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May 01, 2012, 02:28:48 PM
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Hello!

I would like to announce my new service CoinURL.com where you can earn Bitcoins by shortening and publishing links.

Advertising scheme has changed to the standard one, like Google Ads and Facebook use.

Brief description how the service works.

1. The advertiser buys some number of impressions for chosen CPM price.
2. The publisher posts his shortened links to some place in the Internet.
3. When a user clicks the link, all ads participate in selection procedure. Ads with higher CPM have better chances to be shown. So this advertiser will get faster completion of his campaign.
4. Clicks are being analyzed to detect cheating. Legitimate are paid, impressions from fake clicks are completely refunded to the advertiser.

Service already has enough functionality you need to start working with it and I am planning to add some extra features in the not distant future:
- geo and language targeting [made]
- filtering of ads that being shown for each link (adult content, politics, religion etc) [made]
- detailed reports for the advertisers [made]
- detailed stats for the link publishers [made]
- charts [made]
- Bulk API [made]
- Browser extensions [made]
- Privacy settings, possibility to permanently delete logs [made]
- Password protection of links [made]
- SSL encryption [made]
- Named links on subdomains: bit, go, in, jump, link, me, my, n, name, now, to [made]
- any other features that you will request...

You can see an example: cur.lv/1, link's stats are available using plus sign, e.g. cur.lv/1+

Currently you will receive 100% from funds paid by advertisers, no commission apply!
Join our affiliate program and receive 25% from the price of ads which were placed by user, registered with your referral link.

Short alias domain added: http://cur.lv

P.S. I have tested the scripts before launching the website, but I need your help to test it deeper. If you have found a bug, please don't be angry and report it to me. Also I will be glad if you correct mistakes in the texts, because English is not my native language.

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May 01, 2012, 05:18:03 PM
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I can load the site using a proxy, but not without. What's the problem?

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What steps have been taken to combat exploits and bots?

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May 01, 2012, 05:30:29 PM
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I don't think your website will be successful this way, 'cause it sucks when you have to register & remember a username for a small service like this.
I think it would be better, if you just make another field for the bitcoin address & it should be possible to use the same address for multiple links and adjust if you want to get paid weekly / monthly or just manually withdraw it... (→ http://anonymousads.com/ uses the bitcoin address to identify users)
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What steps have been taken to combat exploits and bots?
Currently IP and cookies. Blacklist with known proxies and TOR nodes will be added today.
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'cause it sucks when you have to register & remember a username for a small service like this.
I think it would be better, if you just make another field for the bitcoin address & it should be possible to use the same address for multiple links
You can use your Bitcoin receiving address as username. When you login and create links, all of them are being attached to your account.
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I don't think your website will be successful this way, 'cause it sucks when you have to register & remember a username for a small service like this.
I think it would be better, if you just make another field for the bitcoin address & it should be possible to use the same address for multiple links and adjust if you want to get paid weekly / monthly or just manually withdraw it... (→ http://anonymousads.com/ uses the bitcoin address to identify users)

I don't think so.
People want to see statistics of their links, payments, withdrawals, etc...

Try using LastPass if you don't like to memorise things  Smiley
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May 01, 2012, 06:08:56 PM
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Blacklist with known proxy IPs added and will be periodically updated.
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May 01, 2012, 06:36:01 PM
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I don't think so.
People want to see statistics of their links, payments, withdrawals, etc...

You can still show them that information without using a login, like Eligius does:

http://eligius.st/~artefact2/7/1AkqxLJn8H6Cg5VAaYijzj7hQUSeM2LJ3r

Also, its a nice website but maybe you should use a different domain name, something shorter, also the coin part makes it obvious the person sharing the link is earning money from it and makes it seem a bit spammy (that's just my opinion though).

That's a public profile. Personaly, I don't like other people can see my stats.
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May 01, 2012, 06:38:23 PM
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Also, its a nice website but maybe you should use a different domain name, something shorter, also the coin part makes it obvious the person sharing the link is earning money from it and makes it seem a bit spammy (that's just my opinion though).
Adf.ly does not uses any words about money making in it's username, but almost all users knows what it is! By the way, I don't force users to wait before following the links, therefore I think there will be no negative reaction as it is with adfly.

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I agree with you. Also unified accounts create less load on the server.
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May 01, 2012, 06:44:22 PM
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You did it! Grin
This is a great service!

Anyway, as Blazr said, you should find a shorter domain Smiley

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May 01, 2012, 06:49:57 PM
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Anyway, as Blazr said, you should find a shorter domain Smiley
I am considering registering a domain in zone like .cc or .ly in the future.
BTW, is 10 chars domain really so long?
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May 01, 2012, 06:55:08 PM
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BTW, is 10 chars domain really so long?

10 chars is pretty big for a URL shortening service (the idea is to shorten the url as much as possible). You could also get a 3 or 4 letter .in domain (instead of .cc or .ly) for under $10, less restrictions to register them too.

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Anyway, as Blazr said, you should find a shorter domain Smiley
I am considering registering a domain in zone like .cc or .ly in the future.
BTW, is 10 chars domain really so long?

I guess one of the major use cases for these link shorteners is to share links on Twitter. So when you are restricted to 140 characters ever one counts.
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Another feature request is API.
So twitter/forum plug-ins/mods will be able to make shorter address automatically Smiley

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You could also get a 3 or 4 letter .in domain (instead of .cc or .ly) for under $10, less restrictions to register them too.
Suggest me good registrar who offer so low prices. And preferable with Bitcoin payments.
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You could also get a 3 or 4 letter .in domain (instead of .cc or .ly) for under $10, less restrictions to register them too.
Suggest me good registrar who offer so low prices. And preferable with Bitcoin payments.

You can try this: http://www.namecheap.com/contest/3-million-offer.aspx
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May 01, 2012, 09:22:36 PM
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I tried to shorten a couple of URLs and when I used the short URL to open the site, I was sent to dailybitcoins.... Is there a problem or do I have to register/login to test the short links?

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I tried to shorten a couple of URLs and when I used the short URL to open the site, I was sent to dailybitcoins.... Is there a problem or do I have to register/login to test the short links?

you need to press Skip Ad in the top right corner.

You should make the Skip Ad button bigger as well

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Oh >.<
Not very user-friendly... I was expecting something like a bar at the top with the ad, not a full page ad. How on earth would a noob user (like me for example Cheesy ) know what to do, instead of just closing the page altogether.

P.S. Thanks Blazr for the tip.

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May 01, 2012, 09:46:13 PM
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There are other service like this one, example: adf.ly
They are common used around the web Wink

Anyway, as Blazr suggested it just need some little changes.

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Will you also add a little timer like adf.ly has ? ( ex: 5 seconds )




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How on earth would a noob user (like me for example Cheesy ) know what to do, instead of just closing the page altogether.
I just have made "Skip ad" button more noticeable.

Will you also add a little timer like adf.ly has ? ( ex: 5 seconds )
It is bad idea! Many users are annoyed that they are forced to wait and associate adf.ly with a spam in their mind.
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It is bad idea! Many users are annoyed that they are forced to wait and associate adf.ly with a spam in their mind.
Ok, but do you think that it will be a bad idea to "add" a timer so that there will be both timer and button? They will be able to skip instantly if the want.
If you will add a timer, you should also add a "stop timer" button, so that the user is able to give a more deeper look to the advertised website. ( 10/15 seconds will be better than 5 if you like the idea of the "stop timer button" )

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They will be able to skip instantly if the want.
I don't understand, why the timer is need if it can be stopped and ad skipped? I see no difference with current "Skip ad" button I have already in the top frame.

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There is no automatic redirect to the target URL. If a user is interested in viewing advertiser's page he can click link "Visit <advertiser's website name>" instead of "Skip ad".
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I think that people don't like to "move the mouse and make additional clicks", this is the main reason for the timer.
They clicked a link to go somewhere, but they they will see another website where they aren't "probably" not interested.
The timer is a good thing to not force them to do addition clicks..

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to make it abit shorter why dount u use cURL as coinurl? just a suggestion
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I think that people don't like to "move the mouse and make additional clicks", this is the main reason for the timer.
They clicked a link to go somewhere, but they they will see another website where they aren't "probably" not interested.
The timer is a good thing to not force them to do addition clicks..
Enabled auto redirect after 10 seconds.

P.S. Just registered a short alias domain for the service. Soon I will make an announce.
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Great! I really like this way Cheesy

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Wow. A big improvement.

You should also allow advertiser to pay per thousands impressions, rather than pay per day, and also pay publishers per thousand impressions too, its much easier to work with like that. With the current system, if I pay 1BTC how do I know how many views I'll get?

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You should also allow advertiser to pay per thousands impressions, rather than pay per day, and also pay publishers per thousand impressions too, its much easier to work with like that.
It is just alternative payment scheme for advertising, many services now use it (e.g. AnonymousAds, BitcoinAdvertisers). I this it is more fair than fixed CPM or CPC, and it is harder to cheat (less fake clicks).

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Stats are available. You can view expected number of impressions for the concrete amount.
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Just registered a short domain: cur.lv

Existing links works fine, just change http://coinurl.com/AAA to https://bitcointalk.org/annoyance.php
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Good! Grin

Will you also add API?

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Good! Grin

Will you also add API?
Of course I will implement it when have enough time.
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Added charts for link stats. An example.

HostFat, what API do you want?
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I think that you can try to clone the api of adf.ly so that it will be possible to use these instructions just by changing the url:
- http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-make-money-with-adf-ly-and-twitter-all-day-every-day
- http://pastebin.com/zFB6iUcq

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Bulk API introduced. You can automate link shortening!
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Amount available to withdraw: ฿1.138E-5
Can you make the value more readable? Cheesy

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Can you make the value more readable? Cheesy
Done.
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Updated stats. Now advertisers can see average cost per impression!
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Affiliate program introduced. Earn 10% from the price of ads which were placed by user, registered with your referral link!
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Advertising cost calculator added. You can estimate how much you have to pay to get desired number of impressions.
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Add plus sign to the short URL (e.g. https://bitcointalk.org/annoyance.php+) and you will get QR code.
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Link publishers can filter inappropriate ads (e.g. porn, gambling etc).
Login into your account and set content filtering you want. By default adult material is being blocked.
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Detailed reports for advertisers available now, as well as actual CPM (cost per 1000 impressions).
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Can you add something like automatic advertisement ?
I mean that if the user can set some rules so that if some bitcoins arrive at the deposit address then they will be used instantly for a pre-configured advertisement.

The best is if you can add more deposit addresses, example:
1) 17834h9685jy9d45t097845f78 : adv 1
2) 10v2m5893u2c892mv58w89vb : adv 2
3) 11498v20m589b3m89540489v : nothing

This will make possible to connect more services with your coinurl, and make them all working without touching anything Smiley
Some services will make bitcoin and advertise themselves on coinurl Cheesy

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Can you add something like automatic advertisement ?
I mean that if the user can set some rules so that if some bitcoins arrive at the deposit address then they will be used instantly for a pre-configured advertisement.

The best is if you can add more deposit addresses, example:
1) 17834h9685jy9d45t097845f78 : adv 1
2) 10v2m5893u2c892mv58w89vb : adv 2
3) 11498v20m589b3m89540489v : nothing

This will make possible to connect more services with your coinurl, and make them all working without touching anything Smiley
Some services will make bitcoin and advertise themselves on coinurl Cheesy
Watching many thousands of addresses simultaneously at this moment is not possible (while I am using notification service like BitPing or Bitcoinmonitor). In future if my service will grow and I will be able to afford a dedicated server, this feature can be enabled.

As alternative solution I would suggest delayed ads (add a field to specify date/time of advertising start in the "New advertisement" form). Another variant - API interface, which allows activating your ad with GET query.
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You can view aggregated stats about users' location (country) and browser's language (HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE).

These stats available:
for the entire website;
for each link (an example);
for each advertisement (an example).
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Referer stats available for the link publishers.
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Link publishers and advertisers can make stats hidden from other users in the account's "Privacy" section.
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We have introduced extra degree of anonymity. Everyone can permanently delete all logs we have on the server.

Situation like this guaranteed will not happen now with your private data!
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The good thing of your service is that while more people will use it for themselves they are also spamming it around, and then more people will know about Bitcoin!
So it's a win-win for everyone Cheesy

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Are you also able to make something like a dynamic page ( because Bitcoin value is quiet dynamic Tongue ) where you compare the earning of your service with others like adf.ly ?
I mean, with Bitcoin you cut all the paypal/cc fees, so I think that you should be able to give more than them.

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Are you also able to make something like a dynamic page ( because Bitcoin value is quiet dynamic Tongue ) where you compare the earning of your service with others like adf.ly ?
I mean, with Bitcoin you cut all the paypal/cc fees, so I think that you should be able to give more than them.
I think better would be to allow the users to choose currency apart Bitcoins in which they want to see their earnings (i.e. auto conversion to USD using MtGox rate). This will attract even more users who don't actively use Bitcoin.
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I have updated stats in the profile's main page. Give me suggestions about other aggregated stats you want to see there.
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I think better would be to allow the users to choose currency apart Bitcoins in which they want to see their earnings (i.e. auto conversion to USD using MtGox rate). This will attract even more users who don't actively use Bitcoin.
Yeah, it's a good idea Smiley

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Geo targeting added. You can choose countries in which you want an advertisement be shown or block some countries (e.g. United States for casinos). If user's country matches with the country which you have specified, your ad will have highest priority to be shown!
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I modified this git so that it works with your service.
You should take it, change icons and publish it on chrome app market Smiley

https://github.com/HostFat/url-shortener-chrome-extension

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I modified this git so that it works with your service.
You should take it, change icons and publish it on chrome app market Smiley

https://github.com/HostFat/url-shortener-chrome-extension
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Language targeting available for advertisers! Show your ads only to people who speaks concrete language.
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Can you add a way to delete/hide links from the "My links" list?

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Can you add a way to delete/hide links from the "My links" list?
I will add a pagination soon.
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Pagination added for the links in profile and ad's stats. Other sections will be updated very soon.
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here there is the extension for chrome:
https://github.com/downloads/HostFat/url-shortener-chrome-extension/curlext.crx

Anyway, it's still NOT available on the chrome market. I think that you should put it.
I'll probably not support it with other updates.

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Anyway, it's still NOT available on the chrome market. I think that you should put it.
I agree with you and certainly will do this.

BTW, I think Firefox extension is also essential!
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I'd like to be able to withdraw my remaining balance. Please make this possible.

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I'd like to be able to withdraw my remaining balance. Please make this possible.
Bitcoins deposited for advertising cannot be refunded. This was clearly stated in FAQ, ToS and "Withdraw" section!
You can withdraw only funds that you have earned.

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Can I get back funds that were deposited?
You can only withdraw funds that you have earned. Funds that were deposited can be spent exclusively on advertising. This measure is need to protect our service against money laundering, which is required by the law.
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I'd like to be able to withdraw my remaining balance. Please make this possible.
Bitcoins deposited for advertising cannot be refunded. This was clearly stated in FAQ, ToS and "Withdraw" section!
I realize this, but the coins have not been claimed yet, and you could simply bounce the appropriate amount back to the same address, so that's the "money laundering" reason out of the way. I'd like to be a repeat customer, but if you do not allow me to withdraw my current balance, I will have put an ad in for someone else at a discounted rate to forcibly get rid of my remaining balance, and cut all ties with your service. I don't think neither of us want that.

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I'd like to be able to withdraw my remaining balance. Please make this possible.
Bitcoins deposited for advertising cannot be refunded. This was clearly stated in FAQ, ToS and "Withdraw" section!
I realize this, but the coins have not been claimed yet, and you could simply bounce the appropriate amount back to the same address, so that's the "money laundering" reason out of the way. I'd like to be a repeat customer, but if you do not allow me to withdraw my current balance, I will have put an ad in for someone else at a discounted rate to forcibly get rid of my remaining balance, and cut all ties with your service. I don't think neither of us want that.
Sorry, but I cannot make any exceptions. If I would allow this for you, other users could demand the same.

My personal advice for you: never ask exceptions in public places!
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After a private discussion with giantdragon, and some interesting quotes,
it is like when you buy loaf of bread in the grocery store you cannot claim a refund Wink
I've been forced against my will to spend my remaining balance on purchasing more advertisements.
This is hidden under an unethical and immoral clause:
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Funds that were deposited can be spent exclusively on advertising. This measure is need to protect our service against money laundering, which is required by the law.
There is no law pertaining to regulation of bitcoin money laundering. AML is serious business, but does not apply to Bitcoin. As such, this is clearly an attempt at hiding giantdragon's cheap tactic to increase profits behind some inexistant "law".

I'm baffled, and hope that this does not go unnoticed by the community.

Edit: It should be noted that I'm a paying customer, and will continue to be for the duration of my advertisement. This is not how you treat customers.

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I'm baffled, and hope that this does not go unnoticed by the community.]I'm baffled, and hope that this does not go unnoticed by the community.
I don't try to hide this condition. It is definitely stated in FAQ and profile page!

mcorlett, it is common business practice to don't allow refunds for money, paid for services. For example, mobile phone operators in Latvia do the same.

I agree, it is unethical to hide it somewhere in the middle of ToS. But I don't understand your concern - when you made a deposit you were warned that these funds must be spent exclusively on the ads and cannot be withdrawn. You agreed and made deposit, but now ask a refund... What a stupid logic!
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mcorlett, it is common business practice to don't allow refunds for money, paid for services. For example, mobile phone operators in Latvia do the same.
Oh, I'm not asking for a refund for the ad I placed via your service. That deal has been sealed. What I'm asking for is the ability to withdraw the remainder of my balance on your site, the part I didn't spend on advertising. You're denying me that ability.

I'm sorry if you misunderstood me. Sadly, I don't think you did.

But I don't understand your concern - when you made a deposit you were warned that these funds must be spent exclusively on the ads and cannot be withdrawn. You agreed and made deposit, but now ask a refund... What a stupid logic!
It does not say anywhere on the deposit page:
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To make a deposit, send Bitcoins to the following address:
[address]
There is no minimum amount you need to send. Funds will be credited instantly without waiting any confirmations.

In any case, do you have a valid reason for not allowing withdrawals, since I've already disproved your "money laundering" façade?

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mcorlett, it is common business practice to don't allow refunds for money, paid for services. For example, mobile phone operators in Latvia do the same.
You're denying me that ability.
When you made a deposit you knew that it is not allowed, but agreed to the terms and conditions. From my side all is honest!
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mcorlett, it is common business practice to don't allow refunds for money, paid for services. For example, mobile phone operators in Latvia do the same.
You're denying me that ability.
When you made a deposit you knew that it is not allowed, but agreed to the terms and conditions. From my side all is honest!
I did not know this at the time of deposit. It's funny how you just stated that hiding it in ToS jargon was unethical, but are now finding it "honest".

Please address the other questions and concerns in my previous post as well.

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I did not know this at the time of deposit. It's funny how you just stated that hiding it in ToS jargon was unethical, but are now finding it "honest".
I said it is unethical to state it in hidden form, e.g.
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<Corporation> will not be liable to you (whether under the law of contact, the law of torts or otherwise) in relation to the contents of, or use of, or otherwise in connection with, this website: for any indirect, special or consequential loss; or for any business losses, loss of revenue, income, profits or anticipated savings, loss of contracts or business relationships, loss of reputation or goodwill, or loss or corruption of information or data.

But I still cannot understand what is unclear in the following statement:
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Can I get back funds that were deposited?
You can only withdraw funds that you have earned. Funds that were deposited can be spent exclusively on advertising. This measure is need to protect our service against money laundering, which is required by the law.
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But I still cannot understand what is unclear in the following statement:
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Can I get back funds that were deposited?
You can only withdraw funds that you have earned. Funds that were deposited can be spent exclusively on advertising. This measure is need to protect our service against money laundering, which is required by the law.
Oh, so it's hidden behind the very legally binding FAQ, as mentioned in the Terms of Service - nice!

I'll ask again: now that we've dismantled the money laundering reason, why are you refusing to allow withdrawals?

If you do not act on this, I may very well have to involve the board administration. You are holding my funds hostage.

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Quote from: mcorlett
If you do not act on this, I may very well have to involve the board administration.
It is your right.

Quote from: mcorlett
You are holding my funds hostage.
You have deposited them for advertising and you still can post advertisements. I don't made anything against the contract you agreed (ToS).

P.S. I don't want anymore feed the troll!
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You've been ignoring this question for a long time now: "Now that we've dismantled the money laundering reason, why are you refusing to allow withdrawals?"

You won't answer because... you don't want to "feed the troll"?

