Shawn asked me to write about this, we talk about this often but today Shawn asked me to share our thoughts with you.
Advertisements suck. We didn’t want to run ads for anything other than products and brands we support.
If you agree that ads suck, I highly recommend you run uBlock Orgin and you won’t have to see them. Another more tech savvy alternative is to set up a pi-hole.
Well, for about a decade we were paying for this site out of our pockets. By running Google Ads we are turning a profit. That is, if we just look at the income compared to the expenses of running the site.
( not including the weaponsman.com website now attached to the site that we pay for out of our own pocket since we do not run ads on Kevin’s content-Shawn)
Earlier today, we just spent $81 to get an improvement on some of our backend. But you’ll probably not notice the difference from that.
Someone complained that they saw a Biden ad on our site. Well guess what, we got paid to run that ad. It not like your going to vote for him since there was that ad. Unless we somehow find a better source of revenue, we are going to keep running ads.
Quite frankly the layout of our site sucks.
We have reached the limit of what I can do with this WordPress theme combined with my limited knowledge of html and css code.
We want to overhaul the layout of the site. We also know that when we do this, it is critical we get it right.
I’ve not yet found the right solution for us.
Last couple of times we changed the site format, some people loved it, others hated it. I know that is the way it is.
We are using a blog format, we could switch to a new site format. We have debated and rejected that several times in the past but ultimately it will probably happen someday. Maybe someday when we have the money to pay a web-tech to do it for us.
We have the awkward problem that LooseRounds.com has too much content to work well with a basic blog format, but we don’t want to switch to a news site where you have to click on links to read articles, and you only see some click-bait title trying to trick you into reading the article, etc.
I’m going to be reviewing the NX8 scope soon. Last thing I want to do is have some title like, “NX8, best combat scope ever?” But I know if I did, we would probably get more hits.
We have received more than a few complaints about press releases.
We also receive more page views a day now that we have been posting press releases.
More people seem to like them than not.
We are not going to buy every new widget that comes out. Now if you want to buy them for us, we will gladly write about them. But we are not going to spend all that money out of our own pockets. We don’t have the money to do that.
There is always something new, and lots of people want to hear about whatever is new. That is why we now post press releases. We post what the company tells us. It is not an endorsement from us.
Don’t like it? Might I suggest voting for Biden then. He’ll outlaw guns and there won’t be anything new for companies to announce. :-p
Every day we get several emails from people wanting us to shill their product or website. For free, mind you.
But. . we could use money to improve things.
We have been debating having sponsored posts. A third party could pay to post content (likely a thinly veiled ad) on this site.
That sucks right?
Well, maybe not. It would give us more content you could read. You wouldn’t have to read it. It would be labeled sponsored content so you could always just ignore it. Who knows, some of the products might actually be cool. But who are we kidding, it will probably be ads for penis enlargement pumps.
Joking aside. If we do this, it might be a way to add some potentially interesting content and generate funds for improving the site and getting cool stuff to review.
We have a Paetron account. I don’t think we ever mentioned it or even completed the setup.
Often with Paetron content creators share exclusive content with their paying fans.
Shawn and I don’t want to do that.
We briefly talked about a couple of options. One was to offer Paetron levels and promise nothing in return.
One idea I really like is to take donation, use those donations to buy something to review, then when the review is done, give the item away to one of the donators (like a raffle).
But it could be really easy to run afoul of raffle and lotto law.
If we did something like that, it would probably be best if anyone could enter the giveaway (provided they could accept the item in question), but the paid supporters get extra entries.
Doing something like that would be a whole issue in it self.
There was a gun magazine some years back had a comment from one of their writers about how all these people contacted him wanting to be a gun writer. They would lose interest when they learned the pay.
Not that long ago we had a writer from former gun magazine contact us asking if he could get a job writing for LooseRounds.
I could not suppress my laughter when I saw that.
As Shawn pointed out in our talk about it, back when the gun magazines were in publication they never would have considered giving us the time of day.
Recently someone complaining about our site and said we were better than that.
No we’re not. Fuck you.Shawn
I wish I were as articulate, silver tonged, and eloquent as Shawn.
Listen folks, we are trying to make a fun and informal site about a shared passion. Shawn and I have seen other writers talk down to people, act like holier-than-thou know-it-alls, or simply forget that this is suppose to be fun.
So if you have a suggestion for how we can improve, go ahead and give us a comment on this article. Don’t worry, we won’t actually read them, or make any of those changes.
Anyways, here is a video of me playing around with the NX8 at 1x and fooling around a bit with the PERST-2. I moved the Perst-2 to the top rail and am trying it there.