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[Jan. 15th, 2009|06:37 am]
When did LiveJournal start having ads everywhere all the time, even though I've never opted in to them? Note that these ads only show up when I am NOT logged in, so they may have been there a long time. I like the aggregation of content that livejournal provides, but 3 separate banner ads is too much for me to feel good about supporting.

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[User Picture]From: enth
2009-01-15 04:43 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: unkle_social
2009-01-15 06:15 pm (UTC)
What he said. The only ads I see are on Facebook.
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[User Picture]From: mrsmalkav
2009-01-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
did you have a paid account that expired recently or something?

"only show up when I am NOT logged in" -- ah, indeed.

been there for a while -- a couple years ago.

Edited at 2009-01-15 04:55 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: canarasekal
2009-01-15 10:34 pm (UTC)

Ads and CS

For what it's worth, I have no ads. Also, I obviously don't speak a foreign language called "CS".
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[User Picture]From: clipdude
2009-01-16 03:26 am (UTC)
What’s sad is that they’ve abandoned their previous business model—which was profitable—in which paid accounts were the sole revenue source.
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[User Picture]From: roninspoon
2009-01-16 06:04 pm (UTC)
I think the only reason that model was profitable was because they found a sucker to buy the whole company. From what I gather, no one has really ever found a way to successfully monetize LJ.
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From: mlissner
2009-02-04 09:31 am (UTC)

That seems odd...

They're number 46 on Alexa top global sites. Seems like they should have plenty of money coming in.
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[User Picture]From: pmb
2009-02-04 03:50 pm (UTC)

Re: That seems odd...

Not at all. It was built without any idea of how to realize profit from it, and they have the most complicated MySQL setup on the planet. LJ serves the absolute worst demographic for most money making online schemes: cheap, Internet-savvy, college students. These people have no money, and are the most inclined to be ad-blind.

LJ has limped along for a while without losing too much money, but it was never a big profit anything.
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