"Would you unsubscribe, not care at all, or occasionally, if an ad was for something useful to you at that moment, click them? The current ads hardly pull in any money, maybe enough to cover the hosting fees for the site, maybe a little less, not that I'm complaining, but no point in not taking advantage of an opportunity if the consequences are low."
The keyword here is "hardly pull in any money", IMHO. Scoble nails it:
"Again, when I subscribe to an RSS feed that means I want a long-term relationship. Think about what that means. How abusive of me do you want to be? On the readership side we get to decide how much abuse we'll put up with. You might find that your readers won't put up with much. In which case you'll have to decide if a few extra bucks is worth a decreased readership."
Definitely. My 2 cents here -- we have to remember that we talk here about just a few extra bucks which means it does not worth it. Of course everything can change and my opinion would depend on many things happen in the upcoming months. It depends on implementation, adoption, clickthrough percent, revenue, etc. Speaking of which may be I will remove ads entirely from the web UI of my website, since I have something like 5 times more aggregator readers than people that come regularly to my website.
Friday, May 20, 2005 3:28 AM