Ad’s are OK on some Websites

Ad’s are annoying at heck, and I admit I’ve had them on my site before, however not past a certain point. The point of being over whelmed with ads is a very simple and yet wide observation. Here is a list of things to know if your a web developer or any software owner at all.

When are ad’s OK on your website, and when are they not?

  • Ad’s are never OK with any user, so don’t use to many of them. The amount of ads on your website should be an appropriate number such as 3 or 4, no more!
  • Ad’s should never and I mean NEVER slow down a users computer. A good example of poor use of ad’s on a website would be the famous Chris Pirillo’s website. It’s full of clunky and horrible ad’s that not only are annoying but are also placed where you can’t even tell if it’s part of the content or not. This is a horrible way to trick users into thinking your actually providing them with usable content.
  • Pop-ups, this is a widely debated type of ad. When a user loads a webpage or clicks a link to a site, a pop-up launches which is a webpage that sits in the background of your computer or in front of all the users WebPages they may have launched. I suggest you not use pop-ups because that’s just  another reason for a user to not use your site ever again. I’ve seen several friends and family that are just like forget this site, it’s so slow when the reason for the speed of their computer is because the site is trying to open an unwanted pop-ups.

I need ad’s on my website, it’s my only want of income. Where should I place ad’s on my site and how can I use them correctly?

Well first let me tell you there is no correct way to place ad’s on any website but if you must here are some Tips:

  • If the ad’s slow up the users computer then consider those users to of not even seen any of the content of your website before they shut their browser down. Flash and Silverlight ad’s use 3rd party plug-ins to view their content, try avoiding these kind’s of ads. If you must have animation in your ad try just making a simple GIF animation. You can make them using unfreeze GIF animator or even in Adobe Flash.
  • Don’t have to many ad’s on the face of your website. This is a no-no! Your user is more likely going to click an ad if there aren’t many to click and if your site has good content, mainly because they want your site to stay online for them to use again and again.
  • Misplaced ad’s are the worst, most people who misplace ad’s on WebPages or in applications are the people that use to many ad’s on their site in the first place. Please don’t be one of these people. If users and your mother can’t tell the difference between content on the web and the ad’s on your site then you defiantly need to place them in different spots. The sidebar is a nice place to put ad’s but put it at the bottom of everything else and don’t put more than one simple ad there. Maybe a square, but if a skyscraper ad is wanted then do so, just make sure the content is on top.
  • Site headers is a natural place to put ad’s. However putting more than one can start to get tricky. Try only having about one ad at the top of your page, and one at the very bottom of your page.
  • Blogs like to have ads between every post, and this is good because it keeps the blogger blogging and people like us getting useful and good information, however a good way to put ad’s in a blog would be to have one in the header and footer of your pages like I mentioned before but don’t put an ad between each post on your home page. Make the user click the blogs title or link to get to the page where they can only see that one single blog post, then have an ad under the post but on top of the comments.

Anyways, that’s just my opinion on ad’s floating around on the internet so tell me what you like and dislike with ads by leaving a comment below!

Making My Own Username For the Web

On the web almost no one goes by their real name anymore. This is because of privacy, when a person is online they can be anyone they want to be… Say you have a guy named “Bob” and he wants to criticize a blog post of one of his friends. In this situation, he can either tell his friend about his mistakes and risk his friend getting mad at him, or he can leave a comment on his blog via a different username, say “Elvis” perhaps.

Now I’m not saying it’s OK, or you should have a false username but in the situation “Bob” was in, it seemed acceptable. Usernames should be something unique, it should say something about you as a person.For example lets take apart my username “Ryanb58”

Ryan – My real middle name.

B – The first initial of my last name.

58 – A random number I just happen to like a lot at the point of creating my name.

See almost all of the parts of my username have to do with me. So maybe your name is “Eugine” and you want a cooler nick name for the web, in this case maybe don’t use your first name. Do you have a cooler maybe more elegant middle or last name? By all means use it if you do.

Usernames don’t even have to represent you if you don’t want. Say your a republican and your on a democratic website or forum. I’d personally name my self something that people wouldn’t know me as. Like Little-Larry or something. All is fair in the game of politics right?

Maybe you have a cool username or maybe a funny one. Let us know your username in the comments below and maybe explain how you gave yourself that name, don’t be afraid to post your username even if it has nothing to do with you!

Next Products Smart Webcam?

I’m in need of a webcam, one that’s simple and easy to use. One I can plug-in and it work with all my software and web apps. Well today while at menards I can across this quite amazing webcam with 3mp video and pictures for only 10$…. Now remember it was only 10$ so pretty good deal eh?

Well after getting home and pluging it in to my desktop computer I found out very quickly that the label lied. On the packaging it says very plainly that it is compatible with Windows 7 and I tried and tried and ended in failure everytime. I am running 64bit and that might of had something to do with it but I personally am quite angery that this didn’t work with my desktop. I’ve been looking for a good webcam/camera for a while now and this almost pushes my buttons over the edge of the app… 

 If you have a suggestion for a cheap and good camera/webcam or maybe even free, please let me know in the comment below.

iTunes 9.2 bug?

I found a cool little glitch in iTunes 9.2 that you might find weird. If you haven’t already updated your iPod Touch or iPhone to 4.0 yet you may not of realized this yet because iTunes 9.2 isn’t really needed unless you have a device on the 4.0 firmware. The new OS 4 firmware Apple has just released comes with a great feature called folders, in the jailbroken world this app has been around for almost the entire time but just called categories and it has some different UI changes.

I was syncing my iPod Touch 2nd gen that is running OS 4 on the device with my computers iTunes software which was running version 9.2. I was just searching around while it was syncing and went to the applications tab just to check it out. I started to rearrange my applications, when I though about my dock applications. I do not want to have to install “Infinity Dock” or anything so I thought maybe I can just place all my music related applications in a folder and put the icon down in the dock. After doing so, and everything was going OK, I dragged my folder down to the dock and it was just as smooth and peaceful of a process as you’d imagine. Then realizing I had forgotten to put my Pandora application into the folder I though I could just drag the application on top of the “Music” folder icon and just drop it in. To my surprize in iTunes it does not let you do this. It apparently can not recognize the difference between an icon and a folder in the dock.