A quick question for you all you regular readers – I have been offered a sum of money from an advertising agency to place a ‘viral’ ad on this site to promote a provider of online gambling services.

What do you think – should I:

  • sell-out and take the money?
  • resist the urge to support the proliferation of vice?
  • ask them for more money?
  • do it provided they give me a good tip on the 3.30 at Kempton Park?
  • offer space on the site to only genuine Strasbourg-Alsace firms?
  • do something else?
By |2009-05-29T15:07:36+00:00May 29th, 2009|Strasbourg|8 Comments

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  1. Lucy May 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    hmmmm… tricky one that – food or or morals….
    I say if the money’s sufficient to make a difference, take it. You can always assuage any nagging guilt through a series of scathing blogs undermining the gambling industry…!!
    Love to all,
    Lulu xx

  2. Ross May 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Refuse. Ross.

  3. Sally May 30, 2009 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Can we ask how much they’re offering?
    Do you need the money?

    What are your reservations? Moral grounds or worried about what other people would think?

    On balance, I probably wouldn’t do it … but it’s up to you!

  4. Matt Harle June 2, 2009 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Ask for more money, take it, close the site, and re-open under another name?

  5. Matt Harle June 2, 2009 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Sorry I meant ! not ?

  6. Bart June 2, 2009 at 8:42 am - Reply

    On balance I think it would be a bad idea. The money on the table was €140 for the year, so it wasn’t exactly going to compete with the day job as a revenue stream.

    Then, for starters when they were coy about the client I got suspicious, then when they revealed that they wanted to advertise on the page about language development in bilingual children I was slightly alarmed.

    In short they were asking me to advertise poker gaming to worried parents who were looking for advice.

    I think that rates as ‘preying on the vulnerable’.

    It was going to be a text link ad – though which text they wanted me to link to a poker game I have no idea? Perhaps “childhood education programs” – ?

  7. Bart June 17, 2009 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    UPDATE: They came back with an alternative ad, which I have now placed on one of my articles … see if you can spot it.

    Am now waiting for the cash to appear in my Paypal account.

  8. Bart June 18, 2009 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Wow – the cash arrived the same day 170 USD. (115 EURO).

    Thank you Linkstar!

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