After some rather…intense…twitter discussions on the recent actions by Blogger and WordPress in relation to hosting adult content I thought I’d put a more positive spin on things. After speaking with John D Stories, he reminded me that there is a lot of actual ‘good’ to come out of this whole thing. So in typical blogging style, I’ve decided to throw together a top ten positive results that I feel will come out of the mass adult exodus from those two services.
Hosts that do support adult materials will get a boost in their signups and sales. In a free market system, if you don’t like a given service provider, you head on over to one that you do. I would imagine that Blogger and WordPress are now losing blogs by the thousands. I would also imagine that the majority of those leaving wouldn’t be simply dropping their blog for good – they are either moving to an adult friendly freehost, or spending their money with a company that does support their desire to write about adult themes. These adult-friendly hosts are now benefiting from the moronic move that was made by their largest competition.
Adult bloggers will appear more ‘professional’. (This is more for those who haven’t purchased their own domain name.) It may just be me, but I really think that “sexblog.com” looks a hell of a lot more professional than “sexblog.wordpress.com”. Even if you’re not monetizing your blog, and its soul purpose is to exist as an outlet for your expression, to me, your own domain name shows me that you’ve taken the step and decided that your blog is worth your own money (even if you did only spend $2 at some flash sale at places GoDaddy). I think this will help the whole community move away from that “it’s a phase / you’re all underground anons / you can’t be serious” vibe sometimes associated with sex blogging and adult writing and make it into something very real.
No more logging in / captchas when it comes to leaving comments. I’ve got to admit, this one excites me the most. One of the most annoying things for me when commenting on a blog is to actually have to sign up for a service in order to do so. For the longest while, I didn’t have a Gmail account associated with my Ruby Goodnight name, and I didn’t want to. This cut me off from posting on a lot of Blogger blogs that turned off the other options for commenting. With a lot of previously freehosted blogs moving to self hosting with a WordPress CMS, they can use the Askimet plugin to regulate comment spam, and shut off those damn captchas and login requirements!
Google will have less data to farm through. Less blogs on Blogger means less data for Google to troll through. If you’re pissed off enough at Google over this whole thing, you may decide that you want nothing to do with them ever again. While it is hard to have a completely G-free website, there are ways you can limit that company’s access to your information. Things like using alternatives to Google Analytics, prevent G from indexing your site, stop using Chrome (and Firefox, as they are funded by Google) and start using Bing search engines.
These new webmaster/bloggers will become more familiar with how the ‘link juice process’ works, and start smacking down companies with shady link policies. One of the positive things about the Blogger and WordPress services is that Google liked them – a lot. Sites on those two hosting platforms tended to get indexed by Google a whole lot faster than those outside, as well as ranking higher. Now that unnatural ‘boost’ from Google is gone, bloggers will need to learn a bit more about how to get traffic to their site. This will hopefully encourage bloggers – especially sex toy reviewers – to confront companies about the way they use their links. Unsure what I’m talking about? I’ve got a couple of blog posts on this issue.
Bloggers will have more options when it comes to how their blog is designed. I’ve always been self-hosted, so when I opened up a WP.com account a few months back and set up my own freehosted blog for the first time, I just assumed that I could import all the same plugins and themes that I have been using on my self-hosted blogs. Boy, was I wrong! I never realized how restricted the options were for making your blog ‘your own’ on sites like WP and Blogger. Making the move will open up bloggers to a whole new array of options in order to get their home on the internet just the way they want it. Maybe the mass migration to self hosting will also inspire some to create some of their own plugins and themes!
People will be more careful about reading the TOS for services they use. So WordPress’s vague language about adult content has existed since at least 2009. Why are there so many adult bloggers on their, then? Either they didn’t read the TOS, or they saw other adult blogs (who probably didn’t read the TOS) and thought it wasn’t enforced. I’m as guilty as the next one at clicking the “Yes I’ve read and agreed” button on a lot of things, but when it comes to my adult websites, I do a quick “CTRL-F” search on the TOS document and search for things like “porn”, “adult”, “nudity” and read up on what the company has to say about those thing. If you’re not going to read an entire TOS, it’s an easy way to check the ‘important’ things.
The blogging community is coming together to help each other out. There are a number of individuals out there that have gone out of their way and made this transition from the Blogger and WordPress world a whole lot easier for people. DomSigns is offering his services to anyone needing an extra hand with the transition. VioletBlue has been tweeting about the issue. Others have been sharing where they host and buy my domains from so that adult writers and bloggers can be sure that their content is safe. (Amerinoc and Namecheap, are my go-tos, if you are wondering.)
Can you think of any other positives that have come out of the porn purge? Leave me a comment below.
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