We have had a donate trough paypal button before but that proved to be rather unsuccesfull. Since then however we’ve grown enourmously so we are thinking about organizing a donation campaign this summer / fall.
That campaign will have a clear target goal and we’ll probably organize one every year to cover all of our costs during the year. If a campaign like that proves to be succesfull the ads will disappear.
As one of you stated the google ads tend to be rather discrete and I actually find them usefull at times! Unfortunately I can’t click on the google ads on elysiun myself and neither can I tell you guys to do so.
We’ll just see how this works out.
I would like to be as open as possible towards you guys about the earnings we get from these ads and how it is spend. So I’ll be sure to post with more news on that in a couple of weeks.
Currently the server costs are $100 USD per month and then there are some additional costs like domain names, server support, etc
Well today it seems to be working great, $27 sofar but we’ll have to take a look how this works in the long run. In a few months we can actually say how usefull these ads are to people and how much money they make us.
If the google ads turn out to be too profitable we’ll have to think about what we’ll do with the extra money. Either donate it to the Blender Foundation or donate prizes and such to contest winners.
In any case it looks as if these ads have a chance of surviving here, since feedback sofar has been positive and earnings seem to be fine.
I’ll just note: dont tell people to click the ads to help elysiun. it’s againts the ToS of google and could result in no money.
It’s been added to elysiun, so if you see an adv you like /interested in: click it. In the end of the day there is somone on the other end paying for advertisement /possible customers not for people to click random links =)
Prizes sound like a cool idea. Pay for the site, build up a reserve for future upgrades, donate some to Blender Foundation and make the rest a cash prize for some modeling contest, or split it between a couple contests. Now that would be cool.
One thing I’m noticing, Timothy, is that the links, when clicked, don’t open in a new browser window (target=_blank) like other hyperlinks within posts do (under IE, at least.) You might want to think about doing this, so users don’t click away from elYsiun, if you’re able to.