Now that my USA Today buyout checks are nearly kaput, yours truly wants to generate some income. So, you'll notice some additions today that are designed to assure this blog's continued publication. My goal is to generate about $24,000 a year, starting with two sources:
I've started publishing Google-provided text and image ads. I do not choose which advertisements appear. As with all AdSense ads, Google only pays when someone clicks on the ad. (Google watches for click fraud, so please only click when you're really shopping.)
Candidly, I don't expect to earn much through ads. My blog has good traffic. But AdSense rates are absurdly low -- as little as a penny per click. I would need 2.4 million such clicks to generate $24,000 a year. That's why I hope you'll consider . . .
I'm asking you to pay $5 on a quarterly basis through PayPal, the leading online payment service. Please see the new "Donate'' tool in the green sidebar, right, where I'm also keeping a running total of what you've paid so far. (I chose $5 based on your responses to my recent survey. But any amount -- $1, $3, $10 -- will be much appreciated!)
The good news: PayPal is secure, easy to use, and established; it is owned by auction giant eBay, and has been in business 10 years. The less-good news: PayPal tells me who sends money. As always, I will safeguard your anonymity. But I know some folks may feel uncomfortable sending money under these circumstances. I'm still looking for other payment services, and welcome suggestions. For now, however, PayPal is my best option.
Gannett Blog is a growing source of exclusive news and networking for more than 10,000 employees and other readers. I believe its value will grow as Gannett restructures more in the months ahead. I hope you agree -- and that you will continue to support my efforts.
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