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The Flurry around Seth’s “Ads, Tip Jar” Meme

August 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Seth raised the ire of the blog-o-sphere last week with his post about clicking on ads as a way to pay the blogger for a good post.  Here is a round-up of the reactions.

But first a nerdy side note on the story; some funny things happened when I started my research on this post.  I first turned to Google (naturally) to discover the links to Seth’s blog post.  I used the following search:

Google: link:http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/08/ads-are-the-new.html -site:typepad.com Which returned 0 results, surprising for Google.  MSN had the same problem, link:http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/08/a returning 0 results.

Yahoo however found what I was looking for: link:http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/08/ads-are-the-new.html -site:typepad.com = 100+ items

Next I looked at Nielsen’s Buzzmetrics tool BlogPulse which shows a nice quantity (25+) of links to the blog post. The problem being they missed the most important one- mine!  Now I’m not a Top 100 blogger by any means, but I do have a decent following and readership.  I’ve a got a fairly good Technorati score (220+) and Alexa Rank (322,000), so why doesn’t 1 Good Reason make it with BlogPulse?

This then led me to look at Seth’s blog post again and wonder about the Trackbacks.  It seemed that the only Trackbacks Seth was showing were for complimentary blog posts.  So I wrote to him and asked him about it; Seth answered that he approves “EVERY SINGLE trackback that comes through typepad”.  Which made me wonder why my trackback wasn’t coming through Seth’s Typepad blog.

There I discovered a difference in the way that WordPress handles trackbacks form other WordPress blogs, compared to the way they handle them with other bloging platforms.  Let’s skip the tech stuff and just say you should be sure to include trackbacks for blogs in your posting, it’s a pain but worth it.

And finally a last point about Seth’s blog.  In my correspondence with Seth I suggested to him that revisit his commenting system.  Several years ago, Joseph Jaffe over at Jaffe Juice commented that Seth’s blog didn’t take comments.  That’s my first recollection of this, perhaps you have others?  But since then I’ve been not alone in the impression that Seth holds himself to be above the fray, and doesn’t accept comments on his blog.  Well I found that is wrong.  Seth does accept comments, it’s just very hard to find them in the 8 point small print at the footer of each blog post.  So I would suggest to Seth that unless he doesn’t want people to comment, he should make it a bit easier and more apparent.

CORRECTION: Seth, doesn’t take comments on his blog.  I was confused by the comments link on the Diggs for the post, where there are a number of comments.  Seth explains his reasoning for not taking comments here.  After reading that post I have to say that I don’t agree with Seth.  Thinking about the reactions of others to your writing, or speaking, is called being “SOCIAL.”  And that’s what Social Media is all about.

Here are the main articles I’ve found surrounding this issue:  (this list is stolen, in part from BlogPulse, and I’m not sorry because you didn’t list my blog.)

However this list is not nearly complete because it missed among others, this post by Joseph Jaffe.

So what do you think?

OH yea!  Be sure to look for next weeks BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Tanks for reading,


Tags: Dear Mr. Reasonable · Reasonable Social Networking · Reasonable Techie Advice · Reasons For Net Marketing

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shane // Aug 27, 2008 at 8:59 am

    I did manually input trackback URLs for both of his posts that I linked to, but those still don’t show up as trackbacks on his site. Is that a WordPress problem, or is it him not actually approving all trackbacks?

  • 2 Chris Kieff // Aug 27, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I believe Seth when he tells me he that he approves all trackbacks that Typepad shows him. Therefore I think that it’s an issue with Typepad, not Seth. Or it could be a problem with how WordPress presents the trackbacks to Typepad. But in either case I think the ball is in Typepad’s court to explain why none of the Trackbacks are presented to Seth.

  • 3 Rob // Sep 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    seth issues a follow up post to retract (?), or at least clear up the complaints of approving click fraud.

    i’m still not convinced!!

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