advertising

Hey all I saw the dot matrix and the led but I want to build a colored screen like the advertising in a football game with multi colore then who can help me ?

Topic by AntiRules 11 years ago


Advertisment is ...

What is that look at that image. Is seems that the advertisement is wrong.

Topic by ReCreate 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Advertisements

You see, i relized that there is no place to put up adds for your 'ibles. so, i'm creating a place to advertise your 'ible, and talk about, adds

Topic by E-R-IC 10 years ago


Advertisements

I really don't like the new banner ads that spontaneous unroll themselves over what I'm viewing. Please reconsider their use.

Topic by RadBear 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Advertisements

Some of these new ads are incredibly obnoxious.  When I came to the site today, I was greeted with a rather loud recording of "Wouldn't It Be Nice", that wouldn't go away until I managed to find the tiny gray X on a slightly lighter gray bar, on the bottom of the screen.  Now there's one from the Washington Sports Club that expands to three times its normal size whenever I mouseover it - and it's right below the topic bar.  This is obnoxious; if these horribly intrusive advertisements continue, I will definitely stop using this site.  I've been a fan for years, but this is just too much. ...and now that I look around a bit more, that expanding ad is on just about every single page.  Get rid of it, please.

Topic by aklyatne 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Advertising on Instructables

One thing that has really annoyed me lately is that when you search an istructable half of the page is taken up by ads. I used to be able to look through 20 or so pages but now I have to look through 30 or 40 and it has really slowed down my computer. I was wondering if there is anything you can do to stop this. I liked how it used to be up in the top out of the way but now I don't go on this site as much because it really annoys me.

Topic by Redneck2 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables? or advertisements??

I just noticed an "instructable" on patching cracks in concrete, posted not by an individual, but by a corporation, Sackrete, which advertises on this website. I happen to like Sackrete products, and appreciate that this company produces videos to instruct its customers, BUT... this seems to violate the spirit of this website! Is it not dubious to allow advertisers to promote their products in the same format as those videos contributed by regular folks? Anybody want to enlighten me on this?

Question by mrchuck2000 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Featured advertisements?!?

Here's something I haven't seen before:  the "pro-only" ad for Adafruit's discounts has a Featured banner in the upper right corner!  Even the Instructables Card Game ad doesn't have that banner.  Is this something new for "blessed" in-house ads?  Or a bug?  Or what?

Topic by kelseymh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Questionable advertisements?

Given the apparent demographics of Instructables users, do you think perhaps inline advertisements that read "Don't click unless you're 18" (with no other indication of content type, and in flash so you can't even see the destination URL) MIGHT be a bit ... inappropriate? This particular ad linked to some sort of "love compatibility horoscope" service (bites tongue), so it could have been worse; I'm mostly complaining about the STYLE of ad.

Topic by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Advertise-ible?

I have an rss feed from -ible to my reader. I've noticed that there are lots of -ibles that seem like thinly veiled ads.  They talk about a secific 'brand' to solve a problem which I think makes the whole point of the site useless. Is this just because the website can't screen it, is within the guidelines or is a revenue stream for the site. I'm fine with anything, just as long as I can expect as such.

Topic by fefrie 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Advertising Instructables

Next week is my school's annual "Activities Week". On Tuesday, I'll be taking thirty kids paint-balling, but for the rest of the week I'll be making my Paper Catapult with my groups, and using Heed as a target (they're going to try and knock his head off).Because the kids keep asking me where I get my stuff from, I will be displaying adverts for this site all week (I usually have one stuck in the window of my lab door, but this one will be copied up to A3 and stuck on the wall over the instructions display).I thought you'd like it, maybe to put up a version at work, in your neighbourhood or at school. It's only a Word document, but it does the trick.

Topic by Kiteman 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Are Instructables advertisments random ?

I always thought it would be awesome to see one of my Intructables  at the home page. Are these chosen by ratings or added by the creators ?

Question by Quest for Questions 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


The Best Advertisment EVER

I was sincerely moved to buy their products. Image (couldnt upload for some reason :/)

Topic by Rotten194 10 years ago


A post that is blatantly an advertisement

Sorry to post this here, but there is no other way to bring this to the site managers' attention. This post, https://www.instructables.com/id/Designer-Prom-Dresses-Prom-Dresses-2013/, is an advertisement for the posting organization, and not an 'ible at all.

