Mar 15, 2010

In-text advertising

If you're a website publisher, you really need to check out a new service called Sintext. They do in-text advertising, but specialize in "adult-oriented" ads. Basically that means you can get big-time revenues without having to put up a bunch of banner ads all over your site.

innovative in-text advertising products maximize your website's profit potential and give you the highest payouts in the industry! Sintext provides two types of in-text advertising solutions: traditional in-text keyword ads and our unique MicroBanner™ logo ads. Our MicroBanner™ ads have higher conversion rates than conventional online banner ads, which translates to enormous new revenue for YOU.

Here's some info about it from their website:

What products will Sintext advertise on my site?

Sintext understands the needs of website publishers. That's why we give YOU the ability to control what types of in-text advertisements you wish to place on your website.

Sintext advertisers fit into four major categories:

  • Adult Products and Novelties
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Brands
  • Tobacco, Smoke, and/or Grow Supplies
  • Gaming and Firearm Related

As a member of the Sintext Publisher Network, you can determine which ad categories and niches you want to allow on your website. While Sintext does specialize in adult advertising niches, we do monitor and enforce strict quality standards among our advertisers.

What is a MicroBanner™?

The MicroBanner™ logo ad is Sintext's own unique internet advertising product that generates higher conversion rates for in-text advertisements. Unlike existing in-text advertising products that simply use underlined hyperlinks, Sintext embeds the advertiser's logo directly into the website publisher's content. The advantages are obvious. MicroBanners™ are so eye-catching that they convert at nine times the rate of typical online ads! That means more revenue for website publishers like you. And unlike conventional in-text ads, MicroBanners™ provide an exciting and stylish feel to text-heavy websites. MicroBanners™ don't produce visual clutter like traditional ads do, so user experiences are positive.

What kinds of websites can join Sintext's Publisher Network?

No matter how big or small your website is, you can join Sintext's Publisher Network today and start making money! Unlike some other advertising companies, InTopic has no minimum traffic requirements, no fees and no long-term commitments, so even the smallest websites can join. (We do require that Publishers meet a few requirements, go here to view them.) We're actively seeking personal, professional, and group blogs; forums, message boards, adult websites, poker websites, gaming websites and social networking sites. As long as your site contains a small amount of text, you can start earning revenue NOW!

Will Sintext ads affect my site's look and feel?

We know how much you care about your site's user experience. That's why Sintext publishers like you appreciate the non-intrusive look and feel of our ads. Sintext's MicroBanner™ and keyword ads are a fresh and stylish way to generate ad revenue without adding clutter. The visual impact of our ads will give your site a more exciting feel than conventional banner or text ads. In-text advertising from Sintext is completely user-initiated, which gives web users a strong sense of engagement with our ads. Best of all, Sintext's technology allows you, the publisher, to retain complete control of your content. You now have the freedom to mix different types of advertising on your site or generate revenue without using banner/pop-up ads at all. It's your call!

How do I put Sintext's ads on my website?

Sintext's Publisher Network is incredibly easy to join. In just minutes our online registration process will set up your account! And once you're a member of the network, you'll have access to your Sintext Client Dashboard, where you can easily track your site's ad results and get instant usage reports. We also offer two convenient payment delivery methods and numerous ad placement options so that you the publisher are always in control!
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Jan 16, 2010

PORTFOLIO: Joel Furfari

Welcome to my portfolio! My name is Joel Furfari. I'm an online marketer and content writer who lives in Atlanta. To receive my resume or references, e-mail me at jfurfari at gmail dot com. To view my work samples, simply click on each image or link below.


Date: Winter 2010
Company: InTopic Media
Product: Front-end marketing site
My Contribution: Copywriting and layout

Date: Spring 2010
Company: InTopic Media
Product: Print collateral media kit aimed at advertisers
My Contribution: Copywriting and layout

Date: Summer 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Product: Direct response sales page for monthly real estate newsletter
My Contribution: Copywriting

Date: Winter 2010
Company: Monkey Bizzness
E-book containing sales tips and strategies for small business owners
My Contribution: All copywriting and page design.
Monkey Bizzness is an e-marketing venture between myself and John Schlott, a former colleague. We are marketing our own information products via JV partnerships and have already achieved sales of approximately $1,500.

