2009-09-22 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, "you can skip this post if you'd like" is stifling dissent? It's
Socialism Fascism Socialism!
I'd be interested in this feature if I had enough people on my f'list to make it worth while. I've got 100 friends on my f'list, a fair number of them are paid users. Guesstimating maybe ~70 free users. I'm not clear on if the ads will show up on friends pages. If not, then a lot of those friends wouldn't even see the ads in the first place. So, I can't imagine I'd get more than a few dollars worth of clicks per year.
I imagine if you've got "Minimize my journal's inclusion in search engine results" enabled then you'd probably see very little search-driven traffic, thus minimizing your ability to earn from AdSense.
Wow, that just killed at least 50% of my inclination to re-up my paid account. Oh LJ, you're special. Hooray for Dreamwidth.
So you'd discontinue to use the service simply because it added a feature which you don't even have to use or see?
So would I have to start posting public entries again?
YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO IT JESUS PEOPLE.
I think that it's a bad idea, but that's just me.
Doesn't mean that you HAVE to do it! Christ!
Is this feature available on a community you maintain, or just private journals? Obviously one gets more traffic than the other.
I'll give you ten dollars if you rake my leaves.
If we're paid and don't opt in, we still don't have to see them, right? =\
That is correct. You only see these ads if you opt into the program yourself by turning on the checkbox. If you don't, then you remain ad-free.
I suspect this is a way to make money off ohnotheydidnt
and high traffic journals like that. Still: what a sleazebag newspeak name for it, why not just "Journal Avertising"?
I wouldn't mind so much if it wasn't called "Your Money" -- such Newspeak crap! It's "Your Advertising" which is not the same thing at all. BE HONEST AT LEAST!
I'm not giving LJ more money for userpics, which I was just about to do.
Hmm, this is an interesting idea. I doubt I'll be using it since my journal is so small, but I don't mind having the option available.
I am curious about something though. In the post it said "LiveJournal does not keep any portion of the generated revenue.". So if this is not a benefit in any way to LJ, why add it? Was this something requested by a large number of users? I'm just wondering.
My guess would be that LJ gets a (slight) kick back for each user that signs up. Because Google's AdSense program doesn't pay out until someone's account reaches $100, which few journals will be able to reach with any speed, it is very beneficial for Google to hold all that money in aggregate, which they can make interest on before they pay out. Additionally, if someone's paid LJ account is cancelled, the FAQ says the Google AdSense account is automatically cancelled, and if there are less than $10 in that account, the user does not get anything back. And, of course, Google makes money on all the ads whether or not a user gets paid back or not. This means that Google can afford to give LiveJournal a small kickback for each journal that signs up with AdSense.
2009-09-22 03:49 am (UTC)
WHAT I NEED TO MODIFY IN MY CUSTOM THEME TO ENABLE ADS?
Why are people all flipping their shit about this??
Yes, you can choose to do it. Or not. If you choose to, only other people who choose to do it as well can see the ads. You are not forcing it on other people who aren't already asking for it.
I am totally filled with nerd rage and disdain about this for reasons I refuse to go into, but rest assured I will be writing a -very- strongly worded letter to my four-person "trusted" filter.
(yes, I know it's OPT-IN, this is just my response)