Topic by WriterChick 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


popup flash advertisements

I know instructables needs advertisements to stay afloat, and I'm fine with that.  But that popup flash-ad for san luca, from rovion.com is horrible.  I mean god awful.  It's the type of thing that drives people away from websites, and causes them to install flash-blockers and ad-blockers. When we do that, instructables doesn't get ad revenue, and that's bad. So please, for the love of God, Bob, Steve, or whoever your deity is, get rid of them, so we can support your site by seeing the normal adds, and even clicking on them occasionally.

Topic by Kyle_S 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


LED Display for advertising

Hi,I recently enter a company for making LED displays for adverstising. It's really hard ot make clear how it works. Anyone experienced can teach me about it,that's wonderfuly thanks a million!

Topic by ght-LEDdisplay 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Religious and/or advertising policy? Answered

What is the policy regarding religious instructables? What is the policy regarding advertising in instructables? Is my recent instructable a violation of instructables.com policy: (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-Twitter-to-Connect-with-Victory-Baptist/)? A comment on my recent instructable (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-Twitter-to-Connect-with-Victory-Baptist/) raised a concern with inappropriate content. I haven't been able to find anything yet in the Terms and Conditions statement...where else can I look?

Question by MiltReynolds 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Creative Advertising that Works

When the first ad for Sony's Bravia came out I loved it. It was set in my city of San Francisco and the sheer beauty of seeing hundreds of thousands of bouncy balls going everywhere was amazing. I forwarded the link to lots of friends and we all talked about it. I still watch my old 20" CRT at home for movies, but I do have a soft spot for Bravia should I ever decide that I really and truly need a big HDTV, which isn't likely any time soon.So when the second ad came out I was thrilled. It had exploding paint and colors, but it lacked the magic. It felt forced and the fact that elements were digitally removed took away the handmade quality that really helped the first one connect.Yesterday, the third one was released online. I think it's a step back in the right direction. I highly encourage you to check out the official link, but here's a youtube version with crappier color.What do you think? If you haven't seen the other ads, check them out first. So here's the order: - bouncy ball ad from 2005 - paint ad from 2006 - bunny ad from 2007

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Ace advertising has got to go

The Ace advertising has got to go.  every time you change pages....and with a timer?  Come on!  Cut my visit to Instructables short today because of them.  Not a happy camper.

Topic by markmc99 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How much do you think instructables.com makes a year?

How about boingboing.net?, make magazine? name your favorite blog here I'm kinda clueless on web statistics, traffic counting, demographics etc but I find it amazing. Anyone know roughly what a few popular websites make? thanks

Topic by FreakCitySF 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables without instructions?

I am rather disappointed that I am finding instructables that point to websites.  I think Instructables is getting desparate if peope post something here, without proper instructions(intentionally left out) and then feature it. Perhaps it is an accepted process here now, in which case such instructables are not to blame but merely a symptom, or perhaps misperception on my part, of what the purpose of this site is for. Case in point: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-New-Workbench/ I don't mind if you create an instructable, put up all the directions, and then also point to your site.  But to put up, not even half, of the instructions and then point to your site seems dissapointing, if not misleading to me.  This is a dangerous slope from people who "share what they do and how they do it" to a company simply advertising to get other people to their own site. I am the only one who feels like this?

Topic by DragonDon 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Account advertising LED products

I stumbled across an account that authored several ibles, all seeming to be advertisements for LED products.

Topic by adamjoe86 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Does Costco have a advertising slogan?? Answered

Need answer

Question by popcorn4lunch 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Adverising complaint

Hi, First I want to make it clear love this site. I have no complaints about the site or the instructables in it. My issue is the advertising. I understand that advertising pays for the site and I have no problem with that either. But I am currently getting bombarded with "Vote Conservative" ads. Not good. Advertising products is fine, but politics is a bit inappropriate. I figure that the ads are from a third-party advertising group so it's not the fault of instructables.com, but you might want to have a word with the people supplying the advertising since this sort of thing can really put people off. Especially when it's one-sided like this.

