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    Shortie861 Oct 9, 2011

    1. Shortie861

      Shortie861 Administrator Staff Member

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      What are your thoughts on advertisements on websites?

      Many have advertisements for revenue purposes to help with the cost of running the site and many have advertisements for advertising exchanges to help promote their site.

      When do you feel there is too many adverts on a website?

      Where are the best places to have advertisements if needed on a website?
       
    2. APS

      APS Administrator Staff Member

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      Personally I dislike adverts on websites and avoid them as much as possible :)
       
    3. benjaminp

      benjaminp Quiet Chatter

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      It doesn't put me off, but it depends entirely on how it's done. If the ads are non-intrusive and relevant, I don't mind them being there and if I see something that interests me, I'll click it.

      On the other hand. If the ads are intrusive, they interfere with my interactions on the website or are just plain ugly; I'll avoid the website (or just enable adblock on the site).
       
    4. Shortie861

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      I actually came across a forum today myself that had around 4 x 468 x 60 banners on the forum below the navigation bar and each one was clearly for revenue purposes. I don't mind those kind of ads as I know as a forum owner that revenue really does help but I feel that 4 banners on the page huddled together is too much, banner rotation I feel would have been better.
       
    5. steel bat

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      I dont like ads but as I've often used 'free' websites, have to accept that the ads are the part what pays for it.

      I also use adblock so dont even see them most of the time.
       
    6. APS

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      Yep I use adblock a lot :)
       
    7. RJH

      RJH Getting There

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      I sell advertising on my site but only to affiliates that my readers would be interested in.
       
    8. Shortie861

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      You see that's the sort of advertising I don't mind, if it is on topic with the website it's placed on and also placed in a way that it will not over power the website and make the website look untidy.
       
    9. APS

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      I will confess that when I was co running a site we had adverts but we made it so Admins couldn't see them :)
       
    10. TheHaze

      TheHaze Shy Chatter

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      Adverts are fine. All you need is a good pop-up blocker and such and you wont see them anyway lol.

      But yeh, affiliate space is a good one to sell. As long as the affiliate is in some-way connected to your site!
       
    11. Beverly

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      My own forum runs ads on the bottom, but only for guests. Signed in members should not be seeing advertisements.

      Ironically, the most commercial websites including Lifetime.tv have a tremendous amount of advertisements but the starter websites/blogs/forums are expected to be ad-free. That's ironic cause WE are the people who can least afford to be ad-free. Big sites like TV networks could easily make money from actual TV advertising rather than plague their website visitors with ads.
       
    12. Marc

      Marc Crazy Dave FTW!

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      I think everyone dislikes ads, not just me, xD
      I use AdBlocker, so I don't really have to worry about advertisements on websites much, lol.
       
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      It can get bad though. I have seen sites that are filled with ads so much you don't even know where the content is! This is just a waste of Internet space if you ask me.
       
    14. JBailey

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      A small amount of ads, either placed on the bottom or as a small sidebar thing would be fine. Still working on differing ways on how to implement ads into my sites.