8/18/13

Help Needed!


Well, Google has stripped Retrospace of its advertising.  While that may be a good thing to some of you tired of looking at those annoying ads; it has taken away a significant amount of revenue.

You're thinking, "So what?.... This is a labor of love, not a way to make a living."  True, but there are some expenses associated with bringing you posts nearly every day.  So, although the Google Ads didn't amount to much, their removal will seriously affect my ability to keep on truckin'.  It's not just an issue of reimbursement, it's an issue of motivation - the ad revenue was a carrot that Google dangled in front of me each day that no longer exists.

So, please put some money in the tip jar.  You don't have to, of course.  But to ensure this train keeps rolling down the track, I may have to enlist your help a couple times a year.... and if it runs out of steam, that's okay.  It's been a good run - five years and counting.








Why did Google remove their advertising? Their words: "Strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, and lewd or provocative poses".

So, although I've refrained from displaying nudity, my content is still considered not suitable for Google Ads. I can't really complain - it's their money and it's their rules.  I could whine about how network television commits far worse sins than this humble blog, but what's the point?

I admit, I tread pretty close.  But there's reasons for it.  For those interested, here's why:



1. Sex Sells

I'd love to say tens of thousands of people come to Retrospace every day because I'm such a brilliant wordsmith.  But the truth is, the popular posts are the ones with miniskirts and cleavage.  I certainly don't want to rely on T&A to bring in page-views; however, if it gets people in the door, maybe they'll stay for the content.  In other words - come for the boobs, stay for the words.


2. Tone

Very early on I set a certain "feel", "voice" or "tone" (call it what you like) for Retrospace.  I wanted it something like National Lampoon or 70's era MAD.  In other words, nothing too raunchy or explicit; however, definitely with a racy tone.  I didn't want Retrospace to be just another "Do You Remember When" retro blog.  It had to have just a little edge.



3. Subject Matter

Retrospace doesn't spend much time on the well traveled topics of yesteryear.  You won't find a post on Saturday Night Fever here.  Although I certainly love that film and soundtrack, the joy I derive from doing this blog comes from exploring the obscure nooks of the pop culture landscape.  Subsequently, when you're exploring such spaces in a decade like the 1970s, things are bound to get a little "saucy".

So, now that the ads are history, does that give me a bit of freedom now? Can I now push the envelope even further?  Nope. The next step would be for Google to classify this blog as inappropriate, put it behind an "adult content" interstitial and require you to agree to enter.  Worst case, they can disable the account.  Which brings me to my fourth and final reason:

Violation #1: Strategically covered nudity
4. Fun

Many of you will say that I don't need this racy material - it's just as good without it.  As true as that may be, it still is a critical hit in the "fun department".  In other words, I've got to be wary of their three vices at all time: Strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, and lewd or provocative poses.  Let's not forget that I do this for fun, not profit.  As nice as it is to earn a few bucks for my troubles, once the fun goes, so goes Retrospace.  Like it or not, covering things racy and risque immensely enjoyable.

Lurid pulp magazines, raunchy VHS covers, sexy vintage lingerie catalogs, exploitation cinema, jiggle TV, and naughty advertising are all things that make Retrospace tick.  You take away the racy element, you take away the soul of Retrospace. (Okay, I'm being overly dramatic - but you get my point.)

I tell you all this just as an FYI, not as a "poor me" speech.  The bottom line is, I'll need to rely on donations to keep this hobby alive. So, I'm going to keep this post up for a bit..... don't think I've quit if you don't see anything new on Retrospace for a couple days.  I need ensure this post gets read, and hopefully acted upon. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

30 comments:

  1. What was the reason? They did this a few times for my blogs in the past, one blog which lost ads for good and so I stopped posting, the other has regained them twice after an appeal.

    In all cases, it was a matter of one or several readers flagging my content as adult or containing violence or gore; this was a topless cartoon character, and in several cases a robot dog (!?) and a dead mouse.

