Today I have included two ad blocks on the RevTK forums.
There is one ad block on the top of the page, which is directed at unregistered visitors, and not visible by forum members. You may see it when you log out or your "Remember me" cookie expired.
In the future I will perhaps use this space for direct advertising, which would be visible to registered and unregistered members alike. The idea being that direct advertising is much more relevant, as it could be links to stores where you can buy Japanese music, DVDs, text books, dictionaries etc.
I also placed an ad block on the side bar which is visible on the Index and Search pages. For this block, I decided to make it visible to forum members as well, mostly because it is non-intrusive.
I will be testing this out for a month, and I will try to finetune the ads over the next few weeks as I look at the available options.
Because of this, please forgive me if some ads seem really out of context! I am a bit puzzled right now at the available options. I haven't found for example, how to get ads for Japanese learning material and such. If you see an ad that is questionable, let me know and I will see what I can do.
It is great if you can get some additional revenue this way. I don't know if you have any control over what ads get put in that box though. If so, the direct links to study material endorsed by the users here would actually be an improvement to this site that aids so many and help you as well in getting compensated for your "labor of love" (as you once called it). I see Pimsleur is one of the ads now. We pretty much torch Pimsleur here as a needless waste of money so I hope they don't monitor the forum threads.
Last edited by bodhisamaya (2009 March 24, 1:54 pm)
I don't know if you have any control over what ads get put in that box though.
Adsense, as the name implies, tries to sense what kind of ads are relevant to the context in which they appear. That means that ideally most of the Adsense ads we see will be in regards to Japanese or study related stuff. However I have seen some about saving starving African children or whatever already.
That means that ideally most of the Adsense ads we see will be in regards to Japanese or study related stuff.
Yes in theory. So far I'm seeing fairly random ads. More amusing is ads in Japanese on the topics where there are kanji in the title. In fact there are not so many advertisers for Japan study items, it's far easier to advertise ringtones and wallpapers
I think it would be best for all, you and me, to have direct advertising, but I'm still very busy with refactoring code, so I'm trying out AdSense first as it is relatively "passive" and easy to setup.
@wccrawford : if you don't click the ads it doesn't matter whether you see them or not, though an ad blocker could interfere with the "pageviews" count of the ad tracking if it doesnt allow the ad code to run at all.
@Smackle: don't click ads you're not interested in or curious about. It's against Google AdSense policies to ask people to click ads. It will make very little difference anyway, unless a large number of people abused the system.
The top ad only shows for non registered members, that's the goal. I assume most of you are logged in with the "remember me" cookie right? So it doesn't matter. I want to see how the ads perform for Google search visitors who come and go.
So far it's made 2.4$ in 24h which isn't bad, if it makes 50 dollars at the end of the month, that's the domain name renewal paid plus a few other small expenses, it's a simple as that.
Yeah, disabled adblock and logged out to check em out.
I saw: New Global - Only one school of manga Japanese Japanese Translations - English-Japanese specialists Japanese Language at NILS - 30% off, Fukuoka School (I live in Fukuoka prefecture, so I'm not sure if this was region specific?) Train your brain (Kanji) - Japanese Training Flashcard Program (competition for this site? ) Find a Japanese Teacher - 300 registered Teachers
Those were all surprisingly relevant. heh... The "Train your brain" link gave me an HTML page saying there was a Runtime Error. They're having problems.
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Have you considered seeking advertising deals with the big international suppliers of Japanese products? You could have an Amazon affiliate account and use that for recommended texts, then seek a deal with jlist.com and other similar sites.
Many people here buy from jList and Amazon, I'm sure they would all happily do so through this site to help support such a fantastic service.
Problem is Amazon US doesn't let me draw the money to a bank in Europe, so instead of adding it to my savings or using it for hosting and such, I have to spend it on Amazon.
Jlist well... I was contacted very recently but I thought the adult material there would be a little out of place on this site and forum. So I offered to do something with Jbox, but haven't gotten a reply. That said since I advertised Japanesepod101 for 6 months without a single remuneration on their affiliate program, I am very doubtful of affiliate schemes. Thanks for the link. I see they offer much more control than I thought on what products to show. I'll probably get in touch with them when I am done refactoring the current site.