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How do you evaluate Advertisements on this forum?

Poll ended at 02 Nov 2011, 21:53

It would knock me off for good - good bye!
0
No votes
It would displease me
1
6%
I wouldn't bother me too much
5
31%
I would be OK with that
6
38%
Yes please, I am an advert junkie
0
No votes
Whatever, I block advertisements (Adblock etc)
1
6%
I would be OK if the ads don't show when logged in
0
No votes
Other, specify below
3
19%
 
Total votes: 16

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Advertisements?

Post by Administrator » 28 Oct 2011, 22:53

A quick poll to see if you would like/dislike advertisements. Here a couple of examples how it may look like:

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Post by Indiana Jones » 28 Oct 2011, 23:02

If needed I would prefer precious metal advertisements, but hate the usual financial BS advertisements.
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Post by Blondie » 29 Oct 2011, 07:07

If it is what is needed to ensure the forum exists, then I guess ads are a necessary evil.

Otherwise, in my opinion, they are undesirable.
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Post by Administrator » 29 Oct 2011, 10:00

The reason I raise the question about advertisements, is simple: it would be nice to create a cash-flow high enough to pay for the hosting costs.

Currently I am exploring the possibility for Google's adSense, but I have no clue about the cost/benefit ratio. There is a cost (people being discouraged due to the adverts), while the benefit remains to be seen. Instead of adSense, a direct sponsor might make more sense.

It is research only at this stage - so let's run this forum for half a year, and then evaluate the donations.

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Post by jeroenvoc » 29 Oct 2011, 17:44

Go ahead with them (I'll probably block them), if that's what you need to break even on the hosting. I think most of us will accept them, knowing that you'll need to find something that covers the costs.
If I'm correct, Google adsense pays per click, I don't think you'll get a lot of clicks. Find some advertising-scheme that pays per view.

You can also ask for payment in Gold from the members ;)

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Post by bailouts4ever » 29 Oct 2011, 18:13

Go for it! No question. Still I'd advice to pay for the hosting fee with fiat and safe the revenue from ads in PM ;) :P
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Post by Administrator » 29 Oct 2011, 18:57

jeroenvoc wrote:Go ahead with them (I'll probably block them), if that's what you need to break even on the hosting. I think most of us will accept them, knowing that you'll need to find something that covers the costs.
If I'm correct, Google adsense pays per click, I don't think you'll get a lot of clicks. Find some advertising-scheme that pays per view.

You can also ask for payment in Gold from the members ;)

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You describe what I think most of the participants will do; be OK, or be annoyed by them, but most likely not click them. If you are annoyed, then you get an ad-blocker, and you are done. Funny, I've never been on the other side. I hate advertisements myself, and have an active advert blocker running when browsing. So searching for alternatives. But, pay-per-click is probably not going to be worth the effort, if the amount of clicks keeps low. The essence is that the forum has to be free, and attractive enough to bind people. Try to offer additional benefits and services, that people might be willing to pay for. That's the idea at least.

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Re: Advertisements?

Post by Indiana Jones » 29 Oct 2011, 19:25

bailouts4ever wrote:Go for it! No question. Still I'd advice to pay for the hosting fee with fiat and safe the revenue from ads in PM ;) :P
fiat is a hoax .... it's called electronic money
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Post by Spruitje » 30 Oct 2011, 22:50

We can make a deal: what if all members click once a day on one of the ads? ;)
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Re: Advertisements?

Post by Gwyde » 30 Oct 2011, 23:45

Adds are OK,
- provided they don't slow down the forum
- provided they don't take up so much screen space as to compete with the content
Currently there is open space left in the central space of the headers

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