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testing new Google ads

Post by Zoetrope » Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:49 am

I'm testing Google ads after the first post of each thread. After much futzing, they look ok on my screen/browser combo, let me know if they show up weird or ok on yours. It's hard getting them to work on this site. And if anyone is inclined to click one, well you'd be helping the site. :)
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Post by Jim_Fogle » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:04 pm

:^: I'm using V61.0.2 (64 bit) Firefox on a Dell Inspirion laptop running Windows 7. The ads look like a banner ad to me.
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Post by Zoetrope » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:04 pm

Very similar to what I'm seeing in Chrome, Windows 10, on a desktop.
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Post by The Cracks » Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:57 am

Yes, I'm using Chrome and a version of Windows (not sure), and the ads show up after a slight delay (which could be my Norton) and everything works fine. (I had to stop using Explorer as it didn't play well with Google products like the search engine and Youtube. Chrome is working much better and I think my computer has new life to it. But I digress.)

I'm glad you can make some money on the website. I hope that is an incentive to keep it open for business. There is very little business but the few of us who remain are still having fun at this hobby/art/craft.

Do you make any money if we click on the links in the Links section of the forum?
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by Zoetrope » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:33 am

The only pay per click is the Google ads, which is literally pennies. I think last year it accrued $20, but they only pay out after $100, so maybe in a few years? :)

The other affiliate links only pay if someone buys something (Amazon) or signs up a new account (Robinhood). Overall the board does not pay for itself, but it never has. I mainly look for ways to reduce the costs of running it however marginally without cluttering it up with ads and crap. As long as new people are registering (we get about two a day not counting spammers) I'd like to keep it up and running.

And yeah, I like Chrome much better than Microsoft's various browsers.
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by dickl » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:17 pm

I'm on Safari 11.1.2 on an iMac in the UK. The only ads I see are the Amazon ones at the bottom of the page.
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by Zoetrope » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:45 am

Do you have an ad blocker running? If not perhaps the UK blocks Google ads? Anarchy in the UK!
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by dickl » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:33 am

Zoetrope wrote:
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Do you have an ad blocker running? If not perhaps the UK blocks Google ads? Anarchy in the UK!
Not on this machine. I gave up with it as I was getting more fed up with websites splashing a window over the page telling me I should turn off my ad-blocker than from the ads themselves!
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by Zoetrope » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:33 am

Yes, the ad driven sites have fought back and won. I enable ads and instantly regret it as their flashing crap hogs up the screen. Some sites are fine, but many are putting ads on their page that make it impossible to read the content.
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Re: testing new Google ads

Post by Jim_Fogle » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:51 pm

The ads have not been that intrusive to me. Most of the ads I've seen are for PG Music's Band-in-the-Box and the online music dealer, Sweetwater. Both are sites I regularly visit anyway.

Over the years I've "trained" myself to ignore ads so well I have to consciously look at one to even remember who paid for it.

What I dislike are click-bait sites, you know the ones that have one sentence of content per page with the rest of the page occupied by advertisements. I don't care how interesting the content maybe I refuse to endure having to click a "next" box to advance the page to read the next sentence. Some of the content advertised for a click bait site don't even exist. I compare it to a live awards or variety show that places the one act you want to watch at the rear of the show and then it's only a brief wave from the artist while sitting in the audience.
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