Over the course of the next few weeks we're going to be running some extra large brand advertisements on hubs, in the HubPages share of the impressions. With these ads will come advertiser surveys that may slide in from the edge or bottom of your page. If you'd prefer not to see these surveys, you can opt out by navigating to the safecount.net consumer options page, and clicking the Consumer Opt-Out button (you'll have to do this once for each computer and browser that you use). If you'd rather not have these large format ads on your hubs at all, and your hubs are not commercial, you can set the ad level to medium, low, or none.
Personally, I love the larger ads, especially the flash based ads. On most sites that I've visited they are unobtrusive, but at the same time they offer valuable content to the person browsing the page. In your hub, the ad seems to blend nicely with the rest of the page - and that was one of my biggest concerns.
With that in mind, the main reason why I joined HubPages was because of the simplicity of design. I can write an article, post it, and readers can enjoy the article without a lot of the nonsense that other sites have. As long as the ads remain unobtrusive, and can still offer a good ROI, I think it's an excellent idea. However, thinking mainly of the flash based "pop up" advertisements, I would be a little leary of using such advertising methods.
I'm sure that it has both its pro's and con's, but only time will tell if it's going to be a viable alternative to other marketing avenues.
Yes, visitors to your hub that haven't opted out may be prompted to take a survey. The surveys only appear on a fraction of the impressions. I believe the survey happens in an overlay, and they will be returned to viewing your hub if they complete or abandon the survey.
Good thing there is an opt out ...If there was no cance to opt out, I wouldn't be able to read hubs with the ads, as my computer shuts down when it encounters flash or overlays or pop ups. I wonder how many other people have this problem and might not read hubs after the first time their computer freeezes?
Hey! I'm impressed! (I'm not being Captain Sarcasm either!) I am surprised that HP is allowing us some control over this! Thanks! mind you, I probably will be too busy to adjust any of the settings but it's truly nice to know I CAN if I take the time to do so!
I've been contributing here for two years and will continue to. But if my first experience of this site had been watching these "big ads" roll over a topic of interest to me that I found through an Internet search, I'd be out of this site forever.
Tasteless, but worse, it just makes HP like any other site looking for bucks. It makes it all about money and dilutes the value of what goes on here...what has gone on here.
It interferes with the reader's focus.
So, do you want to encourage meaningful content (content which is valued on the net), or do you just want to rake in bucks? There's a balance here that I think you need to assess. Like, is this a site for writers, or a site to generate the bucks? Balance.
I first joined HP because it seemed like a quality site, now not so much (sorry HP crew but it's true). It's like two sites in one now, hubs generally look pretty good in the hubbers share of impressions, but if you are unlucky enough to log in during HP's share it's a different story. Yellow Teeth, PAYDAY Loans, completely unrelated ads of every description, and now forced surveys.
Whilst we may not lose out directly on money because these are in the HP share of impressions, we are most likely missing out on links, tweets, etc. that may have occurred from impressed visitors if only our content hadn't been presented so terribly.
we will loose readers. If I came to HP and a big floaty ad showed up, Id leave and never look back. A big reason this is the only site I joined is the lack of apps and surveys and all that facebook teenager shiny stuff
I have ad-block plus enabled so i can't see those ads. And even after disabling it i unable to see the big ad. Any specific hub where i can see that ? I know 300x250 ad in sidebar but other than that is there any ad ?
I abhor the floating surveys! Personally, I would never return to a site with these things flitting around. I certainly hope this isn't a permanent thing here.
It's actually a bit embarrassing to me when friends or relatives try to read my hubs and encounter these things. A bit of overkill it seems. A used car dealership for articles, colored flags waving on a rope. (Too harsh?)
I'd like to add my opinion on these huge ads. The first time I saw it I became afraid that I would lose readers. Whenever I see something like that fly across my screen on any site, I click away from the entire thing, never to return. It gets in the way of what the reader is trying to read. It takes the readers mind off the main reason why they are there to begin with and they lose their train of thought, which leads to frustration. We don't want to frustrate our readers. That's not a good thing.
they suck! they dont detract from my earnings since they dont appear on my impression share and my traffic comes from search...but for every visitor who associates those crap fly away ads to the domain "hubpages" ..thats one more visitor that will skim to the next title when they look at their search results and it says hubpages
Is HP getting any worthwhile dollars out of large ads and parading surveys?
Since I'm not a partner in HP, and HP is a private company, they don't have to answer my question. But still, it's an interesting question, because those large ads and surveys commercialize this site to enough of a degree that those who land here from a search looking for info will find this parading survey link, maybe click it, get distracted, and not come back again, because this is just the kind of commercialism they are not looking for when they are looking for information.
shetoldme.com is an interesting case in point about this. Theirs is a good idea, because you can condense any info on the Internet, including your own, and so this site could serve as a digest or index of information. Plus, contributors can get a backlink. But that site is so infiltrated with ads that it is hard to see the information.