Well, dang. I’m trying to learn the mechanics of adding advertising content on this site, and I thought an easy test would be to plug in something from Google AdSense, since I already have an account with them in connection with my YouTube channel. Turns out it’s not so easy. They have to first evaluate your site. Okay, that makes sense, since they surely don’t want to be connected with anything sleazy. I have not yet posted anything in the sleazy category, and I don’t intend to, so I figured this step was just a formality. But look what they sent me:
Rejection! Damn, it’s like high school prom all over again.
There’s actually some irony here. A week or so ago, I tried to revive my Amazon Associate’s account, which had lain moribund since I last built a website, hosted on the Rutgers University server, back in the 1990s. The folks at Amazon weren’t picky at all back in the 1990s, but now they’re a bit standoffish.
What I was trying to do was to put Amazon links on my YouTube channel. I chatted with a nice person with the screen name of Amanda, who did me the solid of deleting the old “archived” account so that I could start fresh. But when I told her I wanted to put links on my YouTube channel, she got cagey.
“How many subscribers do you have?” she asked.
“Not quite 300,” I said.
“Oh. They probably won’t approve you then.”
“How many subscribers am I supposed to have?”
“We’re not supposed to give a number, but, to be safe, I’d say in the high hundreds, minimum.”
“Do you have a website? They’re much more friendly toward websites.”
“I had thought of starting a blog.”
“Oh, do that! Then apply after you have, like, a month of posts.”
That was just the kick-in-the-butt I needed, and so this blog was born. And now we’ve come full circle. My YouTube channel isn’t good enough for Amazon, but they’ll probably like my blog. Google Adsense is happy to work with my YouTube channel, but my blog isn’t good enough for them.
What’s an old fogey to do?