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Post by Ultyguy » Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:46 pm

The search box and Ads at the top are pretty unobtrusive. If they generate any cash they both seem very worthwhile to me.

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Post by korexus » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:07 pm

Just an update, before I go to bed.

In the 3 hours or so since I added the adsense options, the site has made $1.80. That works out one cent/minute, if we can keep that up, WoK Con 2009 will be in the Bahamas!

Of course, I'm sure that we will get more clicks while the options are new, but if members can try to use the Kaomaris search box, instead of their regular search choice, it looks like they will be making a measurable difference to the community.


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Post by Lardmaster » Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:33 pm

If I use the search facility are you able to see what I have searched for Chris?
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Post by korexus » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:03 pm

Ooh, that's a good question! :D *Looks*

No, Google doesn't record the information where I can see it and opening the page in a new window means our server doesn't even know your doing it, so you are free to search for anything you want.

On the other hand, I can sometimes see what pages members were on *before* coming to kaomaris, although not which member. Not that I've looked before and, after seeing a slightly disturbing list, I probably won't look again! :? :shock:


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Post by TBert » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:00 pm

That's eerie. I'm getting some of the same ads here that I get next to my gmail every time I mention "NAP" in an email.

I'll start using the search box. Just gotta retrain myself. Where's that shock collar to zap me every time I use my Firefox google...
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Post by Mullog » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:39 pm

One comment on the search box. It performs the search in a new window named google_window. This is fine in itself, but if I perform another search it will perform that search in the same window as the last search, thereby replacing the page I am looking at...

So. Can you change the form target to "_blank"? That will cause each search to open in a new window. 8)
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Post by korexus » Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:35 pm

TBert, the ads are based on page content in the same way as GMail ads are based on your email. When you're emailing about WoK that should make for a large cross over.

Mullog, done. I hope Google don't mind me changing their code, but it's not as though I've changed the functionality at all...


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Post by Dragonette » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:01 pm

i find the new window a bit annoying as i have a google task bar up top anyway.

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Post by korexus » Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:06 pm

Dragonette wrote:i find the new window a bit annoying as i have a google task bar up top anyway.
Well, it's not as though you have to use it. It's just there if you want to.

I'm not sure why having the google toolbar (or similar) installed would make the new search box "annoying". Is it in the way? - I can change the position and, to an extent, the size if need be.


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Post by Hryllantre » Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:40 pm

I use the Google search box for all my searches now, every penny helps. It doesn't interfere with any other aspect of WOK and imho is small enough to go unnoticed, it doesn't actually increase the length of any page format within WOK therefore isn't obtrusive...

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Post by Lardmaster » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:48 pm

I was freaked out by my results coming back in black but I think it's quite funky now :D
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Post by korexus » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:05 pm

Well, we've had the ads and search on site for 2 and a half months now. Today we went past $15 earned. Not going to make our fortune, obviously, but that works out about the same as a person using a WoK subdomain which isn't bad for free!



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