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It’s worth noting that, despite the tip for using multiple Patreon accounts, I soon stopped using the Patron service.
My main reason for doing this is financial. Because I feel that Patreon overcharges for the service by levying fees on both donors and donees.
Now, if collecting money was difficult, I might be more supportive of Patron. But it’s very easy to collect donations by adding a PayPal donation button. So I have had success with both one-off and monthly donations. Because I focus on giving visitors great value.
If you are considering using Patreon. Or if you are considering stopping their service. I can help you with alternative ways to get donations.
Please note that my advice on Patreon alternatives is completely free. However, payment services such as PayPal will still charge a small fee when you get donations. But the amount is reasonable for the ability to process credit and debit cards. More importantly, it’s a small fraction of Patreon fees.
So I advise learning about Patreon techniques for attracting donations. Then use PayPal to collect the payments.
Personally, I like the first definition from Google when you simply search for wondrous:
inspiring a feeling of wonder or delight; marvelous.
“this wondrous city”
“she is grown wondrous pretty”
Because this suggests something that is inspiring as well as marvelous. Also, Merriam-Webster suggests:
: that is to be marveled at : EXTRAORDINARY
a wondrous feat
With synonyms: amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, awful, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), miraculous, portentous, prodigious, staggering, stunning, stupendous, sublime, surprising, wonderful.
So you can see this is a very positive word that I associate with providers of great Internet content. Since the purpose of my Wondrous Me network is:
1drous.me helps website authors gain search engine rank through better credibility.
Wondrous or 1drous?
There’s no special reason for my choice of 1drous over wondrous. Except that it is shorter, and I thought it might prove more memorable as an unusual spelling.
What’s most important to me is attracting high-quality authors and providing them with a platform to bring all their online work into one place. Especially since Google has now stopped Google+ which used to help identify authors contributions to the Internet.
Now, author credibility is best achieved by appropriate semantic mark-up. Such as schema.org Author mark-up. So 1drous.me provides you with that platform. Also, it will give guidance on how to implement semantic markup for authors in different situations.
Actually, I’ve just thought about this issue further. And, I’ve uninstalled Stay Alive! Because, I’m worried about the security implications.
Normally, I use my Chromebook at home. So, having to retype my password every time I take a break, is inconvenient. But, I also take it with me if I expect to work. Consequently, having the screen unlocked all the time could be a security issue. Though I realize that I should close the screen, there might be circumstances when I forget.
Thanks Anna. I’ve also used Stay Alive now. And, I came to the same conclusion about the Auto Exec app.
I’m still loving my Chromebook, and the Stay Alive app you recommended makes it even nicer to use.
I’ve thought long and hard about this. And, wasted more time today, looking for an easy solution. I’ve come to the conclusion, it’s unnecessary. Let’s get back to basics.
This is an attempt to encourage engagement. It also could reward committed contributors by prioritizing by Ŧallars. But, that overcomplicates things at this stage. Until we get more customization resources, better to stick to simple measures.
Therefore, we should adopt the engagement measures that already exist. For ideas review, we should report each month on total page reading time. Do this whenever there is management time to process a new idea. Then change status for most engaged idea.
To make this easy to use, all ideas should include the word ‘idea’ in the URL. And, we should review existing ideas to remove references to voting.
But, even simpler than that, ideas appear in the forum stream for my review each day. Therefore, when an idea needs to be actioned, it should be marked with an “in progress” reply by a manager.
There’s no need for formal progress settings. By definition, if a manager marks as Favorite, it is “under consideration”. When I mark it as a Favorite, it becomes “In Progress”. Therefore, I should confirm this with a reply that also includes a link to my current task list.
For important new content from Low CTR analysis, etc, mark suggestions/ideas with “Reward Code imp/click/ctr/pos” and see if anyone asks for explanations. Can work for suggestions on a page or keyword (including groups from Search Console searches).
Thanks, Mr Wetherspoon. I really need to investigate if Humanism is right for me. I intended going to meetings in a nearby city. But, it’s hard to find the time. And, when I have had the time, I haven’t been particularly interested in the discussion topic that month.
