Changes in Upper Management
Hey everyone, I wanted to post an update on the site regarding where we are, and what is to come. Since this could get a little lengthy I'll just jump right into it.
The final email came in, effectively banning me from AdSense for the foreseeable future. Doesn't look like there are any alternatives, so we need to pivot ourselves to go into a different direction. It is a shame to be banned for doing nothing wrong, but there is little recourse when it comes to Google. So as you have seen over the past few days we have been experimenting with many different ad networks. We have settled on Chitika as our best bet although we are still not making the money like before, we hope it will pick up soon.
We are currently at their silver level, which is the middle tier. I have already seen some ads from some reputable companies which gives me hope. While we do not always have a decent ad, I am hopeful that if we are ever able to reach the gold tier then we may have a shot. Obviously I am unable to promise anything at this point, but we will see how it goes. But with that, is going to come some changes. We need to be more selective in our process of the content we are allowing on the site. elitecodex has already written a post detailing the coming changes in this area, so I will refer you to his post for more details.
The bottom line is we need to focus on adding more quality content to the site. Please keep in mind, that this in no way affects what people are posting now. For example, you will still be able to post things like what you had for breakfast, your days activities, random poems, thoughts and opinions on current events, etc. Rest assured that your "personal" posts will still be welcomed and nothing is changing in that regard. The only restriction that will be placed on those types of posts will be simple grammar requirements. If you can write in coherent English, then you are fine and have no worry of anything.
I sent an email to all the moderators last night, "relieving them of duty" for two reasons. 1) The sites current traffic really doesn't call for that many moderators. But the most important reason is 2) I have been given a opportunity at a promotion which I really can't turn down. The downside is it requires a substantial amount of travel which will not allow me to focus as much on this site as I want. Rest assured, I have given the reigns over to elitecodex and MaeLou and they are two people I have known for a very long time. I trust them, and we have been in constant talks since its launch and we are all on the same page as far as where we need to go. elitecodex has been invisible lately, and I have been the public face of the site. He will start being the one taking the site forward and I believe they are going to do the best they can to make this a sustainable community.