Hey guys. As some of you noticed (and gave voice to), yesterday, for a few hours, Infolinks text/banner ads popped up on the site. I feel like I owe y’all an explanation and a mea culpa, because some people were distinctly grumpy yesterday xD.
Basically, the situation was like this; as y’all may have noticed, we have a few Google AdSense ads on the site in fairly unobtrusive places. Honestly though, Adsense hasn’t been great for the site in terms of clicks/revenue, making me curious as to if there was anything I could replace them with. Now, I wasn’t sure what to use, but I knew I definitely didn’t want popups! So, yesterday, I spent a few minutes researching, and saw suggestions that text ads like Infolinks were a good fit for text heavy sites. So, I installed a plugin and set up a test account as I was reading up on it. I didn’t see a place to insert the code in the plugin, so after poking the plugin for a while, I figured, “eh, forget about it, I’ll test to see how it looks/works another time” and went to work.
What I didn’t realize was that unlike with Adsense, registering an account and installing the plugin automatically activated the ads! So people immediately began to get hit with Infolinks ads on the site. The reaction was pretty fast; whether politely, aggressively, or passive-aggressively (xD), y’all made it clear that you haaaaated it. So as soon as I got home, I made sure the Infolinks was gone. And yes, it will stay gone! Regardless of whether or not it outperforms Adsense, y’all made your distaste for it loud and clear; I don’t need any more testing to know that. I’m sorry for the annoyance, and particularly sorry to one poor friend who thought he had a virus on his computer and spent half an hour scanning it 囧.
It wasn’t intentional, and I promise, it won’t happen again! I really value the quality of the user experience here (that’s the whole reason I set up a site instead of keeping the translation at www.spcnet.tv/forums), and I promise that I will not allow it to be degraded too much by advertisements, especially in a way that affects the reading experience (which is the whole point of us being here, right?). So – mea culpa!
TLDR; sorry ’bout Infolinks, it was an accident, and y’all won’t see it again. See you in a few hours with Book 8, Chapter 30 – The Five Year Agreement!