Wednesday, April 12, 2006

More Google Goodness and Why I Do This

This started out as a reply to something ricketyfunk said about yesterdays post but I think it should be on the main page for no other reason then the length of the posting means I don't have to come up with a long post for another day.

I don't mind targeted ads the way Google presents them. They're not popups or popunders and they are somewhat relevant to content. They're text only and thus take no time at all when loading. Google just automates too much with poor controls for when a dispute arises. I'm not surprised that other larger websites are unhappy with the service. Unfortunately for Google, AdSense is their number one product. It's the backbone of how Google supposedly justified their obscene IPO valuation. For Google to stumble when they're so close to getting the internet to pay off is unfortunate. Then again, Ford wasn't the first car company or the best. Henry Ford just learned from other car makers mistakes. The same could be said for Microsoft. No one uses CP/M anymore. Maybe being the first to the market place with a new idea isn't always best and Yahoo will figure out a way to make ads pay off fairly for all involved. Maybe Microsoft will.

Again, it's not the money that I mourn it's Google's half assed service combined with the famous Google Algorithm's ability to make or crush a website. I wouldn't care about the handful of pocket change I'm losing out on if I could keep a higher page ranking. Some of what I write here is, in my not so humble opinion, important for others to read. The Cape Cod windmill story really deserves more coverage and my opinion on it is important in that I believe I speak for many in the North of Boston suburbs and our voice really isn't being considered. I don't want people to come looking for just Dean ASC. I want people looking up the Cape Cod windmill controversy to know that there are some folks in Massachusetts that do want to see the windmills. At the very least it's an issue that folks search for and by writing it I hoped it would attract more readers to my site. Readers who will stick around for when I discuss other issues that affect local politics or who may find my life story amusing. That's why I try to keep a balance between stories about my cat and posts of grave social importance.

If I really wanted traffic and feedback I would sit here writing story after story about how wretched George Bush is and how Israel is responsible for 9/11. I'd get linked nationally every day. (A power I have learned not to abuse for the very element it attracts.) I like Kevin's Blog because he has a good balance between politics and current events in the arts. I aspire to be a nice balance between political commentary and a family christmas letter. "Dean took the teachers test and the cat likes to look at geese. Also gold is over $600 an ounce. So with our nation over run with criminal immigrants we should all buy guns."

6 Comments:

Anonymous blue girl said...

"..between political commentary and a nice Christmas letter..."

Good one!

I have no idea what my blog even is. I started it to write about politics because not many people in my real life are as obsessed -- I'm a major political junkie -- as me.

But I quickly realized that there were gazillions in the blogosphere who felt the same as me -- plus! They wrote about it in a much better/more important way. I tend to focus on having fun and building a community and getting to know new people. At least that's what it's morphed into.

Good for you on your Windmill pieces...that kind of blogging takes a lot of research and thoughtful writing and it's important. Keep up the good work.

bg

Apr 12, 2006, 3:06:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

BG - funny seeing you here! Your blog is a good read, that's what.

Dean - It's never even crossed my mind to put ads on my blog. I actually try to avoid my wed stats. It's all too crazy. Your experience isn't making me want to try, either.

And thanks for the link.

Apr 12, 2006, 4:35:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

I'm an absolute junky for my hit counter. Although I'm thinking seriously about changing it to something that will do more then count. I'd love to know where my readers are which can be approximated by IP address. I suspect a tiny handful of static IP's from Penn State and one from Harvard but the bulk being several dynamic IP's from Comcast.

And thanks Blue.

Apr 12, 2006, 5:33:00 PM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

Oh the pressure, I don't mind having my yawn-fest of a blog sitting on your side bar links but to feature my stupid comments... sheesh. I'm flattered or insulted. (Insulted in the "Look at what this Idiot said in my comments.") And yes, I'm an idiot who's only challenge in the day is to see if I can make it to work on time.

Apr 13, 2006, 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Dean ASC said...

Oh, no rickety. Don't feel insulted. You made some good points that I felt like expanding on. We all blog for our own special reasons. Mostly it's because it's easier than writing cranky letters to the editor of the local classified ad printer, I mean newspaper. And this way we're gauranteed to have our musings published. Frankly I think the bloggers are doing a much better job then the columnists who are paid for their opinion. George Will today cribbed his entire column off of stuff Lew Rockwell had on his website for a couple weeks now. I'm not saying it's plagarism but it's nothing that hasn't been said before.

Apr 13, 2006, 3:02:00 PM  
Blogger RicketyFunk said...

We just got a request in at work today about a federal suit that Google is in on. regarding patent infringement. It's claims are that google has infringed on their Method patent in its use of the toolbar, autolink, and google ads products, including Adsense.

This is the same company that went after Microsoft. If you search "Hyperphase and Microsoft", or "google and hyperphase" it's pretty interesting to see. On the google and hyperphase search, there's an article and the google section reads, "This boring headline is written for Google" someone doesn't like all aspects of thier job.

Apr 14, 2006, 3:22:00 PM  

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