Man From Redmond Calls Me An Employee Of Google

Scobleizer’s buddies know how to milk Google AdSense for all it is worth.

Some of my blogging friends make more money off of Google ads than I am paid by Microsoft (you’ll note that lots of people in my comment regularly question my ability to report honestly about things Microsoft related, why don’t these same people raise heck when employees of Google — and that’s what you are when you put a Google ad on your blog — give Google better PR than it deserves?). I notice that the press loves to go into a tizzy everytime a company sends out a free product, or takes bloggers on a free trip, or signs them up for a director or advisory role. Why isn’t anyone looking into the effect of on-blog advertising on our belief systems and reporting quality?

I’m not sure I’d like it if my friends made more from Google AdSense than I made at my day job. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.
As for Scoble’s call for an investigation, please. With that line of reasoning, we’d also need to investigate all mainstream media. Ad revenue floats everyone’s boat in the media sea.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.