Site Stuff: Honesty and Advertising

Money! That's...What I Want!

Isn't It What We All Want, Really? ;)

So y’all might’ve noticed that I put up a scenic spacey background image up behind the content, and there were a couple of reasons I’ve done this. First, I thought it looked pretty — which it does, adds a touch of flair I think — but second was to see if I could do it in the first place.

Now I’ve dabbled a touch with advertising before, such as Amazon and GOG affiliate links, but recently, the folks publishing Gemini Wars, Iceberg Interactive, asked if I would like to do some advertising for their game, which involved a clickable background. This is, honestly, my first advertising deal EVER, and I’m kinda giddy about it. Since I’m planning a big move this Summer, the extra coin will help. The ad in question will start near the end of this month and will run for around a month.

I therefore wanted to be up front and honest with y’all about what’s going on. I don’t plan to plaster the site with advertising banners or any of that stuff, but I would love it if I could do enough advertising to at least pay for hosting for this site. This means I will hopefully get deals like this, wherein the advertising isn’t in your face, but still noticeable.

Honestly? I’m positively GIDDY that I’m getting enough traffic to be even CONSIDERED as worthy of carrying advertising for someone else, so thank you all for that. I also hope to keep all advertising on the site engaging yet subtle, so it’s not in your face or anything. This is a blog first and foremost, and while it would be a DREAM COME TRUE to make lots of money off it, I’m not going to sacrifice the user experience to do so.

So thank you all again, SO MUCH, for continuing to visit my site. I really appreciate it, and I hope you have a lovely day and weekend. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to comment here or contact me directly. Thanks again folks!

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25 Comments

  1. Posted 05/11/2012 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

    The background isn't clickable for me :(

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  2. Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
    Posted 05/11/2012 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    Oh, well no, right now it isn't, the ad hasn't started yet. Crap, I should mention that. :/

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  3. Posted 05/11/2012 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    A little typo here: "..even CONSIDERED as worthy of carrying advertising for someone else, so that you all for that."

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/11/2012 at 9:11 AM | Permalink

      Gah! Sorry, I hate when I miss stuff like that. Thanks for letting me know!

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  4. Posted 05/11/2012 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    just don't turn into Bobby Kotick and i'll still like you Brian. :P

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/11/2012 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

      Hahahaha

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  5. Thade780
    Posted 05/11/2012 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

    Brian, if you need some donations just ask, can't spare that much right now with the new baby coming, but I'd be glad to shell 10 bucks for the site.

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/11/2012 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

      Oh nonono, not asking anything of the sort, just being up front about what's going to happen in a bit. :)

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      • Thade780
        Posted 05/11/2012 at 1:04 PM | Permalink

        I know that's not what you meant, but still it wouldn't be a big problem and most of us would gladly donate. ;)

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        • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
          Posted 05/11/2012 at 1:08 PM | Permalink

          Wow...that is just...I don't even...excuse me, I'm getting all faklempt...

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  6. Janster
    Posted 05/11/2012 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    Donation button?

    I think I can redirect some funding to the needy in Africa to this...

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/11/2012 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

      Aaawww, I appreciate it, but I'm not at that point guys. Thanks though!

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  7. JedH
    Posted 05/11/2012 at 8:05 PM | Permalink

    Just want to say good job on the site, and it's one of the few sites I check daily. If it helps you to post more news and not go broke then power to you!

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/12/2012 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

      Welcome to the site Jed, and thank you SO MUCH for the kind words! :) I'm so glad you're enjoying the site! :)

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  8. Posted 05/11/2012 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on the ad opportunity, Brian! No complaints from this quarter. :)

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/12/2012 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

      Yaaaay, thanks so much!

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  9. Posted 05/12/2012 at 5:58 AM | Permalink

    SELLOUT!

    j/k ;)

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/12/2012 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

      But...but...WAAHHHH *runs of, crying*

      ;)

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  10. Posted 05/13/2012 at 7:50 AM | Permalink

    Another congratulations! - I don't think you'll have any problems as long as - hold on have to close this giant car add that's blocking the screen over on this other window... where's that music coming from? No I don't want to buy perfume...

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/13/2012 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

      Welcome to the revised Space Game and Shopping Junkie! All of your space game news, plus all the greatest deals, right under one roof! Save early, safe often!

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  11. Diginess
    Posted 05/23/2012 at 12:12 AM | Permalink

    I think since space game advertisements go with the theme of the site, as long as they don't pop up over the article content in windows you're constantly having to close, it wouldn't be annoying and would fit.

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/23/2012 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

      Thanks, that's kind of what I was hoping for. :)

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  12. Diginess
    Posted 05/23/2012 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

    Oh, and by the way, nice site!

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    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 05/23/2012 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the kind words! It really is a labor of love, and when I have the time and energy (which I don't have right now because I'm sick) it's updated a lot more often, so I hope we see you around more often as well. "_

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