I assume it's a matter of pride. Apart from that, professional webmasters are either banner blind or reluctant to click on ads (might as well be their own ads) - or both.
|we feel strongly that this is not the route WebmasterWorld would be comfortable following |
But the real issue is one of balance. If this forum's revenue came from Google, the forum might be tempted to "protect their interests" at times.
No adverts makes this forum what it is - not only no adverts on the site, but we are ferocious about URL drops in posts more than almost any forum I know. Whilst this - at times - makes people have to re-phrase their posts a little, it has also put Webmasterworld in the Top 100 US sites [alexa.com] in the USA and well into the [url=http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main?q=&url=webmasterworld.com]top 300 worldwide on Alexa.
With some of the crowd this forum attracts the click-fraud alarms would likely be running non-stop. It's only a very small portion of the visitors here, but there are some who I'd not trust with my site URL for the same reason.
The next problem would be a question of what ads would show...
I was banned threads
Buy new or used I was
banned threads at ebay
Buy new or used clickfraud
and clickrings at ebay
A query for "click-fraud" reveals quite a lot of seemingly on-topic ads, and not a single eBay ad.
A query for "I was banned threads" retunred not a single ad. Up to now that is - I guess this will have changed by tomorrow :-)
On the other hand: Why does Brett not use AdWord ads for the above mentioned keywords?
>Does anyone know why is this forum not serving adsense ads?
Brett does...so I guess you await his reply?
If I owned this forum I wouldn't serve up AdSence either, maybe for a different reason though!
This forum has integrity, its value "today" is not in Ads. of any kind......IMHO ;)
Not looking for a debate on this one, because the debate is as old as advertising itself.
Trust - advertising breaks it.
very well put Brett.
Brett's point is even more poignant for those sites engaged in consumer protection: on one hand there are a number of individuals busy trying to educate consumers, while at the same time their traffic is being used by the very individuals being warned against.
(Sorry if this is a little off topic.)