Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
I'm interested to see what other users think about the ads on this site. I don't mind the Ads for credit card in the articles or on the side but the recent Emirates ad which takes up half the screen at the top of the site is a bit annoying in my opinion. I also have ad block enabled but this site uses a script to block ad block which I'm fine with but it's annoying when ads appear above the menus.
Member since 21 Jan 2014
Total posts 267
Sign of the times, advertising is an essential part of revenue and the bigger the better from an advertiser perspective, at least on a free service I can put up with the ads, my pet hate is the pop ups on a subscription site or pay TV for that matter. The question in reply is would you pay a subscription to AUSBT and not put up with the ads, experience right across various media platforms is that most don't want to.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 440
The question in reply is would you pay a subscription to AUSBT and not put up with the ads, experience right across various media platforms is that most don't want to.
Member since 21 Mar 2017
Total posts 22
Member since 13 Sep 2016
Total posts 3
A bit tough there, DeepAvThroat, even though I agree with your sentiments! Henrus, I don't mind the ads on AusBT because they are not intrusive or 'over the top'. The Emirates ad might take up a bit of extra room on the screen but this is the way some advertisers are going these days, little banners just don't cut it any more, you get these bigger ads and 'home page take-overs' because they are more effective, but I can tell you that the advertisers would be paying extra for them and so if this is how the AusBT guys make their money to keep the site running for free I am okay with that.
Member since 23 Feb 2015
Total posts 259
Free site = ads.
The content that is perhaps questionable, but ultimately defendable I guess, is that which appears to be ads dressed up as articles.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 1,002
Steve: none of our credit card articles are 'sponsored' by credit card companies or banks – in assembling the monthly rundowns of the best sign-up deals, for instance, Chris Chamberlin looks across the entire card landscape (you should see his Excel sheet of all the providers, it's amazing/scary!) and chooses the best deals in the market that month.
We make it a point of professional pride not to 'dress up ads as articles', unlike some blogs and bloggers: the only time that an article is sponsored by an advertiser is when you see the outright declaration of such sponsorship in the article, and this appears at both top and bottom (https://www.ausbt.com.au/introducing-british-airways-on-business-program is a good example of this).
Steve: none of our credit card articles are 'sponsored' by credit card companies or banks – when you look at the monthly rundowns of the best sign-up deals, for instance, Chris Chamberlin looks across the entire card landscape (you should see his Excel sheet of all the providers, it's amazing/scary!) and chooses the best deals in the market that month.
Total posts 8
Is the EK advert which dominates the very top of the screen annoying? Yes. Would I rather not have it there? No. But would I rather put up with it instead of not have AusBT free and part of my daily reading? Yes!!
Member since 18 Dec 2016
Total posts 20
I really don't mind the Emirates ad. Even though it's an ad, it's still well made.
Member since 15 Dec 2016
Total posts 171
I'm outraged by existent of both Qatar and Emirates ad at same page, dear AusBT, please rethink your ad, it's crazy to let 2 competing Gulf carriers put ad together.
Member since 06 Oct 2016
Total posts 31
Not really too much of a problem - better than getting pop ups
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