… sorta. The other morning as I was lying in bed, half asleep, not yet completely awake, I had this “eureka” moment where it hit me that I should try taking all the Google ads off this site. Instead, I could fill their real estate with other “ads” that would be less obtrusive for you and likely just as, if not more profitable for me anyway.
So I bolted out of bed and began yanking down AdSense and filled its voids with the following:
1. Top ad replaced by links to buy booster boxes
On the specific set pages, it’ll show the 2 best prices for booster boxes from that corresponding set, otherwise on any other page it’ll just show a listing for the most recently released set.
I don’t know if anyone here actually buys booster boxes, but I think it beats seeing Google ads.
2. Sidebar ad replaced by SixPrizes Underground promo
Because 6P UG is awesome and I run it… need I say more?
3. Footer ad replaced by random flavor text
This has instantly become one of my favorite features on the site. It shows a random flavor text at the bottom of each page, BUT it doesn’t say which card it’s from, and I was clever enough to cloak the permalink.
(Anyone looking for a new drinking game?)
It’s pretty addicting and fun trying to guess the Pokemon! I’m kind of dismayed since I know almost every single card off the top of my head after spending way-too-long typing out all the texts, but I’m sure I’ll become rusty in a couple weeks and it’ll be challenging again.
Overall removing the Google ads is a win-win for everyone since without them the site loads faster, looks nicer, is more enjoyable, and I should be able to recoup the couple bucks I was making in another form.