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Let's show Joe some love and donate!
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3 April 2012
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3 April 2012
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Oh wow, you're all so kind. Thanks very much.

First of all, even though there's a donate button, this site will always be free to use. I treat it as a creative outlet, to give me something to do. If I don't get to write for a few days I get grumpy, so it's Beatle therapy for me.

I do get a bit of money each month from advertising. It's approximately 1/10th of my regular salary, so not nearly enough to retire on and go and live on a beach somewhere, and if it was my full-time job the hourly rate would be pitiful. But in terms of server costs it more than pays for itself. Any spare cash generally goes on Beatles books, though I do have a fund to buy a set of autographs one day.

Amazon/iTunes: if you click on a link and go to those sites, whatever you spend I get a cut from. I think the Amazon cookie lasts for 24 hours; not sure about iTunes. If no money gets spent I don't get paid, but that's OK. Incidentally, iTunes makes me just a few dollars each year, while I get a couple of hundred dollars a year from Amazon. Google's ads are far more lucrative.

Google ads! I realise people here want to show their appreciation, but please only ever click on an advert if you're interested in what it offers. Don't click on anything and everything just to make me some cash - Google has strict rules against it.

Wikipedia: I can't stop anyone linking to this site (nor would I want to), but please don't be too spammy. Put references in only when they're warranted. And do follow Wikipedia's convention for citations, otherwise they'll get removed PDQ.

Spreading the word is always welcome. New people discover this site all the time, and in four years of doing this I still don't think I've had any negative feedback (apart from typos and factual corrections). The more people who talk about this, the better my Google ranking is, the more traffic I get, the more money I get. But, more importantly, I get to meet lovely Beatles fans from Across The Universe who really appreciate what I do. Sometimes the warm glow of a job well done is as satisfying as cold, hard cash. brian-epstein

On the subject of spreading the word, the very fact that people post on this forum help enormously. If people chat about topics it encourages others to join in, and adds to the bulk of Beatles knowledge. (That's why I occasionally change thread titles and urls, to make them easier for Google to find.) There's stuff that's been debated here that I couldn't ever find time to write about elsewhere, so thanks for joining in.

I've never really done any promotion of this site - when I set it up the thought was "build it and they will come". I do update Twitter and Facebook when I remember, but that's about it. And many of my friends and workmates don't even know I do it. If I tried a bit harder with advertising and promotion who knows what'd happen?

While I'm here, future plans involve a Beatles book. Probably a self-published ebook and print-on-demand title, though I'll keep the subject to myself for now. I'll sell it through the site and on Amazon which should be good promotion. Might have to give my full name away too...

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3 April 2012
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mithveaen said

And I'm getting a t-shirt for Paul's concert and I'll have in the back http://www.beatlesbible.com to promote the site. With the whole Azteca stadium full I'm sure more than one will see it and visit the site!!

Wow, love the t-shirt idea! I already use the Amazon link, and when I next get a bit of money, I'll make sure I donate something. apple01

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4 April 2012
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Joe said,

Google ads! I realise people here want to show their appreciation, but please only ever click on an advert if you're interested in what it offers. Don't click on anything and everything just to make me some cash – Google has strict rules against it.

 

Do the advertisers have to pay for every click as they do on Facebook?

You'd hate to have advertisers cough up money when in fact you have no interest in their product.

But I'm sure someone's monitoring the clicks on the ads, so all things being equal it's not a bad thing to check out the advertisers' products.

There's hardly anything you'd want that you can't get through BB; I even got two "Apples" loaded with all the Beatle songs + videos, and it worked out very well.

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20 December 2013
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Yes please! You can click through any Amazon link on the website, but here are a couple:
amazon.com
amazon.co.uk

It doesn't matter what you buy, but if you do it after clicking one of those links I'll get a % of the sale. Every Jan/Feb I normally get a nice cheque from Amazon - good old Christmas shoppers!

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20 December 2013
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Joe said
Yes please! You can click through any Amazon link on the website, but here are a couple:
amazon.com
amazon.co.uk

It doesn't matter what you buy, but if you do it after clicking one of those links I'll get a % of the sale. Every Jan/Feb I normally get a nice cheque from Amazon - good old Christmas shoppers!

I am so glad I learned this. My wife and I buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, and I will access the store from here from now on. "You Never Give Me Your Money" will be replaced by, maybe not "Baby You're A Rich Man," but definitely "Getting Better." :)

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I happened to be talking about the Amazon link to a co-worker yesterday. She and I figured out that on our phones we could go to Joe's link and set his landing page as an icon on our phone desktop. She said it will make it a lot easier for her to remember and use the "link". I am going to put an icon for the link on my computer desktop too.

The correct Amazon link is (don't use the ones from earlier in this thread)

I don't use iTunes often, but the desktop icon principle should work for it too.

X-posted of all places in the Testing URLs thread.

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Ahhh Girl said

The correct Amazon link is (don't use the ones from earlier in this thread)

I don't use iTunes often, but the desktop icon principle should work for it too.

X-posted of all places in the Testing URLs thread.

And you can access both links anytime indirectly from @Ahhh Girl's signature, and directly from @Zig's zignature, my sig, and now @Matt Busby's!

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