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Unread 22nd August 2008, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Those underlined words as ads suck

These seem to be popping up on a lot of websites.

Links to ads - where if you hover over the word with your pointer - the ad is shown.

This has to be one of the worst things to do to your content. You can't even read an article without having a stupid ad in the paragraph.

I think Adbrite is one of them.

Taking things to far?

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These seem to be popping up on a lot of websites.

Links to ads - where if you hover over the word with your pointer - the ad is shown.

This has to be one of the worst things to do to your content. You can't even read an article without having a stupid ad in the paragraph.

I think Adbrite is one of them.

Taking things to far?
Yes I agree, those have been around quite a while and totally annoy me.

In fact when I come to a page that has that kind of stuff on it, I back out quicker than a snail comes across salt.

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Unread 23rd August 2008, 12:23 AM   #3
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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

Those are Kontera ads, right ?

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Unread 23rd August 2008, 12:55 AM   #4
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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

If they're earning enough money who cares what people think of them...

You'd have to do a fair bit of testing to see whether they make more money then the money you lose (if any) because visitors get annoyed with the ads and leave...

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Unread 23rd August 2008, 01:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

Just don't hover over them...

I know, simple solution.

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Unread 23rd August 2008, 03:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

Kontera has the best version of these, I believe. As far as being annoying. They are annoying when you put 20 links in a 200 word article. 1 or 2 links is sufficient for 1 article. The ones that are annoying are the ones that have practically the whole damn article as an underlined kontera ad.

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If they make you money why not have them?

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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

I can understand the OP's point of view... It really isn't about making money... sometimes you ruin the user experience with bad layouts and overwhelming advertisements. You might make a $1 or two with those ads, but what about the $37 ebook sale you lost, because your site left the user with a "that site sucked" feeling because it had too many ads. In addition it may turn a customer off to your site, that may have ended up being a repeat buyer customer.

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Ha! I wrote a whole system and site for doing this for ClickBank products to give content site owners a new way to earn ClickBank commissions.

I'm not sure what to do with it now LOL!

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Ha! I wrote a whole system and site for doing this for ClickBank products to give content site owners a new way to earn ClickBank commissions.

I'm not sure what to do with it now LOL!

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I just find them annoying.

Not sure what the click through rates are like?

Does anyone have any experience with this?

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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

It's amazing how many people guide along their reading with their mouse icon cursor thingy..

On one of my site's back along I had this sofware installed and literally 3 or 4 in every ten visitors follows every word with their cursor... that way the ads really show up aot and get noticed tons of times in a day if you have good traffic...

The CTR was immense on that site too.. personally they annoy the hell out of me, but I can read without the cursor guiding me so it's all good

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Unread 23rd August 2008, 03:24 PM   #12
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Yes I agree, those have been around quite a while and totally annoy me.

In fact when I come to a page that has that kind of stuff on it, I back out quicker than a snail comes across salt.

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Default Re: Those underlined words as ads suck

You can make the same comments about many things, like popups, that work from a revenue generating point of view.

As was said, why drag your mouse over them in the first place unless you were going to click there?
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