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Advertising a text based website in 2023

I made a TikTok about the user sponsored Metafilter post that Jessamyn created from my suggestion and I'm posting it here in new thread to help spur ideas about putting this text based website on modern day social media. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 3, 2022 - 15 comments

Testing some new ads from Carbon

You may have noticed: we've just started testing some new ads from Carbon, on the front pages of MetaFilter and Ask MeFi. Please let us know about bugs, issues, etc. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 17, 2018 - 43 comments

What, besides the content of the link, do you consider when posting?

It feels like the internet has changed from a time when some friend might IM you a link to cat-scan.com and you'd think 'I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged in their scanners or why' and post a link to that site to Metafilter. With social media and content aggregators and embeds, the same basic content can appear in a whole lot of different contexts -- you might see it on Facebook's sidebar, or BuzzFeed or Bored Panda or all of the above. So which one do you link to? How much does context matter when the post is supposed to be about the content? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 25, 2017 - 43 comments

Fond farewell to ads from The Deck

Advertising service The Deck, whose ads we've long featured in several spots on MetaFilter, will be shutting down in April. As a result, we'll be removing that ad box, and exploring other ad solutions to make up the revenue. (Don't worry, MetaFilter's okay.) Here's some details. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Mar 29, 2017 - 53 comments

AskMeFi policy FAQ: advertising one's work in response to questions?

In response to a recent question on Ask, wherein the poster asked how to create a certain kind of thing, one of the responses was "I can do X. I'd be willing to do that part. (Apologies if this sort of reply is not allowed here; I won't do it again.)" I took this (possibly erroneously) to mean that the responder would do the service for a fee, which struck me as advertisement, which I thought was probably not allowed, but a check of the FAQ and an attempt to search for similar topics did not actually lead to a clear statement of whether this is allowed. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Nov 11, 2015 - 37 comments

Be sure to whitelist MeFi when using iOS 9 content blockers

Just a friendly reminder: if you're using one or more iOS devices, have upgraded to iOS 9 and have jumped on the new content blocking functionality bandwagon, remember to add your favorite sites to the whitelist(s) of the blocker(s) of your choice. I added MeFi and other frequently visited faves of mine, seeing that ads served here by The Deck are high quality and unintrusive, and no doubt important for keeping the site going.
posted by jklaiho on Sep 20, 2015 - 61 comments

Deck ads on The Blue

In the ongoing effort to decrease our reliance on Google's Adsense and stabilize ad income, we'll be soon showing ads for The Deck (same as we currently do on the front pages of all the sites) on MetaFilter discussion thread pages, for both logged in, and logged out users on desktops (mobile will continue to show Adsense ads). It will look something like this screenshot. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 3, 2014 - 49 comments

advertising budget for FY2014 is through the charts

Was extremely confused to see a flashy commercial for MetaFilter preceding a Youtube video. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 17, 2014 - 3 comments

Not My Tube

Youtube is Google and coercive. I just tried to simply 'Like' that husky/head-scratch video, and was told I had to log-in. I loged-out permanently several months ago when I couldn't comment without logging in. Deleted all my content, too. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Mar 3, 2014 - 128 comments

Oreo Blue

Oreo Blue? Really? [more inside]
posted by doreur on Feb 27, 2013 - 227 comments

As seen on Metafilter

This FPP brought the wonderful Alabama Shakes to my attention. It got me to wondering if MeFi has ever been responsible for helping a musical act "break out" before. We've got a lot of members with blogs, Twitter accounts, etc. so we potentially have a lot of clout but is this something that can be measured?
posted by tommasz on Apr 25, 2012 - 70 comments

That was an ad.

Today there's a post that is only a series of links to a single retail website. The thread head offers no critique or external perspective: it's a glowing recommendation. If I were going to write an ad for that store (knowing mefi is my target sales demographic), it would look a lot like that thread. [more inside]
posted by diorist on Apr 10, 2012 - 254 comments

I'll take "bad ideas in advertising" for $10,000, Alex

In which our illustrious founder details an ad pitch from corporate America to MetaFilter.
posted by scalefree on Dec 6, 2011 - 121 comments

Peddle Your Wares Elsewhere

I'm fairly certain that Matt has to approve posts in the Projects section, so I'm unsure of how this post made the cut. The user has only one other contribution from earlier today and it's related to the site he's pushing.
posted by gman on Oct 18, 2011 - 47 comments

If you're involved in gliches, shoot yourself.

