Things You Won’t See On The Skeptical Cardiologist: Ads and Clickbait

Readers of the skeptical cardiologist should know that he is protecting them from all sorts of crappy advertisements and meaningless sponsored content on this website.

To my horror the other day as I was putzing around trying to create an afib specific website I saw crawling across my screen what has to be the mother of all annoying clickbait-THE ONE VEGETABLE THAT DESTROYS YOU FROM THE INSIDE!

Getting rid of these advertisements was fairly simple-I upgraded the site to a more premium level.

In the last 12 months, however I feel like The Skeptical Cardiologist has passed some critical traffic threshold and entered the radar screens of digital marketers.

These digital marketers apparently spend their days trying to get their useless content and links placed on sites that have useful content. They do this by crafting emails which appear to be from real readers who are interested in my website and want to help by placing some of their content.

Testosterone Nerd

You’ll be happy to know that I have not agreed to post anything from testosterone nerd whose “main motto is to provide useful infos (sic) for our visitors.”

Greetings from Testosterone Nerd,

I ‘m very much fond of your blog posts and will read all of your posts, it is really interesting and informative.

To let you know a little bit about me, I’m from Testosterone Nerd and our main motto is to provide useful infos for our visitors. It’s all aboutSupplements, Therapies, Food for Fitness etc… Our writers are mainly focusing to provide informative content to visitors who are interested to know more about health and fitness. As I said before, I went through your website and read lots of blog posts and I feel they touch the realm of my work and expertise.

Now we have created FREE detailed infographics which explains about “Ways To Boost Testosterone”. If you’re interested to check out it, please response to this e-mail. So we will provide you to view it.

Waiting for your reply.

Regards, Lilly

Neither did I accept this offer from a “digital marketing manager”

I am Kerry Rose, a digital marketing manager. Your website made a good impression on me! So, it would be great if you consider posting my written article. If it’s possible, could you please inform me about the conditions of publishing of my sponsored post with a dofollow link to my website. It is a website for students (custom paper writing service).
In case you have any questions feel free to contact me by email.
Thank you very much for your time.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Kerry Rose

Nor this one from the “outreach manager” at No BS Marketplace (which appears to specialize in BS). These people always begin with some casual greeting presumably to humanize their communication and they follow up with emails weekly which convey a sense of sadness that you are not responding to them.

Hey there,

Have you had a chance to look over my last email about paid guest post and sponsored content opportunities on your website?

Here is an article we recently wrote for an advertiser that was published on The Advocate

As a global marketplace, we work with over 2,000 advertisers who are looking for opportunities on websites like yours. check out our website to learn more about us

I’d love to hear from you.

Michelle Atkinson
Outreach Manager

NO BS Marketplace

Please don’t click on the above links no matter how tempting it might be. You will only fuel the advertising fires.

Finally, despite numerous requests I have not agreed to have the skeptical cardiologist listed among the hundreds of questionable healthcare websites on Blog Frog which self-describes as a “influencer platform” across “multiple verticals.”

We consider BlogFrog a next-generation influencer marketing platform. Because we know how important to find good quality content for your business can be, we network communities and websites together to create a larger interest-based social network.

No, dear readers and patients, the skeptical cardiologist website remains pure as the driven snow., unsullied by disgusting clickbait, irritating advertisements, paid guest posts, links to worthless information, or promos for useless supplements.

Snowwhitishly Yours,


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15 thoughts on “Things You Won’t See On The Skeptical Cardiologist: Ads and Clickbait”

  1. “Please don’t click on the above links…” ???

    Why did you publish the real links? You state “what you won’t see”, but I didn’t need for you to be quite so explicit.

  2. Your principles mark you as way, way behind the “social media” leading edge. —

    . . Thank God for that.

    . Charles

  3. In my opinion, if you begin to allow all of this watered down content and basically worthless information, then your website will become useless. Most of the supplement peddlers and scammers are not interested in meaningful, valid, and reliable research. I think links to actual research studies with your opinion on the studies is very helpful. For example, you could make a comment on recent studies related to moderate alcohol consumption and the benefit or lack of benefit to cardiovascular disease, CVD. You could comment on any issue in heart health and disease and what the research shows. I like to know what the science says and enjoy reading the research papers.

  4. I like to think of these madlib/ads coming from a man sitting in his mother’s basement in his underwear somewhere in Azerbaijan.

  5. It is obvious that NONE of those marketers ever took a rigorous English Grammar and Composition course like the one Mrs. Virginia Heil presided over at College High School. She would be horrified at the multiple mangled mistakes that need to be rooted out of their writing. For shame!

  6. A huge thank you for your excellent blog. Your expertise, critical thinking, ethics, and entertaining writing style are greatly appreciated!

  7. Adding my appreciation for your ethics. It can’t be easy to remain pure as the driven snow, when the scammers and baiters want to turn your snow yellow.


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