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About Tellus News Digest

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    Tellus News Digest is looking for writers, editors and illustrators who write well, have important things to say, and want to make a decent amount of money doing it. We really don’t care what your political persuasions are….as long as you stick to documented facts.  You’re entitled to your opinions.  Readers are entitled to the […]
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    News articles should be written from the third person, except for “first person” stories in which the author is involved in the story. This is common in interviews and reviews, or when the author is actually involved in the events being reported. Articles should be at least 600 words in length and should not be more than […]
  • How to Pitch a Story to TellusHow to Pitch a Story to Tellus
    There are generally two ways in which writers find things to write about: inspiration and perspiration. The inspirational method happens when you see, hear, or read about an event that pisses you off and, before you know it, you are knee-deep in an article that dozens of other people are writing at the very same […]
  • How to Prepare an Article for SubmissionHow to Prepare an Article for Submission
    Start with the Headline: Always start with a headline in mind. You can always change it later. We may also change the headline, but writing with a headline in mind keeps you focused on your major story points. Headlines must be at least 42 characters and must not be longer than 56 characters, including spaces and […]
  • How to Submit Articles to TellusHow to Submit Articles to Tellus
    Logging into The WordPress Editor Go to www.tellusnewsdigest.com (bookmark the page; you will be coming back frequently.) Go to the bottom of the page, where you will find the login box as shown. Enter the credentials you have been given. (As long as you use the same browser, the browser should remember your credentials.) The […]
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    Writing headlines is becoming a lost art.  On the internet, with unlimited amounts of space available, writers and editors have become very lazy with their headlines, with some very unfortunate results. On the other hand, digital publishing also forces some fairly stringent rules upon headline writers if you are interested in search engine optimization. Here […]
  • Rules for Images on TellusRules for Images on Tellus
    We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. We also know that every picture tells a story, but finding good, clean, legal images isn’t easy. If you are a photographer or an artist in your own right, it is relatively easy to compose images for your stories. If you’re not an artist […]
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  • News Writing: Tips and Tricks of the TradeNews Writing: Tips and Tricks of the Trade
    You have to have a point of view If you are writing a hard news story – such as a story about a public event – you are simply reporting the facts as they are but, when you are writing for a publication like Tellus, which isn’t a primary news source, you have to come […]
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    The Tellus Style Guide is a very compact, lightweight version of grammar and punctuation guideline. For a more complete and authoritative guideline, consult the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Abbreviations and Acronyms An abbreviation is a shorter version of a longer word or phrase that is usually a title of an individual, and organization or an […]
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Tellus AdRenovator Utility

The Pros and Cons of Adblocking

There are pros and cons to blocking ads, but there are also pros and cons to circumventing adblockers.  Let’s take a look:

The Benefits of Ad Blocking

  1. Eliminates intrusive, offensive advertising that distracts you from the task at hand
  2. Reduces the risks of having your system infected with a virus or other trojan program
  3. Makes it more difficult for ad servers to assault you with advertising pegged to your browsing habits
  4. Minimizes technological intrusions on your right to privacy

The Drawbacks to Ad Blocking

  1. Ad blocking disproportionately affects smaller, less commercial websites by cutting into their advertising revenues to an extent that often cripples the website operator’s ability to do business
  2. This has an adverse effect on the diversity of data available through the internet, and increases corporate control and censorship over the contents of the internet
  3. Increased use of adblockers will inevitably result in a net loss of knowledge as more and more websites – including some of the most important ones – are forced hide their content behind a “pay wall,” which exacerbates the growing inequality of access to information. 

The AdRenovator Difference

  1. AdRenovator is different because it allows website operators to insert their own, locally hosted advertising (as well as affiliate advertising from companies like Amazon) without breaking your adblocker’s ability to block advertising on sites that are not responsible about their use of advertising.
  2. AdRenovator automatically screens out the more obnoxious forms of advertising – the ones that take over your browser and demand your attention by running video clips and other annoying techniques – because they simply won’t run on AdRenovator (as far as we know) 
  3. AdRenovator returns the locus of control over – and the responsibility for advertising content to the website’s own management, rather than relegating the management of their ad campaigns to third parties.
  4. Because AdRenovator is a not an automated system, it guarantees that website operators actually sees and approves of the advertising carried on their websites.

EXTRA CREDIT:
HOW TO  MANAGE A SELF-ADVERTISEMENT PROGRAM

When you step up to the plate and decide to manage your advertising campaigns instead of relying on a third party advertising aggregator, you immediately run into the problem of how to control your advertising inserts.

There’s actually a very easy way to do this…and you don’t even need our advertising widget to do it.  The AdRenovator widget only creates static advertisements, but you can use almost any slider widget to achieve the same effect.

We use the Huge IT Slider program to manage our advertising insertions. The two techniques are very similar but, in actuality, we are now using the slider for most of our insertions. 

Here’s the rule to use:  If you want to post a specific advertisement in a specific location, use our AdRenovator widget.  If you want to set up an advertising rotation, use the IT Slider.  Here’s how you do that:

  1. Install the IT Slider from Wordpress
  2. Select (or create) the advertisements you want to install in the rotation
  3. Save the IMAGES for the advertisements to your media library
  4. Pick up the images from the media library from inside the IT Slider
  5. Attach the correct URL link to the advertisement in question to each image in turn
  6. Name and save the IT Slider
  7. Use the IT SLIDER by inserting the short code for that slider wherever you want it to appear.
  8. Adjust the timing of the slider switches to conform to the average page view time on your site.
  9. Do not insert more than TWO IT sliders per page. The slider will slow down your page load times and too many sliders in view at the same time will screw with the attention span of your readers.

HOW TO GET THE TELLUS ADRENOVATOR PLUG IN 

The Tellus Adrenovator Plug In Utility, as the saying goes, is not sold in stores. If you want it, you have to get it from us.  It is free of charge, but each copy is customized for exactly one domain name, so no “sharing” please. 

Just send us an email to adrenovator@tellusnewsdigest.com, wait 24 hours (weekdays only) you will get the Adrenovator utility and another set of these instructions. 

If you like Adrenovator, tell everyone else. If you don’t, just tell us and we will fix it.


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