I'm a regular browser here, but a very infrequent poster.
I've been looking at web advertising for a client recently and so lately I've been clicking on a lot more banners than I normally would (normally it would be precisely none).
One of the ads on SmartphoneThoughts grabbed my attention - partly because it was a Simspons image, and partly because I'm bored of my current ringtone. Enough clues, I'm not giving the URL out!
So this particular advert takes you to a site offering a "free" ringtone. But the small print (below) took my breath away.
Originally Posted by small print
This service will cost £13.50 per week until you send STOP to 83001. Start up: a sign-up fee of £3.00 shall apply.
£13.50/week! That's £54/month (USD $108)
That's more than my (and I suspect most people's) network subscription!
It's not tiny print, and in fairness to them they could have been much less clear about, but on a page with colourful Simpsons graphics small grey text isn't hard to miss. So is this the way business make money from banner ads?
It just shouts "rip off" from the roof tops, and I was sufficiently surprised and disappointed with SmartphoneThoughts for carrying that ad that it made me post.
I don't expect "ad free", but I feel that the ads a site carries reflect on the site itself - and that's not the sort of thing I would have associated SmartphoneThoughts with.
Does some vetting go on for these things?
Interested to know what others think on the subject