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Hi Silversnowball,

I should probably begin by advising my readers not to take the same route you have by beginning a spam campaign.  Spammers are blacklisted, and the conversion rate is easily under .01%.  Such shameful methods for a modest return are not worth your time, nor the sacrifice of your reputation.

With that out of the way, this piece of spam brings about a topic worth talking about: automated tools or paid services to gain subscribers.  While you’ll probably note some short-term success if you decide to use either of these, the problem is that you’re not going to retain the vast majority of those people.  Worse yet, once your blog or website is labeled a spam trap…it sticks.  And because you don’t want to have your (real) name attached to any campaign like that, you are building absolutely zero personal brand equity.  The advantage of gaining readers organically is that you build relationships, and therefore loyalty, along the way.  Commenting on blogs that you are genuinely interested in, adding helpful tips to related forums, taking the initiative on Q&A sites, these are all ways to organically meet people with similar interests and gain new readers, while at the same time solidifying your public reputation.  The best part of this method?  Because you’re doing things honestly and not paying someone to send out spam for you, you’ll actually enjoy doing it.

Thanks for your question!


D2D Response To Anti-Comment Agenda From Tumblr Staff Blog


Why John Gruber doesn’t have comments on his site:

Bijan Sabet likes comments:

My experiences with comments haven’t been as positive. Blogs with good comments do exist, like Bijan’s and many of the small tech and VC blogs that I assume he reads, but they’re unusual.

I’m fiercely…

by Ben Lopez

Have you ever wondered why Tumblr hasn’t introduced a native comment system to make things a hell of a lot easier for everyone?  Well, Marco Arment, Lead Developer at Tumblr, gave us that answer loud and clear yesterday in the blog post above.

In a word, he despises comments.  In his own words, he tells us, “I’m not a very good ‘team player’…I also disagree with the widespread notion that comments are ‘discussion’, or that they form a ‘community’. “  It goes on and on with heaps of negativity and apprehension, likely stemming from a past incident (“my experiences with comments haven’t been as positive”), if you wish to read the full blog post.  The problem with this is that as Tumblr’s lead developer, I’m sure he has a pretty good say in what features are (or are not) introduced to the site.  This makes it likely that Mr. Arment is a major contributing factor holding Tumblr back from the next logical step, which is a native comment system.

So why do I have to go and make a big deal about it publicly?  Why didn’t I just share this with him directly and be done with it?  Well, I had intended to leave this response as a direct comment for him on his blog, but I think you can guess why that didn’t work out…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this because I want to bash Marco or Tumblr, and if he wants to refrain from allowing comments on his personal blog, that’s fine.  I love Tumblr.  I’m never going back to any other blogging platform, and trust me, I’ve tried them all.  I’m saying this out of love for Tumblr, and the totally awesome community we have have.  I just want to see that community aspect fleshed out with standardized comments before we start losing some of its great contributors out of frustration.

Tumblr is of course a private business, and they’re free to do as they please.  But if this was my company, I’d be looking past my own bias, and the bias of my employees to provide solutions that are best for my users, not me.



by Ben Lopez

Another week, another recap.  So, who pre-ordered iPhone 4?  Not many of us, I imagine, seeing as it sold out in an afternoon (don’t feel bad, I missed it too).  But you’ve heard that already, let’s get to what you may not have heard this past week:

This week’s highlights:


 We have a lot of social media going on in our life these days, don’t we?  While it’s sometimes convenient and enjoyable, there’s a whole lotta noise making its way in with all those spammy Twitter updates, and damned Farmville notifications every 5 seconds.  I take a look at the top annoyances and how you can avoid them.

imageI share a great classic quote from Walt Disney on your work in relation to the time you spend with your family.  Family first, don’t let them slip away as you get caught up in your work.

image My good friend Phil Ricci shared a story that I thought was just completely ludicrous; the New York Times apparently things we’re just completely unprofessional to use the word “tweet”.  My question to them: what the hell else are you going to call it?  See my full response here.

imageLast, but certainly not least, a little something for iPhone users in celebration of the iPhone 4 this past week.  I’d been wanting to do it for a while, so I finally set aside some time to do an in-depth review of Opera Mini for iPhone.  Is it really “six times faster” as they claim?  Speed tests are explained in the review.

For tomorrow’s post, I wanted to get back to a more core business focus for a while, but damn it all, after reading one of the Tumblr staff blogs, it absolutely requires a response.  Don’t miss this one…

Oh, and if anyone happens to have a recommendation left at this point (unlikely) and would like to be kind to Dimes To Dollars, you can do so in the techstartups, or entrepreneurs category by clicking on the respective link.  Thanks for reading!^_^

PS: Special thanks to Jon Lopez Photography for the awesome Dimes To Dollars Photo shoot! 


by Ben Lopez

The problem with social media these days is that we’re constantly being pushed to make everything connected, and encouraged to share exactly what we’re doing, buying, and where we are. What does this equate to? NOISE, and lots of it.

