Thanks to everyone's generous donations, we're good for a bit. But I do anticipate a point where I'll have to absorb the bill.
So... I'm looking very seriously at adding advertisements to the site.
At least at the moment, I think I'm going to go with Project Wonderful. A lot of webcomics I enjoy use them and I find none of their ads really obtrusive or annoying. Advertisers bid on spots and their ad runs there for a set period of time. Since we can get 10,000 visitors a month, that could be a lot... or not much at all. I use ad-blockers, though I usually see most of Project Wonderful's ads.
Ad categories I’m looking at are:
- Anime / Manga / Comics
- Books / Literature / Writing
- Comics: Webcomics
- Films & TV
- Games & Gaming
- Hobbies & Crafts
- T-shirts & Apparel
Ads will need to be safe for work or school, so no porn or other NSFW stuff so everyone can still surf the site without being flashed naughty bits. If you go to their Explore Advertising page, you can view their available ad categories under "sizes and categories." I’m trying to be broad, in case any of you want to advertise your stuff. Do these look okay?
Secondly, positions. Ads need to be in places they'll be seen often, but not obtrusive or annoying to you guys. This weekend I'll put up placeholders with marked with a letter so I can put them up for a vote.
Sorry, guys. I wish we could keep operating ad-free, but I just don't know that I can afford this.