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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Screw You MSNBC Blog Advertising

Papamoka Straight Talk is not a big fish in the sea of the blog world but we have standards. The contributors and I write what we feel and from our own perspective. Pick any topic in the news and we write about it if it has a political twist. In that context I try and ad things in the sidebar that might interest our readers and most of it is informative. Google ranking, Technorati links, Blog Cluster Maps, Widgets to different directories and of course Feedburner. A link that makes it easier for our readers to pick up the site in a quick read format. User friendly stuff like that. Any of the links are what you call blog candy or eye candy for the site.

Recently, I added the MSNBC widget to the sidebar simply because I thought readers would enjoy the latest video or topic that MSNBC is covering. This is a political site and video is great eye candy. Supposedly, there was some benefit that Papamoka Straight Talk would get out of having this MSNBC widget on the site and yet I haven’t seen it other than something neat for readers to click on. They have not paid this site one penny to have this free advertising.

How would you feel if you received this email from a posted for free link on your site?

Good Day,

We are writing to let you know that upon a routine review we have found that the MSNBC ad unit is currently placed towards the bottom of your website.

Please let us know if you are able to raise the units to a higher point on the website, as we are unable to let the unit run in its current position.

It is suggested that the unit be displayed about 800 pixels from the top but we understand that this does not have to be exact and we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can.

My blood was boiling mad! Who the hell does MSNBC think they are dictating where there widget appears on this site? Not for just giggles I emailed them back with my opinion and this is the email I sent to the nice folks over at MSNBC…

Excuse ME? I'll just pull your free to MSNBC advertising unit from my site. You are not paying ME to be up on my site and I will not be censored by anyone on MY Website! Your advertisement was put on my site for my readers and you can take your demands and file them as never to be seen on Papamoka Straight Talk ever again.

By the way, Crooks and Liars links to my site, Gun Toting Liberal links to my site, The Moderate Voice links to my site, Bring IT ON links to my site, Michael Linn Jones links to my site, The Left Coaster links to my site as well as every newspaper in the country that I write about. By the way, Imus was right, MSNBC has no balls and no class and for the record he has linked to my site on the air!

Don't threaten me with your position requirements. When you are handed free advertising on my site you have no say where the hell I place your ad unit. I'll put my readers needs over your demands any day of the week and as for the rest of the friends that link to my site, I respect them because they have honest opinions and not bias.

Your free advertisement will be deleted. Thanks for playing nice in the blogosphere. See this email at Papamoka Straight Talk... Screw you MSNBC!

Matthew O'Keefe
Owner of Papamoka Straight Talk

As a blogger that writes for the love of writing I do not and will not tolerate anyone telling me that they demand my site bend to their requirements or loose the link. Screw you MSNBC or anyone else that wants to put me in a corner! The audacity of the email threw me over the cliff. I will delete the MSNBC link just out of spite for the bullying tactic they used in their email to me as the owner of this site. I have put my heart and soul into this blog and nobody is going to tell this political writer that they deserve a better spot on the sidebar over writers and blogger’s that have befriended me personally or simply linked to Papamoka Straight Talk.

I wonder how many other blogger’s that loaded the free MSNBC advertising up on their private sites have been threatened by this kind of email from MSNBC?

Deleted MSNBC Advertisement…

My apologies to any of our readers that liked it. I’ll find something to replace it in the next couple of days.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there... WBZ-TV has a new video ad widget and there is a rev share in it for you, sign up here...

It's brand new, but it's local and maybe you can make a little money on the side.

3:00 PM  
Blogger B.J. said...

WTG, Papamoka! MSNBC has been my cable news source of choice for years, but the network has gone to hell in a handbasket. On the other hand, you might be happy to know that MSNBC has been a free 24/7 political ad for your presidential candidate – bias be damned. It’s all in our blogging perspective, isn’t it, my friend? I was particularly touched by your comment about pouring your heart and soul into your blog. We bloggers do it for our country and our readers – without pay – and, as you know, occasionally our day is rewarded by a gracious comment. Compared to my blgo, you are a BIG FISH, but if I can inform one reader or touch one heart, that’s pay enough for me. Keep up the good work!

6:49 AM  
Blogger DB said...

You are kind of a big deal to get MSNBC visiting, no less, emailing. I think you should put the ad back up though. This time at the very bottom of your page with text next to it calling them out for their lameness. I think that would be far greater vengeance than simply cutting them off. Either way, you rock!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Thanks for the tip Anon...

Thanks for the compliment, I enjoy reading your work and your comments.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I didn't think of that DB. The only problem with that idea is that they supply the feed and all that would show up is a blank space.

Thanks for the support my friend!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Note: Pulse 360 mentioned from Anonymous above is the same network that MSNBC ran from.

9:49 AM  
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