Topic by Jaguar_Pryde 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Instructable disguised as a product advertisement? Answered

All the steps explain how to use the product after purchase... I may be wrong, but, why is that even allowed here? It was also featured in the last Instructables Email that I got.... I just don't get it. Here's the instructable Additional Note: It seems that almost (if not) all, the ibles by that author are showing how to use the same "product" in another way. Doesn't that just open the door to every marketing department out there to get free product advertising??? (Seriously, think about all the ible's with Fitz's giving yet another use for the smart chop...) 

Question by canucksgirl 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


LED Light Box

Normally, a light box uses fluorescent lamps (e.g. 36 watts Philips Lamp) and electronic ballasts to emit light. However, it consumes too much electricty and the life of lamps is short. Therefore, I would like to replace fluorescent lamps with LEDs.

Question by richardkartono 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


product advertisements disguised as instructables

I have come across a number of  instructables by people or groups selling a product or pushing for support for a particular product under development. Fair game, if they try to help to do something, but instead they preface their "problem solution" with the need to buy such and such piece of equipment. I have no problem with this approach, but sure wish such instructables  would be identified as "promotional instructables."  or at least be identified  at the beginning of the instructable as showing how this specific product is the answer to an identified intractable problem.

Topic by cobourgdave 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Secret traffic analysis hanging up I'bles Web pages?

I am apparently unable to upload images to my library, and I'bles Web pages also show an indefinite "loading" condition. This has been going on for several days now. It seems like there are some stupid "hidden embedded images" from traffic analysis firms that are hanging things up. I currently see "Waiting for pixel.quantserve.com..." on one tab (this one!), "Transferring data from beacon.scorecardresearch.com..." on another tab (my image upload attempt), and the nefarious "Waiting for ad.doubleclick.net..." on two others.

Topic by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wrote a business-related Instructable - is it spam?

Hi guys, I'm interning for a solar panel reseller and I just wrote an Instructable that introduces you to the basic fundamentals of home solar: What you need to buy, what you need to consider, and what you need to watch out for. There's inline links to our store pages, and "Additional Reading" links to our learning pages. That said, I'm confident that it's a well-written, informative introduction. Furthermore, I'm confident that besides the links, you can read through the whole thing without feeling like it's biased or hitting you over the head about going to our website. I'd hate to make a bad impression here - It'd be nice to keep doing articles like this. Before I publish this, can anyone let me know if it's too offensive? And if you have any suggestions about it, that'd be nice too! Thanks! https://www.instructables.com/id/EIPO8NUGAA0F501/

Topic by DIY Solar Jon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Instructables unusable on an iPad unless logged in.

Instructables is unusable on the iPad due to advertisement redirects constantly taking you to a new page. Horrible “Congratulations!!!! You won an Amazon or Walmart Gift Card! Pop ups and redirects. Please fix! This happens in Chrome or Safari in multiple IOS versions. This has been happening for several weeks now.

Topic by Frankincell 1 year ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Autoplaying ads

The new site design is quite nice, though I didn't have any issue with the old site. However, I have a real big problem with one feature of the new site. The auto-playing advertising videos are annoying! Not only is this rude, but it violates the rules of web design 101. It's just bad form. Viewers should always have the choice whether to start media or not. It's particularly annoying when you're logged in as a paid Pro user. Please fix this and the new site will be great. Thanks!

Topic by Tachyon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Links for products

Does Anyone know if I can place a link in my tutorial listing page here on instructables. I am a new member. Please let me know Kimberly

Topic by klady3818 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I include a link to my blog or website at the end of my instructable?

I love instructables. I wouldn't want to take advantage of a public forum like this, so I have a question about etiquette: can I post a link to my blog/website at the end of my instructable?

Topic by karenelisam 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can I make a video for my site like they sell at livefaceonweb.com?

This looks like a nice addition to SOME websites (not sites that people may visit at work or school because the sounds may get them in some hot water). But, the prices for some of this stuff can go over $3,000 for a 5 minute video of 1,000 words or less. Is there any way that I can do this myself for less?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Instructables just to promote other websites?

