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Maxvoltar - The beauty of ads

Maxvoltar is the personal weblog of Tim Van Damme, a freelance interface designer at Made by Elephant.

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The beauty of ads

A while ago, I was contacted by Fusion Ads, asking if I was interested in placing an ad on this website. My first reaction was to decline (friendly), telling them this site costs me close to nothing to keep online. They understood, and respected that opinion, as I wasn’t the only one thinking about ads that way.

Because of this invitation, I started to pay more attention to Fusion Ads, and I noticed 2 things:

  1. I only saw them on sites I really like, and which have great content.
  2. The products in the ads are products I either want or already use.

This changed my perspective on ads a bit. Ads can be pretty, and don’t need to be annoying/flashy/loud/… Long story short, I’m happy to be on the Fusion Ads network! What’s in it for me?

  • An extra motivator to write more often.
  • A way to pay for all the gadgets I want (or at least, one of them)


  • Sam Brown

    3619 days ago

    Welcome to the network buddy! :)

  • Ben Bodien

    3619 days ago

    Smart move, the ads looks great. Well integrated.

  • Chris

    3619 days ago

    So glad you changed your mind Tim—we’re thrilled to have you on board.

  • Jorge Quinteros

    3619 days ago

    I think it’s important to be honest about advertising on ones blog. Last thing one would want is for readership to get the perception that the presence of ads on ones site is all about making money.

    There’s nothing wrong with some extra bucks being generated as long as it doesn’t become the dominant purpose for the ads appearing and what I’ve come to admire about Fusion Ads that it’s taken away that critique on ads in general because all the applications and services that it offers, like you said, are stuff that I would purchase and recommend anyway.

    As a onlooker and follower of all the creative people who comprise Fusion Ads, it’s great to see you accept the offer and now be a part of great company. Cheers!

  • Rogie King

    3602 days ago

    Woohooo! I think it looks great on your site man. Simple and elegant. Not too invasive. Good call. Also, I’m in the network with you as of today.

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