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I Need A Sponsor for My Site…

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So I’m on GoDaddy hosting and when you buy one of their hosting plans they advertise unlimited storage but apparently they’ve taken a page from cellular companies and their unlimited isn’t really unlimited at all.

TestFreaks the Blog closed, they decided to focus on the business to business aspect of things and they basically gave me the blog but I had to change the name and we came up with Technogog, which is fine. To get started I picked a GoDaddy shared hosting account, one of the middle tiers and I upload my site and got a warning that I was running out of resources and so I spent the money and upgraded the server to resource level 3 from the default thinking that might solve my problem. More ram, dual CPU etc and it didn’t fix the issues apparently.

I found out that there’s some fine print I didn’t read, and GoDaddy doesn’t have an asterisk by the ‘unlimited storage’ that they advertise but I found the fine print and I found out that there’s a limit of 250,000 files and folders you can have on the server, which I’m at about 211,000 right now. I called then to see what I can do and the guy I talked to was actually very helpful and I need to move to a new server it seems but I don’t have the money as I’m not making money since the server can’t handle the site now. (decent servers are expensive and at this point in time I would be paying more than I’m actually making and can’t do that) The site crashes every time I post something now, it’s annoying. Having a site and not having it be able to be visited can be a problem when it comes to making any money from it.

Since I don’t have any money to upgrade I wonder how hard it would be to get someone to sponsor my site? I’ve never looked into it but I’ve learned it’s possible.

I was looking into new hosting providers and found that Namecheap actually has a sponsorship program but it says it can take several weeks for them to review the submission. Yeah I get it, they’re busy, but I need a server now so I can actually post content so I can get visitors so I can maybe make some money.

I don’t know, this is just a rambling post I guess, just complaining, but I’m allowed as it’s my site, but as of now I don’t know what to do unless I come into some money.

If I stayed with GoDaddy they have specific WordPress hosting without the files and folders limitations.  Right now they have a special on it for the middle tier of just $9.99 per month, it’s regularly $19.99 per month. So if I had about $120 I could get it for a year but I’m worried as there is a limit of 250,000 monthly visitors. I’m not sure what my exact visitor count per month is right now as I thought a plugin was the issue with the site so I didn’t have Google analytics on for a few days and of course the site being down all the time doesn’t help either. According to the Cpanel metrics on  GoDaddy for the site I got about 190,000 visitors in December and as of yesterday it’s a little over 170,000 visitors. So that middle tier wouldn’t work as it only has a 250,000 limit so I would need the highest level which is on sale for $29.99 per month which is regularly $69.99 per month so I would need at least $360 for a year of hosting to be locked into that price. That level of hosting says ‘millions’ of visitors per month, whatever that means, but it’s better than a 250k limit right?

I wonder if I could get an advertiser or sponsor for this, and it doesn’t have to be GoDaddy hosting of course, that was just an example.

If I could like sell a couple advertising spots for like $500 per year that would be awesome, I could lock in the price and pay for a couple/few years in advance with that GoDaddy WordPress hosting. Any takers?  A nice 300×250 sidebar banner ad?

I don’t know what to do at this point…  blah…

Trouble Seems to Find Me

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Apple products suck in my opinion, I hate them and now I have yet another reason to hate them even more.

I keep to myself, I mind my own business, I work from home, not making much money at it, but I’m home mostly all the time, I really don’t go out much but yet trouble just finds me for some reason. Karma, fate, bad luck, whatever it is, it seems I’ve got a dark cloud hovering over me. I try to be a good person, yes I’m miserable most of the time, but I try to be honest and help those when I can and I try not to bother anyone.

About two months ago the police came to my house saying they had reports of an old elderly woman crying for help in my house. I’m 42 and I’m oldest person here so I don’t understand that at all. I don’t get where that came from, and of course they’re not going to tell you who made the complaint. All he could tell me was that it was a 911 call about someone hearing an elderly woman crying for help in my house. Really?!

Now on Monday this guy and his two friends come to my house, knock on my door and he accuses me a stealing his iPhone?! I don’t know who the hell this guy is, never seen him before.

The thing that bothers me about this is that they came straight my house. I have security cameras outside and I saw these three people coming across the street and then they started coming up my steps. They parked and came straight to my house first. Why?

He asks me was I at Target today as his iPhone was stolen from the bathroom at Target. No I wasn’t, I wasn’t anywhere near Target, in fact I can’t remember the last time I was at Target, it’s got to be more than six months at least.

Anyway the guy proceeds to show me on his MacBook the GPS tracking for the iPhone which looks to me like it’s in the middle of the street. He goes on to say that the tracking is accurate within 20 feet so it has to be here but the problem there is that my house is about 80-100 feet away from the GPS mark. According to his little GPS mark it was actually in front of the house to the right of mine, directly in front actually, but yet he came straight to my house.

