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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 06:03:52 +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: Blog

Sat, 26 Nov 2005 17:07:54 +0000

RSS Ads Update I’ve scaled back my RSS ads experiment to show ads in half of my posts instead of every post. So far, the RSS ads are a dismal failure - averaging barely one click a day. Some feedback I’ve gotten from friends indicates this could be due t...

By: Alex

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 06:02:49 +0000

Marking the posts unread and horizontal scroll in the 3 column view were issues I was aware of. I don't know yet if they are making money, I'm going to leave them for a week or two, then make adjustments once I have some data to work with.

By: Michael Koziarski

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 05:58:15 +0000

Alex, They made all your posts show as 'unread' in FeedLounge, and because they're an image, the force a horizontal scroll in FeedLounge. They annoy me, but not enough to unsubscribe, but the ads are irrelevant (all vonage) and affect my ability to consume and skim your feed. But hey, if it's making you money ... ;)

By: Alex

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 01:29:35 +0000

Brett, I think your comment is a good one. People are now used to seeing Google AdSense, etc. on personal blogs, but not in the RSS feeds. As the ad tools expand to offer RSS support, I think you'll be seeing more personal sites with ads in the feeds as well. I'm thinking about setting up the ads so they only show in every other post or so - every post does seem like a bit much.

By: Andy Fragen

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 00:01:31 +0000

Alex, I don't mind especially 'cause you just provided me with another entry in my NetNewsWire stylesheet to {display: none;} Andy

By: Brett

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 23:52:37 +0000

They don't really bother me, but they seem odd on a personal blog. I'm sure within a day they'll become noise and ignored just like the ones on Engadget. They're low key enough to ignore that easily.

By: Joe W.

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 23:29:52 +0000

They're terrible. Please turn them off.

By: Ian Landsman

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 18:28:01 +0000

could be.......... Adding some to my feed now :-)

By: Alex

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 18:02:33 +0000

The contextual-ness of the ads don't always seem so relevant to me either... Ian - are you sure I'm not just ahead of the curve? ;)

By: Chris K

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 16:08:20 +0000

They don't bother me. I don't mind text's the flashing, flash, hit the monkey, pop up/under kinda ads that annoy me.

By: Chris

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 14:22:41 +0000

Alex, I've been reading your posts via Newsgator RSS aggregation for a couple of weeks now. Sad that your RSS ads were what finally brought me back to your actual site to comment, but good that it's engaging your audience. :-) The ad that was delivered to my RSS agg though, had this title: "Imagemicroderm Microdermabrasion Systems" and then the ad content was: "The only microdermabrasion machine that has a lifetime warranty and four ..." So unless it somehow knows about my skin problems, it doesn't seem very targeted... keep up the good content, I enjoy your posts. Chris

By: Ian Landsman

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 13:27:20 +0000

Oh man you've got to kill the RSS ads. They reek of desperation. I believe in the Dave Winer theory,which is that your blog IS your ad. Make money off it by pushing your task software or getting consulting gigs.

By: Sven

Wed, 16 Nov 2005 08:35:20 +0000

I think one ad is really okay - after all, it's not blinky blinky flash, but only text.