Follow the Money
Know your sources! Don’t automatically trust some random website. Just because it’s on the Internet doesn’t necessarily make it true! Whoever is paying for you to know about all the stuff you read on any given website may skew what is there in favor of those doling out the cash.
In short - I’m paying for everything out of my own pockets. I keep all of the advertising income generated by the pages I’ve written with information about medications, conditions, etc. I split the ad revenue with anyone who writes an article I publish. On the Crazy Meds Talk forum I split the advertising revenue with the moderators. I also give the moderators all of the money donated on the forum pages. Crazy Meds is my sole source of income. Unlike most everyone else who has a blog or even an entire site about one thing or another, I’m actually been able to make a living disseminating what I hope is helpful information which I, at least find, interesting.
As for the ads that appear, I don’t have much control over what shows up on Google’s AdSense ads. That is mostly based upon the content of the pages and magical stuff that happens on Google’s end. The ads within articles are outlined and identified by an “Ads by Google” logo. For example…
Additionally the ads on the sidebar to the left have a darker background color, as do the really thin strip of ads up above, between article titles and the search bar. On the Crazy Meds Talk forum the ads are also identified by the “Ads by Google” logo. While they are not outlined, they have a white background, while the backgrounds of everything else on the forum are shaded to varying degrees. People using some of the smaller smartphones will see a different sort of ad that appears at the top and bottom of the screen, and which I am unable replicate here as I can’t capture a copy of it on my ‘smart’ phone.
Also on the forum:
3) You agree that you will not engage in any of the activities that are usually prohibited on the vast majority of fora / bulletin boards / online communities.
a. You will not spam (i.e. repetitive posts or personal messages advertising something or otherwise annoying us) or write posts that are essentially ads. You may have discrete ads for non-pharmacy-related goods or services in your signature. Such ads, promotions, etc. may still be removed at the discretion of the moderators. the forum user agreement
The revenue from Google AdSense comprises well over 90% of this site’s income. Most months it’s 100% of its income. I do get a small amount of money from selling books via Amazon, shirts via Cafe Press, and mugs, bumper stickers, and anything else I might design via Zazzle. There are links to all three on the right sidebar, below the links to other sites and my begging for your approval, and on the right sidebar of the forum, between the donation button and tag cloud. The merchandise page has links to all three, along with news concerning new designs or anything else of note. There is also a link to the Amazon store for any book I list as a source in an article’s bibliography section, as well as on the site-wide bibliography page, but that is mostly for copyright, ISBN, and generally more than the usual bibliographic citing information than to actually sell any books. The overwhelming majority of people who read this site have no need to purchase most, if any of the books I use as my primary sources.
Once upon a time there used to be a lot of ads from dodgy pharmacies, you won’t see too many of those any more, as that has landed Google in a bit of trouble. Constantly checking such ads has meant you get to see the back-up ads I have, which take you to Straitjacket T-shirts, our Cafe Press store where you can buy shirts emblazoned with witty messages in our singular pill font, and Burning Mind Books, our Amazon store with the books used as reference material for this site. Those ads are kind of hard to miss:
You’ll also see such ads in place of Google’s if you’re looking at this site with Java turned off, in which case you won’t be able to change the font size or make full use of the search feature. On the subject of the books that show up for Amazon, there are a few residual pages you can still reach that have ads for books I didn’t select. I put in keywords that I think are appropriate for the page in question, and Amazon returns selections based on those keywords. Those will disappear eventually. While I selected the books for Burning Mind Books, a few books Amazon recommends will show up in the sidebar based upon my selection. Sometimes they’re books I think are good, sometimes they’re books I think might be a load of crap. It’s up to you what you want to read.
In any event it’s like the separation of editorial and advertising departments of your local weekly freebie - you’ll often see articles in the paper that are critical of the services or even companies being advertised. At least in the good ones that happens. There’s a real wall there. So it is here. Hell, ads for the $cientologists have shown up here, and anyone who knows me well knows how I feel about those scum-sucking bottom feeders.
As for ads that aren’t from Google and aren’t for Crazy Meds-related merchandise, i.e. if you want to buy an ad, you’ll still have to go through a middleman. Either Google AdWords or some other ad network that’s part of the DoubleClick network. Unless you’re mentally interesting yourself and have a business that is for the mentally interesting, like No Longer Lonely, in which case I’ll at least consider running an ad for you. Otherwise you’ll have to go through my corporate overlords. They’re on their way to becoming SkyNet, so get used to it.
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Author: Jerod Poore. Date created: 24 May 2011 Last edited by: Jerod Poore on: November 12, 2012, at 05:31 PM
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Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away.
Crazy Meds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazy Meds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had the forerunner to QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]