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ironmax

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If anyone is interested, I am trying out a new beta test program that works like this. The following criteria must be met before allowing participants.

1. Must be running a glFusion/Geeklog site.
2. Have a banner type and size of their site available for inclusion into the program. See services link below.
3. Run atleast one zone of banners on your site to be free of charge. More zones, the better.

We have available many different advertisers/categories that you can select from once you sign up. Your banners will have a higher percentage of being seen before any other advertiser. If you do not wish to run a zone on your site, but still want to advertise, their will be a $5 (US) five dollar monthly charge. These banners will also allow you to have as many impressions and clicks to your site from other sites that participate for no additional charge. You can visit us at Spacequad Services for some more information. Or you can send me an email from the link below to get involved.

The more that participate, the more your site gets exposure.

Michael

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LWC

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You forgot the closing brackets in that link.

But I also wanted to ask - isn't this a step back from the personal ad era? You're saying a comic fan would see an ad for a carpets' site just because both sites happen to use the same CMS.

Why should the user care those sites use the same CMS? For that matter, why should the user even know the term CMS in the first place?

I see 2 scenerios:
1) You'll hide the reason this banner is displayed, making the comic fan wonder what's up with having a carpets' site banner out of nowhere. Random banner is weird and screams 1990s.
2) You'll put an honest "click here to see other sites that use this CMS" statement. This means losing the users who don't know what's a CMS (except a chosen few who'll click it out of pure curiosity). As for the minority who do, they won't click the banner if they don't like the current site's structure.

While it's true that it took Google to put the personal ad principles on the map, even back in the goold old Geocities days the link exchange programs were based on subject and not structure. Well, not completely (the user could assume the banner would lead to another site on Geocities or another free host), but still. The point is a current site's structure shouldn't compose 100% of the deciding factor on whether to enter or not to enter a random site with a (supposedly) similiar structure.

But maybe it's way too much thought for a little link exchange program between Geeklog acquaintances...

ironmax

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Quote by: LWC

You forgot the closing brackets in that link.


Are you saying that the link does not work? This is exactly how the link was formed except for the url part.
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[url=http://www.spacequad.com/staticpages/index.php/webservices]Spacequad Services[/url]
 

I see nothing wrong with it!


But I also wanted to ask - isn't this a step back from the personal ad era? You're saying a comic fan would see an ad for a carpets' site just because both sites happen to use the same CMS.


So your saying, that website owner who runs geeklog will not care that another site that runs joomla, drupal, etc etc, advertise on their site.

The system I have is CATEGORIZED, plus the website owner is able to pick and choose what to display on their ad space.


Why should the user care those sites use the same CMS? For that matter, why should the user even know the term CMS in the first place?

The user wouldn't care for the most part. Besides, my original post said nothing about the end user knowing anything about what a CMS is.


I see 2 scenerios:
1) You'll hide the reason this banner is displayed, making the comic fan wonder what's up with having a carpets' site banner out of nowhere. Random banner is weird and screams 1990s.

There again. You make assumptions. Whats being hidden? Thats why I have categories setup. Hmm random banner....1990's.

2) You'll put an honest "click here to see other sites that use this CMS" statement. This means losing the users who don't know what's a CMS (except a chosen few who'll click it out of pure curiosity). As for the minority who do, they won't click the banner if they don't like the current site's structure.

The webmaster doesn't have to put any text like"Click Here" to show the ad. How they place the script is up to the webmaster. As for the banner, that is also up to the site owner on how they develop the banner for inclusion into the system for advertisement. (Certain conditions apply of course.) There again, if the user thats visiting the site doesn't like the site, it wont matter about the banner anyways, unless the banner is the only thing that dazzled the user in the first place. People now a days have become insensitive to ads that run on web pages anyways. It is now about how the content is displayed and conveyed to the end user. However, for the small to medium size site that cannot afford to advertise, this is a way to do just that.

While it's true that it took Google to put the personal ad principles on the map, even back in the goold old Geocities days the link exchange programs were based on subject and not structure. Well, not completely (the user could assume the banner would lead to another site on Geocities or another free host), but still. The point is a current site's structure shouldn't compose 100% of the deciding factor on whether to enter or not to enter a random site with a (supposedly) similiar structure.


How would the user know that its limited to a supposedly similar site or structure . The only way for that to happen is if the website owners never made changes to their website themes or designs.

But maybe it's way too much thought for a little link exchange program between Geeklog acquaintances...[/p]

The program is not small. Unless you are referring to the size of the community that would get involved? Besides, as I mentioned in the original post, this is a beta test program. You know what that means. Things change and evolve. I will eventually open this up to a wider market, but during this phase I want to keep it small, like 30-50 sites at max, until I can work out the details.

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LWC

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What? If you click that link, it has things like "IAB Full Banner (468 x 60" (no closing bracket).

Why are you capitalizing "CATEGORIZED" like my 2 scenerios casually ignored it? Until this post, you wrote nothing about any categories neither here nor in the link. If a participant can include only sites that deal with a certain category, that's a different story of course.

And I couldn't care less about the CMS of external links. If I link to someone, it's not because of their CMS. Well, except if the only reason I link to them is their CMS.

"How would the user know?" because if they don't, why should the LE be limited to Geeklog sites anyway?

The "small" comment just referred to the community.

ironmax

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Quote by: LWC

What? If you click that link, it has things like "IAB Full Banner (468 xWe have available many different advertisers/categories that you can select from once you sign up. 60" (no closing bracket).


Okay...you failed to mention what link page before now. I fixed that page to where all the banner types are listed with the missing ) bracket.

Why are you capitalizing "CATEGORIZED" like my 2 scenerios casually ignored it? Until this post, you wrote nothing about any categories neither here nor in the link. If a participant can include only sites that deal with a certain category, that's a different story of course.

Are you sure you, maybe you missed it.
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We have available many different advertisers/categories that you can select from once you sign up.
 

Link to the advertisers/categories was not provided yet, but I can include that on the services page.

And I couldn't care less about the CMS of external links. If I link to someone, it's not because of their CMS. Well, except if the only reason I link to them is their CMS.

"How would the user know?" because if they don't, why should the LE be limited to Geeklog sites anyway?

To be honest with you...I couldn't careless either. Unless it was part of the "Certain conditions apply" statement. Which was not disclosed yet. However, it has to do in part where porn, hate or spam sites are not allowed to participate.

The "small" comment just referred to the community.
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