Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

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Free Blogshares Stocks

Updated Aug 23, 2003

Okay, I’ve been playing with BlogShares for a while now, and I’ve managed to get myself up to at little over $60M (at the time of this writing). But I’m getting pretty bored with it. While I have discovered some interesting new sites via my Blogshares explorations, I haven’t seen a surge of linkbacks like I was hoping. So I’m going to resort to bribery.

Want some free stock? Link to me, and I’ll gift you some.

How to cash in

Here are the “rules” (such as they are):

  • You must be a BlogShares player, and you must have a blog listed on BlogShares
  • You must add a link to one of my sites (see below) to your blogroll
  • Post a comment to this post to notify me of the link (don’t forget to include your URL!)
  • When the Blogshares server registers the link (see below), I will gift you some shares

Where to link:

You may choose to link one or more of my sites:

  • geek ramblings: Mostly about programming and web design, with other topics randomly thrown in at my whim.
  • The Temple of Gunters: Mostly meme links to funny junk or articles about beer.
  • The War on Spam: An anti-spam resource with links to news, tools, other anti-spam sites, etc.

Notifying Blogshares

After you add the link(s) to your blogroll, you can use my handy-dandy Service Pinger to ask the BlogShares server to re-index your site. Just enter the name of your blog, it’s URL, and check the “BlogShares” box. The BlogShares server is picky about the URL. You must enter it in the form exactly as it appears in the BlogShares information page about your site’s stock, else you’ll get an “Unknown blog” error.

Other Notes

The amount, value, and quality of the shares that I gift will be pretty random. But you’re getting them for free, so you shouldn’t have anything to complain about, right? I promise to gift at least $25,000 $1,000,000 worth of stock from my portfolio, and possibly as much as $500K $5,000,000, diversified among several stocks, and it will not be stock in my own blogs (unless you specifically request that, perhaps). Remember, this is a bribe! So, I might be persuaded to gift more if you link more than one site, or if your site presents similar topics of interest, or if you post a message on your blog talking about how wonderful my sites are, etc. Linking to this post so that it gets spread around more is worth points, too. Feel free to be creative. And in case you’re concerned, the BlogShares admins do not consider this cheating. One of BlogShares’ goals is to encourage cross-linking, and selling linkage in this manner is perfectly acceptable within the rules of the game.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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14 Responses to Free Blogshares Stocks

  1. Haggis MacBastard says:

    Hey Dougal! I’ve had both Geek Ramblings
    and New Temple of Gunters on my blogroll
    for about four months, do that still count? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Daily Haggis

  2. Mary Beth Goodman says:

    I know what you mean. I’d rather do stuff like
    this than wage war with artefacts etc. Glad to
    have found your site. I added the War on Spam
    site to my blog roll but as far as I can tell, it rarely
    gets spidered correctly. We’ll see.

    Nice site.

  3. Dougal says:

    Haggis: Oh sure, why not. At least you took the time to drop me a note, and you have had me linked for a while. That’s worth some stock ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mary Beth: You forgot to tell me where your site is! Lucky for you, I decided to hunt for it on my own. This is you, right? BTW, I like that name. Maybe because that’s our daughter’s name ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll get shares to you two later tonight, or tomorrow morning, as time allows.

    Everybody else: Don’t expect me to go hunting for you like I did for Mary Beth. Please remember to include a link to your site when you leave a comment!

  4. Idle says:

    Hi I’ve linked to The Temple of Gunters and I’ve used your ping service. I’m in the queue. My site is:

    thanks for the offer!

  5. Sherman Monroe says:

    I’ve posted two of your links on the homepage of my blog. Can you please tranfer the blogshares to my account.


  6. Sherman Monroe says:

    I’ve posted two of your links on the homepage of my blog ( Can you please tranfer the blogshares to my account.


  7. Dougal says:

    Okay, shares totalling near bs$60K were gifted to you this morning. Enjoy!

  8. Kyrah Jade Kayles says:

    Hey there, I ran across your blog the other day. I added you to my blog, See Girl. See Girl Geek. Geek Girl Geek! –> (

    I used the more geeky-sounding links, and

  9. Phoenix says:

    Well, I linked to your spam blog because I found it very interesting (well, gifting me 1m b$ works too ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is my url:

  10. Alan says:

    you got two of your sites links on my site look under the weblog links section…

  11. Dean N says:

    I’ve added Geek Ramblings and the War on Spam to my Blogroll. (Excellent sites and resources!) I’m just getting started blogging as well as in Blogshares.. My little Blog is located at: Ping wont go through since my site was indexed less than 24 hours ago. But it should process tomorrow. (and you can verify the links on the blog itself.)

    Have a great one!

  12. Dewayne Mikkelson says:

    I have added your geek ramblings to my blogroll.

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  14. Dougal says:

    It seems that BlogShares has shut down. So I’m closing comments on this article.

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