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    Posted: 24-Jul-2008 at 14:32
A heads up for you guys.
 
The monthly expenses for AE as a whole, is a little more than $50.
Our steady monthly income through donations is $23 (including Seko paying for the main site) - plus a few generous one time donations from a few of the staff. Thank you all for contributing.
However, its not fair that a few should carry the load for so many, and as you may have noticed, no interest from the general membership what so ever.  
Its really a pity - as you can see, just 5 or 6 monthly donations of $5 each, would solve the problem.  
 
Right now, we are not poor - the next month is paid and we got $150 on the account - enough to sustain +4 months expenses with the monthly donations we have coming.
 
We will use those 4 months to test how much revenue Google Ad-Sense could provide.
Those ads are not very intrusive (just one or two narrow sections on all pages) - and they should reflect the content of the forum. I would expect ads like other historical sites, educational sites, book stores etc. - actually it even may prove beneficial for the membership.
The sections of ads can be customised to blend in with the design of the forum - and can easily be taken down again, if we decide not to have it or should it become unnecessary.
 
We will evalute this after the 4 months.
 
Obviously...
Google was quick to approve us, so the first banner is already up in the header.
 
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Edited by Northman - 27-Jul-2008 at 16:34
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Three months have passed since we introduced the ads from Google on the forum.
 
They are the financial foundation for our community and the revenue from the ads has proved sufficiently to pay for our services for these three months - by a narrow margin.
 
The ads are within a concept called Google AdSense, meaning, they will try to reflect the content of the page on which they are displayed. This should ensure us interesting and relevant ads and in most cases they hit the subject quite accurately.
 
Feel free to check them out - that way you support our community.
    
 


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