Can we please have a moratorium on linking to the Bill Hicks rant in any and every advertising thread? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jun 13, 2011 - 288 comments

New ads coming to MeFi (yes, for users, but only on the front page, and hideable)

New ads from The Deck will start showing up on front pages tomorrow, but don't worry, you can turn them off. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Sep 30, 2010 - 113 comments

Six Colours Blue

This post is Pepsi-Blue. divabat isn't even trying to hide the fact. Smarties Australia paired 8 kids up with 8 artists to create art based on each Smarties colour ... getting the product name in twice in the lead sentence. [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Aug 29, 2010 - 132 comments


Since I was accused of "announcing" a flag reason in the thread, I guess MeTa must be the place to object to pure advertising. [more inside]
posted by DU on Aug 24, 2010 - 116 comments

Metafilter advertises on NPR now? Cool!

I was driving home tonight and listening to NPR, when a new show started and I heard "....sponsored by Ask Metafilter dot com," with a little blurb about the site. Have I been living under a rock, or did this just happen recently? Is the Mefi empire advertising anywhere else, or targeting any other particular subsites? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Aug 15, 2010 - 18 comments

Anybody else miss the old Metafilter Text Ads system?

Anybody else miss the old Metafilter Text Ads system? Those were great, the ones where you just paypal $20 and get a little text ad for your blog or whatever. The only site I know of that still has that system (which I believe was pioneered here at MeFi) is Kuro5hin. Anybody know of any others?
posted by rabbit on Apr 12, 2010 - 36 comments


The ▼●B≠0 thread is generating a timecube-esque Google-ad that is selling a Perpetual Motion Machine. I'm guessing Metafilter would rather not be involved in violating the first law of thermodynamics. [more inside]
posted by jsonic on Sep 6, 2009 - 56 comments

So whats with PageFlakes?

What's with the PageFlakes ads? I dont really care if they are there, I just posted this so some other people can vent if needed.
posted by wheelieman on Jul 23, 2007 - 43 comments

Cthulhu Blue

I smell a shitty viral campaign!
posted by adamgreenfield on Jul 11, 2007 - 52 comments

Metafilter + bacon = delicious/WTF?

Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I am logged in and see ads from fmpub.net on the front page. The ad presently displayed invites me to "chew the fat at serious eats". It's the same ad after multiple refreshes also. While I am a fan of bacon, I don't normally see ads when I'm logged in. This is all the more curious given that I'm using adblock plus and don't usually see ads on any site. Is this a temporary thing, or is bacon now an integral part of the site?
posted by Pastabagel on Mar 1, 2007 - 88 comments

Profile URLs

I know the issue of commercial urls in user profiles has been discussed and neither Matt nor Jess give a damn. But really, this is too much.
posted by felix betachat on Nov 13, 2006 - 20 comments

MeFi Advertising

Would a MeFi-The Deck marriage be a nice fit?
posted by JPowers on Jun 14, 2006 - 10 comments

A Google news alert has clued me into Federated Media.

A Google news alert has clued me into Federated Media. No criticism. I wasn't aware of this and working on the fringes of advertising I found it interesting and thought others might too.
posted by tellurian on May 4, 2006 - 25 comments

Ads on user profiles

Has anyone ever been propositioned to put ads on their Mefi profile page? I was shocked. Well, not really. (mi)
posted by mrgrimm on Feb 9, 2006 - 3 comments

What happened to the web ads?

What happended to the web ads?
posted by warbaby on Oct 8, 2005 - 44 comments

Jewelboxing ad

I heart the Jewelboxing flash ad in the Blue sidebar! I have wasted many happy seconds mousing over the case to watch in infantile fascination! ...open the case... close the case! ...open the case... close the case!
posted by mwhybark on Apr 2, 2005 - 12 comments

a way to replace the SG revenue

Matt's clearly not being compensated adequately for the time and $$ he spends on this place, and the avenues open to him are apparently distasteful to many of us. As fun as it is to complain about SG, it might be even more fun coming up with a way to replace the SG revenue ourselves. -->
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 2, 2005 - 114 comments

Suicide Girls TextAds

So yeah, suicide girls. After some teeth gnashing, and asking all my female friends about taking on suicide girls image ads on mefi, I decided to take them (they seem tasteful to me -- I dropped the ones showing too much skin) with the caveat that a simple click and anyone could hide them forever. Here's what I said when I took their first textad long ago and the same applies here. They are as racy as I will go, and this won't start a slippery slope as they're the exception to the rule.
posted by mathowie on Feb 2, 2005 - 617 comments

37signals blue

I'm a fan of 37signals, but I don't think we need to do their advertising for them. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 21, 2005 - 20 comments

Where's the line on product-related content?