Anyway, American Humanist Association defines Humanism as:
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.
The British Humanist Association has an interesting short course on Humanism. It defines Humanism as:
Humanism is an approach to life based on humanity and reason – humanists recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone and that the aims of morality should be human welfare, happiness, and fulfillment. Our decisions are based on the available evidence and our assessment of the outcomes of our actions, not on any dogma or sacred text.
Then, there is a quote from a past President of their organisation. It lists 4 specific Humanist beliefs.
1. This world and this life are all we have.
2. We should try to live full and happy lives ourselves and, as part of this, make it easier for other people to do the same.
3. All situations and people deserve to be judged on their merits by standards of reason and humanity.
4. Individuality and social cooperation are equally important.
Now, personally, the first of those is difficult for me. I certainly do not believe in a God, a guiding hand, a great architect, or other external ‘being’ that created the Universe. But, my protons are going somewhere when I die. Just as they came from somewhere before I was born. I’m happier to say I do not know. And, I’m not worried about that. We cannot explain the energy we call life. So, to claim there is an afterlife, or to deny its existence seems pointless to me.
For many people, that issue is most important. To me, it is not. Therefore, I can probably claim that I’m more of a Humanist than any other label I know. As you are aware, I’m still researching this. It’s not a priority for me. I aspire more to lead an ethical life for the greater good of humanity. However, I can now see I should research Secular Humanism, and Agnostic Humanism. So, thank you for prompting me to look into this.
That’s amazing! 😀
Adding an account+ to email addresses must have lots of uses. I never realized you could do this. Or, I learned it so long ago I’ve forgotten. The ‘randomstuff’ can be numbers or words.
I’ve tried 2 WordPress rewards plugins: WP Rewards, and Ultimate Rewards.
Both fail to give the depth of data needed for features (i.e. replacement for WooCommerce Attributes functionality). WP Rewards has the added benefit of reviewing individual features. However, this might be an added level of complication.
I think the best strategy is to continue with WooCommerce for now. We desperately need to catch up with overdue reviews. And, there are lots of areas we haven’t even started yet. Travel and health are both crying out for immediate action. And, it’s very wasteful to ignore reviews for products that are actively being traded.
It’s important to add more reviews quickly. But, we also need to ensure data is accessible. Therefore, we should test Ultimate WP Query Search alongside WooCommerce for now. When I’ve done that, I will add a documentation task to my tasklist, for KeČaTa Community users.
When traffic volumes justify further research, we can look at commercial review plugins compared to custom Pods development.
- This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by Keith Taylor. Reason: Added documentation task for KeČaTa Community
Actually, I think I can answer my own question here. It isn’t listed in CloudFlare Optimized Partners, so probably nothing special. In fact, it isn’t in Certified partners, on that page, either.
What we really need is a review of CloudFlare Optimized Partners. And, an explanation of the advantages from different aspects of included CloudFlare services. It seems that different partners include different services. Some are more important than others depending on the nature of the website being hosted.
I think there’s a bigger issue here. Standing back from the WooCommerce arguments, I question the whole idea of using eCommerce plugins for our resource databases (AKA Knowledge Bases).
We have no foreseeable intention to sell anything. Current plans are for reviews with some affiliate links. As an aside on that, I believe we should aim for a maximum 38.2% affiliate links, but that’s for later. The only likely commercial items are hosting plans, and associated management services. They can probably be simple PayPal links.
Therefore, I think we should investigate WordPress Rewards Plugins. Probably enhanced with Ultimate WP Query Search. We can test this out with Plugin and Theme reviews. If successful, extend it to other Categories, and retire current WooCommerce records.
I assume the DFP script code is currently inserted by a Plugin, or similar?
I think the best way is to change the current DFP code to it’s fixed-size equivalent in AdSense.
Then, you can gradually introduce and test Responsive AdSense markup on one or two websites. When you’re happy with it, change the main advertising function code from fixed-size AdSense to Responsive AdSense.