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Friday, March 17, 2006

Blog Ads

Well, as you've probably noticed, 802 Online has its first non-Seven Days ad up in the right-hand corner of the site... not sure I like that placement, but not sure I don't.

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies created a Blog Ads account for its member-papers with blogs, and we joined in. The way I understand it, anybody can place ads through this service on any of the blogs run by AAN's member papers. For a list of those sites, see altweeklies.com. Scroll down — it's in the left-hand sidebar.

My first advertiser is N. Todd Pritsky, of Dohiyi Mir, and his photographer friends. They take some wicked good pictures they'd like to sell you. I won't make it a practice of promoting my ads in my blog posts, but I wanted to raise this as a topic of conversation, because I've heard some people voice opposition to having ads here, and I wanted to give folks a chance to sound off in the comments.

Also I wanted to give these folks some more exposure, since the ad's links don't seem to be working... hmmm. We'll have to work out the kinks. Clicking on the pic in the upper right-hand corner should take you to Winding Roads Visual Arts. Thanks, N. Todd and friends, for your support.

UPDATE: Looks like the ad link is fixed.

March 17, 2006 at 06:25 AM in House Rules | Permalink


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Not that I'm a fan of an ad right on top, but when people pay for an ad I guess they want it in prime real estate. If it were me, I might try putting the calendar up at the top, then the ad. The calendar is small enough that readers will still see most of a long ad or all of a short ad above the fold, and it will keep 802 Online content on top. That said, that placement is heads and shoulders abovthat the 'BLOG ADS' text doesn't match the other headers in the right column. ;-)

Posted by: Marc | Mar 17, 2006 7:45:40 AM

Hey! Your blog ate half of my comment. That was supposed to read:

That said, that placement is heads and shoulders above that of the Free Press. What's really going to bug me, though, is that the 'BLOG ADS' text doesn't match the other headers in the right column. ;-)

Teach me not to preview my comments...

Posted by: Marc | Mar 17, 2006 7:48:27 AM

The ad doesn't bother me a bit! Your site's value (which is enormous!)is not harmed nor less accessible. Who among us would deny you the opportunity to make a penny or two per clickthrough!

On the other hand, to change the subject only a little bit, as big of fan as I am of rocketboom, I think they slipped on the advertising banana peel with their effort last week. The ebay auction they held was cute and kind of exciting, but the execution was distracting. I suspect that most daily visitors to their site quit the vlog before the ad was over and during subsequent days quit it as it began. I'm not turned off to Rocketboom by the ad, I just choose not to watch it because it's a bad fit (highest bidder does not equal best fit).

By the way, eoto (802 Online), we have rss-ed you as part of our vt news tab at the bottom of our home page. This nascent effort to bring include alt media sources into the fold of our diet of local news consumption will evolve into an interesting news portal of sorts that includes a video, audio, and good ole text journalism. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by: Richard | Mar 17, 2006 8:22:33 AM


Posted by: Haik Bedrosian | Mar 17, 2006 8:55:22 AM

I love the ad. Please sell more of them.

Posted by: Roxanne | Mar 17, 2006 3:02:03 PM

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