The next problem is that there is a cross street right there at my house, or one house over actually and he says that’s so and so street name right there and your house is here so it has to be here but no that’s not what that street is called, the street he named is one block over actually. Apparently he can’t read street signs either. So actually it wasn’t in front of my house, or the house next door, it was one block over. Again, why did he come straight to my house?

He didn’t even really let me look at the screen either, he just held it up and pointed to the mark and then turned the laptop away from me and then went on about the whole 20 feet thing and the wrong street name.

Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I don’t like it at all.

It seems to me that iPhone GPS tracking isn’t the greatest and I don’t appreciate being falsely accused for something like this.

The other thing that bothers me is this guy was actually knocking on doors accusing people of stealing his phone. Not what I would call the safest thing to do really.

Could it have been a scam to try and get into people houses? I sure as hell wasn’t letting him and his friends into my home, who knows what could happen these days?!

I don’t know but this just gives me yet another reason to hate Apple products…

The Moral Decay of Our Society

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What happened? What has happened to our society? When did people become such monsters? Yes human beings have been monstrous in the past and the present, look at wars and such, Hitler for example, but those were aberrations overall, now I’m just seeing more and more people that just lack any moral compass at all.

People are getting killed for their phones, their shoes or because they look different or they looked at someone the wrong way. That makes no sense to me at all.

When did we become a society where we just don’t care about fellow human beings?

When did it become ok for our children to idolize these music artists (if you can call them that) that rap about rape and murder and breaking the law where they make it sound like a good thing? How can we let our children idolize and want to be like these people that say things like this are ok? There are children that want to grow up to be gangsters and kill people and rape women and I don’t understand how we let this happen?

Children should not be idolizing murderers and rapists. Our children should be taught to value life and to respect others but instead they’re being taught that women are objects to be used, abused and discarded like trash. Our children are being taught that it’s ok to kill someone for looking at them wrong or saying something wrong about them. Our children are being taught that life has no real value and if you want it you can just take it and if you kill someone in the process that’s just fine. No it’s not fine, what has happened to us as a society that we condone this sort of behavior?

We live in a society where it’s possible to be killed for accidentally bumping into someone on the street. Why don’t we see how wrong that is? Why have we let it get this bad?

We now live in a society where you can be killed for the color of your skin or what nationality you are?

We live in a society where you can be killed for the god you believe in?

We live in a society where you can be killed for wearing the wrong color clothes?
– I remember, like 20 years ago now, I was working downtown and I had a guy flip out on me and chase me and threaten me because I was wearing a red shirt and he accused me a being a gang member and wearing the wrong color in the other colors territory. The shirt I was wearing wasn’t really red, it was a burgundy, it was a $100 Ralph Lauren button up dress shirt and I’m white and I had very long hair at the time. There’s no way in hell I could have ever been mistaken for a gang member, but yet this guy apparently thought I was because of my sort of red colored dress shirt. Luckily the bus came and I got on but he still chased after the bus yelling and threatening me.

I’m 42 years old and I’ve seen a lot and been through a lot and I’ve watched, over the years, the decline of society and I’m really afraid of where it’s ultimately heading. People have become just horrible.

I remember when we used to leave cars unlocked, car windows open, house doors unlocked, house windows open. Now we have to have security systems on everything and bars on windows and we have to double check the windows and doors are all locked at night. I can’t leave a window on the ground floor open at night to get some fresh air in the house. Why? What has happened to society that it’s come to this?

Last night near me a 45 year old man was hit and killed by not one, not two, but three cars and none of the drivers stopped.

Here’s the link to the story:  http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/man-45-killed-after-three-cars-hit-him-parkway-eas/njQWr/

(warning, autoplay video if you click the link, but there’s not much there really, they’re still trying to figure it all out)

When did we become a society like this? This guy was someone’s son, maybe a brother, a husband or a father. How can you just kill another human being and keep driving? The first guy probably killed him, but then he was hit two more times by two different cars. So there’s a guy lying in the road and you just drive over his body? What the hell?

Around here lately there’s been people smashing car windows for whatever reason. A lady just got her window smashed and it’s going to cost her over $500 to get it repaired. They got one dollar and some change out of her car and that’s all they took. That just makes no sense to me.

The laws anymore don’t seem to matter to people either. There’s an intersection near me that has signs that say one way and do not enter, but every single time I’m near it I watch people turn up that street to avoid the traffic light. It’s at least one person, but many times it’s more than one. Are the signs just a suggestion now? I see the police do it all the time as well, so I guess if they’re allowed it’s ok for everyone else too? How can you have laws like that when those enforcing the law don’t obey them? What kind of an example is that?

