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Wow, the #Chinese  government is about to make some pretty bad juju.

https://adblockplus.org/blog/the-lonely-bully-china-issues-edict-to-ban-ad-blockers
The lonely bully: China issues edict to ban ad blockers · 2016-07-20 14:00 by Ben Williams. We can all remember the bully from our playground or neighborhood, right? But what we forget is how they were finally defeated, because even though they usually fall to the “hero” during the “big scene” ...
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Hannah Cohen, 19, ended up bruised and blooded after a scuffle with TSA agents at Memphis International Airport. She had received treatment for a brain tumor and became disoriented.
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Certainly was unnecessary. I hope the court fines them for more than was asked.

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... probably why it became unsafe to monetize on Tumblr.
 
Tumblr, teens, AdSense fraud & affiliate schemes

Tumblr holds a unique place in teen culture, where "smart weird kids" (especially girls) from around the world could meet each other.  That is an interesting story in and of itself, but Elspeth Reeve's recent article in The New Republic shows what can go wrong when money comes into the mix. 

It's a story that includes AdSense click fraud,  a spammy ad network called Exposely, snake-oil affiliate advertising - and ultimately a bunch of teens loosing both their AdSense accounts and their blogs.

AdSense came first. And as the teens discovered, banner ads don't usually make you much money unless you cheat.

With AdSense banners, users get paid when a reader clicks or views an ad. However, Google forbids “click fraud”—you can’t just click on an ad on your own blog all day and watch the money come in. Google has bots looking for that. So teens have schemes to evade the bots. There are a handful of secret Facebook groups and multi-member chats for Tumblr users with high follower counts—between 10,000 and 100,000 or even more—with names like Wallflowers 2.0 and GOATS. There they organize to trade favors, like agreeing to   promote each other’s posts. An “r4r” in the Facebook group is offering an exchange of reblogs, so each blog is exposed to a wider set of followers. An “r4c” means a user will reblog a post for someone who promises to visit their blog, refresh it several times, click on the ad, and then refresh it several times—but only if you’re from a “premium country,” because Google pays more for clicks from Ireland, for example, than from the Philippines. An ad might specify “please no car/dating/clothing web sites!” because those ads pay less per click. The blog must be refreshed until a better-paying ad shows up, like one from a bank.

The two teens that ran the popular (but now gone) "So-Relatable"  blog - Zach Lilley and Jeremy Greenfield - earned thousands of dollars a month from AdSense. In 2013 their earnings totaled $249,000.   But then, disaster - near the end of that year AdSense disabled their account. 

Not to be deterred, they teamed up with a man named Dennis Hegstad to create an ad network of their own, Exposely. Hegstad is a former Myspace star and popular Twitterer with ties to the music industry, who had been working with the boys on promotion and monetization of their Tumblr blog.

Explosely recruited a number of popular teen Tumblr bloggers as publishers. And their ad practices sound pretty dodgy - they let bloggers who had had their own AdSense accounts terminated display the network's AdSense ads, they created "garbage content sites" plastered with ads and had the bloggers promote links, and ultimately had their publishers post "testimonials" promoting snake-oil diet pills.

Exposely’s diet pill scheme got going in April 2014, and it worked—it worked like crazy. Trending.ly got almost 7 million views that month, and with the diet pill ads, they sometimes achieved a conversion rate near 10 percent. Once, across all their blogs, Exposely made $24,000 in a single day.

And then, not too surprisingly, it all came crashing down. Tumblr terminated all those popular teens' blogs for violating their terms of service.

Lilley and Greenfield had unwittingly spread the poison that would kill a huge section of the teen Tumblr world. Lilley had told his friends they were safe (“I fucked up telling you guys that”), but he lost his accounts, too, and wouldn’t have used the ads if he knew it’d get them banned

Where are they now? Lilley and Greenfield are still making money, although they keep losing their various affiliate accounts and their Tumblr blogs keep getting removed. A recent move to Wordpress apparently hasn't been so successful.
 
And Hegstad is still out there, having glowing articles written in publications like Fast Company about his "empire" and success on Twitter.

The big losers? The teens who trusted them and ended up losing their blogs. 

Read Elspeth Reeve's fascinating article at +The New Republic :

https://newrepublic.com/article/129002/secret-lives-tumblr-teens
How Tumblr's most popular teen comedy geniuses struck it rich—then lost it all.
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News in Canada ... sometimes odd, sometimes funny, sometimes just plain dumb.

