When the Internet started up, it was fairly easy to find a following, which is probably why you can read Allpar today; we started in 1994 and got our domain name in 1998. The Web was a smaller community, with few spammers and scammers, and corporations were generally oblivious.
The first major threats to independent publishers were, in my opinion:
- Pay per click “search engines” (GoTo.com was the leader before Google) which meant that if you had deep pockets, you could “outbid” better sites.
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Remember these rather spicy ads that showed up all over Allpar for as long as I could take it? Well, supposedly we now have all sorts of filters in, so we’ll clear half the money but be a bit less offensive.
It took a while due to tech issues and I still can’t get Chrome to show the new ads; not sure what’s going on there.… ... read the rest
In response to a few inquiries, yes, those ads at the bottom of the page at allpar are real ads, not a virus, or malware, or a mistake. Revcontent, the advertiser, is pretty popular on the Net, and you’ve probably seen their work on many other sites (Taboola and a couple of other providers have similar ads).… ... read the rest
I don’t know about everyone, but for me, chemotherapy was like getting senile far ahead of my time. The effects seem to be sticking with me, too.
Early on I started to lose focus. In the past I’d been fairly high-strung, but could dive into something and stay there, which is handy if you’re coding or writing.… ... read the rest
Early in my working life, I saw that “traditional” approaches to cutting costs usually didn’t work. My micro-level experiences may be valid at a macro level.
One cost-cutting story comes from my time as a temp, at a cheap (and I don’t mean frugal) outfit that made huge sums in investment banking.… ... read the rest