So, I was sitting here playing Crimsonland, trying to relax a bit because I’ve been sick for days, and something popped into my head. I’ve been working a lot lately to improve my online security and privacy, I’m looking into alternative to get away from the mega-corps, and I have Google AdSense running on this blog. Yeah, total facepalm moment there. I can’t even see the ads on my own site because the plugins I use block them, and I’m encouraging others to get more secure, which means they won’t see them either. (Loads of people use ad blockers these days anyway.) Something has got to change.
Well, I’m smart, so it didn’t take long for me to decide that the best course of action to increase revenue on the blog without using a big ad server is to just make my own ads for things that I sell and use those instead. I could use tracking-free HTML (which is good), keep more money, offer people stuff they’d be interested in and promote my own stuff. Sounds great, right? Yeah, it was until I tried going to sites I use, like Zazzle and Lulu to grab images to make ads from. The sites are coded so weirdly that I can’t save the images. Awesome.
Now I’m sitting here frustrated as hell. I’m going to have to take all the huge images I have on my hard drive and scale them down to make ads. As if making a bunch of ads wasn’t going to be enough of a pain. Alas, I think it needs to be done. I actually used to have all the ads on the site only lead to my own stuff, but I let outside influences convince me that profit was unattainable without 3rd party monetization. Well, that never made me much, so I’m going back to my old way. It’ll take a lot of work, but so be it. I just wish that there was an easier way.
On the topic of easier ways, why is it so hard to find alternatives to the mega-products? Seriously, I spent close to two hours looking for a safe Gmail alternative and I still don’t think I’ve found something I really feel good using. The same is true of other services. It’s insanely hard to find safe, open source alternatives, and even harder to find anything free. These companies sure get you by the short curlies, don’t they? Of course they do. That way you depend on them and they can mine your data for all the profit you want. It’s not like you can go anywhere, right? Well, that’s got to change.
Anyway… I’m going to be taking the AdSense stuff back off soon and I’ll replace it with my own ads. For all I know it’ll work like a dream and I’ll make more money this way, and have happier visitors to boot. Wouldn’t that be nice? Of course, if you want to give me something for all my troubles, you can always throw a gift my way through PayPal.me. 🙂