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#1 gav240z

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:59 PM

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick heads up to let you know I'll be experimenting with some new advertising formats on the site in an effort to see if advertising can help cover the costs of running the site. This could potentially drop the need for donations, however I'll only know after testing for a while.

If you have any concerns, feedback or complaints about this. Please feel free to discuss them in here or if you would prefer send email through the site contact form.

I will be attempting to make some updates to the site over the next week.

Thanks,
Gavin

PS: To anyone who has sent me featured ride material, I haven't forgotten about you. I do plan to add these soon (after some site updates).

#2 gav240z

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:56 AM

You'll notice some changes around the site advertising wise.

I'm happy to hear any feedback / concerns about this.

Also ran some forum upgrades so there is still a few things to tidy up after the upgrade like user locations and gallery links.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:15 PM

I have no issues with extra advertising to help fund this great site.  I think that having an extra post though after the last post with advertising is a little annoying.  See, look below. This is my only feedback. :)

Also, the locations are missing in the avatars.  Has this got something to do with the site upgrade?  Can we have it back?



#4 gav240z

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:01 PM

I have no issues with extra advertising to help fund this great site.  I think that having an extra post though after the last post with advertising is a little annoying.  See, look below. This is my only feedback. :)

Also, the locations are missing in the avatars.  Has this got something to do with the site upgrade?  Can we have it back?



Thanks for your feedback. The user locations will be added back. Each time I perform a forum upgrade I have to re-add the location variable to the display template.
For some reason they removed it from the default template many versions ago and there is no option to re-enable it. So I have to manually place it back in.

The advertising in between posts. I would actually agree, but the current trial may involve some of this. I'm trialing it in terms of advertising revenue, if it doesn't achieve what I have been forecast then I'll certainly revise the situation. So it could be a few weeks of trial. Will try and keep everyone updated.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:42 AM

Gav,

I must agree with Roberto.  The advertising at the bottom of the post is annoying, however if it provides enough funds for you to continue to develop this site, then it has my support.

You continue to do a great job with this site.

MaygZ

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:32 PM

Personaly, I'm a big supporter of Adblock Plus and can't stand ads in the middle of everything, so, with that in mind I figured it was time I helped out and chipped some cash in to the piggy bank, would suck to see this site go down.

BTW, just for reference, is advertising based on views, or number of clicks?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:17 AM

I personally havent noticed a difference  ???

#8 gav240z

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:49 PM

Also, the locations are missing in the avatars.  Has this got something to do with the site upgrade?  Can we have it back?


This is now back. I haven't put the gallery links back yet. I'm wondering if people use these? Seems the gallery has very low usage on this site.




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