Good morning and Happy Friday! I am deep-cleaning the kitchen today and preparing to create some new recipes for you for the coming week.
Because I care about your constructive criticisms, opinions and thoughts (and want to help as many as I can), I want to share an email this morning that I feel is important to address regarding the advertising here at the site:
“My first visit to your site .. will be my last. Giant pink floating ad asking me to “share my opinion” or something obscuring what I came here to read. No thanks! Your advertisements are more annoying than your content is good, I’d mull that over if I were you, unless you don’t like converting visitors in to regulars.”
I am honestly glad readers write to tell me you do and don’t like about the site. Extra points for the Nope@chucktesta email address attached to the email (that gave me a giggle).
I know many don’t like those floating ads, and, frankly, I don’t like those, either. Thankfully that wandering, “Your opinion counts” interstitial survey only shows up infrequently, and clicking the “X” shuts it down. It shouldn’t show up again during your visit.
Per the ads in general, they are essentially a passive “donate” button; every time you visit my site, my advertising company donates money to me. Those ads on my site are a year’s culmination of research (I’ve culled down and have kept only the most important ones, and continue to pare down where I can) and not merely a page-jamming device in hopes of raising an extra couple of dollars per month from Adsense. I do well with advertising; it puts my son through college, keeps food on the table, pays for this site, and allows me to continue to develop recipes.
Plus, let’s face it; passive ads beat you being bombarded with donations and constant pushes towards affiliate purchases. It also frees up my time seeking out sponsors to keep the site going.
At the same time, I get it. I do. I prefer a page sans ads, too, and will (as I have) continue to fine-tune the site. The new, faster-loading site re-design, combined with a more user-friendly interface (I hope) makes up for the annoyance of ads that pop up from time to time.
I appreciate your patience and your continued, constructive feedback.
I want to know what you think, though, so please keep the correspondence going. Is the site loading slow for you? Are you being bombarded with advertising? Please let me know. I take your thoughts to heart and I’m here to do the best I can to create an optimal user experience for you every time you visit.
Thanks so much for reading. Now go on with your awesome selves; it’s Friday, dang it!