I noticed that the amount of so called "video only" Instructables has reached annoying numbers. Might be alone with my opinion but when I check some of those Ibles just containing a single line of text and a video I fail to see the point. Further checking usually shows the video is advertised on many other sites in a similar way. Only goal is to get as much hits on Youtube and such, making money. IMHO Instructables is about making things but not about dumping single video files. If that is a goal for this website than at least these Instructables should be moved out of the normal area and into a video only section. And if someone simply posts videos only to promote his channel than it should be considered to remove those Instructables as I consider them advertising but not a real Instructable. What do you guys think?

Question by Downunder35m 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Instructables.com in The Snippet

Hi, Just to let you know we have featured your website under the Web of Wonder section in The Snippet. The Snippet is a free weekly 5 minute upbeat read with no bad news. 2000 copies are distributed in each of 4 areas in the UK at the moment.

Topic by thesnippet 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is affiliate marketing on instructables possible???

So as I've cruised the ibles you've all made, I've seen some impressive ones I've delved into. Of these I've noticed on the part list section some of you have added your recommendations on where to go to get such items required for the product. Often these items can be found online and a link is provided to go there. Not bad for the company being advertised, can't complain about free marketing. My question, is affiliate marketing on instructables possible? Go to SFHandyman's ible, "LeGummies brick shaped gummy candies", you will notice a link that takes you to an online store that will provide you with the necessary ingredient (so long as you email them) found on his ible. I'm guessing they're making a bit more in profits since this popular ible has surfaced, shouldn't he be making a commission on this? I dont know the details involved, so if anyone knows anything on this and how it can be done, I'm sure others would like to know as well.

Question by Nando_Kommando 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What Ads Go Away If I Upgrade to a Pro Membership?

All of the content on Instructables is freely available. An Instructables Pro Membership gives you more convenient access to that content, with fewer advertisements. Here are the types of ads that appear on each of our membership levels: No Instructables Membership (free) There are fours ads on each step of an Instructable: a 728x90 ad, a 300x250 ad in the upper right, and two 300x250 ads between the step's image and the links to the other steps. We call these our leaderboard, medium rectangle, and inline medium rectangle ads.  Occasionally, we'll show a 970x250 ad in the leaderboard position or a 300x600 ad in the medium rectangle position, or test other types of ad units with video or other effects.  If you find these intrusive, considering signing up for our free basic membership. Basic Instructables Membership (free) If you sign up for a basic membership, we eliminate all ad units except for the leaderboard and upper right medium rectangle ads.  For example, when viewing the step of an Instructable, the inline medium rectangle ads will not appear. Pro Instructables Membership (paid) If you upgrade to a pro membership, we eliminate indirectly-sold advertising networks, like Google Adsense, from our mix of ads. You will primarily see ads for Instructables projects and any contests we're currently running -- we call these house ads -- and a very limited number of ads from sponsors we think are a really good fit for the site. In addition, you can choose to view all the steps of an Instructable on one page, so the total number of ads drops to two for the entire Instructable. Finally, you can download a PDF version of an Instructable, which has no ads. Why we're willing to remove some of the ads if you sign up for free Most people who sign up for our free basic membership opt to join our twice-weekly newsletter.  Giving us your permission to email you with the best Instructables of the week, reminding you to come back to our site, is more valuable than showing you extra ads.  Maybe you'll even be inspired to post your own Instructable!  We respect your privacy, and do not sell or rent our newsletter email list.  Occasionally we'll include a message from a sponsor in the newsletter, but all emails come from us, and you can completely remove your email address at any time.  Click here to sign up for an Instructables membership and remove ads!

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Instructables in Japanese Advertising Magazine Kohkoku

Instructables, The Cart Bike, 5 Minute Chocolate Cake, The Inverted Bookshelf, and Survival Bracelet are all prominently featured in the April 2010 issue of Kohkoku, a Japanese advertising and lifestyle magazine.

Topic by ewilhelm 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Please remove the auto-start advertisements

I have no issue with your site running advertisements, however ones that run un-solicited audio and video are beyond annoying. Especially when I'm watching a video on a second monitor and looking for project information on your site. They do nothing but get in the way and turn me off as a consumer. Black and Decker make great products, but I have to question their common sense when they force a video for their products down my throat. Thank You -Paul-

Topic by Sprockett 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Advertise your knex guns here!

