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where to put Advertisement stuff ?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by erich37, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    So thinking of running XF-Forums in the future, where would you put your advertisements (like banners, AdSense, etc.) ?

    Which is the best place to put it into ?
    Into Pages, into Threads ?
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  2. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure I really want to put any ads on the site, and might have to look into a new revenue model to support my project.
  3. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    I think everyone will have their own opinion on this. You need to balance keeping your forum usable with also giving advertisers prominence. Personally I have three banner slots on my forum (one at the top, two at the bottom) which cycle randomly through a set number of advertisers. They use otherwise "dead space" and don't ruin the forum experience too much.

    I haven't seen much mention of adverts here, whether this will be a feature included or not. I would hope it is in some form, and I hope it's easy to stick adverts in somewhere without it requiring huge changes to templates etc :)
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  4. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I'd put them in-post. But to the right of the message div.
  5. bookmark

    bookmark Well-Known Member

    Advertise on forum?A forum can spare little place for advertisements.
  6. Caliburn

    Caliburn Well-Known Member

    I hide advertisements. I know, I'm a sinner. Anyhow, the best 'place' for them are usually the top and bottom of the forum index, and between posts. However too many, and it becomes annoying. It doesn't matter how they're placed if they're cosmetically pleasing. So I recommend that when you have a theme designed, you incorporate advertisements into the initial plan and not as an after-thought.
  7. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    yeah, but I guess everyone needs to monetize his forum in order to cover costs. etc.
    I guess I saw some AdSense-applications build into VB.

    So you guys are all going for user-memberships ?
    How are you going to monetize your forums ? I doubt you guys are all hobbyists and not making money on your forums.....
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  8. ked38

    ked38 Member

    Right guessing logic.
    Minimum hosting cost is about several hundred hk dollars per year in our side.(1us$=7.8hk$)
    Can't agree anymore ... :)
  9. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Don't quote me on this but I believe there isn't going to be any advertising integrated by default in the first version.

    *I think I read that somewhere*
  10. Cezz

    Cezz Well-Known Member

    Sorry Quoting you...

    I think I read that is was a possibility somewhere.
  11. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Most sites I would probably put ads on, but my current project (That will be using XenForo), was never really going to use ads anyways (Maybe sponsored links that could be paid for to support the project, but not ads).

    The niche we're focusing on has thousands of sites that over clutter their sites with ads and the communities have all gotten tired of it. Due to my contacts, overhead won't be all that high (Our main server is supplied by my work, and the cost is barely nothing compared to what you would normally pay for the same specs), and we will probably have subscription plans to deal with income for anything we'll need.

    Ignore my project however, I have seen many forums that have grown to a large scale, never sticking ads on their sites. Subscription based forums can work, it just matters on the niche, and on whether or not you can market well enough to your forum to give them a reason to subscribe. 
  12. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    some forums make money with the trick of having Private-Messages being only for paying members, especially match-making websites.
    Not sure if this is a viable option and whether this can be achieved with XenForo ?

    So what is the best way to monetize a XF-Forum ?
  13. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Probably the same way any other forum system would, you would just have to sacrifice looks.
  14. erich37

    erich37 Well-Known Member

    good to see that nobody here actually wants to make any money with their forums, but just want to change the world to be a better place :p
  15. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Heres a few of my forums:

    1. game forum thats main purpose is to supply support for a program; most income was from sponsors and from donations.
    2. anime community, most income is going to be from subscriptions, sponsors, as well as the community itself.

    They're all self-supportive, which is all I want from them; I make more then enough at work, as well as from a few other things I do that I don't depend on my forums.

    And it won't be difficult to make money off a XenForo community, I just hope the approach is much different then what most administrators do, plastering ads all over without much care for the end-user, or for the looks of the site.

    It'll all depend on the niche of the community, as well as the approach the administrator takes to running his community and monetizing it. 
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  16. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I'll be putting adsense, advertisements, and misc stuff in the side column beneath the Forum stats.
  17. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Um...the same places as in every single piece of forum software...cmon people it's a new piece of software not an advertising revolution...this is a pretty pointless thread :/
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  18. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm just hoping its the -logical- places and not where you fill out most of the site with ads.
  19. RickM

    RickM Well-Known Member

    Personally I would go for:

    Global header below nabber
    Global footer above copyright
    Sidebar (home only)
    Below 1st post (guests only)

    That would be ample adspots plus provide incentive for guests to register.

    Putting everyones different ad placement preferences into the software should not be forced upon the devs...it takes you 10 seconds to figure out how to add a custom spot so leave them to the important stuff and sort out your own (unique) ads pots ;)
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  20. David Thomas

    David Thomas Active Member

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