Prisoners are persons whom most of us would rather not think about. Banished from everyday sight, they exist in a shadow world that only dimly enters our awareness. They are members of a "total institution" that controls their daily existence in a way that few of us can imagine. "[P]rison is a complex of physical arrangements and of measures, all wholly governmental, all wholly performed by agents of government, which determine the total existence of certain human beings (except perhaps in the realm of the spirit, and inevitably there as well) from sundown to sundown, sleeping, walking, speaking, silent, working, playing, viewing, eating, voiding, reading, alone, with others. . . ." It is thus easy to think of prisoners as members of a separate netherworld, driven by its own demands, ordered by its own customs, ruled by those whose claim to power rests on raw necessity. -- Justice William Brennan, dissenting in O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz, 482 U.S. 342, 354-55 (1987).

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Blog Traffic

When I launched this blog in late March, I decided to promote it using Google AdWords, a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising program I have very successfully used in the past. I had no idea how much traffic I would get.

When I got out of prison on June 28, I checked my AdWords Account, only to discover I had spent $4,854.44! I decided to suspend the advertising until I could review it later.

How much traffic did I get for my money?

Well, my ad -- which appeared if someone searched Google for "federal prison", "prison stories", "jail stories", "prison diary", or "jail diary" or visited one of Google's content partners whose website was relevant to one of those search terms -- appeared 22,333,543 times!!! 37,542 people clicked on the ad at an average cost of $.13 per visitor.

I never really had a profit motive for launching this site, although I have had much success with internet marketing in the past. I may however put together a "Federal Prison Camp Survivor's Guide" and sell it as an e-book on this site. It would be a more structured version of what I share already.

I don't know yet... just an idea.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can one purchase this e-book or guide? I am interested

Bill Bailey said...

It isn't written yet. It is just an idea at the moment... I hadn't planned on doing it. For the time being, you will have to settle for the blog, unorganized though it may be. Sorry.

Karl said...

Nearly 40k visitors!!! WOW! I wish my blog got that many hits in that amount of time... although not at that price ;)