Down the street from me is another intersection with two stop signs and then the side street does not have one so they have the right of way. There are even additional bright yellow signs that say cross traffic does not stop. People still don’t stop for the stop sign. My wife and kids were hit last year at this intersection, thankfully no one got hurt though, but the lady just blew right through the stop sign. I’ve had people almost hit me and then stop and yell and scream at me because they think I did something wrong by using that street and not stopping. There is no stop sign there so I don’t have to stop!

Red lights are another one, I see all kinds of people just going right through them. No it’s not yellow either, it’s blatantly red and they just keep going. Traffic signals now are just a suggestion too?

Traffic in general is just screwed up, I hate driving anymore. Every time I drive I have to swerve to avoid oncoming cars that just cross the line into my lane. It seems they just feel the entire road is theirs and theirs alone. So now people just drive anywhere they want?! What the hell is wrong with you people?

When did laws become suggestions?

The police? What the hell has happened to the police? There was a time when police were to be respected and trusted and someone you could go to for help. Now they’re feared and that’s not how it’s supposed to be. I don’t trust them at all, I fear any interaction with the police, I’m afraid to call them about anything honestly. I’ve even told my kids, don’t trust the police, and it should not be that way. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they do whatever they can to reach their quotas. They seem to kill with impunity now as well it seems.

The government is horribly corrupt and we all know this but there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it. Everything is money, if you have the money you can get your law or bill or whatever passed. It’s not about the people anymore, it’s about lining the pockets of the politicians and that’s it. What happened to a government of the people, by the people and for the people? The government could be a whole new rant post by itself, but I’m sure you know all this…the government just has nothing to do with ‘the people’ at all anymore really. I have to wonder what our founding fathers might have to say if they saw the state of the government now, I’m sure they would be ashamed though… Yes I know there are people who will say we can vote and change things, but that’s bullshit as the system is horribly broken and I don’t think any amount of votes will change anything really.

Terrorists are another good one, well not good, but a good example of just how screwed up this world is. They want to kill me because I don’t believe in their god. Really? What the hell is that about? I’m sorry but if you’re wonderful god tells you to kill people who don’t believe in him, I sure as hell don’t want anything to do with that god! (God and religion is another subject that could be a whole other post as well, but I’m not going there now.)

Anyway, it’s not supposed to be this way. I don’t want to live like this, I don’t want my kids to grow up in this kind of world. I can’t imagine what it will be like when my kids have their own kids. It’s just getting worse.

You have to have good examples for people to follow but when the supposed people in power are morally corrupt where do you find a good example?

The police are supposed to be the epitome of good, they uphold the law, they enforce the laws but they’re breaking those same laws that they’re enforcing and not getting punished for it. When people see that it’s ok for them to do this then I guess they naturally assume it’s ok for them as well.

The people that make and enforce our laws have become the ones that are breaking those same laws most often, and are not getting punished for it, so we as a society have no real examples of what good is anymore. When the morals of the law makers and enforcers have decayed, why are we surprised that the morals of average citizens have decayed as well?

The law makers and enforcers don’t value life anymore so it’s no surprise that the citizens don’t either.

The morals of society have decayed to the point where I don’t see it getting better but only worse and that frightens me….

Should We Just Cancel Thanksgiving?

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I don’t see the point of Thanksgiving anymore really, so why don’t we just cancel it? Yes I’m serious.

What is it? Hundreds of thousands of people  now have to work on Thanksgiving because these stores are just getting more greedy and have to open on Thanksgiving, so what’s the point anymore?

I thought it was a day to give thanks and spend time with your family but how can you do that if you have to work?

All these stores are opening on Thanksgiving now. It was bad enough that they were opening on midnight on Black Friday, but at least you got the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving and didn’t have to work, but not they’re just saying the hell with it and just effectively cancelling Thanksgiving for a lot of hard working people out there. I’m sure the owners and board members and all those big wigs aren’t working on Thanksgiving but they’re making the little people work. It must be nice to be able to spend time with your family and send tell subordinates they can’t?!

What’s the point of even celebrating Thanksgiving anymore when people won’t even be home. Sure stores are opening at 5pm, but they’re having these limited supply doorbuster sales which means people will be there on Thanksgiving morning to get in line so there is no Thanksgiving for them either. So we have all these consumers not celebrating Thanksgiving and then all the employees not celebrating Thanksgiving so what’s the point again?

I guess you just have to figure out what’s a priority family or bargains. Sure there are some great deals, but I won’t be there. I’ve never once been shopping on Black Friday and don’t ever intend to, but I have to admit I have been tempted. I sure as hell would never go shopping on Thanksgiving.

I have to wonder how Black Friday and being open on Thanksgiving might affect sales for grocery stores since I’m sure people are buying less right since they’re not exactly celebrating Thanksgiving?

Whatever… who cares as long as they make their money right?

