View Poll Results: How do you feel about text-link ads on TDH?

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  • They don't bother me. In fact, I have found them useful!

    8 15.38%
  • They are a necessary evil, but they don't detract from my experience.

    39 75.00%
  • Ugh! I'd rather donate than have to look at ads.

    1 1.92%
  • I hate the ads and they make me not want to visit TDH!

    0 0%
  • I didn't notice them. I am a militant ad-blocker.

    4 7.69%

Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

  1. #1
    Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    As most of you have seen, we have launched a text link ad campaign in order to generate revenue to pay for the site. We have done this because 1) we dont' like having to ask the membership for money and 2) we don't like depending on donations which are strongly effected by the economy.

    While we have several affiliate programs (sideshowtoys, entertainment earth, buycostumes.com) they have not generated a great deal of revenue, certainly not enough to cover the cost of the site.

    Our texlink ads program has only been running a little over a month and has shown great promise. We anticipate, by the end of 2009, we will be able to remove our "Donation" button all together.

    Your browsing experience here at TDH is VERY important to us and we don't want to interfere with it any more than necessary (we promise, no punch the monkey ads, no pop-ups, or pop-unders) but wanted to get a feel for what the membership thought of our text-link ads.

    Please vote and give us your thoughts!

    D

  2. #2

    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I've actually found them helpful... I was looking for the Rubies clone blaster, and the forum coincidentally gave me a good link to a place that had them cheap

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    Member Since
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I clicked on one of them and it lead me to a local costume/make-up shop that I was going to be looking for the very same day. I think the value is worth the minor irritation as long as it helps TDH keep going strong!

  4. #4
    mrgr8ness's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I'm fine with them, as long as no pop-ups. Most of the forums I visit are doing this, most of them have been doing it for quite awhile. If it keeps us running, let it roll.

  5. #5
    Replicant Shadow's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I don't mind at all. As long as they are SW related, no problemo

  6. #6
    rdhawk's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I barely even noticed them, so it doesn't bother me in the least.

  7. #7
    Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    Replicant Shadow said: View Post
    I don't mind at all. As long as they are SW related, no problemo
    Fortunately, one of the cool parts of Adsense is that it does its best to put relevant ads in the adspace which is a really nice feature.

  8. #8
    wanta be jango's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    whats a text linked ad?

  9. #9
    rdhawk's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    wanta be jango said: View Post
    whats a text linked ad?
    The things that say "Star Wars Costumes on Sale" and "Any Helmet you want", the ads on the bottom and near-top of the page, says "Ads by Google" under them. I didn't see em until I looked for them.

  10. #10
    Gator Fett's Avatar
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    Clarkston, Michigan
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    They don't bother me at all since they are at the top and bottom of the page.

    I have visited other sites while surfing the web and have seen some forums where the ads are intertwined with the posts. (i.e. 2 posts then an ad, another 2 posts and another add, etc.) Those suck. I have left the site and never returned.

    Overall TDH is still a fantastic forum. Keep up the great work.

  11. #11
    Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    We considered adding ads into posts for non-members and while it might net more revenue... to me, that would be about as annoying as pop-ups... just not somewhere we wanted to go.

  12. #12
    Bossywalker's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
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    Brisbane, Australia
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    I've been surfing the web for long enough now that my brain pretty much filters stuff like this out automatically; I haven't really noticed them. It's great that they are generating enough revenue to run the site. You should obviously still let people donate if they want to.

  13. #13
    C1RCA's Avatar
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    Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    i think you should keep the donations up as well as the adds could help both way if you think about it

  14. #14
    I helped at SDCC '08 GCNgamer128's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    Ad-blocker right here

  15. #15
    Gator Fett's Avatar
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    Aha. Additional ads for non-members. Makes sense why I was seeing them on sites where I was not a member. That never occured to me, so when I saw all those ads, I figured I would never want to join that site and be bombarded by ad after ad.

    Learned something new today. I guess I can go back to bed.

  16. #16
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    Re: Are you comfortable with TDH's text link ad campaign

    i dont mind them either, i actually like the sideshow collectible ones

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