Look ma, no ads!

I’ve been trying to take Pocketables to ad-free and still getting paid back within 7 years and being able to pay the editors/authors/contributors for their time, but with a total of one person out of literally thousands that visits or read via RSS daily supporting us on Patreon that doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

It’s been an interesting year since becoming the owner of Pocketables. Learned more about SEO, wordpress, and have been focusing on too much rando stuff with hosting and trying to fix what keeps breaking to really delve into what I want to be working on which is not disabling plugin after plugin to figure out why the fonts changed.

I mean seriously, today I spent almost two hours trying to figure out with the site hosts what’s wrong with the site (two bad htaccess files,) rather than poking around and finding fun and interesting things in Androidville.

During all of this site work recently I was attempting to see if the video ad would perform well enough to get rid of the other ads and I hit a point where I realized most of the work I’ve done with pocketables for the past couple of months has been on the site itself, which I think is broken simply because it’s WordPress. (Seriously, issue after issue since the Gutenberg update)

Time to remove some stuff, minimize and just write.

So from April 19th until my birthday about a month out, I’m going to run this ad-free, as few gizmos and plugins that can fail as possible (seriously, deactivating anything that can fail and isn’t needed,) focus on the interesting, hope we can get some supporters, and if not reevaluate whether Pocketables takes sponsored posts, reviews, or what.

Gotta make beer money somehow.

In the meantime, something that took a lot of effort was to get the forums back up. We had several people requesting we resuscitate the pocketables forums, and once they were nobody used them. I mean, it is weird to drop in and say hi to nobody I guess. But man, you don’t know the mountains moved by Tapatalk to get the data.

And feel free to stop in and say hi in the comments of any article. Literally nearly 20,000 visits = 1 comment these days, and the comments we do get are usually on Facebook which doesn’t bother to notify me of comments on Pocketables posts most of the time. Rassafrassa.

Also feel free to mock sick Paul’s atrocious grammar as he’s sick and not enough oxygen is getting to his brain. And feel free to let us know how we can make some money without selling out. I feel not enough businesses and websites ask that before throwing in the towel.

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Paul E King

Paul King started with GoodAndEVO in 2011, which merged with Pocketables, and as of 2018 he's evidently the owner. He lives in Nashville, works at a film production company, is married with two kids. Facebook | Twitter | Donate | More posts by Paul | Subscribe to Paul's posts

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11 thoughts on “Look ma, no ads!

  • Avatar of Chris Hoffman

    For me, there are ads between the article and the comments section. Just feedback. I look forward to seeing how it goes, and wish you the best of luck!

    • Hrmm, can you send me a screenshot / run an incognito window? Running no ad blocker and not seeing anything

    • I just disabled my adblocker and reloaded, and I don’t see anything. You might want to consider looking at what extensions are installed, as there might be one that’s injecting ads into pages.

      • It appeared it was mobile only, although the code was in the header section so it should have been affecting everyone, it wasn’t. We’ll see if it pops up anywhere else.

    • I see it now. Appears to rear it’s head only on mobile. Will remove if I can figure it out from mobile… Gitaa be a contextual widget

  • Avatar of Kenneth Eisen

    Not seeing any ads at all right now. Looks very nice and clean. I personally don’t like automatic reoccurring payments, but if there was a way to donate by one time payments, I’m in.

    • me / the site in general is on any of my posts in the bio. Any individual author / not the site is in their bio at the bottom of any article. Probably ought to slap a button on the pages for the non-patreon ways I guess… will work on that this weekend.

      • Avatar of Kenneth Eisen

        Cool. Enjoy your weekend!

  • I check every once in awhile, and I’m still genuinely surprised that I’m the only supporter on Patreon. I’d really like to hear what it is that is keeping people from committing to even paying $1 a month.

  • also as a note I dropped all of the Twitter feeds because the plugin that was pulling the Twitter feeds was taking 6 seconds to run. I’ll get something for our contributing editors that doesn’t show load times next week.

  • Avatar of Daniel D.

    I’m mostly reading on mobile, starting from RSS. Ads never bothered me. As long as they are not the annoying type (opening other pages, taking you somewhere else and not even being able to go back or something similar) they are OK. Honestly, I didn’t even notice the difference.


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