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New FOSS advertising

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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

I've set up advertising with Ad bard Network which is an ad networked centered around Free Software related web sites, which is a perfect fit for So far has mostly been supported by text ads while what graphical ads we had were mostly internal (advertising a sister site at or exchange partnerships or support like, and

Ad bard is paid per click and has three formats, a standard banner now visible above, a block now visible on the right and text link ads (on the bottom right). This is still just a try out, but I have a feeling that the greater relevancy of these ads to this site may make them worthwhile.

Does this make the site have too much ads? Well, I'd say it's not any worse than an average ads financed site and is probably still less than most such sites since ads aren't big nor in the way. They aren't in the content interrupting your reading, posting etc.

That said, I did put the banner on top now, but that's above the content and not in the middle of it. I had to do it because it was practically invisible down below and easy to skip. We now have a banner put in a similar fashion on as well. I hope you don't mind. Smiling

And if you do, well, in our tradition of listening to users, let me know and maybe we can strike a compromise of some sort. Eye

Thank you.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
I also paid for some

I also paid for some advertising for, 200 clicks for now. Smiling

Interestingly, even before 20 clicks have been spent we've got 11000 impressions. At this rate that's gonna be 100 000 impressions. Not much traffic in terms of actual visits (only 200), but that's good visibility boost in terms of branding. Eye

And I'm glad to support an actual Freedomware friendly ad network.


Joined: 2007-09-10
Just wondering: Can Ad Bard

Just wondering: Can Ad Bard also be used on sourceforge project websites?
It would be strange since that would mean earning money while being hosted for free on sourceforge.

More generally, is it possible to make money from advertising on any free hosting service?

Joined: 2006-03-28
I think something like this

I think something like this should be mentioned in the Terms of Use or some FAQ on SourceForge.
It's been a while since I read those, as my project there already is going on for quite some time, but I think this should be mentioned.

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