Please consider registering
Guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Advertisements
18 February 2021
8.16pm
Avatar
The Hole Got Fixed
A Dock at Southampton
Moderator

Moderators
Forum Posts: 8309
Member Since:
27 November 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I’ve been getting these pop-up ads today – first time I’ve seen them here. Anybody else having ads pop up that you have to close?

pop-up-ad.JPGImage Enlarger

 

edit: on PC as well as mobile, I should add.

#AppleHoley2024: Make America Great For The First Time
2016 awards: Username-Badge.png 2017 awards: The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2017.png 2018 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2018.png 2019 awards: Ringo-2019.png 2020 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2020.png
aus-flag-v-small.png

18 February 2021
8.28pm
Avatar
sitting_on_a_cornflake
A Beginning
Members
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
4 February 2021
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Yep. I’ve only got one today and I already hate them. paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

The following people thank sitting_on_a_cornflake for this post:

The Hole Got Fixed, Richard
18 February 2021
8.32pm
Avatar
Richard
North of England
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 3166
Member Since:
6 May 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The Hole Got Fixed said
I’ve been getting these pop-up ads today – first time I’ve seen them here. Anybody else having ads pop up that you have to close?

pop-up-ad.JPGImage Enlarger

edit: on PC as well as mobile, I should add.
  

I got one (for the first time) a few minutes ago – on PC.

The following people thank Richard for this post:

The Hole Got Fixed

And in the end

The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

uk-flag-v-small-3.png

19 February 2021
9.41am
Avatar
sigh butterfly
Sea of Green (near the Golden Gate)
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 2934
Member Since:
10 June 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

This Hello Goodbye themed ad played several times during the Super Bowl. It features lots of hand clapping. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

ab_channel=Mercari%3AYourMarketplace

You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

22 February 2021
8.12am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 5257
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

The Hole Got Fixed said
I’ve been getting these pop-up ads today – first time I’ve seen them here. Anybody else having ads pop up that you have to close?

pop-up-ad.JPGImage Enlarger

 

edit: on PC as well as mobile, I should add.

  

Sorry – this is the last thing I want. I’ll see if I can block popup ads altogether. 

The following people thank Joe for this post:

Richard, The Hole Got Fixed

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes
Or buy my paperback/ebook! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

Don't miss The Bowie Bible – now live!

27 February 2021
7.20am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 5257
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

OK, it seems that Google was running an experiment on my site, targeting a percentage of visitors and showing them popups in-between occasional page loads.

I’ve turned off the experiments so hopefully it won’t happen again (at least until Google decides to auto-enrol me again).

It did increase my revenue, which was obviously welcome, but I generally dislike popup ads (known as vignettes) so I disabled them. Ads are a bit of a necessary evil to keep this site going, so many thanks to everyone not using an ad-blocker.

The following people thank Joe for this post:

Ahhh Girl, The Hole Got Fixed

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes
Or buy my paperback/ebook! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

Don't miss The Bowie Bible – now live!

1 March 2021
2.46am
Avatar
meanmistermustard
Here when I am. Not when I am not.
Moderator
Members

Reviewers


Moderators
Forum Posts: 23965
Member Since:
1 May 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Not going to lie, I have ad blocker as I detest being forced to see ads for garbage I have no interest in, so many also pop up and leave boxes open which I’m not wanting. @Joe, I would happily pay a few quid a month to go premium or whatever it’s called and pay you directly to not have ads if that became an option (some forums do have that option).

Is the Amazon link one I can bookmark and use as my normal route or do I have to come on here, find a link and then click on it?

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris)

1 March 2021
7.20am
Avatar
Ahhh Girl
sailing on a winedark open sea
Moderator

Moderators

Members

Reviewers
Forum Posts: 20249
Member Since:
20 August 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have the link bookmarked, @meanmistermustard.

I moved your post from the meta thread to this one.

The following people thank Ahhh Girl for this post:

meanmistermustard
17 March 2021
9.08am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 5257
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I don’t think it’s viable to set up an ad-free version of the site (though if I won the jackpot on the National Lottery or Euromillions I would remove all ads immediately). It’s a nice idea but I don’t think keeping two versions of the site in sync is possible (WordPress uses MySQL databases and I’d have to use the same one for two installations, which would cause numerous headaches).

If everyone used adblockers I’d have to close the site, but at the moment enough people don’t, so that keeps the site afloat. Thank you all. I know ads are a nightmare, and *nobody* likes them.

@meanmistermustard you’ve helped me more than enough over the years, so don’t sweat it. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

The following people thank Joe for this post:

Ahhh Girl, Richard, The Hole Got Fixed

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes
Or buy my paperback/ebook! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

Don't miss The Bowie Bible – now live!

17 March 2021
10.45pm
Avatar
sir walter raleigh
In our yellow (IN OUR YELLOW) submarine (SUBMARINE AHA!)
Apple rooftop
Members
Forum Posts: 5545
Member Since:
26 January 2017
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I’ve got adblocker disabled, and just saw an ad for the guitar that I own, and a guitar I’ll never be able to afford. not the best ad. 

"The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles!"

-Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues

"We could ride and surf together while our love would grow"

-Brian Wilson, Surfer Girl

18 March 2021
4.58am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 5257
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

One day you’ll get that guitar. I believe in you, brother paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

The following people thank Joe for this post:

sir walter raleigh

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes
Or buy my paperback/ebook! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

Don't miss The Bowie Bible – now live!

