Baseball Toaster was unplugged on February 4, 2009.
We're gonna be (finally) making some changes here at the Toaster pretty soon. Among other things, we're going to put up a few ads to see if we can make some money.
I'm having a little trouble, though, designing the pages. If I make the pages look nice, the ads aren't noticeable. If I make the ads noticeable, the page looks like crap.
So what I'm looking for right now are some examples. Do you know of any well-designed blogs with noticeable ads?
An idea for adding a Google text ad box would be between the "Hot from the Toaster" and "Members" section. In order to make it stand out a bit, you can drop it into a div with a lighter background color/border, sort of like the "Pardon Our Crumbs" section but a different color.
Text ads are the way to go-- graphic banners won't look good under any circumstances, considering most of the pages are all text anyways.
1. Are all Baseball toaster blogs required to use the same blog design and ad design?
2. Don't mind ads as long as they aren't popups and don't slow down the site. There is already a noticeable delay after hitting the submit button when adding a new comment sometimes.
3. Good luck with the ads, you guys deserve to make some $$$. Have you considered selling merchandise? T-Shirts, hats, etc..., I'm sure your loyal viewers would help out in that area.
Might want to check out the book ads at MarcCooper.com. The sight has a similiar layout to this, with the exception of an additional sidebar...something that is probably inevitable if you want to add ads.
I think the horizontal bar ads are most effective to get noticed. They may seem intrusive at first but one learns to tune them out and I often don't know what was advertised even though one could say the ad was "in your face".
I'm skeptical about horizontal-at-the-top ads. I never, ever look at them, on any site, let alone click on them. I think there are more effective places to put them.
I agree the font is too big on IE. Looks fine on Firefox.
Well, I have some ideas, and we'll try out a few different things, and see how effective they are...
1. Yeah, same design, because it makes less work for me.
2. The publishing delay: we're getting so much traffic now, especially during Dodger games, that the architecture is running into its limitations. I'm working on a new software design, but it's not ready yet. Alternatively, I could move the site onto a faster computer, but that would just be delaying the inevitable.
3. We're thinking about selling merchandise, yes, but ads are the first step.
Personally, I don't mind internet ads, although, as is the case for most people, I expect, click throughs get pretty bothersome. What I do find to be problematic are ads where, after you click through, you can't click back -- the prevalence of that sort of thing makes me shy away from clicking ads at all, which is too bad 'cause I know you need clicks to get paid.
Kayaker7: yeah, none of those scrolling ads either. We want to make some money, but not at the cost of annoying everyone, including ourselves.
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