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The Skulltaliser (Otherwise known as, The WordPress Monetisation Rant!)

1 May

So, where to begin…ages ago, as the old memory serves that is, blundering head first into trying to monetise my blog here, I ended up hitting a snag, old readers will remember the Semalt debarkle, and as a result of that rant, I ended up dropping myself in the shit and getting this blog shut down. Reason being, that I had advertisments and affiliate links on site, for which, since I am a cheapskate and pay fuck all for the running of this site, was told unless I payed the yearly rate of $99, I would be breaking the TOCs.

Fair enough, since I make a big fat zero from here, was fair enough, but it did put me off even trying to step up efforts to improve the blog for the future. Sure, I can advertise my own projects and services here without fear of getting shut down, but it restricts me from helping out friends that need a hand driving extra traffic to their sites (as I cant advertise them, not even for free) and makes me cautious about putting things on here, in case I get banned again by my own stupidity or mistake. This knock on effect, makes me stop before I act, and has stopped me from posting a lot of interesting and humorous articles (well, I think they’d be, I should say crass and offensive)

Never the less, back in January, I promised myself  that I’d pay the $99 yearly fee and level the site up, and at least then I can experiment with any aspect of what goes on here. Trouble is, every time I get any spare cash that ideally would be used for this purpose, it gets eaten away on life stuff, which given my in built practicality, tends to over ride everything.

So, the frustration comes from the fact that if they would let me make some cash so I could pay for the running of the site, then problem solved. But, I can’t, and I’m not risking loosing all the time and energy I have put in here to get it to this stage. Some might think from appearances that it’s fuck all, but while I’m ok at doing this stuff, it has taken me almost 5 years from beginning to now, and at least to me, I’m reasonably proud of how it is now.

I mean, for me at least that is, having a free WP blog, restricts even embedding simple html and site add ons (done for this reason no doubt) so you have to pay the $99 and then they are happy. OK, I’m not against them making money, that’s business, but it’s a cost that I simply has been constantly taken away each time I near it. That is almost like the dream you have about running down the corridor as its end gets further away.

So, I hit upon an idea. For ages, I’ve known about Fiverr, a site that allows you to sell your services beginning at $5 and earn some cash, but never really had the inclination to commit to accepting tons of work it might entail to make it worth the while. I have enough to do, I don’t want to over commit to new stuff unless it is worth doing. Finally, i cracked and thought that, if I got $5 min per gig (thats what they call a job/task there) I would only need to do it 20 times to raise the $99 (well, it’s more if you count they take 20% off you) but the theory is workable.

Only thing is, I have to be careful about the way I promote myself, as if it clashes with the WP TOCs, I’m up shit creek, even though the cash would be used to pay them, i’m forbidden from using the blog to make cash. there’s a fine line I have to walk, and that is more frustration.

I have now hatched a plan, to get this blockage cleared away. The Skulltaliser.

The Skulltaliser is going to be very much in the vein of the old Blue Peter Totaliser from back in the day, a visual reference to a fund raising goal, and over the next few days, it’ll be unveiled. I’ll be putting it proudly at the top of the button menu and updating it as the funds get raised. Knowing my luck,  it’ll be a fail, but I’m British and we are raised to be the underdog, I’ll make it succeed (hopefully)

You’ll see to the side of the page, there’s a shiny new web button advertising my Fiverr services, so please click it and take a look, or click here https://www.fiverr.com/willgrundy to check out what I’m offering, and please share if you know of anyone who may be interested in the gigs I’m offering. I may add new gigs if I can integrate them easily to my overall plans, and sorry to say, in order to get the $99, I’ll be pushing this campaign where ever possible.

Also, I’d ask that if you have ever been entertained, or found some use for this website at any time, please even consider donating via paypal to this cause. Anyone who donates this way, will be included in a scroll of honour under the Skulltaliser and given a shout out and eternal thanks for helping the cause. I can’t embed a paypal donate button (html wont embed for some reason) but if you can help, my paypal address is grun577 (at) aol.com.

I do feel a bit of a scab, doing this, but once the first $99 is done and paid, I have a full year to make the site work for itself, which without restrictions, should easily be done.

Also, if your a company or business that might be interested in sponsoring me with the funds, I would be happy to proudly advertise and so forth (once I have paid the $99 that is) I’d do that for the year in return for the fees, which is pretty cheap for advertising a niche blog such as this (I think the industry standard is something like $10-$20 dollars for a simple text link, so for a good sized prominent reminder in my header logo and more, would be quite a sound investment (hint hint!) So please contact me if you would be interested in that possibility. If things look bleak, I might resort to cup in hand begging and approach suitable companies, which I hope doesn’t come to that, but I will do what it takes to step up my game, some cash flow would allow more stuff to happen here, like an site overhall wouldn’t go amiss, but that’d take me getting some web person in and sorting it, which also involves cash injection, which is my next point…

I’d add that in the event that funds exceed the $99 goal, then all extra will be put in for additional web services to enhance the site, I’d be up for community suggestions, and may do some polls to ask you lot where you think I should go (if things go that way)

So if your still reading, then please, even if you can’t donate, or afford to hire my fiverr services, you can still help me by sharing this article (and subsequent ones about it) on any platforms you use that could get this done. Use the sharing buttons below this post to share, if you know me on FB, Linkedin, Twitter or whatever, please be my Obi-Wan and help me. I don’t ask for help in achieving my goals usually, but think it’s about time the site was allowed to evolve.

I’ll keep you all informed each step of the way, after all, I’d like to see us as a community, almost family, and going forward, I hope to repay each and everyone of you who have been part of this journey so far, with putting the site in the heart of our community and provide resources, info and help to others who might need it (Am I laying this on too thick? Just tell me, yeah, could be a bit too much…)

Seriously though, please think on what I’ve said in this rant, and I welcome all comments, suggestions, messages and support that you think will help!

I fucking love you people!!

 

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