Yep, that’s a new ad on the right side

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions and Complaints' started by Mike Greene, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. zircon_st

    zircon_st Lead Developer

    I would be very surprised if you could make more money from Google Ads. Based on my experience with it you'd probably earn 10% or less. Don't bother IMO.
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    Mike Greene

    Mike Greene Administrator

    It would be interesting to test and see, but you're probably right. Plus, I don't think Google ads would be good for the site.
  3. chillbot

    chillbot Forum Bot

    Feb 6, 2014
    La Canada Flintridge, CA
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  4. whiskers

    whiskers I should probably be studying :\

    Sep 5, 2018
    It's endearing tho
  5. Vonk

    Vonk New Member

    Nov 17, 2018
    "FWIW, animation won’t be allowed, so it shouldn’t be too obtrusive."

    It isn't endearing and it is annoying. Gifs and animations are the spawn of the devil on a site devoted to text.
  6. whiskers

    whiskers I should probably be studying :\

    Sep 5, 2018
  7. leon chevalier

    leon chevalier Cinematic Studio Fanboy

    Nov 19, 2015
    It depends, if their is some frogs on it, it's fine...
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  8. WindcryMusic

    WindcryMusic Always learning

    Oct 19, 2015
    This is one of the very few websites where the ads don't bother me a bit, as they are almost all items of direct interest to me and from companies that I know are legitimate. That is, with the possible exception of that "botdog" one. :)
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  9. Fredeke

    Fredeke Active Member

    Jul 9, 2018
    @Mike Greene : I use an adBlocker, because I can't stand ads.
    But now that I realize your situation, maybe there's a way I could make a donation to VI-C ?
  10. kitekrazy

    kitekrazy Senior Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Most of my ads where I go are DAW related, even Facebook.
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    Mike Greene

    Mike Greene Administrator

    I appreciate the offer, but the forum is financially healthy, so no donations necessary.

    With that said, most people disable their ad blockers for the site, because almost all the ads here are relevant. Seriously, if you're not seeing BotDog's frogs, you're missing out! :grin:
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    Mike Greene

    Mike Greene Administrator

    On a related note, guess how many people are paying for that sidebar ad right now? Did you guess zero? That's right, literally no one has bought that slot since Sonokinetic did their 12 Days of Christmas ads. (I gave free ones to BotDog and Spitfire because they're my friends and the slot would be empty otherwise. Oh, and Realitone, too, even though that guy's kind of a jerk. Good looking, though!)

    It's crazy, because I honestly believe this is the best ad slot on the site. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'm totally fine financially, and when we finally officially release Hip Hop Creator in a couple weeks, I'll be glad to be the only advertiser there, so it doesn't bother me at all. I just find it very interesting.

    I find myself in a funny position here. As forum owner, I want to sell ads. The more money the forum can make, the better, right? But as Realitone owner, I'm competing with the other developers/potential advertisers.

    So as forum owner, I want to explain to my competitors how marketing works. (With all due respect, I think many of these companies are totally clueless on that topic.) I want to show them what my ad budget is, and how, even with a small number of products, Realitone is doing pretty well. Advertising works. Especially here, because I can then show them my Realitone numbers as an example, and how VI-C ads are far cheaper than KVR or Gearslutz ads, and also cheaper than a few other sites where I advertise.

    But as Realitone owner, I don't want to tell them any of those things, because these are my competitors. And I especially don't want to reveal what other places I advertise, because other than KVR or Gearslutz, those sites are ones I had to discover on my own!

    The choice is easy, because Realitone is far more profitable than VI-Control, so if 8dio and East West and CineSamples and a dozen other companies don't want to advertise here, that's fine by me. Especially since posting and updating the ads can be a PIA.

    I just find it baffling from a business standpoint.
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  13. Fredeke

    Fredeke Active Member

    Jul 9, 2018
    Yes, other users told me about that. It's fantastic.
    On my other computer there's no adblock however, so yes I know the banners are more relevant than usually.
    I'm really surprised you're not selling more. But then again, the market is more restricted if you don't accept generic viagra campaiigns ;). Thank you for that btw.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2019

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