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Old 02 December 2005, 10:15   #1
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More ads . . .

The more astute of you may have noticed that some adverts have appeared on the forum home page

It's just an experiment for now. How annoying do you find them? On the other hand, how useful do you find them?

How would you feel if they were in that position on every page in the forums?

So far I have kept the adverts tucked down at the bottom of the pages, but the click-through ratio is so miniscule that I am considering moving them to a position where they are likely to be noticed more. It does eat into the usable screen space rather a lot though.

One approach that seems to work well on some other forums is to give the option to not display the ads for paid members, leaving them on for the rest.

What do you think?

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Old 02 December 2005, 10:57   #2
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How much does ribnet make from each clickthrough?

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Old 02 December 2005, 11:09   #3
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Old 02 December 2005, 12:11   #4
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How annoying do you find them?
Irritating.

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On the other hand, how useful do you find them?
Never use 'em.

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How would you feel if they were in that position on every page in the forums?
Please, please don't do that.

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So far I have kept the adverts tucked down at the bottom of the pages, but the click-through ratio is so miniscule that I am considering moving them to a position where they are likely to be noticed more.
Maybe that tells you what most folk feel about them.

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It does eat into the usable screen space rather a lot though.
Yup.

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One approach that seems to work well on some other forums is to give the option to not display the ads for paid members, leaving them on for the rest.
Aha, blackmail.



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I was about to come up with a ligitimate reason not to have the adverts - but after a test - they do not appear on my pocket pc anyway so no problems. I was going to protest against the adverts on every page purely from a download point of view where internet usage costs aprox 2.50 per MB over grps or 3g.

I think as long as the adverts are relevent to boating then bring em on - I think its nice to be tempted off to have a look at something you might not have looked at otherwise every now and again.

And at the end of the day if it keeps some cash comming in which goes towards keeping RIBnet running - then great.
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Irritating.

Never use 'em.

Please, please don't do that.

Maybe that tells you what most folk feel about them.

Yup.

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last thing we want is to wade thru irritating adverts, perhaps a better idea would be to have an adverts area where folks can advertise special deals for folks using ribnet, then it might be of use and is in an area folks can choose to look
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Would suggest that they open in a new window if you do click on them - nothing worse than losing the page you started on to follow an 'interesting' ad or link.

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if it helps to feed the little Kennets then I am all for it, do you need us too start clicking
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I have no objection to adding adverts if it helps to keep the forum afloat (excuse the pun).

I guess with the current range of adverts most of the forum regulars are unlikely to click through - but perhaps new visitors and people finding the site through google might. Or you could try to widen the range of ads - so we are more likely to click through.

I think it is a good idea that you can "buy out" of the adverts - then if people don't like them they can do something about it

Thats my 2p's worth.

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Don't know about anyone else but over the years I have become immune to adverts on webpages. I just don't see them anymore.

And it's not blocking software on the PC as once I had read this I went and checked then I noticed them
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