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Discussion in 'Website updates' started by Chris, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. Hi everyone,

    You may or may not have noticed that there are some adverts placed throughout the forums for the first time and I want to explain why I’m adding them.

    The forums here are getting bigger, they need more attention and they need to be backed up in a proper manner.

    While redoing the forums I made a database dump just in case something went wrong and I realised that it was approaching 400mb in size and the files for the website is a tad under 1gb at the moment. This is going to go up sharply if I’m encouraging the new route of assignments.

    It’s getting to the point where this is getting very very difficult for me to handle (think about how difficult it is to move around 1.4gb of data via the internets) and need to pay for the host to do full daily backups, this is the pure reason why I’m adding the google adverts.

    In total, the website costs around $400 a year to keep going when you include hosting the website and podcast, backups and various software licences.

    So if you want to help the site, please unhook adblock from the website. I hope you guys understand, it was something that I was trying to avoid for the longest time but it’s getting pricey now.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  2. oddly enough I whitelisted the site in adblock yesterday while finding that rouge extension :)
     
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  3. Thanks mate - I still need like a gazzillion views to make about 10 pence, so it all helps!
     
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  4. I use Ghostery but I whitelisted this site a long time ago so you should get the pennies from my visits ok.
     
  5. Thanks very much! I'm playing around with positions to try and make them less of a headache
     
  6. If it helps, my confusion is when they interrupt the main content flow of messages. At the sides or at the top and bottom of a message stream confuses me less.
     
  7. Cheers! Yeah I've pretty much kept them in the footers though I have realised in some instances the double or triple up, I'll fix that up soon
     
  8. Hi, if you are still able to do some tidying up on the ads, would you be able to look at the mobile views? I just spent a while on the site on my phone (5 inch screen) and the text in the ads is much bigger than the forum text so it makesmakes it difficult to see the real content. Thanks for sorting the desktop view out though!
     
  9. Hi, if you are still able to do some tidying up on the ads, would you be able to look at the mobile views? I just spent a while on the site on my phone (5 inch screen) and the text in the ads is much bigger than the forum text so it makesmakes it difficult to see the real content. Thanks for sorting the desktop view out though!
     
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  10. I think that it's probably because I've set the ads as being 'responsive' to automatically resize with the screen size (otherwise it will break the width of screen and make it long on the mobile view), I think that probably google have made them deep rather than long. So I don't know the way around that. I'll do some testing to see if the non responsive ones will reduce in size for you.
     
  11. Today I looked to see how much I was actually making with this. Well, lets just say it may not be worth doing though the forums are pretty quiet at the moment. It may pick up over time. This equates to about 10p
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  12. Thanks. I don't want to get rid of the ads if you need them in, just trying to help optimise.
     
  13. #13 Chris, Jul 7, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
    Hi all,

    Just want to give an update to these adverts. It has now been a month since we put these ads up, and I also want to give full transparency on this.

    Last month, we made a total of ¥xxx. Which equates to $x.

    Seeing that the cost of a full backup is $5 a month, I will dedicate the money towards that every month to ensure the money goes back into the site and people's images are safe.
    https://www.linode.com/backups
     
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  14. I'm just pleased to hear that there are some coffers coming in, what you do with them is entirely your business. That said may I recommend women and drugs? The one is needed to cope with the other in my experience.
     
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  15. Would it help if we click on the ads?
     
  16. Please only click on the ads if you are interested in them. Over-clicking the ads to generate money will actually get me banned from using adsence. I have already been banned by google over this issue in the past where someone clicked the ads a hundred times, and despite my IP being based in Japan, it was me who got banned. So I cannot recommend you go out of your way to click the adverts.

    I do appreciate the sentiment though.
     
  17. What sort of a massive divvy would do that? I mean how big of a tool would you have to be? A real four star nubber for sure. ..
     
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  18. All my ads are in French this week. Zut alors!
     
  19. Ads should be based on your browsing experience via google. Are you planning to take to me on a romantic trip to Paris? lol

    My ads are a mix of photo stuff in english and Japanese random ads
     
  20. For the record... no one has ever taken me to France... (Hint.. Hint) @Ade lol

    Adam

    PS - If it helps I fly for free! lol
     

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