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You've been ignoring this question for a long time now: "Now that we've dismantled the money laundering reason, why are you refusing to allow withdrawals?"
If I would allow withdrawals of deposited funds it really would turn CoinURL into washing machine! No commissions, no minimal amount... Why not to use for laundering!?
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Chrome extension available! After installation you will get an element in the context menu, just select link you want to shorten and click "Shorten URL and copy to clipboard". Shortened link will be copied to the clipboard.

Don't forget to set your unique UUID in the extension's options. You can find it in the profile.

This version of extension is in the beta stage, I am planning to upload it to the Chrome Store after some testing.
Right now you can download sources and install it from Tools -> Extensions -> Load unpacked extensions.

Bug reports and suggestions are welcome!
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You've been ignoring this question for a long time now: "Now that we've dismantled the money laundering reason, why are you refusing to allow withdrawals?"
If I would allow withdrawals of deposited funds it really would turn CoinURL into washing machine! No commissions, no minimal amount... Why not to use for laundering!?
This is completely made up by you to mask your aforementioned cheap tactics of forcing customers to spend money on your site. You have far too little activity to support money laundering; the odds of getting the same output you sent make this a money launderer's nightmare.

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I want to clarify about withdrawals of referral payments: they can be withdrawn without any limits as well as earnings!
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Stable version of Google Chrome browser extension now available with extra features added!

To shorten selected text or hyperlink just make right click on it and select "Shorten URL" in the context menu.
To shorten current tab's URL click extension's button located on the right from address bar.
In both cases shortened URL will be automatically copied to the clipboard, or appropriate error message shown.

Visit your profile page to install the extension or download sources.
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Stable version of Google Chrome browser extension now available with extra features added!

To shorten selected text or hyperlink just make right click on it and select "Shorten URL" in the context menu.
To shorten current tab's URL click extension's button located on the right from address bar.
In both cases shortened URL will be automatically copied to the clipboard, or appropriate error message shown.

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Sounds cool. All you need now is a Firefox version Smiley

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All you need now is a Firefox version Smiley
I am working hard on it!
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This website is surprisingly similar to l.f.nu!

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This website is surprisingly similar to l.f.nu!
Same theme Wink
Anyway, he can find many good ideas from this one Smiley

I am working hard on it!
Good! Cheesy

Another req:
Can you change the ref link with something else that isn't the username?

Example, instead of this:
http://coinurl.com/index.php?ref=HostFat

Something like this
http://coinurl.com/index.php?ref=37vw90720f3c

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This website is surprisingly similar to l.f.nu!

I think they're both owned by the same guy
Apparently they're not

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Same theme Wink
It is a popular free theme for the Bootstrap framework: http://bootswatch.com/united/
Many sites use it.

Another req:
Can you change the ref link with something else that isn't the username?

Example, instead of this:
http://coinurl.com/index.php?ref=HostFat

Something like this
http://coinurl.com/index.php?ref=37vw90720f3c
Just shorten link with your username! Only use different shortener, CoinURL blocks links to himself due to possible rigging of clicks.

I think they're both owned by the same guy
I don't own l.f.nu.
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Deletion of the links available for the publishers from profile's "My links" section.
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Many users have asked me about removals of clicks via e-mail, therefore and I want to clarify the situation.

Yesterday we got a bunch of suspicious clicks, that with 99% probability came from cheaters.
To prevent dilution of fair clicks' share, the stats are being reviewed every day and clicks that considered to come from suspicious sources are removed from the database.
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To offer better conditions for CoinURL advertisers and prevent misunderstanding like happened with mcorlett in the future, our non-refund policy was mitigated.
http://coinurl.com/faq.php
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Firefox add-on available!



Install now!
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Currency converter available! You can view all amounts in USD at current MtGox rate. Enable it on your profile page.
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Can you also add euro currency?

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Can you also add euro currency?
Soon I will introduce advanced profile settings. There will be many currency options, including EUR.
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Reading through the FAQ, I see "We count only unique clicks that were made with interval at least 24 hours from one IP address."

If one user clicks five of my (unique) links within an hour, do I get one click on each ad, or only one click on the first ad?

Thanks,
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If one user clicks five of my (unique) links within an hour, do I get one click on each ad, or only one click on the first ad?
You will get 5 clicks.
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Visit profile's settings page, where you can change e-mail address and password, as well as choose currency in which you want to see all amounts.

Following currencies available: AUD, CAD, CHF, CNY, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, PLN, RUB, SEK, SGD, THB, USD.
Rates are being updated every 30 minutes from MtGox.

If some errors emerged, try to clear browser cache.
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If you have seen zeroes in the stats while were not signed in, it was just a bug, that is fixed already!
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You shrink links - we shrink commissions!

For the next month our commission decreased to ZERO, i.e. you will receive 100% from amounts paid by advertisers!
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You shrink links - we shrink commissions!

For the next month our commission decreased to ZERO, i.e. you will receive 100% from amounts paid by advertisers!
Woa! good Cheesy

Can you also put the twitter widget on homepage?
So people will be able to see all the news directly without changing page.

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Can you also put the twitter widget on homepage?
I think main page would be better to leave clean, fast load is more important.
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Referral bonus increased to 25% from ad's price!

Attract more advertisers and earn extra Bitcoins, as well as increase pay rates for your links!
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We are going closer to the context-based ads. URL targeting now available for the advertisers!

