Hey Fellas, Here goes another idea that might help the community.
Currently in the market place we only see text ads. Are you guys thinking about letting Community members upload their banners? Example: I want to run a promotion on the market place, I want to be able to upload a banner, enter information such as how many days am I running the promotion for, and then the banner automatically deactivates. or perhaps you can choose how many promotions you want to run and the number of people that sign up.
Also, Please get rid of all those Banners that are posted all over the web site.
I thought we where a close community where you can only be a member if you sign up? Instead of having company`s like buy domain.com and microsoft, why not let the community post their adds...
Im stating this because "Buydomains.com is a competitor of mine... and that is not cool...
You guys are basically crushing a small business to put 2.00 bucks in your pocket through their affiliate program.. Not that I am hurting over two bucks but its cold.
Just my thoughts nothing else..
Not that I have read the rest of these responses ... to see if SUN has responded to this themselves ...
But online advertising is billions every year. Yahoo makes pretty much ALL of their money through it.
The ads ... well, while being a pain, I feel are a necessity, because they fund all the free features you take for granted here. A site this large takes A LOT of money to build and maintain, and without these ads ... no site. The Sloan Brothers are not a nonprofit, nor is this site a hobby - they can`t shell all their money into it and make a negative profit every year!
If you want to be a little guy and compete with microsoft and dell ... find some more people to pool your resources together with to create the advertising budget of microsoft or dell. Or, until then ... enjoy the perks of these ads through this community you are using right now.
FWIW, just being here is free advertising for you. FREE! SUN is giving you the opportunity to advertise yourself FOR FREE both in the community and in the marketplace. Did I mention FREE? Now those ads are looking pretty good, eh? Think of SUN as Robin Hood ... taking money from Microsoft and Dell to give free advertising to the little guy.