Quick Questions for Readers

by Kevin on October 12, 2008

Hey guys, sorry for the lack of posts this weekend. I’ve been watching a lot of football (poor, pathetic Vols) and doing some behind the scenes work on the blog.

Got a couple of quick questions for you all about content and page layout:

  • Do you like the featured stories section on the main page?
  • Does the featured stories section take “too long” to load for you (resulting in frustration)?
  • Would you be interested in a somewhat regular feature on earning some extra cash for signing up for accounts at various institutions that offer bonuses (ING Direct, for example)?
  • Are you for/against advertising on this blog?
  • What kinds of advertising do you hate, what kind do you not mind, etc.?

Just leave your answers to the above questions as comments below. I truly appreciate the help.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an article wrapping up our home search process from last year. Hopefully that series will help someone down the road.

{ 5 comments }

Kimberly October 12, 2008 at 7:10 pm

* Do you like the featured stories section on the main page?
It’s okay with me – I’d keep it, because it’s a good thing for new or irregular visits to see what’s been popular or what you want to highlight, and it gives them somewhere to start and hopefully keep reading. I wouldn’t mind seeing it set off over to the side somehow, but that might defeat the purpose.

* Does the featured stories section take “too long” to load for you (resulting in frustration)?
No, not really. Once or twice maybe, but not enough to get on my nerves.

* Would you be interested in a somewhat regular feature on earning some extra cash for signing up for accounts at various institutions that offer bonuses (ING Direct, for example)?
Hmmm, maybe.

* Are you for/against advertising on this blog?
For it. You’re providing us content that we get for free – I think it’s totally appropriate for you to get some advertising compensation.

* What kinds of advertising do you hate, what kind do you not mind, etc.?
I have pop-up blockers, but I remember how much I hated those type of ads. I don’t like the kind of advertising that’s, what do they call it, pay for post? They pay you to “review” something? Bad.

Mr. ToughMoneyLove October 12, 2008 at 8:38 pm

As for the featured stories – it takes up too much prime real estate. I would prefer to see a list of the stories in a side bar.

Not interested in cash for account sign up.

Advertising is fine – just stay away from the debt relief plan and payday loan crap.

Paige October 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

1. Yes.
2. No.
3. No.
4. For
5. Absolutely hate – Things that start an audio as soon as the page loads.
Absolutely Hate – When Ads are disguised as regular content and too close to other clickables.
Hate – Pop ups that pop
Okay with everything else.

Jin6655321 October 12, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Regarding the Feature Stories:
It looks cool and makes your site look more professional than a lot of other PF blogs. Honestly though, I don’t really pay any attention to it. I agree, it does take up valuable space and, for me at least, it does this weird thing where gets transposed on top of the top part of the text for a few sec. The only time I look at “featured stories” or “top posts” on blogs is if I just discovered it, enjoyed the posts on the first few, and is interested in getting a better feel for the blog and it’s blogger. I would suggest putting it off to the side.

Regarding posts on earning extra cash:
No.

Regarding Ads:
It’s obvious you put a lot of thought and effort into this blog and you are more than entitled to make some money off your work. I really like your ad placements. They’re noticeable but not obtrusive or annoying. Besides the ones already mentioned, I’m also not a fan of ads placed in the middle of a post, between posts, between the heading and the post, and ads placed right on top of the header. The more ads I see on a blog, the less “personal” it starts to feel.

My opinion of a blog changes based on how many ads are placed. I’ve stopped reading blogs because the blogger chose to go a bit ad crazy. The way I see it, if the blogger decided to profit off their blog by placing millions of ads everywhere, they’re making money off of me, therefore they should deliver a higher level of content. I mean, I’m not going to put up with a whole bunch of ads just to read about how someone blew their grocery budget by $15 this month, or another posts about coupon clipping and saving money on gas by driving the speed limit, you know?

I’m not referring to your blog, btw. I think your blog has well written posts and, like I said, the ads are not at all intrusive. If you decided to add a few more ads, I don’t think anyone would notice.

philip October 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

Do you like the featured stories section on the main page?
I don’t like the featured stories thing, it always spreads out and stacks them for a while, then moves stuff around, it makes the whole page jumpy when I am just checking for a new article. Since it is rather infrequently updated it does not do much for regular readers.

Does the featured stories section take “too long” to load for you (resulting in frustration)?
Yep

Would you be interested in a somewhat regular feature on earning some extra cash for signing up for accounts at various institutions that offer bonuses (ING Direct, for example)?
Never hurts, but it is rare that I sign up for something like that on a spur of the moment, I usually think about what I want and then end up googling it if needed.

Are you for/against advertising on this blog?
The current advertisments are pretty standard and unobtrusive. Inline ads and sponsored posts are both bad.

Keep up the well written and unique articles and you will grow. I know that I get different information here than I see at lots of the other blogs. Not everyone is still looking for the same ‘ol stuff again.

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