So whatchya think? We’ve got sponsors now. The ads aren’t appearing on all pages yet and won’t until after I rebuild the site this weekend when traffic is low (rebuilding uses a tremendous amount of system resources). I’ve got three more companies signed on and I’m just waiting on artwork.
Regarding site design, I tried to shoot for something unobtrusive, something that wouldn’t detract from your navigation of the site. They’ll be over in that far right sidebar, loading on all pages. I may have to modify that slightly because I see one problem now that I didn’t anticipate, truly a duh moment.
The tech product companies have no problem investing in sponsorships. The issue is that smaller suppliers -most likely to serve us- mostly can’t ad size-wise. Until I started this yesterday, I didn’t realize this was why publications like Apparel mainly had ads from tech companies. I don’t want the ad population limited to tech related stuff, valuable though it is, because there’s only so much real estate over there. So -and I want your opinion on this- I’m thinking of adding limited sponsorships, putting their ads in the middle of a post. You see this all the time on other sites. They won’t be grotesque with dancing fonts, something tasteful. And not on all posts either. Just some, sometimes. Let me know what you think.