View Poll Results: Keep or Lose the Google Ads

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  • Lose the Google ads rely on out of pocket and donations

    2 28.57%
  • keep the ads and fill gaps out of pocket?

    5 71.43%
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Thread: Ditch The Google Ads?

  1. #1
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    Default Ditch The Google Ads?

    What do you think? The ads pay squat most of the year, before we make any decisions, I would have to pull the actual stats, but I find the ads ANNOYING! Feels like FB, who figured out how to monetize discussion forums beyond what any single person or small group can compete!

    I suspect I'd find that the ads, complete with the busy times, would provide about half the cost to keep the server running.

    We *could* reside on a shared "box" for a lot less than we're paying for a dedicated box. Problem there, I can not offer you the same level of security I can on a dedicated box, as well as never having to worry about image storage for a LONG time with options to add additional drives.

    I'd have to ask everyone to help me wit what will be about $1200 a year.. *IF* I can get the deal, pecker heads billed me for $2300. for this year because I forgot to turn off auto renew.. It was about 12 hun the first year... bandits!

    Tossing it out there. I really do not want to get into shared hosting where we are a part of something like what we have now completely to ourselves. We could host up to 100 sites on this box. we used to have several including the Heritage Cup, Delmar Benjamin, Lefty's White Lightnin...and a bunch of other domains which I in some instances, keep active with my own $$ for historic sake..

    Lose the ads?
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Ditch The Google Ads?

    I feel I need to add, we never set out to make money with AAFO! We only used the name to help open doors so we could get further inside a given story. Back in the day, before FB we were sort of the only game in town and everyone liked talking wit us...

    I'm a lot older now and not able to keep up with things as well as I used to be but, we've got some younger guys coming in... Will and we welcome back with open arms, one of the founder of this site, Mark Kallio!

    Anyway, it's always been about opening doors and sharing what we see! I'm thrilled that Mark and Will we be carrying on for the team this year!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Ditch The Google Ads?

    My vote is DITCH the ads as long as we have some security. Take care my friend.
    Lockheed Bob

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Ditch The Google Ads?

    I agree, ditch the ads, as they are not worthwhile.

    Dave
    Dave

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