I wanted to give all of you an update on The Situation:
EPautos is not Deay-ud!
In the roughly ten days since we threw Goo-guhl in the woods – removed all their ads from this site after they de-listed us and reduced site income from Adsense to almost nothing – readers have generously made up most of the shortfall. We’ve just about covered our nut for August. If we can maintain the level of support we’ve received thus far, we’ll get there. Without Goo-guhl. In spite of them.
A heartfelt thanks to all of you!
Now, two questions – or things I’d like to bring up:
First is whether we accept any ads at all. Personally, I’d prefer to keep this site free of advertising. I’d like to have nothing but commentary (and comments) and news. No one trying to sell you anything. If we can maintain an adequate level of reader support, this is absolutely doable. We’ll see how things go over the next few weeks.
If we did accept ads, I’d like to know how you feel about – for instance – “sponsored” articles. Nothing bylined by me or presented as my work. But, the occasional (once a month?) article that is clearly a pitch for some product or service – and clearly identified as such. You’d see something like: Sponsored Article – or the thing would be highlighted or otherwise marked out as an ad.
Would you guys be ok with this? Or would it be turn-off?
Dom and I are trying to strike a balance – and as this method of running a web site is terra incognita to both of us, we’d appreciate as much feedback as possible.
Meanwhile, once again, THANKS! to all of you, especially those who threw some coins in our cup! You’re the reason EPautos (also now Libertariancarguy.com) is still alive and kicking.