Hello. Not alot of people viewing your knex guns? Well, Advertise or Promote them HERE! Just make a comment showing a picture of your gun, and a small description of, how far it shoots, does it have a mag, is it a RBG, and so on. So, if you have a KG, (knex gun) want to promote it, then put it here. Have fun, no foul language or harrassing other people, and make your knex guns POPULAR. Have fun, Techdeck30

Topic by Techdeck30 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Advertisers have great parts, how to get listing of current and all previous advertisers?

Where is that one time advertiser with the good gadgets you wanted? Wouldn't it be cool if Instructables made a complete list of all advertisers available to us so we could find that one-time company and buy their items? How many times have you wished you would have clicked on that ad, then you never see it again? Many times for me, many times. Please, Instructables Team, consider giving us the ability to reach out to companies who are no longer running ads with you. I know it seems like unpaid advertising for them, but you can always remind the companies that you have sent them "x" number of customers and this proves they should run ads again with you. Thank you.

Topic by DIY-Guy 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Got any recomendations for webservers,advertising services, ?

Ok so I have been working on a website for a day or two now and I am ready to put advertisements on my website. So I was wondering if you guys and girls knew of any good advertising programs ? My website is called AWASTEOFTIME.CA It consists of a chat room, games, LOTS OF GAMES, and you tube and meta cafe videos. So one of my advertising methods will be meta cafe. And any recomendations on web servers and where to get a domain name. ( free would be nice At the moment i don't care if it ends up to be www.awasteoftime.(companys name here).ca Eventually i will pay for a domain and webspace but I would like to make the project self supported (Hmm i see an instructable in the mere future)) So what do you guys use for your websites ?

Topic by littlechef37 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Walking LED Billboard

Hi Instructable Members! I was hoping someone can help me with a project for a business, which in turn will help others with their businesses or give ideas to other members. In this down economy, we need all the help we can get and rather than ask for a handout out from the government it is up to each and everyone of us to make our own way. Okay, enough of the preaching, let's get a teaching! My request is for information on constructing a internally lit, walking billboard. This is to advertise a walking tour business that I would like to start, but it could also be used to advertise other businesses. If you do a quick search on YouTube, you'll see a couple examples of what I'm talking about. Usually these models are pretty big and quite heavy, or should I say, heavier than they ought to be. I've seen them up close and have spoken to guys paid to carry them around here in Las Vegas. I'm told that they are constructed from sheet metal and plexiglass, weigh about 30lbs without the battery and aren't that comfortable. I wanted to make my units lighter and more comfortable, especially since I'll be the one wearing it all day. To do so, I've done a little research and have come up with some of the components to do this. Harness: I plan to use a military backpack frame called a Molle Frame. This is used as an internal structure to hold backpacks. It has several attachment points and is molded to follow the counter of the back. I have already purchased this harness along with the shoulder straps and hip harness. It is quite rugged and I'm sure it hold up to a 100 lbs in equipment. Though I hope my sign will weigh less than 10 lbs. Brace: To attach the billboard to the harness, I'd like to manufacture an aluminum brace. This brace would be constructed from aluminum bar stock and bent in such a way to hold the sign upright. It would be attached to the Molle harness by drilling holes through the aluminum bars and attached via nuts, bolts and washers. Cross braces will be attached to give the brace rigidity. Billboard Construction: (this is where I need help) Rather than making a "light box" from sheet metal, my idea would be to use Coroplast (a plastic type cardboard, typically used in mail containers like the post office uses. These can be found in sheets up to 1" thick. This could be used for the construction of a lightweight "light box" and then covered with black vinyl sheets or even spray painted. A rigid sign poster frame can then be attached to this box to hold a white opaque acrylic sheet. Then the advertisement can be place onto this sheet and then covered by a 3rd clear sheet to protect the advertisement. A quick note: This light box would have and internal skeleton, made of aluminum braces to attach to the brace and support the coroplast "light box" as well as the advertisement frame. Electrical component: (again, help is needed) I'm envisioning using led rope, or leds along the back side of the box to cast out enough light to illuminate the advertisement. Also I failed to mention that along the top of this light box, the front side has to be lit, as it will extend about a foot above my head to advertise toward the people i'm walking toward to. Please search "walking billboards" in YouTube and you'll see what I mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n2RwBbTdjk&feature;=related My unit won't nearly be as large, as I do have to be mobile and be able to maneuver inside casinos without knocking anyone over. So if you choose to accept this mission, I'd greatly appreciate it. Any ideas will be taken under advisement and if they seem to be doable and cost effective, I'll put up the results as a LED Walking Billboard Instructable - Let the creativity flow and the designing begin! Sincerely, ~Elric Leano

Topic by elricleano 7 years ago


Advertise Your Yet To Be Released K'nex Guns

Post pictures of your not yet released k'nex guns here!

