Just a few random updates based on questions I’ve received regarding site issues for those who are interested.
Dear web-master, Do those ads on the top right of the blog help the website? I am skeptical that Dick Army’s group AFP is sympathetic to re-legalization issues. What does repealing Mitt’s health bill have to do with normalization and peace?
I have actually not seen those ads on Drug WarRant. I seem to get ads for Xfinity or my local TV station, or for television sets, although I’ve gotten a couple of Ron Paul ads and the ubiquitous rehab ads.
All the ads you see in the banner on the right side near the top are generated automatically by Google Ads. I don’t exercise any advance approval, so it’s the Google algorithms along with the decisions of the advertisers in terms of broad categories of sites that determines what ads show up. Additionally, ads may be determined in part by the browsing habits of the viewer. You may get different ads than someone else visiting the site.
I tried for awhile individually blacklisting various rehab sites (they weren’t doing me any good because nobody visiting this site clicks on them, and yet my site’s content seemed to draw the ads), but there are so many, I could do that for months.
I’m just happy that there seems to be a better variety now than there used to be.
The Google Ads aren’t a great revenue generator, but they help out in the range of $30-$40 a month or so, which puts a significant dent into the monthly costs.
What ads are you getting when you visit the site?
Drug Facts Week
We had a very successful effort with Drug Facts Week, pretty much dominating the Twitter feed for the event, and spreading some great facts to thousands of people. Someone asked whether Drug Facts Week cost anything, and, thinking just of the website and the twitter feed, I said “No.” However, I did spend about $300 on Google Ads to promote our version of Drug Facts Week, and that seemed to help get us some real attention in Google searches (along with over 1,000 direct clicks on the ad).
This also puts the Drug WarRant version of Drug Facts Week in great position for future years, as I see this as an annual event.
Drug WarRant bandwidth
The problems we had a month or two ago with the site going down constantly seem to have mostly resolved. Part of that came from increasing the memory for the server, which increased the monthly cost.
A big thanks to those who have contributed to the site to help cover the costs. I’ll be needing your continued support in the future.
Pete,every time I come to your site it tries to open a pop-up window,,,do you have it set to do that or has someone attached a pop-up too your site?
No, I don’t have it set to do that, nor does it happen for me.
As far as I’m aware, there’s nothing that has been attached to the site to do that. If others are experiencing it, please let me know.
There are so many things that can happen, it’s hard to identify the source – it may be something in your browser, or you may have something disabled that is important for the functionality of my site.
In the past month, Drug WarRant has received 70,430 visits (49,107 absolutely unique visitors) and 95,866 page views. 66% of the visits were new visitors (meaning that I’m continuing to reach new people every month, although a good portion of those were visiting the “Why is Marijuana Illegal?” page).
There are also some very loyal visitors. 6,400 visits were from visitors who visited the site over 200 times this month.
Visitors came from 153 countries. Those with over 100 visits (in order from most visits): U.S., Canada, U.K., Turkey, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, India, Norway, Vietnam, New Zealand, Russia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Philippines, Romania, Hungary.
3 percent of visitors used mobile devices.
55 percent of visits were referred by Google. 22.47 percent were direct traffic (bookmark, etc.)
Let me know if you have any questions about any of this.