Ads on Railroadfan?

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Ads on Railroadfan?

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Okay, is it just me or are there small ads now at the bottom of each thread?

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bnsfben wrote:Okay, is it just me or are there small ads now at the bottom of each thread?
yes there are im guessing its a funding issue maybe adds would help keep the sight free due to low donations this year as i said before just a guess
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I don't see any, other than links to phpBB and Mark Alexander, and a donate button.
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Yep, Google Ads at the bottom

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I have been getting the Google ads also.
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THIS SITE COSTS ZACK MONEY TO OPERATE.

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AND NEEDED.

THE ADDS BRING A LITTLE MONEY IN TO OFFSET THE COSTS .

LAST I RECALL WAS THAT DONATIONS WERE NOT COVERING ALL THE COSTS SO PLEASE BE GENEROUS TO ZACK---
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Yes, I agree with Pat C. I was just posting this to see if it was just me for some reason. The ads do not bother me at all! I would MUCH rather have ads than not have railroadfan.com. I would start getting angry if there were pop-up ads like on railpictures.net!

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The ads are not intrusive IMO
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I was going to add something last night and noted it, I like the idea as some of the ads are quite funny.

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It's been noted that quite a few of you have clicked on the penile enlargement ads :P :lol:
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You guys are correct, the donations are not keeping up with server costs anymore. Thought it was a good idea to see how these ads would do. I'm also going to contact a number of railroad related companies to see if they are interested in displaying a banner on the site. As for the ads, never planning on any pop-ups, and I hope they remain very unintrusive. If you are interested in something that the ads shows.... well, I'm bound by their Terms of Service not to expand on that thought.
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I installed Google Ad-block for Google Chrome....no more ads!

My question is would that affect ad revenue?
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MQT3001 wrote:I installed Google Ad-block for Google Chrome....no more ads!

My question is would that affect ad revenue?
It shouldn't, unless you were clicking on ads before you installed Ad-block. Google basically charges advertisers on a cost-per-click basis.

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~Z~ wrote:You guys are correct, the donations are not keeping up with server costs anymore. Thought it was a good idea to see how these ads would do. I'm also going to contact a number of railroad related companies to see if they are interested in displaying a banner on the site. As for the ads, never planning on any pop-ups, and I hope they remain very unintrusive. If you are interested in something that the ads shows.... well, I'm bound by their Terms of Service not to expand on that thought.

Other hobby sites do this. One I joined because of their N scale community foes this. It does put a little damper on discussing non-sponsor companies, especially if the non-sponsor has a particularly good deal or unique product offering.

Regardless, I hope it works out, Zack. Do you know yet what impact the ads will have on our behavior "guidelines"?

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MKT_fan11 wrote: Regardless, I hope it works out, Zack. Do you know yet what impact the ads will have on our behavior "guidelines"?
The ads have been online since 2010 :wink:
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Thought this ad on the CSX location updates thread was amusing the other day:

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Relevant ad? by David M Bryson, on Flickr

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brysonda wrote:Thought this ad on the CSX location updates thread was amusing the other day:

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Relevant ad? by David M Bryson, on Flickr
Don't know about you, but I am seeing those all the time on here 8)

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Lately the ads have been trying to sell me a Dell. Quite unsuccessfully at that (have been using OSX for going on a decade, and iOS since its inception).

Of course, I can't remember ever clicking on an ad that wasn't for the explicit purpose of supporting something. I much prefer the direct donation for that though.

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