Summer 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Premium newsletter
My Contribution: All copywriting and page design

Date: Fall 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Training book for real estate investors
My Contribution: All copywriting and page design

Date: Fall 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Product: Free marketing report for commercial real estate investors
My contribution: All copywriting and page design

Date: Fall 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Product: E-book for real estate investors
My Contribution: All copywriting and page design

Date: Fall 2009
Company: The Short Sale Service, Inc.
Free marketing report for real estate investors
My Contribution:
All copywriting and page design

Date: March 2009
Company: Tillman Allen Greer, LLC
Business profile article published in Gwinnett Business Journal
My Contribution: Researched and wrote copy

"Bright Lights, Big County"
Date: January 2009
Tillman Allen Greer, LLC
Business news article published Gwinnett Business Journal
My Contribution:
Researched and wrote copy


Date: July 2008
Tillman Allen Greer, LLC
Business feature article published in Gwinnett Business Journal
My Contribution:
Researched and wrote copy


Date: Fall 2003
The Pawtucket Times
Business news article published in The Pawtucket Times
My Contribution:
Researched and wrote copy


Date: Summer 2003
The Pawtucket Times
Feature article published in The Pawtucket Times
My Contribution:
Researched and wrote copy


Date: Winter 2003
The Pawtucket Times
Feature article published in The Pawtucket Times
My Contribution:
Researched and wrote copy

Oct 21, 2009

The Fresh Prince of Hot Air...

This has been floating around the web for the past few days, ever since the "Fresh Prince of Hot Air" decided he needed to get on TV with a whole balloon boy episode. Facebook Gold!

Feb 14, 2009


I'm currently reading the massive Thomas Pynchon novel "Against the Day." It's fantastic and exasperating at the same time. Pynchon is an Official Tommorrow-Land-Certified Fucking Genius, but the book is also insanely complex. Characters come and go. Plot lines dodge and weave. There are references to shit that even the smartest people won't pick up. And because he's a postmodernist, you can expect him to throw a little supernatural stuff at you.

That's why I'm so fascinated that there's an actual "Against the Day" wiki devoted to explaining all the obscure details of the book. Comparing it to the Cliffs Notes version wouldn't do this justice. This wiki actually makes it more complicated.

Feb 4, 2009

Humans can fly

Really, they can now. (I embedded this video, but you really should blow it up to full-screen.)

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

Budapest vs. Bucharest

Go test your mad geography skillz.

My best score is a 26,100.

Feb 2, 2009

The Super Bowl menu

We do it up right at our house. Yesterday's menu for the Super Bowl party we hosted (everything was homemade!):

- buffalo wings with homemade bleu cheese dipping sauce
- honey mustard wings
- grilled turkey sliders with homemade buns
- macaroni and cheese
- vegetarian chili
- chips with homemade guacamole
- bacon-wrapped roasted figs
- barbecued jerk shrimp
- baked french fried and sweet potato fries
- Steelers-themed (yellow and black) almond cookies

Jan 16, 2009

I wish I could shoot missiles at the idiot commuter in front of me

Back in 1985, my favorite show as "Street Hawk." Because it was awesome.

Jan 2, 2009

My last meal...

will be something like this.

Dec 29, 2008

The shag van

Forget beach houses and plasma TVs, a real player needs this. Check out a few pics. I think the airburshed Star Wars mural is good, but the interior covered entirely in shag carpet is FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(If the Craiglist link goes dead, this was an actual custom van for sale on the Dallas CL.)

Dec 15, 2008

Sweet Audi action

I'm not really much of a "car guy," and I don't like the band Bush very much, but this video is still sooooo cool. It makes me wish I had a souped-up Audi Quattro Sport!

Dec 5, 2008

A Man Called White

There are some damn interesting people you never really learn about in history class.

Hangin' with poets

I've been finding myself surrounded by poets more and more lately. Didn't really see that coming, but they're swell folks as long as you don't mind berets, bongos and Gauloise cigarettes. Haha, I kid. You would never know they're poets by looking at them!

