Emergency: Please Donate to ForbiddenKnowledgeTV!
For nearly 5 years, we have striven to keep this service free for all - but must now ask for voluntary donations from the viewers who enjoy this site.
According to my mass-emailing service, I receive an average of 20,000 page views per day, sometimes much more but usually not much less. This is the traffic which I receive from subscribers of my newsletter and to whomever they may forward my newsletters.
According to traffic reporting site, Quantcast, of which my website has a widget installed (and which, as is the industrial norm, under-reports actual traffic by roughly 10%), the unique monthly visitors to my site amounts to 4X the amount of subscribers that I have on my emailing list.
Most of this much larger set of traffic is generated by search engine results. My webpages used to appear in the first or as one of the top results in Google searches for specific terms related to the articles on my website's 4,000+ pages. However, lately, search results have more commonly begun displaying my webpages at the bottom of the second page, which has had the effect of reducing this larger body of traffic.
My advertising service, however has been reporting and paying me for roughly half of the reported newletter traffic, which does not even include this 4X-larger body of traffic to my website. The upshot, is that, within 3 short months, my steady advertising income of almost 5 years, which enabled me to offer FKTV for free for all - has now dwindled to 1/5th of what it has been (down from 1/3rd, last month). The advertising income has comepletely fallen off a cliff, without any explanation from Google, other than to suggest that I fill in forms, using 50 words or less. I can no longer pay my basic bills, let alone the site's overhead, with my site income, as I have for almost 5 years.
It's obvious, that Google's counters are incorrect, either by their own doing or by a clandestine government cyber weapon, one of which has been written about by Glenn Greenwald, here: http://bit.ly/1qaz0Oh, as part of the leaks he received.
It is obvious that someone wants to put me out of business - and that they have been successful, insofar as destroying my current business model.
Several other Alternative Media sites have simultaneously experienced defunding, disintegration and massive channel views subtracted from their YouTube accounts.
It appears that the disturbing events that my business has experienced are part of a larger trend, aimed against the Alternative Media, in general.
Over the past several weeks, since this crisis became fully evident and was publicly announced, I've been intensely moved to receive the many kind, loving and appreciative letters - and checks. It makes me feel like I haven't wasted the past 5 years of my life. I am applying this money to migrating my website offshore, onto a secure VPN network. I will also physically move my actual person outside of the United States, as these events have left me feeling that I am personally not safe in this country.
During this transition of moving to another country, I won't have much time to find an alternative way to finance the site, as I'm also in the middle of releasing a feature film that I produced. I will probably have no choice but to rely on small recurring monthly donations, to keep this site going.
If you like this site and want to see it continue to exist, please click on the donation button below, which offers many different payment options and donate an amount that you feel comfortable with, whenever you can. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate, via this button.
If you do not have a PayPal account, look toward the bottom left of the page that opens up, after you click on the button below, to follow those options:
We will also accept checks, sent to:
P.O. Box 754
Vero Beach, FL 32961
P.S. I cannot ever possibly adequately thank all of you, who have chipped in so far!
Stay tuned - I will be adding Bitcoin and other methods of contribution, soon!