Perhaps you read somewhere in one of those dime-a-dozen SEO e-books that maximum exposure is critical.  Well, not when you’re scaring off users from your website and social media accounts, readers from your blog, and potential customers for your business with information overload.  You wouldn’t call someone 10 or 20 times a day to tell them you’re playing a game, would you?  Of course not, that’s just not socially acceptable.  When you post things online, think of it as a real life conversation, and remember this when considering how often you want to inform people of every minute detail.

It’s inefficient for all of us; the chronic poster loses subscribers, friend interactions, and it is more difficult to keep track of their own activities due to the very clutter they themselves create. For the rest of us, it clutters our friend feeds, RSS feeds, and inboxes like nobody’s business, good grief. Same concept as people that forward a dozen or more e-mails a day. You’re my friend, and I still like you as a person, but at the end of the day it’s just bothersome to delete all those e-mails. In the same way, it’s bothersome unsubbing/unfriending, hiding individual apps, and tweaking my display settings due to the pseudo spam of others.

My advice: DO NOT LINK TWITTER to your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Myspace account, or else we’re all doomed to suffer endless pages of “LOL yea i no” and “help me tend my crops in Farmville!”. Assuming you don’t post a new article every hour, auto updates from your blog are generally considered acceptable. If you play games, get rid of the ridiculous number of updates that flood both your wall and our friend streams.

Follow these simply rules and it’s entirely possible our planet may not be doomed (maybe). What do you think? Is there still a chance of redemption, or is society beyond hope?

(Reblog) RFS Claymations: Microsoft Office = Hate


I have no clue why Office became such a huge hit with consumers! Why? I am fairly good with Adobe In Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop, AND I CAN’T FIGURE IT OUT! What should be a simple task, such as making a transition is all screwed up. It doesn’t even run smoothly on my computer. WHY? It’s…

Jon from RFS Claymations provides an entertaining rant about how Microsoft’s flagship product has evolved.  Oh, those silly margins…

We All Like to Reblog —



I mentioned, what? 12 hours ago that reblogging will be a standard adopted by other platforms?;)

Wordpress adds “Like” and “Reblog”


by Ben Lopez

It’s time once again for the week in review: for those that can’t be bothered reading all of those pesky articles in their entirety, this is the weekly post for you!  Of course, if you find one that strikes your fancy, just give it a click.  But enough with the patronizing instructions, onto this week’s highlights:

imageI decided to start off the new week with a bang and jump right into a topic that had been bothering me for a while now: Tumblr blogs that don’t allow comments.  I go on for a while on why you would never, ever want to do that.

image Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37 Signals, share their thoughts on business plans.  37 Signals is an excellent blog that I heartily recommend.  I also own their book, Rework, and can hardly put it down.  These two men will make 30-year CEOs question traditional business wisdom, and embrace technology like a new born puppy.

image Some of the other entrepreneurs had some excellent blogs this week as well, so I went ahead and reblogged Phil Ricci’s experience with a crappy business owner who is sure to fail miserably and added a few thoughts of my own.

image But that’s not where the reblogging (are we allowed to call it RBing?) ends; Mr. Postling himself, David Lifson reblogged some interesting thoughts on Tumblr and @Replies.  Naturally, I had to put in my two cents, so I reblogged the fella and did just that.  

image In this week’s humour, an animated office worker shows precisely how I used to be before I got (semi) organized.  Though I do still have a row of post-it notes lining the top of my computer monitor, so maybe I’m not quite there yet…

image Last, but certainly not of lesser importance, I cover the phenomenon that is Quit Facebook Day.  For those who aren’t quite ready to quit, but are fed up with the privacy issues and still want to show their disgust, I also share when and how you can do just that.

If you found any of the above particularly interesting or useful, please consider recommending this blog for the tech, startups, or entrepreneurs category.  Thanks for reading!^_^




Tumblr should have something equivalent to an @reply. It should go in the “messages” area in the dashboard. A question should be highlight-able and an @reply assigned so as to send just a part of a post to a friend, with context available.

Another benefit of an @reply is the ability to do a type-ahead like facebook. This would make me associate a tumblog with an identity easily, and would be very good for Tumblr. When that happens on Facebook, no one cares too much. When it happens on the web on a blog, google notices and it matters.

I love this idea. Not only would I use this, but it would also allow tumblr users to more easily scale (increase) the number of people they follow. Why? Because instead of scouring your dashboard in case you missed something, the @reply feature could be used like to signal people’s attention. 

