Member Rara Avis
… countless other slots can surely be found and more to the point I would think those advertisers would want to be associated with your site...but maybe that doesn't help pay the bills.
It would probably come a lot closer to covering our costs than the current system, Cindy. So far for June, our average revenue for each ad you see is .00009 cents. Yea, that's less than one/ten thousandth of a penny. At times, I've seriously considered just dumping the ads entirely. But even a hundred bucks a month is better than a swift poke in the eye.
The problem with your suggestion - and our current system - is that I have absolutely no interest in becoming an ad salesman. So, I farm it out. Our site gets lumped in with a few hundred others (i.e., no targeting), and then the network takes sixty percent off the top. It ain't efficient, it ain't even right, but it's easy. I need at least one or two easy's mixed into my life.
Lady, there "should" be no popup advertisements in the forums. The ad network we use at pipTalk is one of the few that allows me turn them off (and I have). Unfortunately, it's only one of the five networks we use, so the main site does have popups, at least until I can figure out how to get rid of them. But there shouldn't be any in the forums.