Topic by Oblivitus 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


are you aloud to advertise stuff to sell on instructables? Answered

If not, then could you make a option to sell stuff except the seller has to pay a pound or something to put it on the site.

Question by slithien 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


advertise your knex guns soon to be released!

Well i want to show my p90 soon to be released and i want to see all your guns so show me!

Topic by combatknex 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Those video/audio advertisements that start automatically

I usually click through when I get one of your update newsletters, but that's going to have to stop. Recently, when I open almost any Instructables page, a video/audio clip starts automatically. This is problematic when I'm at work and the sound blasts through the whole office. Let me know when you've repented the error of your ways; until then, I can't read Instructables from the computer I spend the most time in front of. Joe

Topic by jdrocci 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


link follow from 'Advertise on Instructables' page

When on the Advertise on Instructables page, there's a section of text after the graph "Instructables offers rich media display ads ... We also offer custom campaigns opportunities that include: highly integrated homepage skins, brand centric contests and newsletter placements". The hyperlink for newsletter doesn't work as intended. When I follow the link the page reloads with the top navigation bar and the channels on the side, with white space where content should be. The title reads "exploring: community_blog", here's the url displayed in my address bar: https://www.instructables.com/tag/category-community_blog/keyword-newsletter/ I think the link should be for the forum category Newsletter Archive: https://www.instructables.com/community?categoryGroup=forums&category;=newsletter_archive, but this also comes back weird. Title bar only, no navagation on the side and small font reading "no topics yet" (But the Newsletter Archive reads as having 99 posts and 93 replies). Using FF 3.6.13

Topic by mikeasaurus 8 years ago


Advertisements and other ways for Instructables to make money

Over the past few months, I've received a number of messages from people asking how Instructables makes money. The context has always been along the lines of "this is so cool, how can I help to keep it going." I think many of us remember the late 90's when all sorts of really cool services (and some not so cool) suddenly emerged on the internet, couldn't figure out how to make money, and promptly disappeared; so, the question is how do we make sure Instructables keeps going. I describe Instructables like this: Instructables is an interactive online magazine about do-it-yourself projects. Next, I mention the wide variety of detailed projects with step-by-step instructions and the strong community. In term of our business, the important part of the description is "magazine." Currently, we make money by selling some of the space on our website to advertisers. There are two types of ads: impression-based and action-based. For impression-based ads, we get paid a certain amount each time an ad appears (called an impression). We try to sell these types of ad ourself, and have some networks that help out, but the important thing is that sales-people are involved and we have to determine the best advertisers to contact. For action-based ads, we get paid a certain amount each time someone clicks on one of the ads. These are the "Ads by Google." These ads are placed algorithmically by Google and we have limited control over which ads show up; there are other systems, but we use Google's Adsense. It's not much of a secret that we're not profitable yet. The amount of money we bring in from selling advertising space doesn't quite cover the costs of keeping the site running. Fortunately, I have some investors who are covering the difference. So, this means the we need to sell more ads, and sell them at a higher price. In a good magazine, the ads are often as much a part of the content as the articles. When I crack open a copy of Kiteboarding Magazine, the ads are gorgeous, remind me of good times at the beach, and show me the latest gear (which I might build myself or buy depending on whether the forecast is for wind this afternoon, or next week...). We strive for the same thing here on Instructables, and it's a work in progress. So, I'd like your thoughts on whose ads we should be running? Which companies, products, or services are a good fit with Instructables? Bonus points will be awarded for answers with companies that already advertise online and where they are currently advertising (getting people who have never advertised online before to make the jump can be difficult). Also, who is advertising on other sites that you visit? In addition to advertisements, we have ideas for a product directory that would have links to our favorite tools, kits, and supplies. Any thoughts on items that should definitely be included in this? Anything else you'd like to see in a product directory?

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago