whether or not you are genuinely there to help or whether you are simply blowing smoke up their ass. I hate smoke up my butt.

4. You post once a week. I “blog” more than most users on this platform. If you post only once a week even I won’t see your posts most of the time. No one is going to notice you if you are sending a single boat down the river and everyone else are sending down fleets. How bad do you want to be read?

5. Your title was a “post” long. Sometimes I am silly, or lazy, and I will share a post with an overly long title. In general I would advise against doing this because overly long titles just look sloppy.

6. You buzz feed too much. I get that “hot topics” are all the rage for the few minutes they are popular. Sometimes those subjects even impact us personally so we feel a need to respond. In general if a blogger ONLY writes on buzz feed topics I will skip over their posts. I watch and read a ton of news… I read blogs for personal opinion.

7. You write post after post ranting on views. Currently some trending topics by bloggers focuses on finding out which of your followers are truly “readers.” People have begun to develop formulas to show your “true follower number.” I personally find all of this to be pretty silly, but I also have my own view of what that subscriber number truly means. I also don’t wait on people to find me. Reading post after post about view count, especially when the blogger swears they “blog for themselves,” gets old pretty damn quick.

8. We have read your blog for a year and still have no fucking clue who you are.

9. You find reasons why other people offend you daily and that is all you write about. People like this need to chill the fuck out. Or get laid.

10. You bought an SEO package. Anyone that currently blogs on WordPress.com and is buying an external SEO package is an idiot. Send me that money and I’ll give you tips for free. Stop feeding the vultures people.


The Limerick Contest – We have a winner!

Yesterday’s contest was quite the success, if I do say so myself (myself being Linda, the one who came up with the idea). Just in case you missed all the fun, you can find it here: http://aopinionatedman.com/2015/02/28/limerick-contest/

Some hilarious limericks were written and shared but there was one very clear winner. With an outstanding 11 thumbs up, we have the world-renowned, siriusbizinus (from https://amusingnonsense.wordpress.com/ ) with this gem:

Best. Sneeze. Ever.
There once was a lady who’d freeze
Ev’ry time that she had a big sneeze
When asked ’bout her spasms
She’d claim, “It’s orgasms.
Pass me the pepper, pretty please.”

Yay!! (Everybody clap)

Now, about the prize. *ahem*

After a lengthy and painful email conversation with our host here at HarsH ReaLiTy, I came out with nary a photo of His Grace’s private whiskey collection. Not even a sniff. BUT. The winner will not walk away empty-handed.

Siriusbizinus, you have been offered a personal invitation to guest post here at HarsH ReaLiTy. Should you accept, please contact Mr. OM at aopinionatedman@gmail.com.

Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who participated! You made my day! :D

Social Media – I am not impressed

I encourage people not to get a big ego on social media. I suppose if you are Kim Kardashian that ship has sailed, but for us “average humans” we should always strive to keep our feet on the ground. I often have bloggers try to impress me with their background or what “they have accomplished” in life. I am not impressed. I also don’t impress myself and do not howl at the moon nightly… regardless what some bloggers write of me.

I am not impressed by glory found on social media because there is always a bigger fish out there. Many bloggers that have taken my tips and “run with them” are even now working on passing my small accomplishments here. That is how it should be! I don’t share tips with bloggers in hope that everyone stays mediocre. I don’t actively work to keep others “lower than me” so that I always feel good about myself. Sadly some bloggers do that. They want to impress people so bad that they lie outright about their methods and how they blog. Those bloggers, those powerbloggers, are pathetic as hell. I will never be like them.

I once had a “debate” with another powerblogger that was gaining a million views every few months. Granted he had content, a community, and he did interact with other bloggers, but what angered me was the image he was putting off. “My writing is just that good. I have worked on it a lot! You can “make it too” if you just put in the effort like I have.” It is all the normal bullshit that bloggers hope you “buy.” In fact they feed this bullshit to the WordPress community daily. It is a horrible way of blogging.

I created this blog January of 2013 and what I found immediately was a responsive platform that was waiting to be engaged. I interact, I build, I push, and I promote myself daily on this website. That isn’t all I do though and I have never once lied and tried to impress upon people that those are the only things required to build a popular blog because they aren’t. I have freely shared how I follow a lot of blogs. I have also shared that I don’t “mass like” because I think it is a turn off. Those are just a few of the things I do daily to generate “notice.” If I were like some powerbloggers I might allow you to all “think” that is ALL I do. Generating admiration in that way is lame.

There are so many tricks in the bag people. Tricks I don’t even feel like taking the time to write down. Mirror sites, phantom posts, multi pushing, piggy backing, buzz words, and a strong tag recognition spread are just some of them. The point of this is that you need to recognize whether or not a blogger or powerblogger is being truthful. If it sounds “too good to be true” it often is. And if someone claims their “great content” got them millions of views and they can’t even edit their first sentence… they are a fucking liar. You should tell them so as I do.


Dear Blogger

Dear Blogger,

I watched you today. I watched you tentatively step into my domain, eyes wide at the banner that hangs on high. I saw you process mentally the idea of “an idiot that wishes to offend them all” and was happy to see a brief grin of amusement spread across your face.

But it was your next steps that brought the most appreciation. Observing you as you sifted through my dung pile of posts. You did not worry about getting your sleeves messy, in fact I watched in admiration as you began to delve deep with both hands into the waste that I write.

Like a new father I sat nervously as your comments began to pour in. But your words were not to me. I watched you as you met others through my site. I watched as you grew and in doing so you did what you came here to do.

Today I watched you blog.



Stop Running from Your Audience

Unless you have a large SEO hook off platform do NOT self-host your blog off WordPress. Stop running from your audience that is right here waiting on you to connect! Bloggers constantly complain about the lack of interaction on their blogs and the most amusing thing is that there is a subway system on WordPress that runs 24/7 full of potential readers. To me it is like hearing people complain they can’t find a poker game on an online poker site. There is always a game going on just like there are always bloggers online! You simply have to learn how to find those people and you don’t learn that by sitting around whining and moaning about what you don’t have.

I caught a post today where a blogger was asking for feedback on their writing. They had a nice post about it and one single comment. There were two problems with this situation. For starters the blogger wishing for feedback attacked this problem by making a post. That is one way to do it, but in the time it takes to write and edit a post asking for blogger interaction you could have “interacted” with ten bloggers and gained a few proofreaders in the process by simply visiting their websites. “Work smarter, not harder” is a saying we often heard in the military. It is true in many scenarios and no more so than in blogging. Work hard sure, I do and other bloggers do to be successful, but don’t sit in the corner waiting for recognition to come to you. Extend a damn hand, open that damn mouth, and get off that ass and find the people you wish to find. The second issue was the single comment in which a different blogger shared their knowledge that “online readers are hard to find on WordPress.” *GASP* WHAT??? How is it hard to find readers on a website dedicated to writing, publishing, and reading??? Holy shit Batman… some bloggers will say anything.

I hear so many reasons for why people go off platform. They want more options for templates, their current blog is failing and it is due to being on a limited wordpress.com account, or their friend has a beautiful website with tons of widgets on .org and you want that too. I understand the draw to being self-hosted, but let me add a word of caution to those considering it. Only go off platform if you have an audience to take with you. The pool of readers is right here, on this platform and connected to the subway system that is the WordPress reader. If you can no longer access that reader then your audience must come off platform as well. That means you might need to learn what exactly SEO really means and why it is important, because you won’t get any “easy views” off the WordPress feed. To me that is not only stupid, but it is counter-productive if you are truly trying to build an audience. I would also say that having a pretty website or template is overrated. My blog is hellishly ugly, it is a free template that anyone can use, and I roll with it to prove a point. It is proof that a fancy blog means jack shit, what truly matters is the content and the blogger running it.

The audience is right here people. Stop running away from it and instead seek to discover how best to interact with those already present.