Cash for comment

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone", saith John 8:7. And since your correspondent has never once had the good grace to donate to any of the blogs he visits on a daily basis, he cannot in good conscience criticise his valued readers for their failure to have given the PayPal link on the sidebar much of a workout. Not only has this labour of love failed to turn anything remotely resembling a profit, it has in fact all but wiped me out financially thanks to the unproductive efforts of a certain vexatious litigant (though I do not doubt that the good people at Slater & Gordon needed that $15,000 more than I did). But now, thanks to the magic of Google Ads, you can help me earn the big bucks that I deserve and must have by visiting the websites of my fine sponsors, located immediately to the right.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

6 comments on “Cash for comment”

  1. How about changing your paypal preferences to use AUD rather than USD. (I suspect you would get more activity) bobK

  2. Not a second, PB (I’ve only just noticed we have the same initials, in a manner of speaking). It took me about an hour to add the appropriate code to the site in a manner that looked good, but from here on in I just sit back and wait for the monthly payment to come through. So far my total earnings are $2.47 – don’t laugh, we’re talking Sunday morning here. I’d get cracking right away if I were you.

  3. Just thought i better mention that the mock parliament site i waste my free time on (… go the plug :P) tried google ad’s but we got done for encouraging members to click on the adds which is apparently not allowed, so they took away our account and what we had generated so far (like 15 bucks or something small)

    so yeah make sure ur not to obvious about telling people to click the ads.

  4. Thanks Cameron. It occurred to me that this might be the case, but I have noticed that Tim Blair and others aren’t shy about promoting their links. I guess there’s a fine line between encouraging people to use the facility (a good thing, surely) and having people cheat by piling it on.

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