Are ads on websites bad?

I’ve been struggling with this question for a long time now. I’ve started sneaking small ads for Ancestry and GenesReunited on my website and blogs which, incidently, don’t work in Firefox V3. If you want to avoid advertising perhaps that is the browser to use!

Why would I do that, if I think that they’re bad? Well, I’ve decided that they are not necessarily so bad. I use the internet a lot and most ads don’t bother me. The ones I don’t like are the ones on FaceBook that have a bigger button than the function of the page I am on so that I click on the wrong button, and some of the more annoying flashing moving banners along the top of eBay pages.

So I figure that if I avoid these types of ads I won’t annoy readers of my sites. And I might even make some money from them. We’ll see.

An occasional blog

I’ve decided to turn this rather quiet website into a blog. Like a diary, I guess, or a journal. So here goes…

Today I’m struggling to get my Heritage Genealogy website looking the same on Internet Explorer as it does on Firefox. Different rules apply, obviously. There is always more work to be done on a website and unless there is somewhere else to test changes the risk is that I will break something on the real website and not be able to fix it.

Even this simple website has a great blue bar across the middle of it in IE7 and not in Firefox. The simple answer for me is to ban Internet Explorer but unfortunately I can’t, so I either have to fix it or change it. I don’t know how to fix it so I guess I’ll have to change the template to something that WORKS. What a pain, I like the paintbrush theme.

When I’ve finished playing with the website I will have a look at the documents a client has sent me on her convict.