Although the whole notion of soliciting donations is distasteful to me and I have avoided it for a long time, this program marks the start of a so-called crowd-funding campaign that allows listeners to become “patrons” by pledging $1 per month, or more, in order to promote The Watchman’s Post on Google pay-per-click.
It is distressing to me that e-watchman.com does not have a greater presence in organic searches for keywords like “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” especially in view of the plethora of idiotic websites out there. Pay-per-click is a way to boost my online profile at this critical point in time.
My goal for the upcoming month of December is a modest $900, which could be attained if only a fraction of listeners become patrons. My pledge to you is to use every dollar for promotional purposes – the pledges from the previous month becoming the advertising budget for the following month.
For your information, $300 will purchase almost 300 “clicks.” (Podbean takes a small percentage of each pledge) CORRECTION. $300 gets considerably less clicks, depending on which keywords people use. But to get front page on the the phrase “Jehovah’s Witnesses” the bid is up to $2.71. I’ll show some screen shots of my Ad Words account on the next podcast.
Just so you know this is not another Internet scam, over the past 13 years of my online presence I estimate that, counting the cost of web hosting, web master expense in the early days, software, pay-per-clicks, self-publishing two editions of the book, a dozen mailing campaigns, not to mention the hardware – computers, camera, mics, etc, etc, I have spent well over $100,000 dollars (and counting) to get my message out there.
Thank you for your support.