Presumably you are somewhat financially invested in NSMB. You run ads, you take money from local shops to post advertised threads. You have a web store. Traffic must help, no?
It must be helpful to report high numbers to advertisers?
We are talking about pennies. The numbers we worry about are for the main page content. I don't even look at traffic numbers for the forum. That's how relevant they are.
I am the head of biz dev for an ad network and can confirm the piddly traffic volume generated from the forum; regardless of extra clicks due to crazy topics, is irrelevant. If Cam was doing shit just to crank up his ad revenue it certainly would have NOTHING to do with this forum. He would start media buying to his articles and split them up into slide shows, add in a bunch of native sponsored articles, some video, some intersticials, some pops, etc etc…
NSMB.com is VERY unmonetized in the grand scheme of online advertising and esspecially when compared to similar sites. You guys accusing him of doing shit as a cash grab is rediculous considering I'd say he has probably said NO to a ton of dicks like me trying to sell him on improved monetization. He could easily increase his revenue by 20%+ but it would effect YOUR user experience.
Wow, that was almost like doing some actual work while fucking the dog at work! YEAH!!