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Do a lot of others find all these PCA and other Mag website ADs damn annoying?


Jwbjnwolf
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One thing thats always annoyed me about PCA website is how all the ADs are, how much have been put on the site.

I know IDG have adverts obviously to make profit like with any company, but compared to a lot of other websites, PCA and a number other mags such as Computer Active have about 2-4x the amount of adverts compared to other sites.

A website with a decent amount of ADs is eHow

The amount that eHow has put across their site is far less than here, and they do not get in you way, clog up the site.

How PCA and a number other mag websites have done it, the ADs are everywhere.

It's not too bad on my mac because on the screen is big, and two, its powerful, but on a computer like my netbook, which is a small screen and low powered, these ADs really get in the way plus waste a lot of power that shouldn't be necessary for a website to use which means it isn't a very smooth experience browsing PCA.

Netbooks and lower powered machines are annoying enough how much they lag browsing websites compared to higher powered mid-range devices, so why does all these Mag websites such as IDG sites have to have this massive amount of ADs?

At the side, at the top, all over the page, in-between website elements such as the comment box and thread etc and then sometimes in-between paragraphs on reviews/articles. I know you don't entirely have control over the ADs, but surely you do on the placements of these ADs and not go really over board with them.

PCA is the best best designed forum website in my opinion, don't offer too little or too much features, but the amount of ADs all over the place, its a big let down.

And how PCA got the currys/pc world ad at the side which moves with you done the page, thats a death trap for low powered machines.

Not in a mood or anything, sorry if the way I've wrote it sounds that way, I'm just addressing this out, as I'm sure it isn't just me lol. And even my mum and a few others that I've got to come onto PCA have moaned about these ADs as they are a nuisance.

I know, I know, if you could get just as much profit that you get with ADs without ADs, you'd make it AD free, but sadly not the case lol.

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White Truck Man (or anyone's else, for that matter)

I wasn't aware of any adult-themed ads appearing. If it happens again I would be grateful if you could let me know immediately.

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Quickbeam

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"The other ads around the page are largely ignored, just like I ignore ads on TV, and in magazines, at bus stops etc."

Just as a matter of interest, what sort of rough percentage of attention to an ad, does the advertising industry consider to be acceptable before it's a failure?

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Quickbeam

It's a question of context. If I was selling a £70,000 car I might be happy if 1000 people took a look at my ad for it. If I was a ball point pen manufacturer I would want a lot more views than that to make me happy.

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Quickbeam

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I suppose that with you not wanting to give too much information away to competitors, you're more at the Bic ball point end than the Parker 24 carat gold nib end in mass market publishing...:)

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Joseph Kerr

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But those people will jsut offer advice on ad blockers (thanks again, though if I' honest I would have to see th eusername again to remember who it was). There's that circle again.

If I thought I got enough out of a site I would pay a yearly fee to have no ads. But that's just a nice theory. In reality, I'd only do that with 3/4 advice type forums at most; I accept therefore it is probably not a workable solution for all sites.

What you get out of a site has a lot to do with your needs and circumstances at the time.

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Quickbeam

Ads are targeted at consumers, so if we're "more at the Bic ball point end than the Parker 24 carat gold nib end" it's because that's how advertisers see the people who use our site.

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Quickbeam

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OUCH!

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Jwbjnwolf

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It has been really interesting reading this thread. I'd say its ended up being the most interesting to read thread that I've started lol :P

How do a lot these forums do it?

some foams, they put all ADs all other the place (like most), but if you create an account (FREE membership), then the ADs are taken off.

Any clue to how those forums manage it?

I know it isnt all the ADs that removed, but its most.

An example is...

http://forums.ngemu.com

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