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    1. One of the posts that incited the disabling of the Google Adsense account was a post on Mayfair magazine covers from November 2012.

      http://my-retrospace.blogspot.com/2012/11/vintage-mens-mags-31-mayfair.html

      Not nearly as benign as a robot dog, I'm afraid.

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  2. The Paypal button brings up Paypal but without any information as how to direct some money to you.

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    1. Thanks for pointing this out. Fixed.

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  3. I'm curious; what costs do you have? Have you upgraded your flickr account? Or is it the cost of buying stuff to scan? And can you give a rough idea of what it costs you to run this blog? Just trying to get an idea.

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    1. The costs to run the blog are nil. Once Rapidshare and PowWeb dropped me like a bad habit, things got even cheaper.So, this is not like a kickstarter, where I need money to keep this thing alive.

      If I included the tremendous amount of time and the stuff I buy to scan, I couldn't even begin to estimate the cost (I don't want to know, to be honest).

      The pittance that Google sent me was just a small (almost symbolic) reward for my time and expenses. The metaphorical tip jar I place on top of my piano at the bar never came close to paying a bill, but it's positive reinforcement nonetheless. I'll still keep playing piano, but it's with an empty tip jar now, and a little less pep.

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    2. I see. Your tip jar should have less air in it now. I hope you'll continue on just as before because this is one of the few places where we can see/read all this far out stuff and talk about it. You obviously love it and enjoy writing about it. Don't deny yourself that pleasure. ;)

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  4. I understand and support your need for a fund drive 100%! But please, not at the expense of Mini Skirt Monday. :)

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    1. Sorry, Airwick. Your regularly scheduled programming has been interrupted. Have no fear, the miniskirts will return in due time.

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  5. I'm still new to this blogging thing, so help me to understand what happened. Google backed you into a corner and gave you a choice? You can have all the 'obscured nudity' and 'provocative poses' you want, but no ads. Or, all the ads you want but nothing resembling 'tame' images by today's standards? That seems to be the reverse of what's normally found on the internet. If you're getting more people "in the door" due to the risque images, then wouldn't that translate to Google cutting their own nose off to spite their face by taking away the ads?? Check you tip jar...it ain't much but hope it helps. Keep fighting the good fight.

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    1. Google Adsense has rules; and a few of those rules were violated, so they cut me. Here's the rules -

      Google ads may not be placed on pages with adult or mature content. This includes, but is not limited to, pages with images or videos containing:

      Strategically covered nudity
      Sheer or see-through clothing
      Lewd or provocative poses
      Close-ups of breasts, buttocks, or crotches

      Again, I'm not sharing this information to get sympathy. I did it to myself. But this doesn't make me any less disappointed.

      Add this latest development to the Rapidshare and PowWeb debacle, where I lost all my sharity posts; my mojo is quickly running dry.

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    2. "Strategically covered nudity
      Sheer or see-through clothing
      Lewd or provocative poses
      Close-ups of breasts, buttocks, or crotches"

      So in other words, pick just about any photo from the last 15 editions of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Available at any grocery store check-out line. Good grief.

      Too many gray areas, but I suppose it's always been that way. Who sits in judgment of what's 'lewd and provocative' and what's not. The old "one man's trash is another man's treasure" conundrum.

      Anyway, thanks for the response and good luck!

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  6. Don't let The Man shut you down. I wish I could donate more deniro...I'm as broke as a joke...but I do enjoy Retrospace. Peace.

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  7. It's hard to fathom this level of prudishness in 2013. There is nothing on your blog that I would call remotely "adult content." Do the Ginger and Mary Ann posts constitute "strategically covered nudity" and "lewd or provocative poses" ? Wasn't that pretty much every episode of Gilligan's Island ? Who knew we were watching "adult entertainment" at age 10 ! Does Google Adsense also pull their ads from blogs featuring art masterpieces ? That Venus de Milo - OMG she's topless !
    This blog has a unique sense of humor and - like the Venus de Milo - a respectful admiration for feminine beauty - and what's wrong with that ? Hope you'll keep this blog going according to your vision.

