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 CrazyTalk forum I split the advertising revenue with the moderators. I also give the moderators all of the money donated on the forum pages. Crazymeds 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 that miniature “Ad Choices” logo in the upper right corner. For example…
Additionally the ads on the sidebar to the left have a darker background color when text, as do the really thin strip of ads up above, between article titles and the search bar. Circumstances have forced to show rich media ads everywhere, so most ads will be pictures or video, making them extremely easy to discriminate from the almost entirely text-based content of Crazymeds.
On the CrazyTalk 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. The Tapatalk app also has ads, and I have no idea what those look like. 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.
Because ad revenue has dropped so much - it’s now a fifth of what it used to be - I’m having to increase the number of revenue streams. Thanks everyone who has installed ad-blocking software. You’re killing the ad-supported, free content model of web sites. Who knows for how much longer Crazymeds will be on the air.
Right now I’ve added ads from Caspion. Those look the same Google’s ad. Often they’re the same ads. You’ll find them on the right sidebar below the beg button, between Google’s ads and a bunch of randomly-selected, mental-health-related Amazon books on the left sidebar, and at various places on medication articles. They’re most conspicuous by their absence, as all sorts of overhead can cause their ad server to give up. On the forum, the community blogs and on the site’s Wordpress blog they show up as two 160×600 skyscrapers on the right of all the content, and two 728×90 banners at the very bottom of the page.
I’ve also added InfoLinks, which you’ll see as numerous links throughout each page. On the wiki these links are in peachy-orange with a double underline amid the content and a bunch of links with a single underline at the bottom of the page. On the forum and community blogs the double-underlined advert links are green - to distinguish them from the regular non-ad links in blue - and on the WordPress blog it’s the other way around, because WordPress has to be special and have its non-underlined links in green.1 InfoLinks also has banners along the side and bottom of each page, but they “rise up” over whatever happens to be there. You can click on the microscopic circled x to close them. You’ll also get a “So long, suckers!” ad when you leave the site via an external link.
When your pointer hovers over one of InfoLinks’ double-underlined links you get a much nicer-looking hover box, with the InfoLinks logo, than what you get when you hover over a glossary definition2.
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
You can avoid all advertising on the forum by becoming an Enabler. Just make a $10 donation and let me know your user name. At some point I may be able to extend that to the wiki.
The revenue from Google AdSense once comprised well over 90% of this site’s income, sometimes even 100% of its income. While Amazon still doesn’t generate all that much - I’m lucky to make more than $10 a month from it - CafePress merchandise can be 30–50% of my revenue on the months that they pay me (which is once every 2 or 3 months). There are links to both 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 both as well, 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.
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2 Which I wanted to demonstrate here, but I disabled glossary definitions for this section of the wiki. I have to cut back on processing overhead as much as possible. If I had the money I'd put it into more horsepower for the CPU, but I don't. Sorry.
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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 from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList,
NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. 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 medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds 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.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
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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 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion of anonymity. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.