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Do you think they are slowing the site down? It's loading for me in 0.75 seconds (BBC News Online is loading in 0.69 seconds). Seems as fast as ever. I have moved the local, free, community ads up higher on the front page to try to promote local efforts (more welcome).
Quote from: David Brewer on December 14, 2011, 07:40:27 pmDo you think they are slowing the site down? It's loading for me in 0.75 seconds (BBC News Online is loading in 0.69 seconds). Seems as fast as ever. I have moved the local, free, community ads up higher on the front page to try to promote local efforts (more welcome).Good idea moving the banners up. I don't think the ad 'experiment' is slowing things down, but the Facebook link may, as it has to connect to FB to get the pics and then feed back to this site? It has been slower since that appeared. But, its not a major delay. Will the site get a 'click' contribution for allowing the Google ads? If so, good idea too, providing it doesn't detract from the traditional values and independance of the site and doesn't start gathering user data with spyware?
Would it be possible to know how much money the site is making for the google ads?
If we carry on at the rate we are going we should have enough to cover those costs and the domain registration (currently being paid out of a prize won by North Mymms Parish Council).
The renewal fee paid last year was part of the £4,500 budget for grants to local organisations. The 2011/12 grants have been agreed and the cheques should be issued this month.
Lovely idea ..... however......(1) be prepared NOT to expect anything back in return(2) be expected to be harrassed for extra contributions
Note: The free trials are financed by existing Kiva contributors who pay in a bit more to enable new lender to make one $25 loan free of charge. These free trial loans are disbursed to borrowers in the same way other loans are disbursed on Kiva. However, since the sponsor is funding the free trial loan, any repayment funds from the free trial loan will go back to the sponsor, not to the free trial lender. New lenders invited during the promotion may choose to use their own funds to make a loan, in which case repayments will go back to the lender. But if they just want to give the $25 they can.
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