Google AdSense is a horrible thing in that it waits until you've almost reached your goal, then decides to tell you that you did something ~wrong~ and says you can't have your money.
How does this impact LJs that are have avatars with pop-culture sources? If they opt in, wouldn't they essentially be making money off of a product that is under copyright and thus be in (further) violation of copyright laws?
If you sign up for this, and the later decide you don't want to do it anymore, you can just opt out again, right?
2009-09-22 01:12 am (UTC)
THIS IS A JOKE
THIS IS ALL A JOKE AND I AM JUST DREAMING
Some of us pay for other reasons.
Personally, I've been WANTING to monetize my LJ, so I'm glad they're finally going to let me!
How much money are we talking here? And how easy is it for the average blogger to break even without covering their blog completely in ads?
Break even? You don't have to pay to join, so everything is profit.
Did I just awake from a long slumber and it's magically April 1st?
Read the faqs - still can't make much sense but I don't think it'll be of any use to people who don't have lots of traffic.
thats what i was thinking.
FINALLY LJ is going to let me monetize my blog!
Now I don't have to RSS feed it to another site to use AdSense.
2009-09-22 01:17 am (UTC)
Not interested myself, but I don't see the need to complain. Seriously- don't like it, don't use it. LJ's put in far tackier features than this.
Edited at 2009-09-22 01:18 am (UTC)
I'm still holding out for the ability to search a community and pull up all of my own posts in it from the time I joined. That's the only feature paid LJers don't have that I want.
Now *that* would be an awesome feature.
And more damn userpics. I'd pay big for an additional hundred or so.
Why would I do this to my friends?
So, those of you who know you'd never be interested in using Your Journal - Your Money can skip the rest of this post if you like and continue on down your Friends page.
Right, because god forbid anyone who has an ethical objection to this raise a voice in dissent. I don't really care about this mess one way or the other, but that managed to actually piss me off.
2009-09-22 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, "you can skip this post if you'd like" is stifling dissent? It's
Socialism Fascism Socialism!
I'd be interested in this feature if I had enough people on my f'list to make it worth while. I've got 100 friends on my f'list, a fair number of them are paid users. Guesstimating maybe ~70 free users. I'm not clear on if the ads will show up on friends pages. If not, then a lot of those friends wouldn't even see the ads in the first place. So, I can't imagine I'd get more than a few dollars worth of clicks per year.
I imagine if you've got "Minimize my journal's inclusion in search engine results" enabled then you'd probably see very little search-driven traffic, thus minimizing your ability to earn from AdSense.
Wow, that just killed at least 50% of my inclination to re-up my paid account. Oh LJ, you're special. Hooray for Dreamwidth.
So you'd discontinue to use the service simply because it added a feature which you don't even have to use or see?
So would I have to start posting public entries again?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT JESUS PEOPLE.
I think that it's a bad idea, but that's just me.
Doesn't mean that you HAVE to do it! Christ!
Is this feature available on a community you maintain, or just private journals? Obviously one gets more traffic than the other.
I'll give you ten dollars if you rake my leaves.
If we're paid and don't opt in, we still don't have to see them, right? =\
That is correct. You only see these ads if you opt into the program yourself by turning on the checkbox. If you don't, then you remain ad-free.
I'm not entirely clear on who sees these ads and who doesn't, where they're shown and where they aren't.
Are the ads just on your own journal page? They aren't aggregated onto any friends pages?
If you opt in on your journal, do logged out users see them?
Do basic account holders see them?
Do plus account holders see them?
(As far as I can tell, these account types won't have an opt-in option, since they are not eligible to offer ads themselves.)
Paid account holders who have also opted in see the ads, and paid account holders who have not opted in do not see the ads, I understand from your post. Is this correct?
I suppose I'm not sure what the point is, unless the only people who don't see the ads are non opt-in paid account users, since I can't imagine getting a useful volume of paid account user traffic. So I suspect that is the case.
I suspect this is a way to make money off ohnotheydidnt
and high traffic journals like that. Still: what a sleazebag newspeak name for it, why not just "Journal Avertising"?
I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't called "Your Money" -- such Newspeak crap! It's "Your Advertising" which is not the same thing at all. BE HONEST AT LEAST!
I'm not giving LJ more money for userpics, which I was just about to do.