I just noticed that there are advertisements underneath the threads in the forums. Is that normal?
Okay, it is beginning to smell a little bit like desperation.
But in this case it is at the bottom and not in the way or on our hubs, so whatever.
I just noticed this. And was just about to post a thread. I don't really see the point - hubbers are much more likely to click them than random Google visitors. Or is that the idea?
I am 99% sure that around a year ago I suggested HP put ads in the forums. I am glad to see they finally got around to reading my post.
It seems like there are a lot of members here at HP who join just to mix it up in the topics forums. These people have no adsense accounts, no desire to write anything and no vested interest in HP succeeding or failing, except that they'd have to find somewhere else to argue about religion. Who knows how many there are, and it's hard to tell those folks from people who just have secondary accounts for arguing. But if HP has determined there are a large number of people who come here simply to use the forums why not stick ads in front of them? That's not desperate; that's smart. Especially now that the forums are separated.
But why the ads would be on the HP section too makes no sense, really, unless they're thinking people might trickle over here. Or maybe it makes sense from a programming perspective, somehow.
All I know for sure is I aint clickin on no ads.
I haven't noticed the adds before either? I wonder who's getting paid for their display?
I don't see any mystery. This is hubpages, hubpages is getting paid.
I think there is little doubt (actually none) that HP are the ones earning from these new forum adverts. To be honest I am not overly worried if they want to put adverts on the forums, but what I still loathe are the horrible 'Related Search' Ads (the income from which also goes straight to HP) in the floating box on hubs that distracts from the adverts the hubbers actually make money from. Really amazed this has not been dropped based on the strong negative reaction from Hubbers when it was first commented on in the forums.
If you think about it, payment for the MTurks has to come from somewhere.
I don't mind ads in the forums.
The Related Searches failing to share revenue with my hubs that have drawn the traffic to HP is a separate issue.
Why not remove the deceptive Related Search ads from our domains now that HP is "by design" generating more non-shared income through the forums?
Vote about it here http://simeyc.hubpages.com/hub/Related-Searches
I saw an ad for $3 worth of coupons earlier. I wanted to go for it, but wasn't sure. And it was for food, not for a "date".
Pretty soon they'll be adding skimlinks or viglinks to monetize our thoughts.
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