SF-FANDOM ADVERTISING OPTIONS CHANGING 2021
#1
Later this year, Google's AdSense network will disable their "link" ads, which thus far have proven to be the only acceptable ad format for our forum members.

The forums are one of the most popular sites on our server. Most visitors only lurk, reading the discussions, which is fine.

We don't earn much from the advertising compared to other sites with comparable or less traffic. So losing the AdSense link ads won't be a disaster for us. Because of the way we amortize our costs, we spend about $1/month on hosting for the forums. It's really NOT a big deal for us.

Still, transitioning away from the old VBulletin software - and my struggles with health over the past couple of years - means we lost some other methods of monetization, as well as some special functions I had set up.

While my health is greatly improved, I have a huge backlog of work to catch up on. Other software systems we use are also evolving, and I need to take care of a lot of maintenance.

So when the time comes we'll remove the AdSense code. Maybe a little sooner. If we don't, I fear Google will use that code to inject different ad formats into the forums. We've already had complaints about what the forums look like with alternative ad formats.

I cannot control where AdSense displays the injected ads, or even how many ads it displays. People complain about AdSense on several of our sites. I've tried reducing the ad load and it doesn't seem to affect anything.

So, going forward, later this year we'll have to experiment with new forms of advertising.

I will post follow up information in THIS discussion when that time comes. I don't have any idea (as I write this) of when that will be.
Reply
#2
Just an addendum.

We left the advertising code in place to see how well it works. We're still evaluating advertising options.
Reply
#3
Well, I've removed the advertising code. It was too aggressive despite our attempts to moderate it.

I'll have to try something else.

Whatever we do, it won't be that aggressive.

Thank you, everyone, for your patience with this experiment.
Reply

MYCode Guide

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  April 2021 Advertising Experiment Michael 0 51 April 3rd, 2021, 03:55 PM
Last Post: Michael
  SF FANDOM FORUMS MOVING THIS WEEKEND (May 26-27) BoardAdmin 0 383 May 23rd, 2019, 08:30 PM
Last Post: BoardAdmin
  Why SF Fandom Sends Out Holiday Greeting Messages BoardAdmin 1 1,035 March 24th, 2019, 06:57 PM
Last Post: Michael
  SF Fandom and GDPR BoardAdmin 4 710 May 25th, 2018, 07:53 PM
Last Post: Boomstick
  Embedded Images on SF-Fandom BoardAdmin 0 438 May 9th, 2018, 01:55 PM
Last Post: BoardAdmin
  How to Embed Videos in Your SF Fandom Posts FilmGuy 0 716 November 17th, 2017, 08:51 PM
Last Post: FilmGuy
  MARCH 14, 2014 Security Update Patched to SF-Fandom Forums BoardAdmin 1 861 March 15th, 2014, 08:21 PM
Last Post: Michael
  SF-Fandom Online Magazine Search bug Dovid 2 743 December 17th, 2012, 08:13 PM
Last Post: Michael
  For users unable to log in to sf-fandom BoardAdmin 1 1,584 February 20th, 2012, 12:42 PM
Last Post: Michael
  Welcome to the reorganized SF-Fandom Forums BoardAdmin 0 531 September 12th, 2011, 01:19 AM
Last Post: BoardAdmin

Forum Jump: