A blog with this many visitors/hits and that has been going for 15 or so years cannot generate revenue. No publisher is even willing to consider paying for an ad and I have tried everyone who has benefited from CBO over those years.
Companies NOT short of a little spare cash. They WILL take every free piece of free publicity they can get to keep sells coming and even state CBO is a "vital" part of that. So, it's okay for me to spend all day editing some very bad Press Releases -some not including basic info such as...how to order a book!- and writing up posts taking my time and energy for nothing. But they will not even reciprocate by a link to CBO or helping out in practical ways?
I dropped event PRs for the same reason -you should really see the awful stuff I get that is supposed to be a "press release" with bad spelling, no real info and images I have to spend a lot of time on to make usable.
I've supported and pushed UK comics since the 1970s. Result for me -ZERO and nothing but crap.
I've heavily supported the UK Small Press since the 1970s. Result for me -EXACTLY the same though I did expect better from Small Pressers for some reason.
What have I gotten out of CBO all these years? Headaches, LOTS of abuse and I've wasted more time than I want to think about. I sat down last night and realised that had I kept everything posted on CBO only in my head then it would have had the same impact: a wet feather impacting on concrete.
I know six people who read CBO and that's it. Many thousands of others I only see stats on. That is no reward after 15 years.
So, yes, I am quite willing to just stop CBO here and now.