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Old 06-06-2007, 11:26 AM   #1
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Well, with the huge amount of growth, we've had to upgrade our server again to the biggest and fastest that the hosting company has! When we outgrow this one, we'll start balancing on multiple servers.. Of course, as you all know, with these added servers, our expenses to keep WI running are continuing to increase as quickly as our membership and popularity!

We're wondering if all of you wouldn't mind us switching the current Google ads "on" for members. Currently, only guests see the ads, and we generate a small amount of funds from these ads, but with the giveaways and server costs, the ads don't get even close to breaking even.

Basically, what we're talking about is shown in the picture attached here. These ads are all served by Google.Com, so they are legitimate, will never have pop ups and will (most of the time) be Webkinz-related (sometimes Google is funny and when we talk about a "hot air balloon" we get ads for "hot air balloon rides").

The ads are based on a "PPC" system (pay-per-click). So, when someone clicks an ad, Google charges the advertiser for the click and credits the "click" to our site and pays us accordingly. It isn't much, but with as many members and as much traffic as we have now, we think it could add up!

If you see an ad you're interested, go ahead and give it a click! If not, we think that they're out of the way and hopefully won't bother you. Take a look at the screenshot, or log out of your account and reload the forum to see what we're proposing. Of course, it is all up to you, so here's the poll!


WHOOPS!! My mistake.. here's a screenshot of what I'm talking about....

EDIT: Response looks good and I may put up a donations box for those who have the means and the desire, as well. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:07 PM   #2
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If it helps you guys at the WI Staff, it'll be fine iwht me!
Old 06-06-2007, 12:28 PM   #3
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I agree. Clicking on a few adds is a small price to pay to be able use WI!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:37 PM   #4
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Sure. Whatever we need to do to help out !!!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:39 PM   #5
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That's fine. I don't care if there are ads or not.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:44 PM   #6
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I don't mind...and if we all click just 1 or 2 ads a day, that will help bring in some money!

Justin...have you considered perhaps having donations as an option? I've seen other forums use donations to help run their sites. It's totally optional for the user and depending on how much or how often someone donates they usually get a special icon or something on their avatar box to denote that this user has donated.

Just a thought!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:51 PM   #7
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Hey thanks for that idea, I had been thinking about that, too! Thanks for the ideas, I wasn't sure what you all would be "okay" with. I've tried to keep this kind of stuff out as much as possible for members, cause I like making you all happy, it's just starting to add up lately!!

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I don't mind...and if we all click just 1 or 2 ads a day, that will help bring in some money!

Justin...have you considered perhaps having donations as an option? I've seen other forums use donations to help run their sites. It's totally optional for the user and depending on how much or how often someone donates they usually get a special icon or something on their avatar box to denote that this user has donated.

Just a thought!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:55 PM   #8
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Justin, I see no problem with the idea of ads. It would only take a few seconds to click on some of them if it will help.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:00 PM   #9
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i think the ads thing is a great idea. we take for granted that all this stuff is free. you are doing a great job here and it needs to be as easy and unexpensive as possible. thanks for asking us what we think but i say bring on the ads if it helps. it looks like they will be on the side and won't change anything. thanks for everything you are doing i know it is alot of hard work.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:20 PM   #10
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Justin, the google ads are really not much of an annoyance, and I think you should do it because none of us wants you going broke in real life so we can all be broke in WW!!! Jokes aside, I'm happy for you that your forum has grown, but I miss when there weren't quite so many users.
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