Money for Nothin’

This post is all about curiosity…  and I should say right up front that I am calling no one out, nor am I saying this is right or wrong.
I have noticed a lot of blogs out there and other web sites, both Scout related and non Scout related that seem to be making an attempt at monetizing their sites.  Again, I suppose I don’t have a problem with this, I don’t do it and won’t do my blog for money, but it seems that there are folks out there making money for nothing.
Now you may say.. “Well Scoutmaster Jerry, you make money from the podcast.. right?”  No, I do not make a penny from the podcast.  The relationships that we (PTCMedia) have with our sponsors are such that it pays for the website domain and the bandwidth.  We get nothing… not even promotional material.
On one web site that I follow the individual that hosts actually even put a wish list on his blog.  I have never asked if he has received anything from it, but thought to myself on a couple of occasions that this would be a great way to get me some more gear.  But I have not been able to get myself to beg.
So I am curious… is there money to be made?  Do you think it’s a good idea?  Bad idea?  Would you ever fulfill someones Amazon wish list? note:  If so… let it be me!!! Joking… kinda. 
There is a guy that I follow on and Youtube.  He is a backpacker and hammock camper and has some real entertaining videos out there.  I don’t think he monetizes his Youtube stuff, but man oh man he gets lots of stuff to test and show from the followers of his media.  This I could get into.

So let me know what you think, like I said, I can’t bring myself to doing this.. but want to know how you all feel.

Have a Great Scouting Day!


  1. I don’t have ads on the blog. What I seem to not be able to get rid of is the ones when I view the blog via email on my iPhone. I do not post any links as you describe or promote services like Amazon. If I like a product, I will point a link to it so others can read more. If they buy it, then it’s their choice and I recieve no $$ for it.


  2. I understand where you are coming from and it’s great to see in this day and age where so many people are more concerned with “what’s in it for me” then “I do it because I love it”. It’s clear you love it and that you do pay to do it.
    But I will say that from your Blog and Podcasts I have learned so much, not only about being a better Scouter, but also about some of the cool equipment out there. One example is the StickPix Camera Mount. I saw one of your videos and you mentioned it. I checked out the Web Site and bought two. Now when we go camping or on a hike, I’m in the picture too.
    And I’m currently researching Hammocks because of your recomendations. And on the other side, if there is something you don’t like, you say so too. A good example is your comments in Podcast 95 about the Jet Boil. You gave an honest opinon and said that you didn’t care for it, which is the first time I have heard someone make a negative comment about it other then the price. I like mine by the way and use it often, but respect and understand your thoughts on it.
    My opinion is that if there are companies out there that would like to send you items or equipment to review, then go for it. Give then an honest Scoutmaster Jerry review and enjoy the perk. I don’t think it’s begging if you are providing a service to the consumer as well as the company that makes the item.
    So if you do a review of a camping or hiking item, end it with “This is my opinion. If there is a piece of equipment you would like me to review, contact me at…..” If you have used or own the piece, you can give your opinion. If you don’t, you can tell them that you haven’t tried that out yet and leave it up to them to offer it to you.
    It’s not begging or monetizing, if you are providing a service and giving your honest opinion, which you have always done.

    That’s my 2 cents. (No charge)


  3. It seems like everyone has Google ads on their site these days. I would not feel bad putting something like that on the side of the page. Choose your favorite gear sites or something. Google identifies the ads, and I don’t think anyone would mind if you found a way to pay some of the costs you incur in producing your blog and podcast.

    It is a problem when you start directing your content with the intent of maximizing the income the site is pulling in. When it stops being a “not for profit” to being a “profits must increase” type of site, you may have a problem. But I feel that if people believe this is the case, they will let you know. Or they will not visit the site much, feeling they are just being used. I depend on your integrity to guide you through this maze.

    As for promotional gifts (backpacks, stoves, etc.) again, your integrity will guide you. Everything you could evaluate will have pro’s and con’s. Give honest critiques and you will not go wrong.


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