Site Improvement: Brian pls read

Submitted by Glen Masons Hot Wife on January 12th, 2011 at 4:55 PM

This is a question for Brian, but I'd like everyone to view it.

With the recent ground-shaking change in our program, site traffic exploded and mgoblog went into a slightly-altered shell to weather the storm. User log-ins limited, and the site slowing up at times.

At a time like this, I feel it is most important for people to be able to log on, and express their opinions. My question to Brian is, can we as users, do anything to help improve the site?

In other words, if it takes money to upgrade the traffic this site can handle, I will gladly pitch in a few hundred (I probably should have done so by now anyway).

I hope that others will do the same, and pitch in whatever they can.



January 12th, 2011 at 5:08 PM ^

It depends on the ad but he can get anywhere from 1 cent to over a dollar for each click. However this only works for a day or so of clicking and if you click on too many ads you IP address doesn't log any more cash flow to brian. I'd recommend clicking a few a day so as not to set off the google "this guys doesn't actually care about this" detector.


I found this out the hard way - I set up a website and had some friends check it out. They knew I would get money from clicking and Google shut me down because they thought I was telling everyone to click - doh!  (Don't worry, Brian gets WAAAYYYY to much traffic and has such a long history with Google I'm sure this wouldn't happen to him if you click-bomb the ads)


January 12th, 2011 at 5:25 PM ^

i would echo the comments above.

Click, but don't go crazy (click on what interests you).  

Advertising on the app side is still a bit in the early stages.  Most ads pay per click, some pay per impression.  The pay per click be anywhere from a penny to over a dollar.  The mobile side doesn't seem to be dominated by Google like the desktop side.


January 12th, 2011 at 5:33 PM ^

I suspect the answer will be "no way in hell" but I'll ask anyway, just in case:  Is there any way you or Brian or Tim or someone would share some information with respect to the weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual cost of running this website and/or what is needed to make necessary improvements?  It might help to have even a tidbit of information relating to finances so we can plan our donations accordingly (meaning donate more if necessary).  I apologize if my forwardness (new word) is offensive - that is obviously not my intention.


January 12th, 2011 at 4:59 PM ^

Brian has plans to upgrade the servers later this year. I am sure making a donation would go over quite well. Clicking ads on the site is helpful as well. Especially if you have the Iphone app.


January 12th, 2011 at 5:03 PM ^

I've hit that iPhone App as many times as it will allow me but I won't stop just because things seem to be back to normal around here....  whatever that means.


January 12th, 2011 at 5:13 PM ^

How about moving some of the service to Amazon's cloud compute services S3 + CloudFront (CDN)? Quick Google searching shows at least some interest from Drupal developers for using S3. S3 is dirt cheap. 


January 12th, 2011 at 5:14 PM ^

Click on the app ads too - tho Brian splits those revenues.
<br>One of the recent ads seems to be opening up to a video on it's own all the time -- kind of annoying -- hopefully he's getting credit every time.