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Alex King, Denver Web Developer

Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:55:29 +0000


By: Blog

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 06:04:22 +0000

Goodbye RSS Ads The RSS ads were an interesting failed experiment: 20 days, 10 clicks. Ouch! I’ve removed the ads until they prove relevant enough to be more than just an annoyance to my readers. Maybe I’ll check see if they’ve improved in a few mo...

By: Alex

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 22:10:25 +0000

My application for Google's AdSense for feeds was rejected:
Unfortunately, we're unable to accept your application for the program at this time. Because AdSense for feeds is currently in beta, we're unable to accept all applicants into the program. If we're able to extend our service to you in the future, we'll be sure to let you know.

By: Chris Meller

Mon, 28 Nov 2005 19:46:22 +0000

Most of the ads I've seen in your feed are totally unrelated to the content (at least seemingly to me, obviously their system thinks otherwise). They're also a good bit bolder than I'd like. A softer shade of blue would probably go a long way to making them less "loud and obnoxious" (as Matt aptly put it earlier). Removing the bold (if possible) from the link title would also help. All-in-all, I find that I am more apt to click on a Google-supplied ad in a feed than I am a Yahoo-supplied one... It's just a combination of style and content that makes everything better.

By: Kerim Friedman

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 19:03:55 +0000

I was just thinking whether or not there is some way I can block RSS ads the way I do on web pages with Privoxy... Your RSS feed is already an advertisement for your own work. Because I subscribe to your feed I am more likely to know about, and perhaps blog about, your projects. Isn't that enough renumeration?

By: Alex

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 19:01:16 +0000

The Yahoo ads are a bit of an experiment too - I may try switching the RSS ads to Google's offering (which seem less invasive), or switching back entirely for a month and see how they compare.

By: Chris

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 18:56:13 +0000

Absolutely. I think I commented on this before, when I got an ad for microderm abrasions or some such. To be honest, for how I use my RSS the impact is minimal if you include the ads, but it sure would be nice if they were even semi-relevant...

By: Matt

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 18:41:13 +0000

I don't have a problem with ads in RSS fundamentally. I do however, have a problem with ads that aren't relevent to the content and secondly, are somewhat loud and obnoxious, which I find the Yahoo ones to be. Ads like the ones in Slashdots or especially Engadgets I don't mind at all because they blend right in and don't distract me from the content, while also letting me know they're there. Just my two cents.

By: Jenm

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 17:37:14 +0000

Thanks! I love to read your blog via RSS, but the Ads were a bit much!