When the user clicks on a short link, target URL being analyzed and advertisement are choosen based on the place, where points this link. For example, if you are advertising a video service, you can specify "youtube.com" in URL targeting and the users, who click links, pointing to YouTube, will see your ad.
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Password protection for links now available!
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Links management panel have been updated and following features added:

* edit target URL for the links;
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* for convenience, choose ordering by number of clicks or date.
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Recent clicks stats and chart available for the link publishers!
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Can you check the IP so that this message will be show in other languages?

There is only in english language now:
"CoinURL : shorten links and earn Bitcoins Visit Advanced URL shortener that rewards link publishers  Skip ad » Redirect after 5 seconds..."

Example:
If someone click the link and his IP comes from Italy, the message should be in italian language.

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Can you check the IP so that this message will be show in other languages?

There is only in english language now:
"CoinURL : shorten links and earn Bitcoins Visit Advanced URL shortener that rewards link publishers  Skip ad » Redirect after 5 seconds..."

Example:
If someone click the link and his IP comes from Italy, the message should be in italian language.
It is possible, but I speak only Russian (my native language) and English.
BTW, I have plans to make Russian version after some time, when CoinURL will reach some stabilization in features.
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SSL protocol enabled!



P.S. If you got some errors, please report to me.
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Advertising scheme completely changed to conform the industry standard (the same as Google Ads and Facebook use).
For link publishers more details about clicks payments available.

If something goes wrong, please have a patience and report me.
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A bug was detected: instead of your links, in "My links" section you have seen links that were created anonymously (i.e. by users without registration). Database was not damaged by this error, all your links are absolutely safe.

Sorry for inconvenience. Your account have to work normally now!
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Auto redirect timer now optional and can be enabled/disabled in the profile settings.

When a user clicks on your link, a timer can be turned on and after 15 seconds he will be automatically redirected to the destination website. Enabling auto redirect can provide more convenience for your links visitors, but decrease users' attention to the ads.

Advertisers can choose to don't show their ads on links with auto redirect.
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Advertisers can to pause/resume their ads, as well as to stop advertising campaign at any time and get full refund of remaining impressions.

https://coinurl.com/profile-ads.php
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Number of our users have grown beyond BitcoinMonitor's limits, so deposit processing method was changed. Payment addresses will be assigned dynamically and be valid for 24 hours after request in profile's "Deposit" section.
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I have received bug report about MySQL connection error. This error continued for very short time and now all works fine. I think it was due to hoster's server overload. If you would see it again, please make a screenshot and report me.
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Register your personal named link on the subdomains:

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Can you make the "Auto redirect" option for every single links?
Now it's on/off for everyone without distinction.

Another thing is that if the "auto redirect" is disabled, the user can't see the count-down.
The count-down is an usefull thing becuase it get the attemption of the user that find that he can skip/go to the final link.
Now it can happen that the user open the link but it doesn't see / or look at the upper bar, that he think that he clicked the wrong link.

So can you make the "skip ad" button little flashing/juming/moving/... when the user has disabled the "count-down" ?

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Can you make the "Auto redirect" option for every single links?
Now it's on/off for everyone without distinction.
It is not my current priority, but in the future I might add this. Now you can just register another account with different settings.

So can you make the "skip ad" button little flashing/juming/moving/...?
I have made button bigger, may be would add some animation.
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I tried to put this in your services:
Code:
skype:?chat&blob=S4q6R6Jd--K9yuP0Qj5gqChH75XAbUrNnnVfQyd2dJRcUURfK1dOdcqgX8dXylhSqS8eHceoCledpcsHUXugl36HG66j5Ve1t1VOghWhyGiMAW9zYoO6dx0BOiZLiuRbjl0p1XyM
It's a skype link to a skype group.

But it change the link in
Code:
skype/?chat&blob=S4q6R6Jd--K9yuP0Qj5gqChH75XAbUrNnnVfQyd2dJRcUURfK1dOdcqgX8dXylhSqS8eHceoCledpcsHUXugl36HG66j5Ve1t1VOghWhyGiMAW9zYoO6dx0BOiZLiuRbjl0p1XyM

So it changes "skype:?chat" to "skype/?chat" and it doesn't work.

This is the link:
https://bitcointalk.org/annoyance.php

Is there a way to fix it?

EDIT:
I just saw that there is the same problem with magnet link ( useful for bittorrents downloads )
example:
Code:
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:6659131ed6099ae194099c4466b288a5f6d35eaa3A6969
It change it in:
Code:
magnet/?xt=urn:btih:6659131ed6099ae194099c4466b288a5f6d35eaa3A6969

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I tried to put this in your services:
Code:
skype:?chat&blob=S4q6R6Jd--K9yuP0Qj5gqChH75XAbUrNnnVfQyd2dJRcUURfK1dOdcqgX8dXylhSqS8eHceoCledpcsHUXugl36HG66j5Ve1t1VOghWhyGiMAW9zYoO6dx0BOiZLiuRbjl0p1XyM
It's a skype link to a skype group.

But it change the link in
Code:
skype/?chat&blob=S4q6R6Jd--K9yuP0Qj5gqChH75XAbUrNnnVfQyd2dJRcUURfK1dOdcqgX8dXylhSqS8eHceoCledpcsHUXugl36HG66j5Ve1t1VOghWhyGiMAW9zYoO6dx0BOiZLiuRbjl0p1XyM

So it changes "skype:?chat" to "skype/?chat" and it doesn't work.

