On Friday ... I noticed a small uptick in traffic. I investigated.
Apparently, The Cult Of Mac Blog @ WIRED had linked to my "3Gs prototype on eBay" story.
My normal daily totals are usually around 5000 hits these days. Some days I see 8 or 9000. On days where I have a good story, I can see as many as 40,000 visitors. My highest one day total is 540,000 - yeah FIVE HUNDRED FORTY THOUSAND!
I did a story on Steve Jobs and a story about a MATCH.COM date gone wrong in 2006 - both of those stories got quite a bit of attention around the web. Mostly - I get a spike when a large website picks up one of my stories and properly links here.
I've had Google Adsense and Amazon affiliate links set up for almost three years now. My average off of both of these sources of revenue is about $100 a month.
On the day my infamous court case got on the front page of Slashdot, and recycled around the web - I received $1482.17 in Adsense revenue, $118.00 in Amazon affiliate revenue, and had two "offers" for advertising on my blog.
At that time, I wasn't advertising my USB Network Adapter.
Over the years - I've had a number of stories DUGG, Slashdotted, etc etc - I have yet to get "Grubered" - but I would expect the traffic would be significant if I ever do.
I was upset to find that on Friday afternoon two of the top 50 websites for geeks on the net - Engadget & MacRumors - had linked to the Cult Of Mac entry - that linked to me. Engadget, took it a step further and linked to an obscure website called Electric Pig, which linked to Cult Of Mac, which linked to me.
* Engadget's improper crediting almost seemed blatant
I wasn't receiving any recognition from a story that I had reported on A WEEK PRIOR and already been aggregated in MacSurfer for - due to my own article submission.
MacRumors:Prototype iPhone 3GS on eBay? (No, No Matte Case)
Engadget: iPhone 3GS prototype scooped up at airport, now on eBay
Both Engadget AND MacRumors didn't properly credit me for the story - which I posted within 23 minutes of the auction being posted and had up on several mac News feeds within a few hours. It may sound like I'm whining - but we're talking about possibly thousands of dollars that I was cheated out of because news sources THAT KNOW BETTER didn't properly footnote their stories.
I tried to salvage some of the hits by commenting more than I could here in the forums of the two websites regarding this "prototype" - the trail of lies and vitriol spread by the eBay seller (which commented in both forums) is quite the spectacle. Hit the links above and read the story.
End of rant ...
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