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post #41 of 188
I think on payday, I'll be getting the no ad subscription, I HATE google ads.
post #42 of 188
I'm not even sure my firewall will let me to come to MDC anymore if it goes Goggle. I already block so many things because of Google ads.

This is upsetting.
post #43 of 188
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Originally Posted by grace474 View Post
done...
and

I had no idea.
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If advertising were more affordable for WAHMs I bet that would eliminate teh need for Google. And WAHMs are more than happy to support MDC (just not at $500 + a month)
post #44 of 188
$500 a month! Oh my! There goes my dream of becoming an MDC advertising WAHM
post #45 of 188
I think that with 20,000+ members, with such a beautiful, charming, intelegent, creative mix of Mamas, we can come up with another way. :

I think that the ads we have are great. I don't think that more ads are really going to help. I mean, how much can it really cost to keep these boards going?

I agree that Google might alienate more members, and Google (although I love them) isn't exactly NFL. I mean, we're bound to get tons of VERY NON-AP ads and seeing Enfamil advertise on Mothering will be too much. I think that if we pull together we'll be able to make it without inviting corporate america in...

Where's all the money from the DDDDC's? Mothering has gotten at least $7.50 from me in the last 6 months from that alone. How about Merchendise? Maybe raffles (selling e-tickets for an online raffle, where you win giftcards to MDC advertisers?) or fundraisers? There's just got to be another way.

ETA: I am a member of other boards that pay per post (like .05) by sponsoring each post. It's just a little link in the top of each message. I think that something like this could be good!
post #46 of 188
I'm a little bitter about the way we have been told to report the offending ads: send the url to an address, which means we have to click on the ad, copy the url, and send it to mdc. If it offends me, I'm not exactly in line to click on it.

This is awful. You'd think that if they needed money (which I have a hard time believing, but wanting money is a different story), they could have asked us for ideas. Heck, one of the first really political t-shirts I recall was from my mom's Mothering days (paraphrasing): it will be a great day when our schools have all the funding they need and the military has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.

I would have bought a cake.
post #47 of 188
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I wonder how much Google is paying for this privilege, a captive HUGE audience of MOTHERS. I'm guessing it's a sizeable number.
post #48 of 188
I'm concerned about this, too, but admit to a HUGE lack of understanding as to how the Google ads work. For example, if I see an ad I think might be objectionable and then click the link to make sure before I report it, have I just put some money in an objectionable website's pocket?

I'm absolutely open to being educated on how Adsense works if this scenario is wrong.
post #49 of 188
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Originally Posted by griffin2004 View Post
I'm concerned about this, too, but admit to a HUGE lack of understanding as to how the Google ads work. For example, if I see an ad I think might be objectionable and then click the link to make sure before I report it, have I just put some money in an objectionable website's pocket?

I'm absolutely open to being educated on how Adsense works if this scenario is wrong.
It'd be pretty "funny" if MDC profitted from us clicking on ads to complain about them.
post #50 of 188
Agreed, RS, which is why I hope someone w/ more experience than I will edumacate me on Adsense.

Otherwise there's gonna be a whole lotta clickin' goin' on...
post #51 of 188
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
I wonder how much Google is paying for this privilege, a captive HUGE audience of MOTHERS. I'm guessing it's a sizeable number.
Google isn't paying anything and I seriously doubt they courted MDC for the "privilege." Anyone, even the lowliest personal one page website, can put Google ads on their site. The revenue comes from the businesses who pay Google to include their ads in the Adsense program, which in turn drives traffic (potential customers) to their websites.

I would love to know how much traffic these boards are generating. I assume it must be many hundreds (thousands?) of gigabytes per month or Mothering would not have to be looking at ad revenue options.
post #52 of 188
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Originally Posted by griffin2004 View Post
I'm concerned about this, too, but admit to a HUGE lack of understanding as to how the Google ads work. For example, if I see an ad I think might be objectionable and then click the link to make sure before I report it, have I just put some money in an objectionable website's pocket?

I'm absolutely open to being educated on how Adsense works if this scenario is wrong.
My understanding is that when you click on the link, the advertiser gets charged money, some of which goes to google, and some of which goes to MDC.

So, you could keep clicking on the link, thereby costing the advertiser money, without buying anything from them.

I agree however, that having to click on the ad, and go to a possibly objectionable site (hmm, what will the CAC ads look like?) just to report the URL seems a bit much.

Maybe if they did a better job of pushing the paid subscriptions more money could be made that way.

Also, if you are a WAHM, you can put an ad in your siggy for a lot cheaper than a banner ad, and I remember seeing somewhere that people are more likely to click on a link in the sig than on a banner ad.
post #53 of 188
oh, ok, I think I get it now: if Advertiser X's ad is included in the ads Google puts on MDC, I click X's ad for whatever reason (I'm interested, I'm investigating as being objectionable, etc.), then X gets charged by Google and MDC gets paid by Google, right?

if this is correct, then MDC could be making money off ads that are later deemed to be objectionable?
post #54 of 188
I think that promoting the paid accounts, DDDDC's, siggy ads, and doing tiers of advertising is a better option; Like, the banner at the top of the page costs $500 a month.. A banner at the bottom could be $300 a month. Personally, I'd rather look at a WAHM banner than a Google ad.

I like the idea of having a monthly contest where all of the MDC members can submit a slogan on a certain theme (BFing, Anti-Circ, etc..). The winning slogan wins a Gift Certificate, and the slogan goes onto some merchendise that goes to help pay for MDC.

There just *has* to be another way.

If we are truly a community, then why not come together?
post #55 of 188
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Originally Posted by griffin2004 View Post
oh, ok, I think I get it now: if Advertiser X's ad is included in the ads Google puts on MDC, I click X's ad for whatever reason (I'm interested, I'm investigating as being objectionable, etc.), then X gets charged by Google and MDC gets paid by Google, right?

if this is correct, then MDC could be making money off ads that are later deemed to be objectionable?
I hope that is right, b/c then, I'd click a 100 times per day, just to give them a bill to be paid. Otherwise, I don't really like the idea and the possible spam that could happen.
post #56 of 188
Thread Starter 
Or do advertisers only pay if someone purchases something as a result of the click-thru?????
post #57 of 188
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
Or do advertisers only pay if someone purchases something as a result of the click-thru?????
This seems more likely to me, but they have to pay someone at some point just to be sponsored, I would think. This is why I never went into business...
post #58 of 188
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Originally Posted by Marco Esquandolas View Post
This seems more likely to me, but they have to pay someone at some point just to be sponsored, I would think. This is why I never went into business...
Off topic but is "banned" your senior title? Or your status? If so, how are you posting? :
post #59 of 188
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Originally Posted by RiverSky View Post
Or do advertisers only pay if someone purchases something as a result of the click-thru?????
well, the ads are called "pay per click", so they just pay per click. I think it's a nominal amount, but it adds up.
post #60 of 188
Here's the Google AdSense FAQ page: https://www.google.com/support/adsen...ui&medium=link

So according to that, yes, every time one of us clicks on an ad, the advertiser has to pay MDC money. Which the more cynical side of me suggests might be why (in the case of an objectionable ad) they want us to click the ad, get the URL, and then report. I mean, they do get money if we click the ad first... :
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