This is the link:
https://bitcointalk.org/annoyance.php

Is there a way to fix it?

EDIT:
I just saw that there is the same problem with magnet link ( useful for bittorrents downloads )
example:
Code:
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:6659131ed6099ae194099c4466b288a5f6d35eaa3A6969
It change it in:
Code:
magnet/?xt=urn:btih:6659131ed6099ae194099c4466b288a5f6d35eaa3A6969
I just tested on Chrome and Firefox, I don't see that it changes colon to the slash. Here is an example of your magnet link: https://www.coinurl.com/stats.php?code=mdw

It seems that this forum blocks ad links, so write your example as link to the stats page, like above.
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I know that there is problem on this forum, but there is also on your service ( or there is a problem with my Chrome browser ... )
I saw that the link appear correct on the service interface, but it doesn't work on the "redirect step".
It redirect to the wrong link, the one with the slash.

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If I mouse over the redirect button I get this:


If I click the redirect button I get this:


I'm using last version of Chrome.

EDIT:

But if I click the 'Target URL' here: https://www.coinurl.com/stats.php?code=mdw everything goes fine.
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Bug fixed! Thank you for the reports.
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Bug fixed! Thank you for the reports.
thank you for your service Cheesy

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Added "now" subdomain.
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Content filtration changed. Options "politics" and "weapons" added. Alcohol and tobacco can be selected separately.

Please update filtration settings in your profile:
https://coinurl.com/profile-filter.php
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Our web hoster's server went offline. Don't worry, CoinURL operation will be restored soon.

P.S. I just called my hosting provider, they promised to restore operation within 30 mins.
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Our web hoster's server went offline. Don't worry, CoinURL operation will be restored soon.

P.S. I just called my hosting provider, they promised to restore operation within 30 mins.

I just noticed it was offline, glad to see you already on it.

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I have called the hoster again. An operator said a hardware failure occurred. Right now they are replacing damaged equipment.

Don't panic! I have recent backup.
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CoinURL operation fully recovered! Database was not affected by this accident.

Sorry for inconvenience!
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CoinURL operation fully recovered! Database was not affected by this accident.

Sorry for inconvenience!

Cheesy glad to hear it.

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It seems that there are some websites ( or just one ) that block the redirect.
Example:
ads

Can you find a way to auto-check these problems?

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Some advertisers try to fraudulently boost number of visitors by embedding script that forces redirect to their page.

Unfortunately it is impossible to automatically detect these scripts. But malicious ads are being immediately removed, right after I receive a complaint, without refunds to the advertisers. I think this measure will destroy any incentive to annoy users.
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Browser extensions updated. Added SSL encryption, as well as possibility to set default password for protection series of the links.

Chrome extension: https://coinurl.com/download/coinurl_chrome.crx

Firefox add-on will be auto updated after Mozilla review, which takes about 3 days. If you don't want to wait, update manually right now:
https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/downloads/file/155800/coinurl-1.1-fx.xpi
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You can control what they do. It's a matter of forcing it.
Is it easy? no
They get more ingenious with every turn. However you do ultimately have just as much control as they do.

One method that usually works.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1794974/using-js-how-can-i-stop-child-iframes-from-redirecting-or-at-least-prompt-users

Html5 has also introduced sandboxing
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/369498/how-to-prevent-iframe-from-redirecting-top-level-window

It's adoption however is not yet fully supported in all browsers. So sandboxing your iframe will have it's drawbacks until it does.

So I'd like to just say, It's not really true to say, "Unfortunately it is impossible to automatically detect these scripts."
If you'd some help in making this less of an issue, I'm sure I can find you a solution, but their is enough freely available advice and code out there.

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Lethos, thank you for the suggestion.

Now ads are being be displayed in the separate sandbox, where parent's window forced redirect is not possible to perform.
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Lethos, thank you for the suggestion.

Now ads are being be displayed in the separate sandbox, where parent's window forced redirect is not possible to perform.

Almost tempted to test that out, but I'll take your word for it Smiley
Glad to hear you are making these upgrades.

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Now ads are being be displayed in the separate sandbox, where parent's window forced redirect is not possible to perform.
So, you're not doing anything to help Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer users?

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Is html5 only supported by Chrome? I don't think so ...

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Is html5 only supported by Chrome? I don't think so ...
"The sandbox attribute is currently supported in Chrome and Safari."
 - http://www.w3schools.com/html5/att_iframe_sandbox.asp

Please do some research before posting.