18 March 2021
5.56pm
Avatar
The Hole Got Fixed
A Dock at Southampton
Moderator

Moderators
Forum Posts: 8309
Member Since:
27 November 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Anybody got a spare Beatle lying around?

buy-beatles.JPGImage Enlarger

The following people thank The Hole Got Fixed for this post:

Ahhh Girl

#AppleHoley2024: Make America Great For The First Time
2016 awards: Username-Badge.png 2017 awards: The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2017.png 2018 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2018.png 2019 awards: Ringo-2019.png 2020 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2020.png
aus-flag-v-small.png

1 July 2021
5.55am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 5257
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi, quick announcement. With regret, I’ve added vignette ads to the site. They’re the ones that appear between page loads, basically pop-unders.

I tried to avoid adding them because I don’t really like them, but I’ve got a tax bill looming which I’m struggling to pay. If my site traffic rises, or ad rates go up, I’ll remove the ads again.

My earnings are still way down as a result of Covid. A lot of companies slashed their marketing/ad budgets when it looked like the world might be ending, and my income halved overnight. Although the ad rates have gone up a little since, they’re still way lower than they were pre-2020. It sucks, but there we are. The world doesn’t owe me a living, and I’m lucky to write about music full time. But I do need to monetise all of this to feed my kids and pay my mortgage (I’m a single parent nowadays, but let’s not go into that now), and frankly it’d be nice to not worry about money all the time. So please accept my apologies and thanks.

The following people thank Joe for this post:

The Hole Got Fixed, Richard

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes
Or buy my paperback/ebook! Riding So High – The Beatles and Drugs

Don't miss The Bowie Bible – now live!

1 July 2021
6.12am
Avatar
The Hole Got Fixed
A Dock at Southampton
Moderator

Moderators
Forum Posts: 8309
Member Since:
27 November 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Joe – I can cope having to take 0.5 seconds out of my day to close an ad if it means it’s a better source of income for you. a-hard-days-night-ringo-15heart

The following people thank The Hole Got Fixed for this post:

Joe

#AppleHoley2024: Make America Great For The First Time
2016 awards: Username-Badge.png 2017 awards: The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2017.png 2018 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2018.png 2019 awards: Ringo-2019.png 2020 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2020.png
aus-flag-v-small.png

1 July 2021
8.18am
Avatar
Ahhh Girl
sailing on a winedark open sea
Moderator

Moderators

Members

Reviewers
Forum Posts: 20249
Member Since:
20 August 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I can’t wait to see what ads I’ll get. I’ve figured out this VPN magic so now I get UK ads. Maybe I’ll change countries every so often to see how the ads change.

And, remember to use the Amazon and iTunes links that help Joe and the kiddos out.

The following people thank Ahhh Girl for this post:

Joe, Rube
16 September 2021
7.39am
Avatar
The Hole Got Fixed
A Dock at Southampton
Moderator

Moderators
Forum Posts: 8309
Member Since:
27 November 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Particularly well targeted one this evening…

ad.PNGImage Enlarger

The following people thank The Hole Got Fixed for this post:

Ahhh Girl

#AppleHoley2024: Make America Great For The First Time
2016 awards: Username-Badge.png 2017 awards: The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2017.png 2018 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2018.png 2019 awards: Ringo-2019.png 2020 awards:The-Hole-Got-Fixed-2020.png
aus-flag-v-small.png

16 September 2021
8.32am
Avatar
Richard
North of England
Rishikesh
Members
Forum Posts: 3166
Member Since:
6 May 2018
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Joe said
Hi, quick announcement. With regret, I’ve added vignette ads to the site. They’re the ones that appear between page loads, basically pop-unders.

I tried to avoid adding them because I don’t really like them, but I’ve got a tax bill looming which I’m struggling to pay. If my site traffic rises, or ad rates go up, I’ll remove the ads again.

My earnings are still way down as a result of Covid. A lot of companies slashed their marketing/ad budgets when it looked like the world might be ending, and my income halved overnight. Although the ad rates have gone up a little since, they’re still way lower than they were pre-2020. It sucks, but there we are. The world doesn’t owe me a living, and I’m lucky to write about music full time. But I do need to monetise all of this to feed my kids and pay my mortgage (I’m a single parent nowadays, but let’s not go into that now), and frankly it’d be nice to not worry about money all the time. So please accept my apologies and thanks. 

Thank you for everything that you do on the Beatles Bible.

I normally use adblocker software, but I always have it specifically turned off (i.e. all adverts shown) for this website.

The following people thank Richard for this post:

Joe, Rube, sir walter raleigh

And in the end

The love you take is equal to the love you make

 

uk-flag-v-small-3.png

Forum Timezone: America/Chicago
Most Users Ever Online: 700
Currently Online: MrMrsChubb
Guest(s) 1
Top Posters:
Starr Shine?: 16069
Ron Nasty: 11582
Zig: 9832
50yearslate: 8722
Necko: 7955
AppleScruffJunior: 7480
parlance: 7111
mr. Sun king coming together: 6403
Mr. Kite: 6147
trcanberra: 6064
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 88
Members: 2683
Moderators: 5
Admins: 1
Forum Stats:
Groups: 3
Forums: 44
Topics: 5057
Posts: 361451
Newest Members:
RIMBAUDIDDLEY, nyjoe, Serg, Serg D, dhtaber
Moderators: Joe: 5257, meanmistermustard: 23965, Ahhh Girl: 20249, Beatlebug: 17671, The Hole Got Fixed: 8309
Administrators: Joe: 5257