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September 25, 2011, 11:09:26 PM
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Hi!

I developed Anonymous Ads - advertising network that accepts bitcoins.

This service is quite unusual:
  • It is fully transparent, it doesn't collect any personal data, database backups are published daily.
  • It allows advertising on sites, blogs, forum posts or signatures (as I do: ), etc.
  • It uses unusual mechanism to distribute impressions: the probability of ad to be shown for particular publisher (affiliate) depends on historical profitability of that ad for that affiliate during last <billing cycle> days. Please see how it works for details.
  • It appends ad's link with bitcoin address to enable advertisers to pay for action (see goal tracking) to avoid paying for inefficient traffic.

The general idea is simple:

1. Advertisers pay to bootstrap their ads thus getting some (up to 10%) impressions from affiliates. This money goes to Anonymous Ads (currently 10% of them goes to affiliate that referred the advertiser and 50% goes to support affiliates that have their codes on listed sites).

2. Advertisers reward appropriate affiliates to get more (up to 90%) impressions from them (see details). This money are being redirected to affiliates' withdrawal addresses (when income hits the threshold of 0.011 btc) with a small fee of 0.001 btc.

So, advertisers post their ads, pay for bootstrapping to the system and later pay for successful visits to affiliates.

Affiliates register their withdrawal addresses, embed HTML codes into their sites and receive payments from advertisers. They also receive 10% from bootstrap payments of advertisers referred by them. And they also receive some support from Anonymous Ads if they add their sites to the list (see details).

Anonymous Ads is in alpha-stage yet, I will be grateful for any questions, comments and bug reports.

If you want to support Anonymous Ads - buy AA at glbse.

See also Anonymous Ads group at coinconnect.org.

2013-02-03 update: We are launching the second version of AnonymousAds. This thread is for questions from AA1 users.

2013-03-03 update: AnonymousAds v1 is closed. Please join AnonymousAds v2

2013-03-29 update: Thread locked in favor of AnonymousAds v2 thread

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September 25, 2011, 11:11:58 PM
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Wow very interesting.  I'll check it out.
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September 26, 2011, 12:05:13 AM
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looks great, but only text so far... do you plan to do a banner image version?


Thanks! If there is a need for graphic banners - I'll add support of them (shouldn't be too hard to do). But at the moment I think it would be wise to see if system works fine before adding new features to it Smiley

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September 26, 2011, 12:27:40 AM
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Also, get a way for affiliates to say if they want adult ads or not, and for advertisers(or you) to mark ads as adult.

I would consider using your service, but i don't want to show XXX ads, no way!

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September 26, 2011, 12:42:05 AM
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Also, get a way for affiliates to say if they want adult ads or not, and for advertisers(or you) to mark ads as adult.

I would consider using your service, but i don't want to show XXX ads, no way!

Thanks for your feedback. This is a very important, but difficult issue. I understand that many people wouldn't like any XXX ads to be displayed on their sites (in some countries it could be even unlawful).

Frankly speaking I wanted to rely on spirit of freedom and free market (which would decrease the frequency of XXX ads on sites which are not visited by target groups). If people support the idea of pre-moderation... well.. I can implement it. Or is there any other efficient & reliable way to prevent adult (and other controversial) ads from being displayed?

Update: oh, I think I got it. There could be a special category for safe ads (which could be filled manually by me). Affiliates would have an option to show all ads (unmoderated), or to show ads from that category. I think it is feasible. Easy to implement. Will do it tomorrow.

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September 26, 2011, 10:47:43 PM
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Also, get a way for affiliates to say if they want adult ads or not, and for advertisers(or you) to mark ads as adult.

I would consider using your service, but i don't want to show XXX ads, no way!

I've added a rough and simple mechanism to specify the level of affiliate's tolerance to evil via parameter "Filtration level". Set it to 100 if you own a web-site for innocent kids who live in the country with strict laws and censorship, or set it to 0 if you don't care and nothing is forbidden in your country Smiley

Ads are subjectively rated by me. New ads have default rating of 0. If ad's rating is lower than affiliate's filtration level then this ad won't be shown on that affiliate's sites.

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September 27, 2011, 01:52:42 PM
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These Bootstrap sites are starting to look bland. Customize them, goddammit!
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September 28, 2011, 02:50:44 PM
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These Bootstrap sites are starting to look bland. Customize them, goddammit!

Thanks for your feedback. You are right, it should be done.

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September 28, 2011, 02:55:06 PM
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looks great, but only text so far... do you plan to do a banner image version?


