Blender Artists mainly runs on ad revenue - we spend about EUR 500/month on hosting and other fees and these are covered by our ads, but only just. I see banners as a necessary evil and I’ve been thinking of ways to improve them. My main annoyance is that they’re often just stupid and irrelevant, so one of the things I’d like to try is to set up a ‘Blender ONLY’ ads system that will contain only Blender products and services and things like the Blender Add-ons, Blender Cloud, Dev Fund etc - nothing else.
A first experiment in this direction is the ‘Friends of Blender Artists’ block that I’ve added to the topic view:
This banner will be hidden for our Patreon supporters.
I’ll be measuring the performance of these ads for the next week and then balance it against the feedback I’m getting here to see if this is worth keeping. (To get your product added here, please send me a DM).
Other ideas in the pipeline are offering ‘value added’ services for supporters like a portfolio, access to the ‘Lounge’ forum and more. If you have other features you’d like to see here, please let us know!
To help me collect some data, please answer the following polls:
What is your first impression of these new ads?
- I don’t see them as I use an ad-blocker.
- I think they’re annoying.
- I’m ok with them.
How much would you be willing to donate monthly a to enjoy an ad-free website?
- More then $5
Would you disable your adblocker on Blender Artists if we had ‘Blender ONLY’ advertising?