April 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm #254771
I logged onto the forum to see what was the latest in living simply to be greeted by an airplane flying at the top right of the screen with the injunction to “Fly More Often”. Is that really living simply and reducing our carbon footprints? Clicking on it, I was invited to take out a Westpac credit card.
The only credit cards in Australia that earn you KrisFlyer miles which are transferred directly to your KrisFlyer membership account.
Receive 15,000 KrisFlyer miles after your first purchase using either of your Singapore Airlines Westpac Platinum credit cards.
Perhaps I’m old fashioned, but encouraging people to fly more and get into debt with credit cards doesn’t seem to fit with the original ethos of Aussies Living Simply. I appreciate that it costs money to keep the site going but, as I’ve said before, I’d be more than happy to pay a few dollars a week to see it continue, rather than see the original ideals destroyed by getting into bed with rampant consumerism. Doesn’t taking advertisements like this send out mixed messages?April 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm #493875
The banner at the top right of ALS is a Google DoubleClick advertisement space. I’m not as familiar with DoubleClick as I am with Google AdSence. I don’t have DoubleClick imbedded within any of my sites (maybe I should get around to it). Google AdSence though, allows the account holder to edit the content of ads, maybe DoubleClick has that function too.
Here’s the DoubleClick site.April 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm #493876
I have also seen ads for woolies and other topics not exactly suited to the content of the site.
However, as you say, the site does cost money to run and one of the easiest ways to reduce those costs is to have a few Google ads here and there.
Unfortunately, it is difficult (actually almost impossible) to tell Google to filter out ads you don’t like. It picks up keywords out of the site content, out of context and serves ads based on those words. So posts like “flying is a really bad thing to do” will give us ads advertising cheap flights.
I have raised this with Dan and hopefully a solution can be found. Whatever happens though won’t happen quickly so for the moment its a case of grin and bear it.
DaveApril 2, 2011 at 12:03 am #493877
I don’t see ads on ALS.
Perhaps it’s because I use Firefox and Adblock Plus
(sorry Dan)April 2, 2011 at 12:18 am #493878
Mac users, AdBlock For Safari.
Had to disable it to see what Wazza was referring to! 😛April 2, 2011 at 12:20 am #493879
My first visit back for a couple months. I think my brain just filters out adverts. I see the need for them, but mostly I just don’t notice them any more.
I belong to another forum on a free board, where I have chosen to become a “premium member” by paying about $12 per year, and when doing this if I click thru the right links the board actually receives some kind of benefit. If I don’t pay up in time, I just get to see the ads again til I make the payment.
I’d be happy to pay a yearly fee if ALS wanted to go down that path, even if I don’t get here as often as I’d like.
I think we are very lucky that there are message boards available that are actually free, even if the adverts oppose our principles.April 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm #493880
I can ignore a few badly picked ads on here and just filter them out like I do in everyday life… No need for Dan to do anything!!April 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm #493881
I’m like Starting Over, My mind is focused on getting to where I want to be in the forum,I hadnt really noticed the plane flying over as it was seen as a flicker till it was pointed out.
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