From a BC area:

- Fraud. A person called a number back from a missed call on his phone. The call was answered by a man with a strong accent claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and instructed the person to pay a very large sum of money or go to jail for three years. The person received further instructions to provide the funds in the form of ITunes gift cards. The person purchased the very large sum of ITunes gift cards and provided all of the card numbers to the man with the accent. Close to $5000 was lost in this version of the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam. (anyone that believes Canada Revenue would actually want them to pay with iTunes cards deserves to lose his money ... seriously dude)

- A vehicle struck a moose on Hwy 37 near the Waterlily Bay Rd. No injuries. The vehicle sustained major damage. The moose ran off. (yeah, that happens a lot in Ontario too actually)

- A witness observed a man place a pile of nails under the tires of a police vehicle parked at Mills Memorial Hospital. He was located in the area and arrested. A coil of nails and drugs were seized from the man. Charges are being forwarded to Crown Counsel. (don't mess with local cops)

- Domestic dispute. A man choked a woman. Police located a man hiding under a mattress in a room. He was breaching probation condition of no contact. The 35-year-old man was arrested and held for court. (you hid under a mattress, you're gonna be found. seriously dumb move)

http://www.terracestandard.com/news/379786251.html
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[quote]He insisted barriers were secure, asking: 'Do you know any four-year-olds? They can climb over anything'[/quote]

Really? Then apparently the barriers are NOT safe if a 4 year can climb over them. This is NOT the gorilla's fault. Shame on you Cincinnati Zoo.

And parents need to pay better attention to their kids when out on trips like this - all parents do. Little kids depend on us for their safety.


New video footage of Harambe shows the 400-pound gorilla HOLDING HANDS with the boy who fell into exhibition moat as zoo director insists they were right to shoot him and the barriers were safe 
Daily Mail Online
New video footage of Harambe the gorilla suggest he was trying to protect a four year old boy who fell into the zoo enclosure just minutes before the 400-pound animal was fatally shot.
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Such a sad outcome. If the gaps in the barrier were large enough for a child to climb and get through them, then the barrier wasn't sufficient.
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Fighting Piracy: many people think Google doesn't go far enough, but then, Google ISN'T responsible for other people's piracy either. I would say they do plenty, regardless of what the MPAA and RIAA think. Nobody else should have to fight THEIR battles for them, including Google.

https://publicpolicy.googleblog.com/2016/07/continuing-to-create-value-while.html
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I don't know how old this is, but it's a rather interesting look at #twitter   and #AdSense  

http://www.seo-artworks.com/Twitter/twitter-study-adsense.htm
Bit.ly’s BOTS vs. HUMANS Clicks Ratio by Google's AdSense is not at all good for humans.
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Very cool. More people need this attitude.

https://varvy.com/mission.html
The mission of Varvy is to provide opportunity and to somehow try to inspire big companies to do the same.
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This is interesting. I always felt that ads on mobile devices were somewhat obnoxious, and apparently a lot of people feel that way, but mostly because the ads use up their data.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/31/ad-blockers-posing-serious-threat-as-1-in-5-smartphone-users-using-tech-study.html
More than 1 in 5 of the world's 1.9 billion smartphone users are blocking ads when browsing the web on their devices posing a "serious threat" to firms relying on advertising revenues, new research suggests.
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Page level alone would make me block if I surfed much on my phone (which I don't). I guess I don't even consider the data usage as much as the experience, as it's so easy to take up a ton of real estate with ads on mobile...

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#PETA statement says "animals are not ours to use or abuse in anyway, including for entertainment" ... yeah. I agree. However, #PETA  seems to think women are.

http://features.peta.org/VeggieLove/?c=pbsaec09
Watch the PETA ad that was deemed too hot for the Super Bowl!
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+John Munt Indeed, okay to use veggies for sex exploitation, and women, but not animals. Okay, got that. I will not do it with an animal, ever. Some places in the world are in big trouble ... I think goats are animals, rather than veggie or human :)
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  • University Life...
    a little bit of everything, 2011
  • grade school, high school, some college
    basic stuff...Do I have to name them? Nah.
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AdSense TC, Free Stock Photos, Backgrounds, Textures & more
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Professional and Freelance Photographer

-Pay-it-Forward is a tenet to live by.
-Money isn't everything.
-Think before you speak/write/type.
-Ask don't demand.
-Listen first.





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Only thing I tend to brag about...4 fabulous grandchildren, two awesome daughters, two great sons-in-laws and an amazing husband whose survived several major health problems..
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other names? um, I don't answer to other names.