First, the good news. Morgan wrote to inform me that the #1 result on Google right now for "pure evil" is my blog entry about VeriSign. Apparently we've managed to convince Google that I'm an authority on pure evil. Heh.

Gotta love the power of weblogs, no? :-)

Maybe, just maybe, the Register was on to something. Maybe.

Second, Russ tells a tale of Google AdSense that's not encouraging.

Posted by jzawodn at October 01, 2003 07:56 PM

Reader Comments
# Justin said:

While read your entry I thought about entitle "Diversity is Power for Specialized Sites". Basically he talks about when there is a large returns set in a search engine there is room for a niche.

Basically I think that's why when you have someone with a large page rank and they post something with a large results set, Bingo you got something. But if you tried it with more common terms I don't think you would have much success.

on October 1, 2003 08:22 PM
# Russ said:

Thanks for the link love. When is Yahoo going to come out with a competitor to AdSense? Google needs it.


on October 1, 2003 11:11 PM
# Joe Debarko said:


Yahoo is Pure Evil!

on October 1, 2003 11:13 PM
# Ubaldo Huerta said:

Seems to me that the mounting criticisms on all things google (whether it is the ďnext MicrosoftĒ, blog noise, death of PR, etc) is prompting a lot of people to get really harsh on adsense. For a change, Iíll say the program is not without its problems (see chatter in webmasterworldforum ttp://

If you can stomach reading the forum, youíll see also that itís giving new life and making viable a lot of web endeavors that, three months ago, would have never seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Iím not taking covering expenses but making a living with a home grown site (specially in Europe, where Iím at).

Has anybody compared the practices and ToS of adsense with overture, doubleclick and the other usual suspects?

Iím new to online advertisement so I can only prompt the discussion and listen.
The world if full of traps though. Who has time to read a rental car agreement before signing it?

on October 2, 2003 01:22 AM
# Gavin said:

> The world if full of traps though. Who has time to read a rental car agreement before signing it?

I consider all agreements I sign to have some clause in it aimed at fucking me over. If there wasn't, there wouldn't be any point in getting people sign it. I save a few minutes by not reading them and just accept that the company are probably bastards. I mainly blame lawyers, if it wasn't for them most agreements would be a simple couple of paragraphs not a 10,000 word magnum opus like we expect these days.

on October 2, 2003 11:52 AM
# Ben said:

How convenient. I could never remember your URL; now all I need to do is type "pure evil" into Google to each time I want to find the site.

on October 5, 2003 10:11 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yeah, it doesn't get any better than that, does it?

on October 5, 2003 10:25 AM
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