MetaShillter: there's never been a deficit of accusations regarding the use of MeFi to push product. Many legitimate Best o' the Web posts contain product-related content. While it's clearly contra-Matt if you profit from a post, where's the fine line?
posted by cosmonik on Jan 11, 2005 - 51 comments

does this look more like an advertisement than a genuine post?

Am I seeing what's not there, or does this look more like an advertisement than a genuine post?
posted by frykitty on Dec 6, 2004 - 51 comments

Advertising policy and spammers

I have a question about Metafilter's Textad policy. In general, I find the ads relevant and useful --- I'm far more likely to click through here than on other sites.

However, I noticed today that there's an ad running that asks people to "Play Texas Hold'em", posted by checknraise. Those of you who run Movable Type or Wordpress blogs might have noticed a recent wave of comment spam advertising "Texas Hold'em".

If I had ads on my blog, I wouldn't accept them from people who are also spammers. Does Metafilter have a policy on this type of thing, and is there any way to dump the "Texas Hold'em" ads?
posted by robcorr on Nov 1, 2004 - 14 comments

Ads on MetaFilter.

A thousand dollars? Are you serious?
posted by reklaw on Jun 1, 2004 - 254 comments

Bad Impressions

Text Ads. Broken? Or just worthless? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 on Oct 8, 2003 - 25 comments

Why the title change?

Matt, don't you like Jello Biafra? Because the original title of the ADL thread was actually an excerpt from a famous anti-Nazi DK song, as noticed by talos.
BTW, since we're here, let me ask again: is it wise to run the tinyninjas ad even though they sell Iron Cross apparel?
posted by 111 on Jul 23, 2003 - 71 comments

Advertising posts

Let's recommit ourselves to keeping advertising
separate from content.
posted by cadastral on Jan 25, 2003 - 66 comments

Questionable use of Ellen Feiss' likeness in this ad

While the fad still exists, does anyone else have an issue with the textad for the Ellen Feiss parody? (scroll to nearly the end of the page) I'm not crazy about promoting profit from the theft of someone's likeness without their permission, but then again, this isn't my site. Should the bylaws of the textads merely weed out offensive material, or should they extend to intellectual property issues as well? While they may be two different things, a recent story on NPR highlighted that cafepress is deleting "Ellen Feiss" related stores as fast as they are created.
posted by machaus on Sep 1, 2002 - 20 comments

Any update on the No Talent Ass Clown idea?

Spotted T3's "Give my ass a job" textad today(find it yourself), and it reminded me of something. Matt: Any news on the notalentassclown idea?
This has been your daily trainspotting moment.
posted by Su on Mar 8, 2002 - 2 comments

Ad Farm is a text advertising network that has recently sprung up

Ad Farm is a text advertising network that has recently sprung up. It remains to be seen whether they're repeating the same old mistakes, making brand new ones or doing something cool.
posted by owillis on Jan 1, 2002 - 23 comments

Micro advertising

Micro Advertising - a way to make niche internet publishing profitable?: "It's all about targeted micro buys of advertising space - the old principle of getting the right message in front of the right group of people. Buying 10,000 impressions of your message in front of a very targeted audience for a low fee. " Thomas has created a Yahoo group to hash out the issues further, if anyone's interested.
posted by owillis on Oct 26, 2001 - 20 comments

You got a problem with Text Ads?

TextAds. As Matt promised, unobtrusive and inoffensive. I certainly don't have a problem with these. What does everyone else think?
posted by toddshot on Oct 22, 2001 - 107 comments

Should we run ads?

Okay, we've discussed it before, but now having looked at the stats for the last couple of months, ADs are a real possibility. Last I checked the average AD payout was $1 ever 1000 page views. Now, with MeFi getting over 5,000,000 a month, that's $5000 a month in revenue. That could keep Matt happy all year round and MeFi up for life. Comments?
posted by Neale on Jun 4, 2001 - 14 comments

Money for Blogging and Your Chicks for Free

Blogging for cash? Anyone think that there's any sort of business model that could be applied towards weblogging? I've been thinking about something along the lines of text advertising, a-la Google's AdWords.
posted by owillis on Apr 23, 2001 - 9 comments

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