Important Advertising on Pistons Forum

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  1. roscoe36

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    I have been saying for some time that we'd have ads on the forum and as of 3 days ago I have begun testing advertising on PF.com.

    If you're seeing ads and it makes you upset, or you hate it, I am truly sorry. I held off on putting advertising in front of readers and posters for 8 years. There is a way to avoid seeing ads, as many of our regular posters do not see them.

    I set up a proper donation system, where for a small (or large) one time donation, you can keep the forum an ad free experience when you're logged in. Right now, nearly 25 of the forum's most regular posters are currently ad free, having made a donation in 2009 or 2013.

    For more details about bypassing ads or just donating to the forum, please read this thread.
    Important - Forum Fundraiser 2013 | Detroit Pistons Forum

    In the meantime, I welcome feedback about this change, although I have absolutely zero say in what specific ads run, as Google determines that for us. If we find Google isn't earning us enough revenue, we will look at other sources.
     
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    The Panda Garbage Post All Star Forum Donor

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    I'll happily have ads as well if it makes it easier on you to run the forum.
     
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    +1 to what Panda said. If it makes your life easier, no problem.
     
  4. roscoe36

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    It's not a matter of making my life easier, but making the forum independent of Roscoe if something should happen to me. Nice group of people here and a good thing going on.
     
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    It's nice being ad free, but it wouldn't cut down on my visits to the site per day/week/month, etc.
     
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    Okay, I can put that another way. We all use this forum, and its cost should be as independant of your, or as spread out across us as possible. If that means I have to see an ad or two for lynx deo, so be it.

    Also, that comment was real sad/morbid. Stay positive.
     
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    Fairly positive here. Just being realistic.
     
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    Hopefully, no ads about making things larger....
     
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    I like the ads that run away from you.
     
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    Shop at Woolworth's
     
  11. Ernie the Slow Adult

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    Can I get some of those Asian lady ads that Linwood was getting sent my way?
     
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    Can all of you guys see ads? Even the ones with donor tags? If so, something is broken, and I apologize for that. Please let me know.
     
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    I cannot see any ads. I hope I haven't missed out on any sweet deals.

    Well, except for that spam about TapaTalk everytime I try to read the forum from my phone.
     
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    Ernie the Slow Adult All-Star Forum Donor

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    I don't see anything from my computing device or telephone.
     
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    Only thing that happened to me was I clicked on that
    BillLaimbeer link yesterday that takes you back to the
    same page, but I found myself in the world of ads and
    no longer logged in to PF.com. It WAS interesting just
    to peruse the ads, and then I just hit the back button
    and I came back to my member status.
     
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    Haven't seen any ads.
     
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    Ok, I think I know what happened here and I need to fix it.

    Normally you don't see ads though, right?
     
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    correct...
     
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    I keep seeing a whole bunch of spam...no wait those were just Darth Tater posts. No ads.
     
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    So after a couple months, this is an update. Advertising has been a pretty big flop using Google Ads thus far. We've brought in around $7 per month.

    I say it's a flop because while any sort of income is nice, this amount really doesn't move the forum closer to being financially independent of me.

    **Please don't go and start clicking ads, this will get us banned from Adsense.

    We're still coasting on the funds from the fundraising appeal I made last year so that's good (and thanks again to everyone who contributed). I may however experiment with some different sorts of ads going forward. Who knows, maybe it's pushing on a string.

    If you've been seeing ads on the site and have any feedback about it, please let me know.

    Thanks!
     
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