March 2017

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25 Mar 2017 | : blog

I just spent one and a half hours reading through and deleting all but two of 2,259 comments posted to my website pending file.   I sent them all to the spam folder and then emptied it.

Some were blatant ads, some straight forward links, some made no sense, some were in German, some in Russian, some in squares, whatever language that is supposed to be, but most were generic statements applied with no thought  to indiscriminate  pages at random by some computer software.

The one that I approved was from a hosting company but was applicable to the page it was on.

It told of Abraham Lincoln and was on The Lincoln’s Ghost Returns 2010 page.

The other got lost somewhere but i wrote it’s point down where I could keep it.

My point: if you want a back link from me, read the post or page and make your own real comment.

 

Free Content

10 Mar 2017 | : blog

Free Content

I think this is overrated.  In fact a ridiculous idea.

Let me explain.

A number of years ago I was selling an air pellet pistol using Craigslist or KSL Classifieds.

A young man from Salt Lake City called and we arranged the sale.

He said he sent a check.  I didn’t wait for it as I had enough money for postage, so I sent the gun.

I called him a couple of days later and he had received the gun and was delighted with it.

He asked if I had received the check.  ”No”, was my reply.

“Well it should get there in a day or two”,  he said.

It never came.  I called back and the guy had moved and changed his phone number too.

I was out of the gun and the postage.

He had gotten free content.

Yesterday I came out of the bank and a man had a pickup full of fresh oranges.

The money I had was to fix a truck tire.

“I’ve got no money”, I said.

He was cutting an orange and gave me part of it as a sample.

“Maybe next time you’ll remember me,” he said.

That was a sample to let me know how good the product was not a whole orange and certainly not a whole bag.

Today I was awakened by the dog barking to announce a lady in the yard.

She had come to pay me for some dried cut bamboo that she had got from me a week ago.

She had also got some earlier.

She paid me $10 more than our agreed price with, “The extra is for trusting me.”

I gave no sample to her for her to buy my farm produce.

No free content nor had the street vendor given more than a sample of free content.

So why must I give free content online?

Explain that.

What business sense does it make to only give things away?

This has been my experience.

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An update 3/11/2017

I wrote a comment about it on a forum.

I said:

“I don’t like the free content idea.
I may give samples but if I give everything away for free then,

I don’t sell any donuts, can’t pay the bills, have to close my store.

The internet should be no different.”

One man replied:

“Here’s a free copy of a small e-book I wrote:

Wiz’s Ten Steps to Staying Focused On Your Objectives

I could privately send you a link to where you can buy it on my website

or Amazon but I bet you I get more mileage from giving it away for free then

I would from promoting its sale here.

I sell enough of them to have made it a project worth doing in and of itself,

but I have earned many times more from giving it away for free. Go figure.”

My reply:

“That’s great for you but I never got paid for giving my stuff away for free.”

 

Then I thought about Amazon, perhaps the biggest online marketer in the world.

Does Amazon give away “free content”?

I signed in and found this:

AmazonSmile
Want Amazon to donate to your favorite charity (at no cost to you)?
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No cost? Don’t I still have to pay for products and shipping?
I typed in “free” and got some e-books and books and the like that looked like trash novels, or junk, or  porn to me that were free online but cost for paperback.
Then I typed in “free stuff”.
I got some jewelry that was 1 cent to 98 0r 99 cents and higher.
but not free.
What about free content?
Well if I want to read some of a book I can look inside for free.
I tried a free e-book “Best Jokes 2014″ Inside were 2 photos ads for some book with naked people displayed and nothing about jokes.
So much for free.
They do have:

Order with Free Shipping by Amazon

All orders of $35 or more of eligible items across any product category qualify for FREE Shipping.

Or free prime:

About Amazon Prime

Receive all the benefits of Amazon Prime including FREE Two-Day Shipping for eligible purchases, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, and the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for $99 a year or $10.99 a month. We also offer a Prime Video membership for $8.99 a month that only includes Prime Video as a benefit.

So this free actually does cost.

I typed in “free content” and got this page:

https://goo.gl/KOObKn

 

Some things on this page weren’t free.
Free?  Is anything really free?
Remember the old adage “You get what you pay for” ?
Meaning if you want something of value you must pay for it.
I’m not talking about “gifts” nor “loss sales leaders” (A loss leader (also leader) is a pricing strategy where a product is sold at a price below its market cost to stimulate other sales of more profitable goods or services. With this sales promotion/marketing strategy, a “leader” is used as a related term and can mean any popular article, i.e., one sold at a normal price.-Wikipedia)
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Free content.  Why pay for anything if it can be had free?

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