Dracula’s Cave is now Ad Free!
Over the past week or so I’ve been looking into a few ways to move the site forward, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s in everyone’s best interests if all advertisements in their entirety were permanently removed from Dracula’s Cave.
For those who don’t already know, DC is run on wordpress.com. This is a service I’m almost entirely happy with, although (as I’m sure many other wordpress.com users will agree) it comes with a few restrictions, especially regarding advertising. Currently the only way a user of wordpress.com can make money off the adverts displayed on their site is by using a service called WordAds, which has a minimum traffic threshold that must be reached before it can be activated. They don’t specify the exact number, but whatever it is DC passed, I applied a week ago and was successful, so a big thank you to all you readers!
Anyway, I don’t want to go into the mechanics of WordAds too much, but as wordpress.com was advertising on the site anyway I figured it would be nice to make a small bit of money given the chance. Unfortunately, turning on WordAds resulted in adverts appearing right at the top of homepage, as well as where they had previously been at the bottom of article pages. This also drew to my attention the poor quality of the adverts, which are outsourced to other companies and not directly chosen by WordAds. Not only did they look bad, but they were also misleadingly placed to look as though they were part of the articles.
Now I’d have been fine with high quality, relevant advertisements, which didn’t rely on tricking the viewer into being clicked, but this wasn’t what I was seeing. The customer support at WordAds was exceptionally helpful in clearing up some questions regarding if this could be changed, but it quickly became apparent that the service couldn’t provide what I was looking for. That’s when I decided it would be best to stop WordAds and pay £20 to install the No Ads plugin to remove all adverts from the site.
So DC won’t be making me rich anytime soon, but I like it better that way. I’ve added a donation button to the sidebar for anyone who likes what they see and feels like supporting the site. Also I’m going to look into adding relevant affiliate links at the bottom of some reviews (I’m already affiliated with Play-Asia which is wonderfully ironic considering how much I complain about them). I’ll never use these to push products, but if you’re going to buy something anyway, please consider helping the site out at the same time.
That’s about all for now, please enjoy your stay at Dracula’s Cave.