I guess next year they’ll open the day before Thanksgiving and have sales then… Call it Gray Wednesday…

If You Believe it Then It Is Not A Lie

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Huh, What? WTF?

So my kid says that if you believe something to be true then it’s not a lie. I say WTF kind of reasoning is that?

I don’t know where he comes up with this stuff. He says he’s read papers and research and talked to all kinds of people about it and it’s true they all say that if you believe something to be true then it’s not a lie.

I don’t understand the reasoning or logic behind that at all.

For example: According to him if you go around accusing or calling someone a murderer that as long as you believe it then it’s not lying about them. It doesn’t matter that the person is innocent, as long as you believe it, then you’re not lying about them.

He says it should be that way, and he says it is that way according to his friends and the research he’s done, that’s the way it really is and I’m wrong. He says it doesn’t matter about the facts, just as long as you believe it.

He just can’t grasp the concept of opinions and facts apparently.

I don’t know what world he lives in, but I don’t think I want to live in it… if this is the way kids are being brought up today, then something is wrong.

I’ve tried to raise my children with values, no lying, have the facts before you make a judgment etc but it doesn’t seem that it worked very well sadly.

I Hate Domain Squatters

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So I’m trying to find a new name for a site and the majority of the names I’ve come up with, more than 60 now, are taken by squatters. They lead to pages with ads on them and the message this domain might be for sale and they want thousands of dollars for them, which of course I don’t have.

There’s one name that I really want but it’s like $3500 I think and it’s a shame as it’s just sitting there with some ads on it doing nothing. They paid probably, maybe, $10 for and they’re getting a ridiculous profit out of it. Capitalism at its best I guess, it’s good and it’s bad.

I think there should be a limit on squatting, like if you don’t actually develop the domain then you lose it, and you have to keep it updated like say once per week or something. It would be good for everybody really, we’d have actual sites with information on them instead of blank landing pages and there might be some more interesting stuff out there.

I don’t know, the system is broken and I don’t see it getting fixed anytime soon sadly. It’s just one of those things and I just felt the need to rant because I’m frustrated.

Whatever…

Google Says My Site Violates Their Quality Guidelines But It Doesn’t

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I don’t understand, Google has penalized my site dragonsteelmods.com saying it violates their quality guidelines. I have nofollow on 99.999999% of the links on the site just like they want, but apparently that’s not enough. What I don’t get is why Google won’t tell you exactly what you’re doing that violates the guidelines, you just have to guess.

I have a total of seven links that are not nofollow as far as I know. I use a plugin that adds nofollow to everything except what I manually change.

One of them leads back here to this site. – I guess I can’t link to myself?

One of them is the template designer – is it bad now to give the designer credit?

Two of them are paid text ads bought privately – I guess I can’t do that according to Google?

The last four are from the company Text Link Ads done automatically via a widget – I guess I have to remove them?

The site has been online since 2005 so there’s probably thousands of links, so seven out of thousands isn’t too bad I think.

 

I looked at their guidelines and I’m not violating anything.

This is from Google guidelines with my comments after them:

Quality guidelines – basic principles:

Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines.  – I do this, it’s product reviews and tech news for users to read and find out more, that’s all it is, nothing more, nothing less.

Don’t deceive your users. – I don’t deceive my users, what’s there is what’s there, plain and simple

Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you’d feel comfortable explaining what you’ve done to a website that competes with you, or to a Google employee. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn’t exist?" – I don’t do any tricks, I don’t even know any tricks. I’ll happily explain to anyone all of this and anything they want.

Think about what makes your website unique, valuable, or engaging. Make your website stand out from others in your field. – I have reviews that other sites don’t have. Companies do value my opinion but apparently Google doesn’t, or at least that’s how it seems to me.

 

Quality guidelines – specific guidelines:

Avoid the following techniques:

Automatically generated content  – I do not do this

Participating in link schemes – I do not do this

Creating pages with little or no original content – I don’t do this – I have over 800 ORIGINAL reviews. It’s a tech site so the other content is tech news and press releases just like other tech sites do. If you’re going to punish me for doing this then you have to punish all the other tech sites as well. 

Cloaking – I don’t do this

Sneaky redirects – I don’t do this

Hidden text or links – I don’t do this

Doorway pages – I don’t do this

Scraped content – I don’t do this

Participating in affiliate programs without adding sufficient value – I don’t do this

Loading pages with irrelevant keywords – I don’t do this

Creating pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware – I don’t do this

Abusing rich snippets markup – I don’t do this

Sending automated queries to Google – I don’t do this

Engage in good practices like the following:

Monitoring your site for hacking and removing hacked content as soon as it appears – I do this

Preventing and removing user-generated spam on your site – I do this

 

So I’m confused, according to their own guidelines I don’t violate anything but yet I have a rank of zero now and they say I’m being de-listed and everything else they want to do to me..