I can’t remember what podcast I was listening to when I made these notes but it gave me a great idea for a way the everyone can make some money from ads. Basically someone has to come up with an ad system that the end user, the person who is being marketed to, give a bit of information and is willing to have some general information collected about and they get a small cut of the ad revenue. I’m not a big fan of ads but if I was making something from it, I wouldn’t mind a banner or small ad in a corner of a site. The end user could maybe even have some options as to which format of ads they see and that would determine different levels of money they could make..So I’m would guess this would work best if it used a browser plug in that tracked everything, cookies I don’t think are reliable enough! So the site would have code to serve the ad, and it could even serve a generic ad for traffic that doesn’t have the plugin. It could easily be implemented on WordPress blogs as a plugin that could either display a widget in the side bar, a banner across the top, what ever the site author, advertiser, ad serving company or users has set up!.To give a bit more credit, does anyone remember that old dial-up ISP that used to offer to pay you to use them? You fired up their dial-up client and it dialed in to them opened a browser window that had a banner across the top and you could surf all you wanted for free and if you spent enough time they’d send you a cheque, typical minimum dollar amounts applied. Either way, I’d probably mess with the system, I doubt I’d serve ad’s on any of my sites but the level of niche targeting and depending on the spits might make something like this very atractive for everyone involved, don’t you?
Finally I can switch to the Tag’s that are in the core of WordPress! I figured I’d find a plugin that would allow me to do this eventually and the day has come. I found a simple plugin called “WP Tags to Technorati” that links the text of the Tag line to the Technorati link for that tag! It’s such a simple thing and it SHOULD have been part of the core but it wasn’t. I’d bet in the future they will copy the code to core but for now it’s an easy install and setup. Some of you may ask why I want to use the Tag in Core so bad. My reason is so third party apps, like Flock which I’m using to write this as well as other desktop apps and web apps like Clipmarks, can now tag posts you make from them.
Blogged with Flock
Upon posting I find out that the tag’s that flock add automatically link to technorati but that do not add them to the tag database in your wordpress install. That sucks!