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Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tw99, May 18, 2018.

  1. Tw99

    Tw99 source last

    All caps chosen on purpose...

    Reading PFM on my phone, every page now starts with an advert that takes up about half the screen. Is that intentional? If so, it's certainly enough to stop me reading PFM on this device.
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Shouldn’t be unmanageably large - Xenforo rescales to mobile devices pretty well IMO. I’ve not changed any settings so nothing should be different from last week, last month or whatever. What phone/screen size are you using?

    PS The adverts are essential, without them there would be no pfm as there is no way it could survive on just trade accounts and a handful of record sales.
  3. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Unfeeeaasibly large on my screen too!


    What is that shit it's trying to sell me, anyway?
  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Obviously not large enough if you can’t tell what it is selling!

    I suspect Google are just trialling a new format and it wouldn’t surprise me if they reverted back to a smaller size within a week or so. Since the XenForo update I have had the ads set to ‘responsive’, which means they scale to the device, rotation and available space. I’ve not seen them this deep before, but its not much of an issue as you oly see them at all on first visit to a thread, if just jumping into read new posts you miss the header unless its a new page, and most folk don’t get as far as the footer. I’ve so far resisted putting mid-page ads like most forums use even though they would likely double (or more) the revenue, so in the grand scheme of things pfm still has a very low advertising footprint.
  5. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    mob' 'phone screen magnifier.
  6. Tw99

    Tw99 source last

    Obviously I understand that ads are needed for revenue, but I do feel they don't need to be that intrusive.
  7. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I get 5,000 new visitors per month now. How much might I make on google adsense? I was thinking of a discrete one like your desktop banner, but not if it does that on mobile.

    More care required on a store, I suspect. If I am buying stuff on a store you can stick your ads up yer jacksy is my thinking.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    They are larger than I expected/intended, but as I say I suspect it is a trial/test by Google and may well not end up like this long-term.

    Indeed. Your product should pay for that kind of site and I’d be put off if it didn’t. Ads are needed for sites like this one where there is no ‘product’ as such but a lot of cost, time and effort is put into running them.
  9. antinchip

    antinchip pfm Member

    I have started getting the huge ads today at the top and bottom of pages. Each takes up half the screen when scrolled to top or bottom. I am using an IPhone 7 Plus.

    Is there a solution or do I need to put up with it until Google desist as Tony suggests?

  10. guey

    guey pfm Member

    It's a vaporizer for the weed you used to grow
    Mr Cat and richardg like this.
  11. Rob998

    Rob998 Scimmia Nordoccidentale

    It's a motorcyclists in helmet HUD thingy. Might possibly be quite accurate targeted marketing Rich. Could you please buy one, then let me know if it's any use? Ta.

    I'm also getting the huge adverts on my phone, they are quite intrusive.
  12. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I can't even see what is going on in this youtube video. You can just about make out the motorbike Honda are trying to promote in the is their objective here? Advertising revenue or selling bikes?

  13. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    That looks really interesting, what is it?
  14. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    Helmet camera

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