I have implemented the image version of the text ad, which could be used in forum messages & signatures (and also in blogs).

At the moment there is no way to upload your banner, but I am going to implement it as well.

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November 26, 2011, 08:10:25 AM
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Anonymous Ads is in alpha stage, there are many things to be done and not so many affiliates yet.

And here is the first advertizer who risked real bitcoins to bootstrap his/her ads!

Thank you, anonymous advertizer of nice ptne.net, for helping to test the system! I am sorry for being a bit late to assign a positive rating to your ad, I've deposited the same amount to compensate that.

So, money depositing works, now need to test withdrawals. Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow I will be sending small fractions of btc to every affiliate who generates at least one unique impression of ad #12 by that time (according to internal site statistics, sorry for not having implemented a public one yet).

You don't even need to have a site to become an affiliate. Just follow the link, get the code and embed it to your blog or forum signature.

And here is the new feature: advertisers can upload images now!

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November 26, 2011, 08:53:25 AM
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I've noticed that there are couple of ads (#11, #14) with broken links. The links are broken because they have been appended with bitcoin relay addresses. Even though there is a red warning during ad creation stage, people either don't notice or don't understand it. There is obviously a usability issue there, sorry for that. I plan to implement a simpler mechanism for advertisers who are not going to track referral bitcoin addresses.

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January 21, 2012, 10:42:33 PM
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There are some new changes and features.

changes:

1. payments are now valid during the billing cycle of 30 days (in future I plan to allow specify it upon ad creation), that means the bootsrap period is not 24 hours any more
2. only unique clicks & impressions are counted (though it has been done long ago)

features:

1. there is some very basic stats at the ad page
2. advertisers can now pay for clicks, impressions, or just for being active during last <billing cycle = 30> days (though it is a less preferable than tracking successful visits yourself since it allows affiliates to cheat)

I will be testing the features using bitcoins deposited by advertisers earlier. So each active affiliate  (i. e. affiliate who shows Anonymous Ads) is likely to receive something, and that advertisers are likely to get more impressions Smiley

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January 21, 2012, 11:05:35 PM
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I allowed myself to add "?partner=" to URLs of couple of ads so that they remain valid after the system appends it with bitcoin address. I don't want to do it all the time. Probably will need to make some mechanism of adding it automatically if advertiser forgets to.

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January 23, 2012, 12:26:42 AM
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I like the no graphics page Smiley
Now if we can convince the bitcoin sportsbook sites to reg here and pay affiliates I can seed a thousand sports streaming sites with bet now ads
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January 25, 2012, 08:57:44 AM
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I like the no graphics page Smiley
Now if we can convince the bitcoin sportsbook sites to reg here and pay affiliates I can seed a thousand sports streaming sites with bet now ads

Wow, great!

Btw, if you are a registered affiliate of Anonymous Ads and you invite advertiser with link
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http://anonymousads.com?partner=<affiliate's withdrawal address>
, and that advertiser creates an ad, then you get 10% of all money deposited to its deposit address lifetime.

This feature is somewhat hidden yet since it needs some additional work on testing, documenting and reporting, but seems to be working.

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January 25, 2012, 09:08:17 AM
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I allowed myself to add "?partner=" to URLs of couple of ads so that they remain valid after the system appends it with bitcoin address. I don't want to do it all the time. Probably will need to make some mechanism of adding it automatically if advertiser forgets to.

Ok.. I've implemented this mechanism (not the ultimate solution, but works). Now ad can't be created until Anonymous Ads successfully fetches its link.

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January 25, 2012, 10:06:16 AM
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I feel like I need more affiliates to test the system and to attract advertisers. That's why I am starting this little promotion:
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2012-01-25 promotion (one time-per-person offer):

Before I strikeout this text, please do the following:
1) get registered as affiliate at Anonysmous Ads
2) put provided BBCode into your forum signature (=start earning)
3) if you do not earn 0.01 btc for 48 hours - let me know, I will fix it

Optional: use your code on other forums, blogs, sites, emails - spread the word about bitcoin and monetize your content.



Would be thankful for your participation Smiley

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It seems images are disallowed in signatures?

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It seems images are disallowed in signatures?

Why do you think so? I have couple images in my signature...

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January 25, 2012, 05:01:15 PM
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It seems images are disallowed in signatures?

Why do you think so? I have couple images in my signature...
They were "grandfathered in" - if you modify your sig, they will disappear. New images are not allowed.

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