FourDegreez - 3:36 pm on Nov 4, 2007 (gmt 0)
I agree that it's a good idea for everyone to start out with an ad-free hobby site. I started this way, and I think it is the purer way to start, and then add advertisements slowly and judiciously--as opposed to striking out with a bucket-of-money mentality. It sets you in the right frame of mind from the start. To this day, I still have sites that are ad-free. And for the ones that have ads, I've always shunned the obnoxious stuff. People don't mind ads when you use them properly, but I do think any ad at all subtracts from the "purity" of a site--but it's a trade-off, and usually a good one to make. And I think that if this trade-off allows you to devote more time to improving your sites, it is a net plus for your visitors.