Request From MozillaZine

Thursday August 12th, 1999

I've been considering recently the possibility of adding advertisements to MozillaZine. I've been interested in moving to a dedicated machine which would 1) give us control over the operating environment, 2) free us from sharing CPU time with 50 other websites and 3) give us a machine to use for other projects, and advertising would help pay for the server every month. More importantly, advertisement would allow us to branch off into another area, by allowing us to pay authors for work on tutorials and articles.

So, my questions are:

  • How do you feel about mozillaZine having ad banners? Would you approve if it would help bring new features to the site?
  • What is the difference (in terms of ad revenues) between signing up with a professional ad-banner service and handling advertising internally? Which would you recommend?
  • Would I need to create a business entity if I accepted ad revenues and did payouts to third-party article authors? I assume so, but I know there are a lot of sites out there that have ad banners but aren't necessarily businesses.
  • What are the average rates currently charged for banner space?

#21 One against

by Anon

Friday August 13th, 1999 8:45 AM

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I really dislike sites carrying advertising (although I too use a proxy). I feel that the ads add to the loading time, generally ruin the page layout and look very, very cheap.

I really like the clean and uncluttered design of Mozillazine and do not particularly want an animated banner ad at the top of it.

On another personal note I also feel that advertising generally cheapens a site and makes it feel as if it is more interested in revenue than its alledged topic.

Advertising may raise revenue but unless it is going to be a lot of money and that money can be used for something really positive (I haven't noticed any site problems) please don't do it.

You have a good advocacy site here, don't turn it into just another browser site.