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Google Ads
« on: January 20, 2006, 12:55:09 PM »
Given our recent boom in traffic (we've more than doubled in the past three weeks, and continue to rise) we're seriously considering the addition of Google Ads to the site. Now I hate banners as much as you do, if not more, and I recognize that an ad-free environment is one of the draws of TWG. That said, I really think that some text-only ads along the top or right side could be fairly unobtrusive, and since google ads are context-based we might actually get something interesting (though certain threads and articles are bound to generate Naked Fairy links).

The benefit of google ads would be, of course, money, which I would control, and which I would use exclusively for the good of the site; in most cases that will mean "buying games we can't get for free." This money will not be used to buy myself lunch, and I like to think that I'm a pretty fair guy, so don't worry that it is being misused.

It is important to me to get your opinions on this issue, so please let me know what you think. Are ads a wonderful idea? A tolerable idea? A horrible travesty? Sound off.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006, 12:59:59 PM »
I think it's a good idea.

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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006, 01:46:31 PM »
I think it's a tolerable idea. Not great, but for a good cause.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006, 02:00:41 PM »
I think perhaps it's hasty.  If the boom were to continue to rise or stay at this higher level then yes,  I think it's a good idea.   But I don't think it's worth it if the boom is a fleeting thing, like it might be if the extra hits are some function of the spam posts we're starting to get.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006, 02:21:04 PM »
It's something Tage and I have talked about for months, and even at our previous traffic level it would still bring in some money, just not as much. The recent upward trend is not the reason, just the catalyst.

You are quite correct in saying that traffic might go back down, and of course there's always the possibility that we're just getting 900 spambots per day and the ads will do nothing for us. Would you be averse to trying it out and then taking them down if they prove either useless or annoying (or both)?
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006, 03:08:20 PM »
I'm fine with them.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2006, 04:47:36 PM »
Some ads are up on both the articles and the forum. Please give feedback (including placement and color).
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006, 04:48:25 PM »
Could they not be where I'm used to clicking?

Maybe above the TWG logo or at the very bottom of the page.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2006, 04:50:39 PM »
C'mon, it's like an inch. Click lower. Besides, where else can we put them? Above the logo would look REALLY weird, and the bottom of the page defeats the entire purpose.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2006, 04:52:27 PM »
For the ones in the article is might be good to give them some padding/margines so they're not right up next to the article text.

maybe <div style="padding 0px 0px 0px 10px;"> Google adds</div>

Besides that I think they look fine
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2006, 04:52:55 PM »
they are also coming up in the very middle of the browser, kind of overshadowing the rest of the site.

So I would suggest higher or lower.

And an inch is a lot of space when you only have 9 inches to work with.

Not to whine or anything, but the scale is off too. The color is fine and everything.

Think;             [adadadadadad]
      [logologogloglogolgogoggogoglogoggogo]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]

Not;
      [logologogloglogolgogoggogoglogoggogo]
                    [adadadadadad]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]

see the difference?
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2006, 04:57:40 PM »
I increased the padding on the articles a bit. Should be better now.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2006, 05:01:49 PM »
Yes that's much better.  
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2006, 05:03:51 PM »
Above the logo would be nice, if possible. I'd at least like to see it. Let's get more feedback before tweaking, though.
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Re: Google Ads
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2006, 05:05:01 PM »
Quote
Not to whine or anything, but the scale is off too. The color is fine and everything.

Think;             [adadadadadad]
      [logologogloglogolgogoggogoglogoggogo]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]

Not;
      [logologogloglogolgogoggogoglogoggogo]
                    [adadadadadad]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]
      [stuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffstuffs]

see the difference?


Unfortunately, that's not really an option. Google has a limited number of ad formats. We can use one that's wider, but it's also taller, and personally, I think the thinner one is better.
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