'Your a Traytor, You But Ugly Kosheralist Pusstard' Click Here to Learn More!

It was inevitable. 

Just as in the physical world advertising eventually found its way to airline tray tables, gas pumps and human babies, digital is trying to monetize every nook, cranny and idle pixel of the Internet.

Sponsored search created the most dominant business of the twenty-first century -- Google. Facebook baited and switched its way into a tidy sponsored-post business. Twitter is deep into sponsored tweets. But what’s left that has the reach, the scale, the potential audience to make advertising interruption worth the trouble?

The only thing left with genuine ubiquity is the online comment section, which obviously is a sewer, a circle of hell, a bilious playground for the id, strewn with jagged glass and incoherence and malice. Who would try to turn that into an advertising medium?

Oh. Disqus would. That’s the vendor to publishers of comment platforms, and these folks are smelling opportunity:



Whether you're looking to build brand awareness or drive engagement around your content, Disqus can create a campaign to accomplish your goals.

It's easy to get started. We incorporate your existing brand content into a Sponsored Comment. Our programmatic platform brings your campaign to scale.

Disqus offers “native advertising at scale,” which is like offering locusts at scale. But putting aside the pestilence that is native, can we for a moment contemplate the thing that gives native its supposed power and its very raison d’etre? Namely: editorial environment.

Here’s what I’m going to do right now; I’m going to random search Yahoo for comments about the “Seattle Seahawks” in advance of the Super Bowl. Then I’m going to search YouTube for, oh, I dunno, Miley Cyrus. Then I’ll search for “Iran.” I have not scoped these out previously. As I write this, it is 3:51 p.m. EST. The next paragraph will begin at 3:56.

3:56 p.m. Okay. I’m back. And here y’go:

DAN 15 hours ago1 

Seattle is Known as the Suicide Capital of the USA, they're already bringing in Extra Suicide Hotline People to Deal with Nutcases after the Seachickens LOSE !!! Better call Kurt Cocaine

Sia Kate Isobelle Furler

I f***k you miley you are a ugly bitch i swear everyone hates you because you cut your hair! F***in miley you was naked # stupid wrecking ball # f*** you

Rick ONeill · Reading Area Community College (RACC)

Yo anas your name resembles where shit comes please dtop talking your stinking up the world...f*** u and f*** islam...go rape a goat....

Bless their hearts. Such solid argumentation, nuanced analysis and wit. Now, obviously, I went cherry picking for mouth breathers, but come on. Half the population is dumber than average. Half the population is more angry than average. Half the population is more frustrated than average. And half the population is more malicious than average. Even a casual perusal reveals that comment sections attract the left half of those bell curves.

And you don’t have to be discussing sports, entertainment or politics to attract the dolts and trolls, either. I’m now going to search The Guardian for “poetry.”

All right. Got it.


24 Jan 2015 11:58 

A middle aged man name of Chaucer
Met a wife from Bath, tried to force her.
She said "Let me pass" -
Shoved a rod up his arse,
And made him eat shit from a saucer


Yes, those guys are smelling something, but it may not be opportunity. The sales pitch to advertisers is that they can reach the most assertive, most engaged users of the Web. There’s some truth to that, I suppose. Once you get past the crackpots, malcontents and blithering imbeciles. My question is what’s next.

Sky’s the limit, baby. I mean, if you’re looking for an assertive and engaged audience, the jihadist-video segment is just ripe for the plucking.


10 comments about "'Your a Traytor, You But Ugly Kosheralist Pusstard' Click Here to Learn More!".
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  1. Steven Flax from Cardiff Fulfillment Corporation, February 2, 2015 at 9:58 a.m.

    Wonderful Bob. Equally humorous and ominous at the same time. What's next in the monetization race to the bottom? How about running native ads alongside captchas? Thank you for the article and the moral sanity. Best wishes.

  2. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, February 2, 2015 at 10:28 a.m.

    Only 50% are dumber, crasser, nastier, meaner, malicious, dangerous and other choice descriptions than average ? Or only the posters who have nothing better to do ?

  3. Bob Gordon from The Auto Channel, February 2, 2015 at 11:23 a.m.

    and we have to compete with this for ad revenue,

  4. Mike Einstein from the Brothers Einstein, February 2, 2015 at 11:40 a.m.

    And as Pete Carroll proved yesterday, half the Super Bowl head coaches are idiots!

  5. Dean Fox from ScreenTwo LLC, February 2, 2015 at 11:45 a.m.

    Right on, Bob. The clickbait headlines on sites like The Daily Beast often draw the most bitter, hateful, ignorant comments, much more angry, uninformed and unhinged that I could have ever imagined. I often come away depressed that such people exist and have access to the Internet. Then I cheer up when I remember that without this free and open forum of angry expression, these hateful people might be using their time learning how to source and build nail bombs.

  6. Christopher Stephenson from OnWords, February 2, 2015 at 3:42 p.m.

    Garfold, yous is a stewpid looser and u probbly wanna be a girl ennyway!

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  7. Thomas Siebert from BENEVOLENT PROPAGANDA, February 2, 2015 at 4:01 p.m.

    While there is a ton of dreck in the comments, I certainly find good and informative comments and links via sites like,,, and others. Somebody needs to come up with some kind of verification service that weeds out the trolls, haters & shills. Because there's going to be more and more and more as the Internet increasingly becomes the last bastion for uncontrolled free speech.

  8. Adam Hartung from spark partners, February 2, 2015 at 5:08 p.m.

    Well written Bob. I write a column for Forbes and agree with you that dealing with comments is about the least pleasing thing I do. I can't imagine any advertiser trying to connect with the folks who anonymously attack noteworthy writers. If advertisers feared the unedited content on YouTube how could they consider comments?

  9. Cece Forrester from tbd, February 2, 2015 at 5:36 p.m.

    Actually, what annoys me most is the headlines on the Taboola clickbait items. They have all kinds of stupid errors, and the headline capitalization is completely inconsistent.

  10. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, February 2, 2015 at 8:57 p.m.

    Free speech. Nothing is free. Freedom is not free. But avoidance of the sites filled with garbage is a start.

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