I could not have said it better myself, I completely agree with giantrobotlasers and caterpillarcowboy.  

The only thing I might add is, let’s not confuse these features as “the Facebook model” or “Twitter’s feature”.  These features will be standard across all social media eventually.  Frankly, I’m shocked it took Youtube and Facebook so long to implement @replies when its value was so obvious.  Tumblr is much younger, but they still need to keep pace.  They’re already ahead of the blogging game as the originators of Reblogging, so they should make a push to maintain that key advantage.

Source giantrobotlasers


by Ben Lopez

That’s it.  Enable comments.  There are a multitude of reasons to do so, and not a single reason why you’d want to intentionally disable them, short of looking to explicitly avoid criticism.  I hope no one will take offense to this entry; none is intended, friends.  I’m saying this today because it’s something that needs to be said, and I have yet to hear another Tumblr blogger address this persisting issue.  Comments give bloggers an interactive incentive to their readers, and the readers are able to further contribute and share thanks when you provide useful, engaging content.

Before I joined Tumblr, I had never HEARD of a blog that didn’t have the option of commenting, at least not by default.  To be fair, I realize some Tumblr users are not aware that their comments are disabled, it took me a while to notice it myself.  When I started here on Tumblr, as much as I loved the community, I found it absolutely unbelievable that MANY themes intentionally exclude the ability to comment.  For the Tumblr staff not to set minimum functionality requirements that designers must include in their themes seems grossly irresponsible to me, and it is hurting the reputation of both Tumblr and its users.  Some blogs don’t even have a permalink button!  Can you imagine?  A non-Tumblr user visiting a Tumblr-powered blog and scratching their head, “Are you kidding me, I can’t leave a comment?  What’s the point of blogging like that?  It’s like you’re talking to yourself.”  Or what if one of your friends on Facebook suddenly did not allow for status update comments or wall posts?  Chances are you’re going to be visiting that friend’s page a heck of a lot less, if at all…why should it be any different for blogs?

I’m sure some of you are saying by now, “Oh, shut up, you!  I’ll run my blog how I please!”  And I get it.  I’m not fond of criticism any more than the next guy, but please trust me when I say you have everything to gain by enabling comments.  Why has social media become so successful?  Because it’s social.  Please do not interpret this entry as an act of spite or harsh criticism, this needs to be said for the greater good of the Tumblr community.  It’s fairly often I find a really great blog that I can’t comment on at all, which is a shame.  I’d love to be able to tell that person how much I enjoyed reading their work.

Take a look at some of the top blogs here on Tumblr.  You’ll see that most of them not only have comments enabled, but include a multitude of commenting options (Yahoo, Disqus, Twitter/Facebook Connect, etc) in addition to a standard form so that anyone can comment very easily.  They are some of the most-read blogs for good reason; that interactive element is a crucial incentive that gives birth to conversation beyond the original article and brings those hungry minds, those taking pleasure in quality conversation, coming back for more.

For bloggers without comments, did this article change your mind?  If not, let’s hear your views on why you still would like to restrict comments.  For those that agree with my rationale, I ask that you consider ReBlogging this entry to spread awareness.  

Bring forth your comments, questions, and criticisms.

by Benjamin M. Lopez


The nosedive for Tecmo’s stock as seen above could be a mirror image of the earnings forecast for many small businesses very soon.  But the economy and stranglehold of government regulation is only partially to blame.  Many businesses are putting themselves out of business by their own hand.

My jaw hit the floor when I read a recent article from Inc. Magazine, that reported when 552 executives with under 100 employees were asked about utilizing social media, 81% admitted they had not even tried it.  Not “failed”, not “inefficient”, but had made no effort to pursue the endless potential of social media.  In this age of incredible technology, streamlined processes, and whole new worlds of opportunity like never before, that’s inexcusable.  This isn’t simply a bad policy, it is a fundamental error in how to conduct business.  How you did business 10 years ago will no longer cut it today; we all need to adapt as needed, and if don’t take the necessary steps to keep in step, I don’t see sunny days ahead for your company.  I’m not alone in such a reaction; John Seely Brown, a legend of Silicon Valley, expressed a very similar outlook in a recent keynote at Stanford University saying that “something fundamental is broken”, and focusing the majority of his one hour speech on the reluctance to embrace change.  If you are a small business owner who has yet to explore social media, I implore you my friend, don’t make the same mistake, and keep in mind always that time is of the essence.

But if you happen to be one in a bad situation, know that it is not too late.  The social media highway is open 24 hours; hit the gas and catch up to the pack!  This race is ongoing, so you always have an opportunity to find an opening and take the lead.

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