Since starting this site:
- We’ve been banned from Facebook for posting things they deemed “hateful”.
- Our content has been censored/filtered.
- We’ve been silenced and Shadow Banned on Twitter.
- We’ve been pushed down on Google in place of giant corporations who pump out garbage content.
- We’ve had our ad revenue cut and have been forced to remove ads from pages that the powers that be don’t agree with.
And now, it looks like Facebook is attempting to deal the final blow to independent media.
According to Mashable, Facebook is in the process of removing posts from Pages in the original News Feed, unless the page pays for placement.
Filip Struhárik, editor and social media manager at , wrote. That means Facebook’s main feed is no longer a free playing field for publishers. Instead, it’s a battlefield of “pay to play,” where publishers have to pony up the dough to get back into the News Feed.
For sites like mine, and tens of thousands of other independent media outlets, this could be the final blow.
Just to be able to reach people who already choose to follow my page on Facebook, it currently costs $2500 to boost a single article; and that only guarantees that your post will be seen by around 58,000 people – keep in mind that’s people who already choose to follow my page and told facebook they want to see my content. That’s right, $2500 to reach a fraction of my followers on posts that make me $0 – a majority of the content on my site is for the reader, I make next to nothing on most of my posts!
For the last couple of years, we have been pushed out of public view by large corporations and a handful of internet conglomerates who are attempting to manipulate the public’s thoughts and opinions on everything. This is not about making money for them; it’s about controlling your thoughts.
The internet is no longer free; it’s paid propaganda!
When you have almost 320,000 followers on Facebook, and Facebook decides only 1,000 of your followers will see your post, what’s the point of maintaining that page?
When your site has been number 1 on Google for over a decade, and some fuckhead corporate conglomerate can steal your name, copy your site, steal your content, and then repackage it for brainwashed dipshits who can’t read beyond a headline, how do you compete?
When Twitter Shadow Bans content they don’t agree with, what do we do?
WHAT CAN WE DO?
It’s time to start networking outside the system.
I’ve been warning our readers that this was coming for years! For the last couple of years, this site has been routinely censored and even suspended from a number of Social Media sites, simply for sharing our opinions. Here is what I suggested then, and here is what I still suggest today.
1. Limit, stop using, or take control of how you use these Social Media Ghettos!
Matt Drudge describes these social networks as “Social Media Ghettos,” warning people that these tech giants are swallowing up content and killing organic growth for alternative media websites. There is more than a little bit of truth behind what he is saying. These internet giants have created a system where it’s impossible to exist without them; they are literally swallowing up the Internet and forcing them into communities that they can control, censor, and regulate.
Out of the 320,000+ followers this site has on Facebook (Facebook has removed 30k of them over the last year), I’m lucky if Facebook shows my post to 1% of those people.
While there still may be some value to sharing these types of articles, almost like going behind enemy lines, the fact is it’s almost impossible for alternative media to reach the people who want to see their stories.
2. Start your own website or online community.
I’m one guy; if I can do it, so can you. I started OFFGRID back in 2007, and I have slowly grown it one day at a time. It’s not easy, but I do believe it’s important.
In the process of building the site, I’ve talked to millions of people, written a book that helped expand my reach beyond the internet, started other websites, and helped a countless number of people become better prepared for the very real threats in today’s society.
So yes, it is worth it!
Even if it’s just a small blog, one that is only read by a handful of people, you have the power to create your own community that isn’t owned by Facebook, Google, Twitter, or any other media conglomerate. You can write about the things that are important to you, and you can share the stories and links that you think are important.
- Don’t just leave comments on Facebook: Comment in the comments section on this and other blogs and free internet forums. This will help move the conversation off of these social media sites, and back into arenas where we control the content.
- If you don’t want to start your own page, shoot me an email through my contact page and you can write for OFFGRID Survival or one of my other sites.
3. Download and use an RSS Reader
While not many people still use RSS Readers — Facebook essentially killed them — it’s one of the best ways to collect the news you want to see. Instead of relying on Google or Facebook to tell you what’s important, Subscribe to our RSS feed and download an App like Feedly to subscribe to this, and other alternative media sites.bWith an RSS Reader, you choose what you see, when you see it, and how much of it you see.
4. Sign up for our Newsletter: I don’t send them often, but when I do you can be sure that you are getting our articles straight from the source.