To Entrecard "power users," the following images speak for themselves:

How can that be? Those are popular enough sites that zero clicks make no sense at all.

Advertising using EC did absolutely nothing but blow the EC.

That transaction data tells me nothing really. I need site names and site URL's. Don't you?

Well, I know my ads didn't run. I also know Entrecard was informed. They haven't contacted me about it. We shall see.


The following should appear at the end of every post:

According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":

Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.

Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.

Political Campaign Intervention

Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.

Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.

Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
  • Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office

Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

  • The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
  • Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
  • We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
  • When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
  • It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
  • We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
  • We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
  • When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
  • We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
  • It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)

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    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • I don't even really keep track of widget clicks anymore because it seems so useless. Like any advertising campaign, the key is to "marketing your brand." That is, having a snazzy widget that people will be drawn to, and having your blog name on the widget to stamp the name and association into people's memory. I think that, given enough exposure, people will eventually click on the widget if it attractive enough. But people ARE wary of clicking on things in this day and age of drive-by trojans. And banner-ads stats are just as lame when it comes to click-thru rates.

      Moreover, I think that the EC credit/purchasing system is waaaay too over-rated. It's just too expensive to advertise on too many sites, with very few results. The EC economy is kinda screwy right now.

      That's my 2 cents.

      • Hello Rebecca Mecomber,

        "...drive-by trojans...." That's why it is mundanely important that Entrecard review every advertiser, which I truly trust they are doing so far. They aren't unwise serpents to risk the system by carelessly allowing hacking and warez. However, sites can be one thing during initial reviews and then change in an instant — Wolves in sheep's clothing.

        Look at how it was being discussed in 1996: Information Warrior

        You will see there that the breakdown of the wall of separation between the Pentagon and domestic enforcement (FBI and state and local police) was continuing despite the Frank Church Committee revelations on the NSA, CIA, and DIA abuses (that included, among many other neocon evils, illegal spying on U.S. citizens). We see the results in Barack Obama looking the other way concerning the telecom immunity issue that he said he was against but went ahead with anyway — Plutocrats' man — yes man — house slave. Ask the descendants of field slaves who maintain real spiritual continuity with their ancestors. Obama isn't one of them. Anyone who doesn't know it, is unenlightened — a dupe of the Bilderberg Group.

        Real Small-c, Always Anti-Marxist,


    • Pastor Tom,
      I am also wondering how the stats in my backside show the click price and averages when they can't show you the real data ?

      seems like a crap shoot.
      btw, we've joined Laane on the World in her No Drop Day on Friday 10th April. [Hot Linked by Tom]

      we have the entire post and all the graphics available.
      you may find it interesting; and hopefully you'll join in.

      it's about the real value of the click.


      • Cross-posted onsite here

        Hello RE,

        I read Laane's post. She quotes Graham:

        The plan is to give members with the highest ratio of paid ad approvals first dibs on cashing out their credits.

        My, is that retroactive?

        He can reward anyone he wants, but what he's going to end up with will be all commercial bloggers. Bloggers of content not with an eye to monetizing first and foremost will end up sick of seeing buy, buy, buy.

        I'm not saying this to get Graham to change. He's heard the words of Jesus and rejected them. If he changes, it will be because he's done the work in his heart and soul. I'm saying this so bloggers with a meaningful philosophy of life rather than hearts of mere materialists and capitalist consumers, will be reinforced.

        As for Laane's idea for a dropper's strike, If I were to strike against that which does not meet with my approval, I would be starved to the death of the flesh since I don't hold with the present system of these un-United States.

        The only reason it matters is that if I give up and don't persevere, I won't be speaking out and having whatever positive impact I am having. I eat for the flesh solely for the sakes of others. If I didn't care about others, I would have stopped eating years ago. You see, I don't like it here.

        I'm not prolonging my fleshly days because I love myself. The only thing I love about myself is that God and Jesus are dwelling within me. That though will go on with or without the flesh.

        I avoid spending on many things. I don't work to promote the capitalist system or as a slave to it. I work for USD and I drop for EC that will convert to USD. I do both to translate the unrighteous mammon into the Land and Building Fund of the righteous Christian Commons of the Real Liberal Christian Church.

        It is the altar that sanctifies the gold, not the other way around. I'm building the divine altar. Graham is coining the mundane Caesarism.

        Graham is gaining Hell, and I'm gaining Heaven.

        How many stripes he and I will deserve in the end isn't for me to say. I trust God. If I'm whipped for God and even one other soul turns, then whip away Satan. You murdered my brother, Jesus, who saved me. You're going in the Lake of Fire. You better whip me while there's time because your time is short and you know it.

        This Time, I Don't Die,


    • I used to spend almost 2000EC each day on EC advertising. During that time, I able to get more than 500 drops a day. Without any single advertising, only by dropping 300 cards a day, I'm getting 100 - 150 drops a day. I guess, the advertising really work if it really shows up.

      • Well, Atniz,

        It "works" if people are interested in the initial appeal.

        Christian Commons Project ads result in click-throughs, but how many have responded by helping to bring forth? Has it been mere curiosity or just droppers following widgets rather than using the toolbar or their inbox or bookmarks, etc.?

        Also, what is going on with the ads not showing and Entrecard ignoring bloggers who've brought it to Entrecard's attention? Is it that Entrecard has been swamped with questions? Perhaps that's part of it. It is a matter of priorities.

        Blessings to All, Necessarily Including Entrecard,