Coming change at Patriot Retort

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Patriot Retort has been in existence for a little over three years now. And in that time, this has remained an ad-free site.

As much as I would love to stay that way, since January of 2017, that has become increasingly difficult for me.

Some of you may already know, but in January of last year, I was the target of several DDoS attacks that crashed my site. To prevent this in the future, my web host required that I sign up for security – which I dutifully did.

And, not to put too fine a point on it, it’s kind of expensive. Although reader contributions have helped offset this expense, it still is hard to meet my obligation.

So beginning tomorrow, April 11, Patriot Retort will have advertising that appears on the site.

My first priority has always been to provide you with the very best content I can dream up in an enjoyable environment. And I don’t want the ads to get in the way of that.

So unlike some sites that are crammed with so many ads, you can barely suffer through reading a post, the ads that appear at Patriot Retort will be limited to one in the sidebar and one at the end of each post.

Any old how. Because of my commitment to you guys, I wanted to give you a heads up to this change.

I am deeply grateful to all of my readers. And your generous contributions always fill me with such gratitude and appreciation. The decision to place ads here is about making sure that I can afford to keep Patriot Retort going for you as much as for me.

My goal has been to grow this site’s audience and reach. And, even despite that pesky Lupus, to continue to provide you with the commentary and satire you’ve come to expect.

And that won’t ever change.

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12 thoughts on “Coming change at Patriot Retort

  • April 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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    Good for you.

    I would also recommend adding one in the middle of each post; especially on longer ones (the mid-post ads are the number one revenue generator for my sites, with the post footer being second, and the sidebar being dead last).

    Maybe that extra ad revenue could generate some additional marketing capital to help generate more traffic and add some reach to your content. We need all the conservative voices we can get, and we need those voices to reach as many people as possible. It takes money to do that.

    You have no obligation to run a non-profit, and I seriously doubt that any of your readers will be offended.

  • April 10, 2018 at 3:25 pm
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    Do what you have to, Dianny. It’s worth putting up with a few ads as long as we still get your excellent commentary, insights and sarcastic wit!

  • April 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    I agree with Cory and John (You have no obligation to run a non-profit . . . ). A few ads won’t stop me from visiting every day and many times more than once.

  • April 10, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    Agreed! Do what you must! Keep the sit up!

  • April 10, 2018 at 6:22 pm
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    Have loved the site since I found it a couple of years ago.

    Will continue to love it!!!!

  • April 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm
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    Your insight is greatly needed and appreciated. Thank you for always be so generous with your time
    and your big beautiful intellect! Oh, and a pox on that lupus!!!!

  • April 10, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    Get yourself an Amazon shopping link, maybe.
    I’ll use it if you do.

  • April 11, 2018 at 10:08 am
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    I have turned off my ad blocker for your site. I had to install one because several sites did not police their ads very well and allowed ads that would repeatedly move page focus to the ad while I was trying to read the content or comments of the page. After losing my place many times, I emailed the company that placed the ad and let them know it was very effective – I now knew whose services I would NEVER use in the future for their product group. (Hotels.com was the culprit in that ad, but it was more likely they did not know how the ad was placed when they purchased it.) There were other sites that allowed ads to hover over the content and obscure the very reason I went to the site. I used to not mind ads when they were just there and occasionally clicked through to their offer sites, but then they started using tactics that were so annoying and malware laden that adding an ad blocker became the only way to continue using the internet. I hope your ad provider is more conservative and does not ruin your thoughtful site.

  • April 11, 2018 at 11:26 am
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    I see the add for WhatFinger, which was already a “goto” site for me. I knew you would be discerning as to which ads would appear on your site in keeping with your principles. One question – do you get more of a benefit from click-throughs? If so, I’d gladly access them that way.

    • April 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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      If you don’t see the actual ads, then you must have an ad-blocker on. Whatfinger is not the advertising I started. That’s been on the site for weeks and is on my sidebar as a courtesy. I make no money from that. The actual ads appear both in the side bar and below each post. So if you aren’t seeing those, you must be using an ad-blocker that is blocking them.

  • April 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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    OK. You’re white-listed now and I do see the ads. I repeat my question – does it generate more revenue for you if we actually click a few of them?

    • April 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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      Always. Yes. Sorry. I should have answered you the first time and I didn’t.

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