Neobond, on 20 June 2012 - 07:42, said:
Hey guys I would love to hear your feedback on how we can improve the experience at Neowin but the fact is we offset the bigger ads to guests because there are always 1000's more of them on Neowin all the time. Max member count at any one time never reaches past 300.
So instead of bitching about the ads you don't see when you're logged in, how about some suggestions to turn those guests into members? I don't really understand why our member to guest ratio is so extreme myself?
Remember we pay developers, newsposters, our own hosting, two full time staff from that income, and our advertisers are pretty much requiring these types.. and lastly guests won't always see the big ad, as it should only display once or twice in a 24 hour timeframe. I never see them in Europe when I check the site logged out as well.
I appreciate meaningful feedback.
As a viewing user I can only offer this:
In general terms, when I visit a site I look for a few things:
> Original content
> Quality of design
> A good variety of discussion options
> Something that makes me want to register (otherwise I just lurk as a guest)
I think points 1, 3, and 4 are well covered and whilst in terms of skin design Neowin is up there with the best IPB forums on the Internet excessively large adverts are extremely offputting. Sometimes those on their own are enough to make me leave a site and never return. I also tend to find any audio / flash ads that take ages to load to put me off, the same goes for obnoxious flashing ads. They steal focus from the content I want to see and irritate me into going elsewhere for the information.
So in my book it's a matter of compromise. Trying to maintain the viability of a site whilst attracting visitors is hard I appreciate that but if the advertising is over the top it's simply going to drive members away.
As for registering: Simple math, for every visitor that registers another 50 will not, that's just the way the Internet works. But one thing I will say is that when I read a lot of Neowin's front page articles they feel especially hostile towards Google and people that use Google products like Android. The coverage on the front page is almost dominated by Microsoft whilst I'm not saying there is no coverage of other products it is in my opinion heavily biased towards Microsoft. And whilst I don't personally like Apple products it also strikes me as if there's a lot of open hostility towards people who use their products as well.
I don't think there is an easy fix for the registration numbers however, it's just one of those things. These forums retain a decent level of activity.