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12/01/2005
Well MadTV has made its first tentative step into the world of advertising. If you look under the navigation you'll see a pair of MadTV colour co-ordinated google adverts. We are unsure about the new development and this is very much an experiment. One half of the MadTV board is claiming that this is a "sell out", the other half is saying "shut up, hosting costs money." If you have any feelings on the subject give me a shout.

These ads may stay or they may go...
Mad

josh
Google had to go out on a limb codewise to idiot-proof adsense - and consequently, the javascript that is used is unruly. Does anyone else notice the bounce when scrolling?
I do however enjoy the fact that both ads are for curry. It is a mitigating factor.
Date Added: 13/01/2005

Gone Away
Bounce? I find myself encouraging them - "Keep up there, little fellers, keep up!" But Josh is right as usual; if we have to have ads, let them be for curry! Just might follow up on the Indian curry one myself...
Date Added: 13/01/2005

Mad
I can't see that effect for some reason Josh but I have noticed it on Google adwords elsewhere. I always thought it was a frames thing, now I know its not. I love that you can customise the colours of these ads...
Date Added: 13/01/2005

josh
Did you install that BHO that tells you which ads a page would recieve? I think it is installed in the rightclick context menu.


Date Added: 13/01/2005

Mad
BHO? I'm very new to this advertising thing but I did see something to do with ad content in the adwords site menu somewhere. I thought that google's indexing of a page changed the content of the ads?
Date Added: 13/01/2005

josh
Nah Browser Helper Object - There is one that google offers that lets you preview what any page you surf to would have as ads. BHO's are more often than not spyware, but I trust google for some reason.
Date Added: 14/01/2005

vanessa
ha! completely off-topic but I'm having a SA friend send me some biltong! la-la-laaaaaaa Thought you might like to know... ah, who am I kidding? I just want to make you jealous. :D
Date Added: 16/01/2005

Mad
Well thats nice people only come to my site to make me jealous now!? Sheesh...
Date Added: 16/01/2005

vanessa
aha! but that's where you're wrong... I'm a silent observer ;) I'm watching all of you! Muahahahaa.
Date Added: 17/01/2005

Mad
umm wouldn't a silent observer be more... silent? Hehehehe
Date Added: 18/01/2005

vanessa
smartass....
Date Added: 18/01/2005

Way
Shh. We are trying to read here.
Date Added: 19/01/2005

Gone Away
What is this, a library? But I notice that one of the ads is now for Mad TV. Now there's targeted advertising for you!
Date Added: 19/01/2005

Simon Jessey
I don't make a lot of money from AdSense, but ANY money is better than no money, I suppose. I've made about $20 in the 5 months I've been running them, which is enough to pay for a couple of month's worth of hosting. In fact, I make more money from content-based Amazon links.

I've been quite impressed at Google's ability to serve relevant ads, although most weblogs are bound to get lots of blog-related stuff. If anything, it demonstrates how important it is for blog content to be rich and unique, rather than generic.
Date Added: 19/01/2005

Simon Jessey
Dude. You should add something to convert newline characters into line breaks - all the paragraphs in my comment are missing. Also, bake a cookie for my details so that I don't have to keep typing them in. Oh, and I see the "wobbly ads" on my WinXP/Firefox setup too. I've never seen that before.
Date Added: 19/01/2005

Mad
Oops. Caught out. I've been meaning to do something about line breaks etc for ages Simon; just a question of finding the time. In the interim you're more than welcome to use HTML in your posts, just remember each comment is inside a set of paragraph tags. As for the cookies... um... would you believe I've never done cookies before? So I've been putting it off. *Underscores cookies on his to-do list*
Date Added: 19/01/2005

josh
I have to concur :>
I do believe that the wobble is the result of the static background requiring a complete repaint of the screen for every increment of scroll; the javascript takes a fraction of a second longer to document.write.

A tad annoying, but mooney is mooney :>
Date Added: 19/01/2005

Mad
Thanks a lot guys, I'm now completely obsessed by Google ads "bouncing". Every page I go to that has Google ads, I spend at least a minute working the scroll bars to check for bounce. End conclusion? They all bounce to a greater or lesser degree and you may well be right Josh; the static background seems to exasperate the effect.Well tough, I really like my background and it's not changing for Google adsense.
Date Added: 20/01/2005

josh
Or you could shitcan the adsense and tough out the
5 quid a month, eh?
A joke, not a heartfelt suggestion. :>


Date Added: 20/01/2005

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