Site Stuff: Ads (and Possibly Other Stuff) Incoming

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  1. aszurom says:

    I’d look into Amazon affiliation. You basically get 10%+ of any sale that passes through your click-through. Given that a lot of us are Amazon prime junkies, we could just click through you when we buy something, it doesn’t cost us a penny different, and you get a percentage for free.

    If you want unobtrusive ads, go with Google text-only ads and jail them in a box over on the side menu. Very simple to do in WordPress.

    I’d say do both.

  2. Hey Brian, I honestly feel that those are some great ideas. I really can’t believe that you have gone this long without doing any of those, I mean with the amount of content that you add like Info, podcast, reviews, and of course all the work you do with research to keep up with anything and everything space is well.. amazing to me with out any help. As much as ads can be a bother if done correctly can also really help the site get more traffic and support. As for asking for help with a little bit of cash to help make life just a little bit easier for your family is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The amount of work that you do and content that you add to the site proves that the site deserves the help and support, on top of that I think it’s wonderful that you would like to design a reward system. I really hope that you do decide to add these additions to the site, I have to admit it’s a bit unsettling to hear that you maybe slowing down on the content that you add. I’ve been going to your site for a long time now right around a year or so now and pretty much visit it everyday. I also look forward to Jim and your podcast every week, i’ve listen to every single one of them. I just wanted to show my support for your ideas and the site and only hope for the best in the future, I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and Jim’s!

    Take Care!

  3. I’m not sure if you are already planning to do this, but many (game) developers/studios offer an affiliate program. You’re already in the picture for them as they contact you for promotion and you are already sending many visitors to them (for free). Placing affiliate links to games is an unobtrusive way to earn some money that doesn’t hurt your visitors. Visitors won’t pay more for games but you get a fee for each sale. Just be open about it with a disclaimer, I’m sure your visitors won’t mind you getting a fee. Place the affiliate links in your articles where you link to the games.

    Personally I use this method on a few sites and it gets me more income than Adsense. Why? Because you actually send highly targeted visitors to the affiliate program. Fees are often also much higher than Adsense.

    What also works pretty good is a header banner. I know many people think such banners are not-done but it depends on the audience. For this site my guestimate is that it will work pretty good as long as the banner is relevant. Don’t do dating/viagra/adult but place a banner that interests your visitors, like new games/hardware/controllers/gpu’s, etc. Experiment with it. I have a banner on a site that gets me +$500 a month with just 500 visitors a day. There’s no Adsense that can do that for you.

    Next is using your sidebar. Create a widget with affilate links based on the most popular content on your site. This can add up to 30% extra income.

    Think of it this way: Would you but it? Of yes, great, do it! If not, still do it. You are not your visitors, it could still be of value to them. Just be unobstrusive and open about it. Explain why and how you are placing ads/banners/affiliate links and everyone will understand and even be thankfull for you thinking it through and giving your “endorsed recommendations”.

    Just my 2cts.

  4. Nes Anderson says:

    Put up ads if you feel its necessary, most of us who hate them have tools like adblockplus to deal with the annoyance :3 I won’t notice a difference.

    • Hi Nes, can I ask you a question? I understand many ads are an annoyance and why you use an adblocker. But would you mind affilliate links and banners that are actually relevant to you as a visitor of this site and maybe adds value to your experience? Please be honest, your answer is very valueable to Brian.

    • insolent says:

      Ads are a way in which producers of valuable content like Brian can support their sites. If you value this blog and want to support it, you might consider whitelisting the URL in your Adblock Plus. The ads aren’t likely to be annoying, and they may even be relevant to your interests.

  5. insolent says:

    Excellent ideas, Brian, and I fully support them. I’d be happy to chip in a few bucks a month for a service that routinely helps me find awesome space games and news I wouldn’t find otherwise. And I’ve already whitelisted spacegamejunkie.com in Adblock Plus, so no worries there.

  6. garion333 says:

    I’ve seen too many Patreon campaigns go down in flames. There’s a psychological barrier at play or something. I don’t know your readership numbers, but out of the readers my guess is 1 out of 100 will donate to Patreon. If not fewer.

    Can’t hurt to try and see though.

    Put up ads. It’s how the internet works and I can live with that.

  7. S.Katze says:

    Brian, you might want to look into Flattr. This might be a strictly European thing, I don’t know, but at least here I see it used quite often. I think Patreon works just like it.

    Also, does GOG.com offer a bonus if you place a link to a respective game, the way Amazon does? I would gladly buy my GOG games through your site if it means you get a commission.

    • Brian Rubin says:

      GOG does, yeah, but they’ve switched things around and I’ve yet to get on the new one. I’ll look into Flattr though. Thanks!

    • Brian Rubin says:

      Huh, Flattr was kind of too easy to add. What do you think?

  8. I don’t mind you getting some coin from this, but I failed to see any donation button, I guess I have to look harder.

  9. Gorkomatic says:

    Go for it Brian. An AdSense placement or two is not much of a bother and it will keep the site alive.
    Although that’s coming from someone working in internet advertising biz… Seductive nature of Evil and all ;)

    Regarding this Patreon thing… Could we, for instance, make you do LP of a game of out choice? TOTALLY not cackling evilly, BTW.

  10. S.Katze says:

    Great! Now, while I am not so much into Let’s Plays, I’d Flattr you for in-depth reviews or articles. I think that there are lots of games out there that warrant looking into them, or maybe re-visiting older ones. I for one liked your special about Independence War 2. Can you do the same for, say, Homeworld, oor Nexus:TJI? Or maybe you get to visit Gearbox and get to talk to the people there who are hard at work on Homeworld HD? Well, whatever your time permits.

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