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February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time" 
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Post February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
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Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:44 pm
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Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
Most of the time that I am on Reelviews is while I am at work (at a high school). It's terrible because the computer techs here have blocked the ads on any sites that I go on. I'm wondering how many other people here have restrictions like that?

I do, though, when I am at home try to click on the ads. I'll especially click on those Google ads now that Mr. B mentioned them a couple of times there.

And thank you for this...

"And, as I have learned, it's better to have a smaller, loyal community of readers than a larger, fickle one."


Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:02 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
hehe, the title is a britney spears song - i have a strong feeling james doesn't know this.


Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:18 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
sheryl wrote:
hehe, the title is a britney spears song - i have a strong feeling james doesn't know this.


It would be a Britney song title if he included baby between me and one. Maybe next time he'll do it.


Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:20 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
I have a feeling his next one might be titled 'Oops... I Posted Again'.


Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:46 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
nice Topic James, well stated, and I like the honesty that you have with your readers. You don't try to inflate, you tell it how it is, nicely worded.

Cheers,

Wade


Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:05 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
James

This is a great post that is rare to see on line these days. I 100% agree with you that the reporting of "traffic" is accurate and often bordering on fraudulent. It's also alarming how people involved with web sites do not understand either the metrics or how to interpret them.

Like James, I have involvement in two web based companies that are both venture backed. On one of our businesses we rely on advertising revenue and the stupidity I deal with each week beggars belief.

The first and most important metric for an advertiser should be the quality of the audience. By quality I mean the fit with the advertiser target. A site with 1,000,000 monthly uniques that are irrelevant should be worth less to an advertiser than a smaller site that has a 100% match.

The second data point should be the monthly uniques combined with page views as this scales the advertising opportunity.

I too have faced rejection because we are not big enough. I then see the campaign running on sites that have zero linkage with the client target.

How does this happen?

The advertiser outsources the media buy to an agency. At the agency the media buyer is often poorly paid and very inexperienced and asking all the wrong questions of the publisher. They need to get the placement done quickly and cheaply and a big site gets it done.

Click throughs on banner ads are horrendous for the advertiser. Less than one tenth of one percent of impressions result in a click through. A click through is the measure of the amount of times somebody clicks on the ad. there's a reason for this. Ads are poorly targeted.

The worse news is that since last October ad rates have declined. We've seen a significant reduction in both the amount of advertisers and the rate they are prepared to pay :-(

OK - I feel passionately about this. So I'll go on.

There's a problem here.

Each month we as a group consume the marvelous content from James and feel that it's totally OK to pay nothing. It's the way of the web after all. However, it's going to have to change.

Newspapers are failing, movie critics in droves are losing their jobs as the internet consumes them. Yet there is no money on line. We don't need to be geniuses to know that this is not sustainable.

I worry for the future of film criticism and fear a future where it's all five line summaries with no real thought submitted by people with no real experience. It all gets dumbed down.

I guess we get what we deserve.

Ok, rant over :-)

Rob

PS - There is a way that we can all help the finances of Reel Views without any one of us paying a single cent :-). It generates thousands of dollars each month for my business!


Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:47 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
Whatever you write about, dear Giacomo, it's always educational and a pleasure to read.
I couldn't agree with Robert more, and he definitely got my attention about his misterious ninja tricks for making teh dough flow all over your head, thus ensuring years of yummy reelviews and reelthoughts for the rest of us.

Cheers,
Your -arguably- one lousy reader from Argentina :D


Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:40 pm
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Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
gueibor wrote:
Cheers,
Your -arguably- one lousy reader from Argentina :D


According to Google Analytics, I have 433 readers in Argentina. :)


Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:28 am
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James Berardinelli wrote:
gueibor wrote:
Cheers,
Your -arguably- one lousy reader from Argentina :D


According to Google Analytics, I have 433 readers in Argentina. :)


How many do you have in Ireland?


Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:30 am
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Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
JamesBond007 wrote:
How many do you have in Ireland?


1621


Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:41 am
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James Berardinelli wrote:
JamesBond007 wrote:
How many do you have in Ireland?


1621


WOAH. Wasn't expecting a number as big as that.

Did you get my last coupla PMs by the way?


Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:39 pm
Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
James Berardinelli wrote:
gueibor wrote:
Cheers,
Your -arguably- one lousy reader from Argentina :D


According to Google Analytics, I have 433 readers in Argentina. :)


Oh God, where are those people? I gotta meet them!


Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:06 am
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Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
gueibor wrote:
James Berardinelli wrote:
gueibor wrote:
Cheers,
Your -arguably- one lousy reader from Argentina :D


According to Google Analytics, I have 433 readers in Argentina. :)


Oh God, where are those people? I gotta meet them!


It's down to under 400 now. I also lost my lone reader in Greenland. On a happier note, however, I picked up one in Uzbekistan and am up to 32 in Afghanistan (although those all could be service men, I suppose).


Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:48 pm
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Post Re: February 12, 2009: "Hit Me One More Time"
Wow, it took me a bit to realize this thread had been necro'd from over a year ago. Hopefully, Mr. Gueibor doesn't take a year to respond to your latest reply in this thread. :shock:


Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:32 pm
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