Anyway, I know absolutely nothing about formal poetry. Really the only poetry I know jack shit about is in hip-hop form. I know most poetry purists probably consider it artless, but I can't help but love shit like this:

"Get Down" by Nas

New York streets where killers walk like Pistol Pete
And Pappy Mason, gave the young boys admiration
Prince from Queens and Fritz from Harlem
Street legends, the drugs kept the hood from starvin
Pushin cars, Nicky Barnes was the 70's
But there's a long list of high-profile celebrities
Worldwide on the thorough side of things
Livest kings, some died, one guy, one time
One day grabs me, as I'm about to blast heat
40-side of Vernon, I turned well he asked me
"Whatchu up to, the cops gon' bust you"
I was a teen drunk off brew, stumbled I wondered
If God sent him, cause two squad cars entered the block
And looked at us, I ain't flinch when they watched
I took it upstairs, the bathroom mirror, brushed my hair
Starin at a young disciple, I almost gave my life to what the dice do
Yeah man, throwin them bones
Hopin my ace get his case thrown
His girl ain't wait for him, she in the world straight hoein
While he lookin at centerfolds of pretty girls
Showin they little cooch, gangstas don't die he's livin proof
The D.A. who tried him was lyin
A white dude, killed his mother durin the case
Hung jury, now the D.A. is bein replaced
Pre-trial hearin is over, it's real for the soldier
Walks in the courtroom, the look in his eyes is wild
Triple-homicide, I sit in the back aisle
I wanna crack a smile when I see him
Throw up a fist for black power, cause all we want is his freedom
He grabbed a court officer's gun and started squeezin
Then he grabbed the judge, screams out -- nobody leavin everybody

Some niggaz fuck they enemies in they ass when they catch 'em
Weird-ass niggaz are dangerous, so don't test 'em
They make you, disappear, this a year that I won't forget
Sold CD's double platinum, met mo' execs
Southern niggaz, independent label, real killers
Know the business, ran Tennessee for years, now they chillin
They had the coke game somethin crazy
Sold music out the trunk of they car, that shit amazed me
Put me onto heron blunts, sherm or somethin
Took a puff, what the fuck, I turned to punch them
Southern niggaz ain't slow, nigga tried to play me
I left from around them dudes, they cool but they crazy
Now I'm back around the old school that raised me
New York gangstas, we loungin, out in L.A. see
A dude wrote my dawg from Pelican Bay
The letter say, "Nas I got your back - the fools don't play"
I rolled with some Crips down to a Crenshaw funeral
Never saw so many men slaughtered and I knew the ho responsible
The nigga still alive in a hospital
Midnight they crept in his room and shot the doctor too
See my cousin's in the game, thuggin and things
He plugged me with a dame who was half-Mexicano
Gave the ass up, I'ma mack daddy Soprano
She passed me the indigo, but the imbecile
Shoulda never tippy-toed, thought my eyes were closed
Openin the hotel room do', to let her goons in
But I moved in a manner, on some Jet Li shit
I let the hammers blow, wet three kids
See honey thought I had somethin to do, with all the drama
Cause I was with a crew, that had her people killed
Called up my cousin, told him I ain't fuckin witchu
He responded cool, but told me out here this how motherfuckers

Get down, get down!

Dec 4, 2008

Left to right, not up and down

I'm starting to wonder if the next big trend in web publishing is to package content in a left-to-right, scrolling style, instead of the traditional scroll-down type display you normally see when reading stuff on the web. Here's a good example of that at CanopyCanopyCanopy. I've noticed that one of my favorite moto blogs, Hell for Leather, does something similar with certain of their features.

Trash Heaven!

This blog is some southern fried fun. Hell yeah!

Dec 3, 2008

Gang of Four, Live in 1981

I know I was all of three years old at the time, but this song just rocks in every way.

Nov 26, 2008

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Check out this tilt-shift video of a monster truck rally. Kind of a matchbox cars meets claymation vibe goin' on.

Metal Heart from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

Nov 21, 2008

My personality type?

This site claims that it can predict your Myers-Briggs personality type by analyzing your blog. I entered Tomorrow-land's URL into it and this is what came up:

ESTP - The Doers
The active and play-ful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.
The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.
Then I entered Dionne's blog into the analyzer:

ESFP - The Performers

The entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don´t like to plan ahead - they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.
The enjoy work that makes them able to help other people in a concrete and visible way. They tend to avoid conflicts and rarely initiate confrontation - qualities that can make it hard for them in management positions.
Sounds about right to me!

Nov 11, 2008

Not black vs. white, but urban vs. rural

Slate has a nice summary of demographic data vs. polling data. It turns out that my man Barry Hussein didn't really unite the two halves of America particularly well.... because it turns out real rural Americans basically hate his Muslim Kenyan ass. Oh well, just don't stop growing our food you uncultured rednecks!