When I decided to monetise this website – the point I could no longer afford to run it without monetising it – I had no idea how complex it would be. The issue seems to be that the world of advertising on the internet is a highly competitive game with lots of companies all fighting over websites like mine, both in terms of providing the service to put ads on the site, and in terms of the ads themselves. It’s not really an issue I have ever got my head around, and have relied heavily on the company that provides adds to help me with it.
This relationship has generally been ok, but to say it has recently gone through a bit of a rocky patch would be an understatement. All you really need to know is that I haven’t been happy with the service. There have been issue with the site not loading properly, falling over when it does load, and even visitors to the website not seeing images – not ideal for a photography website.
I have today had crisis talks with them. I’m at a breaking point, and have made that very clear. They have promised things are going to change. Soon. So soon in fact, that we should start seeing improvements this next week. Please do feel free to message me if you see improvements, or indeed if you feel like nothing changes.
As you may or may not also know – despite having the website rebuilt once this year – I am also in the process of a complete rebuild. This isn’t just a little bit of a spit and polish this time. For the first time in 10 years I am having a complete ground up rebuild of the website. It is a big and complex job, and frankly is costing me a fortune (I have been selling cameras, my Noritsu Scanner, etc to afford it). I should at this point say, this is not a cry for help. A few people have offered to give me cameras for me to sell to help pay for it – this is wonderful, but on all 3 occasions people have made this offer, I have declined. This is my website, I earn a small amount of my living from it, it’s my problem to fix. That said, you would like to contribute to the site – and remove the adverts/slightly speed up the website for your self – either through content or through subscription in the normal ways, I would, of course, welcome that!
The purpose of this post is simply to reassure some of you that the mess the website is in – slow and too many damned adverts – are problems that I am working on, and that hopefully before the year is out, will be fixed.
Thank you for your continued support!
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