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    1. I agree. Gilligan ought to be able whatever he wants; if the advertisers don't mind, why should Google?

      BTW, donation made.

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  8. That's nuts! I see worse stuff on mainstream websites. I can't donate now, but will soon. Your blog is the first thing I go to when I first get up. You put a smile on my face and brighten my day, especially Mondays. You know me as Nick Kou..... on facebook. I was wondering if I could Post on FB about your plight. I have a lot of friends that would fall head over heels for you blog, just like me. I don't remember how I found you, but it is one of the best things on the internet highway.....Er... I mean the web. Nick

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    1. Please spread the word. Make sure you have sad violins playing in the background. :)

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  9. Donation made.

    Image hosts and Google f***ed me around too; a series of hosts cut my image links; then Google/Blogger put my Sexy Witch blog behind an "adult content" interstitial; so I moved to Wordpress, leaving a redirect on Blogger to the new site.

    *Then* they cut the advertising on the old Blogger site. I was only getting fifteen or twenty bucks every three or four of months -- chicken feed, certainly compared to costs and time -- but I got a "free" treat off Amazon every now and then and it did wonders for my motivation. Crazy really.

    Anyway, even though I got no interference once I moved to Wordpress, once the Adwords fun-money was cut off, my motivation dried up. So, after over four million hits and four or five years of weekly posting, I stopped. My motivation to collect didn't dry up -- I still spend too much on that -- just the motivation to post.

    So, I understand your dilemma! And, since I love this blog and want to keep reading it, please spend the money on something fun and ask us for more fun money in about three months!

    RW

    And if anyone is interested in my own whine about Google/Blogger as "the inescapable and ruthless arbiter of puritanical morality " see here

    http://sexy-witch.blogspot.com.au/2009/01/about-content-warning-on-this-blog.html
    http://sexywitch.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/goodbye-and-hello/

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  10. OK, it worked the second time. I get a lot of enjoyment out of reading your blog. As a blogger myself (mainly baseball cards) I know how hard it is to keep going.

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  11. Donation made.

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  12. Five years and counting? You're just getting started. Here's to the next five, and the five after, and the five after that.

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  13. Have you tried http://chitika.com/ ? I've made some off them.

    Amazon has been my best payer.

    Adsense pays almost nothing on my retro blog. Now when I was sharing revenue on some dog sites that I wrote the copy for, Adsense paid almost a dollar a day! Crazy.

    I've made a total of $1 off my tip jar.

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    1. I've utilized Amazon very little and never heard of chitika. I'll give it a whirl. BTW I received over a hundred dollars a month from Adsense, believe it or not.

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    2. Wow! I'm going to have to start posting some gams.

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  14. Done and done. Put the Amazon thingie on here and I will happily click through from your website. It's the least I could do for all the entertainment you've provided. I make it a point to only go to Amazon through sites I like, never directly to the mothership.

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  15. Chris in MontrealAugust 20, 2013

    I just pitched in via Paypal. Not much unfortunately, but I wanted to show support.

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  16. Don't feel bad. I was just kicked off Amazon Associates because I live in Missouri. Apparently they are purging every blogger from Missouri because Missouri is now collecting state sales tax on websites. However, for me it is not a big loss since, in three years, nobody ever bought anything from Amazon through my site. I also had problems with some issues on the widgets that I couldn't get answered. I was considering Google Ads, but after this I think I'll pass.

    BTW: I made a donation to the tip jar.

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  17. Guck Foogle. Here's a few bucks. In Guy Clark's words, "Ain't no money in poetry, that's what sets the poet free; I've had all the freedom I can stand". But now, "GO", says the Retrospace reader (motioning hands toward the unfettered sky) "Fly! Be Free!.

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  18. The same thing happened to us too, because of our artistic photos of scantily clad females reading books. Google also declined to pay the current balance in our account, which pissed us off.

    We love your blog.

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