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Old 03-23-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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I'm trying not to do pure advertising to help support the site. Currently I'm looking at using the amazon model to help out.. Basically use the link if you like purchase items from Amazon.. I put up an example under http://escapeforum.org/index.php?board=14.0..

So let me know if you think it's too intrusive..

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Old 03-23-2010, 12:47 AM   #2
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I clicked on your link three times trying to see what you were referring to before I noticed it.

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Old 03-23-2010, 12:50 AM   #3
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I had to change the permissions to allow all groups to see it.. sorry.. should see the link now..

I wanted to try to test it out w/o effecting everyone else.. and just couldn't get the post up and then the permission fast enough..


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Old 03-23-2010, 01:03 AM   #4
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So, it's just a logo and link to Amazon?
Doesn't bother me, but I question how effective it is as an ad, unless I'm missing something.
It appears to just ask if I'm in the market to buy something and offers a link.

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Old 03-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #5
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So, it's just a logo and link to Amazon?
Doesn't bother me, but I question how effective it is as an ad, unless I'm missing something.
It appears to just ask if I'm in the market to buy something and offers a link.

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It's an ad but a passive one.. basically the intent is if you're a fan of Amazon and you purchase from them normally, we're asking them to use this link instead of going directly to the site. That way forum will get some credit..
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:45 AM   #6
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A simple banner doesn't bother me.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:45 AM   #7
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A simple banner doesn't bother me.
Nor me. It is a reminder however, that there is some cost to having a helpful, fun forum like we have here. This is one way to help offset the cost. The other is the above bar that lists: HOME, HELP, SEARCH, PROFILE, MY MESSAGES, GALLERY, AND DONATIONS.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:14 AM   #8
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Re: Need some input

It doesn't bother me either. I think it's an easy unobtrusive way to help support the site. We frequently buy things via amazon so we'll definitely generate some credits for the forum going forward.

One suggestion... Would it be possible to move the logo/link to the space in top right of the page - underneath the date/time stamp? If it could go in the unused space of that existing frame, it wouldn't push the rest of the page lower as it does in the current location. If not, no big deal.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:11 PM   #9
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I am a member of several large forums:
  • One has a feature like this Amazon ad, but it is more specific to the hobby - it is a link to a photography store supporting a camcorder forum. Not only does the forum get some funding, but I think the user gets a discount. I go to that forum for help and instruction, but not for "community."
  • One is entirely user supported. Donors have access to financial statements. There is a surplus in the bank. There is no advertising at all.
  • One puts a rotating star over the avatar of a donor.
  • One has been advertiser supported, but has recently been bought by one of the advertisers. The users have gotten quite upset by the increase in advertising - it has gotten ugly.

While I don't object to this advertisement, I prefer the user supported model. I just prefer a clean screen. That said, I confess that I have not contributed money to this forum.

Jeff, would you be willing to share privately with trusted members what your expenses are?
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:46 PM   #10
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Jeff, it is entirely fine with me! The banner is not intrusive, like those annoying pop-in ads! AND it will help this forum!
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