Paying it's way

If you have a suggestion for the forum, post your idea here with an appropriate poll and a fair time limit: the majority wins.

Some small & unobtrusive advertising okay?

Yup
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96%
Nope
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4%
 
Total votes: 25

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Paying it's way

Postby Dan » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:12 pm

Basically at the moment, this website is costing me ~£10 a month to run (well, not exactly, but it's taking up a £10 a month slot on my server). This is not a problem, but it would be good if the site could pay for itself (if only a little bit), so I was considering doing two things:

Firstly, putting some small and unobtrusive text-only Google adverts down at the bottom.
Secondly, adding a link to the company which is officially hosting the site (merely something along the lines of 'hosting donated by...'.

Of course, you guys have to use it, and I want to be sure that it is okay before I do anything. If there is strong opposition to it, then that isn't a problem; I (and everyone else) gets sufficient enjoyment out of this place for it to be worth it. What do you think?

Edit: just noticed that Zonar's plug has disappeared as well: that will be going back after the next round of updates.

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Sam » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:14 pm

I think most people on here use adblock anyway. I wouldn't mind.
:-)

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Dan » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:16 pm

Sam wrote:I think most people on here use adblock anyway. I wouldn't mind.
Yeah, I'm not expecting a massive clickthrough rate to be honest...

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Steve » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:17 pm

Sure.

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Joe » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:20 pm

I'll click some ads if it helps.

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby kingweed » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:31 pm

Joe wrote:I'll click some ads if it helps.


+1 and I think everyone here would do the same, i'd even unblock them if it would help.

Or be really cheeky and put a sticky with advert links and just put all the ads in there and we'll all click on them. 8)

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Sam » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:38 pm

If your clickrate is too high they will smell a rat ;)
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Re: Paying it's way

Postby kingweed » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:43 pm

Surely once a month from all of us would be fine. I use several different computers/phones (all different IPs) to view this forum therefore I could just use a different one for a different month or something...

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Dan » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:49 pm

Dodgy clickrates will probably be investigated leading to you loosing that months revenue, so it wouldn't be wise to abuse the adverts too much, but if you were to see anything genuinely interesting, then by all means go clicky. And thank you for all being supportive. Big wubs <3

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Tinlad » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:21 pm

Both the ideas sound fair enough to me. :)
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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Screamo » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:34 pm

i'd be down with that, homes.

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby gamerfreak » Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:48 pm

Go for it.
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Re: Paying it's way

Postby siteguru » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:03 pm

What are adverts?

<3 Adblock Plus :D

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Chuck Steak » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:40 pm

I wouldn't mind some google ads and a link to the host.
It might look like I'm doing nothing, but at the cellular level I'm really quite busy.

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Re: Paying it's way

Postby Helios » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:46 pm

Any ads as long as it's not pictures.
Is fine by me.

Go for it. :)
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