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Gregg- question about pop up ad in thread belowpeloton
Aug 23, 2002 2:42 AM
Hey Gregg,

I completely understand the need for using some pop-ups to generate revenue for the site, and I think it is worthwhile to maintain the resource here. I opened one of the threads below in regarding to diet (by 853 I believe), and to my true dismay found a pop-up ad for diet pills over the net. I mean, diet pills? I wouldn't have thought that sort of product with many known adverse health effects and dubious value would be advertised here in a thread discussing diet. I was taken back a little bit.

I'm all for supporting the site, but diet pills are just bad news. I would hate to think that people are selling a product like that with the lead in of some of the good information posted here. I actually chose not to post anything in that thread because of the ad.

Sorry if I sound too negative. It is a great site here, and maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Don't let those pesky pop-ups thru.bikedodger
Aug 23, 2002 12:41 PM
I use a freeware program from called
PopUpStopper that seems to really eliminate almost all pop-ups.

re: Gregg- question about pop up ad in thread belowkaiser
Aug 26, 2002 5:11 AM
I work in the Internet advertising field. "Most" of the cruddy pop-up ads you see on sites like these are sold through networks, so the site operator will not have specific control over which ads appear. They are served via a thrid-party ad server. Not through this website.

Ad networks work like this: Advertisiers buy through a company such as Double-Click. Double-Click rounds up scads of websites such as these as partners, and then sells ad buys across their entire network, to increase overall reach. It's very hard to get advertising revenue on special interest sites such as these, because the number of viewers is not large enough, so the operators go to the 'networks' to get this revenue. It's become pretty much the norm now. I believe this website uses a combination of network provided ads, plus ads they sell on their own.

Best to just close the pop-up ads as you encounter them. That data gets recorded (that you closed it instantly), and before long, advertisiers will realize that these ads don't work that well. Pop-ups are just a fad for now. When advertisiers realize they don't have a great effect, they'll stop using them. They get all the data, and the data doesn't lie.

But using the pop-up-killer software will have a worse effect. It will discourage people from advertising on websites, and then Gregg will have absolutely no incentive to keep on maintaining sites such as these.

Want to see Internet content go away? Then by all means, use ad-killing software.
re: Gregg- question about pop up ad in thread belowTed
Aug 26, 2002 12:41 PM
Personally I don't mind adds. I just despise pop-ups. I have made a point never to buy anything from a pop-up. I have bought from regular adds although.

Aug 27, 2002 1:31 PM
That's good info to know. I wasn't aware of the way many of these pop-up windows are sold to sites. I guess I was taken back that anyone from RBR would place that ad in that thread, but I'm glad to find out it is from a third party.

I'm also not big on pop-ups either, and make a point of closing them instantly. I do use the classifieds, and check out the other ads though from time to time.

Thanks again for the info. See- RBR is educational!