atladsenser - 11:46 am on Jul 26, 2012 (gmt 0)
My impression of Tim Carter at that time was that he was a newb, a lucky newb, that didn't know jack. Personally I'm weary of seeing his name invoked as an example of an innocent guy who got hosed for unknown reasons. No one gets hosed for unknown reasons. There is always a reason
Excellent point, martinibuster. I was using him just as an example of how a site that's high-flying one day can come crashing to the ground very quickly, and that nothing lasts forever. I think you and other posters in different threads have made great points that probably pushed the limits way too far on what was acceptable in terms of ad-to-content ratio on his pages, which may have played a role in his traffic drop.
For me, it's just about balance. I have no intention of giving up or turning off my site; I'm just no longer going to rely solely on it for my income. In a way, I feel much more secure having the FT gig plus the income from the site, rather than relying only on one or the other. It's just what works for me, and I was just wondering if any of you guys had been having the same thoughts with all that's changed in this world of online publishing over the past year.