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It seems that you are taking it too personaly Undecided
I leave! Grin

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I leave! Grin
I would expect nothing less! Smiley

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Now ads are being be displayed in the separate sandbox, where parent's window forced redirect is not possible to perform.
So, you're not doing anything to help Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer users?
From a webdev standpoint, it's very tempting to only support Chrome, but it's most profitable to spend countless frustrated hours trying to get IE up to 2005 levels.
From an ideological standpoint, I'd only use HTML5 and CSS3, then wait for everyone to support the goddamn international standards.
From an end-user standpoint, I use Chrome (over FF) because I'd rather have more HTML5 support and forego random stuff like APNG.
I'd switch to maxathon if it was faster and I liked its UI better
Sources:
http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html
http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/

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Is html5 only supported by Chrome? I don't think so ...
"The sandbox attribute is currently supported in Chrome and Safari."
 - http://www.w3schools.com/html5/att_iframe_sandbox.asp
Yes, it is true. But it is only one way how to automatically prevent malicious ads. While this feature is not supported in all browsers, I will continue to manually monitor ads for presence of the forced redirect scripts.
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Click stats have been updated. See how much you have earned on each click.
View your earnings chart for the last month.
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Upload web pages containing links which you want to shorten. You can upload a single file with HTML code (.html, .htm, .php etc) or bundle many files in the archive (only .zip format supported). Archive can contain folders, as well as binary files (e.g. images). Only "href" attribute will be affected.
We strongly respect your privacy and will never disclose any files that you have uploaded. These files will be securely deleted not later than 24 hours since processing.

This feature is in the beta stage, if you have found a bug, please tell me.

https://coinurl.com/profile-batch.php
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Batch shortener now supports automatic relative URL transformation to absolute, using specified base domain.

For example, if you have links like href="index.php" and website's domain is "sample-site.com", you can automatically convert links to "http://sample-site.com/index.php".
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Process your tweet, instant message or forum post and monetize all links it has. Message's structure and text will be kept original. BBCode (used in most forums like phpBB and vBulletin) is also supported.

https://coinurl.com/profile-message.php
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Our message parser now able to detect links even without "http://" protocol prefix.
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Improvements made for the advertisers:

* Significantly improved fraudulent click detection method.
* Preview of the ads available.
* You can specify separate URL of your website and ad page's URL to be shown in the interstitial ad frame. Also you can upload an ad to our server.
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Advertisers, make your campaign more effective by forcing link visitors to view your ads for given period of time!
Publishers, boost your earnings by allowing longer ad display time!
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Google Chrome extension now available from the official Chome Web Store! If you have previous version installed, please uninstall it first, than perform an update. You may be asked to enter a personal UUID again.



Update now!
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Want to save your time? Just place JavaScript code on each website's page and all links it contains will start to generate income for you!

Below is an example. Version with personal ID and more detailed description is here: https://coinurl.com/profile-dynamic.php.

Code:
<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {
    var include = Array();
    //Leave empty to convert all links on the page or specify keywords
    //which URL must contain to be processed
    
    var exclude = Array();
    //Specify keywords which URL must not contain to be processed
    
    var id = "a274a7610f6856432fb1e9a707de2645"; //Change to personal from https://coinurl.com/profile-dynamic.php
    var redirect = "http://coinurl.com/redirect.php?id=" + id + "&url=";
    var links = $("a[href^='http']");
    
    for(var i = 0; i < links.length; i++) {
        var url = $(links[i]).attr("href");
        
        var deny = false;
        for(var j = 0; j < exclude.length; j++) {
            if(url.indexOf(exclude[j]) != -1) {
                deny = true;
                break;
            }
        }
        if(deny) {
            continue;
        }
        
        if(include.length > 0) {
            var allow = false;
            for(var j = 0; j < include.length; j++) {
                if(url.indexOf(include[j]) != -1) {
                    allow = true;
                    break;
                }
            }
            if(!allow) {
                continue;
            }
        }
        
        $(links[i]).attr("href",  redirect + encodeURIComponent(url));
    }
});
</script>
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You're working really hard on this project. I wish you the best of lucks.
It's a great service  Smiley

PS: You may want to change the link on your previous post. (localhost)
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You're working really hard on this project. I wish you the best of lucks.
It's a great service  Smiley
Thank you!

PS: You may want to change the link on your previous post. (localhost)
Oh, I have copied this snipped from my local server. On the page https://coinurl.com/profile-dynamic.php redirect URL is correct.
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Many new tools now available for the advertisers! The ad selection algorithm completely rewriten from scratch!

You can choose devices on which you want to show your ad (desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, tablets).

Frequency capping lets you to set maximum number of times an ad can be shown to the same person per 24 hours.

Also you can specify keywords to target your ad to the people, who visit relevant websites. Both referrer and destination URL will be matched. Keywords now being matched in the case-insensitive full text search mode, e.g. it is enough to specify "youtube" to target all YouTube links. Keywords also can be used to exclude audience who visit websites, that are not relevant for your ad (e.g. porn, pirated downloads).

Meanwhile, Firefox extension was too updated!

P.S. As I know, currently CoinURL is only one Bitcoin advertising platform that offers contextual ads.

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You have some great skills Smiley
Will you ever make a complete advertise system as anonymous ads?

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Will you ever make a complete advertise system as anonymous ads?
You are absolutely right! I have plans to turn CoinURL into leading Bitcoin advertising platform!
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Want to publish multiple ads with the same geo, language, and keywords settings? Use your existing ad as a template to create new one.
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I use this service too and I think it is great. Good job with it. Just need to find a sweet spot with where to put the links.
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I have used this service since its start, not as a publisher but as an advertiser for my websites.
I recall the first ad was for my own URL shortening service (w/out ads), and it was even a bit aggressive ("tired of waiting for redirection? my shortener has no ads"); recently I have taken a more passive approach since I figured out CoinURL isn't exactly in the same market/user base as my URL shortener - no need to get more enemies Wink
More recently, I also bought ads for another website of my own, with positive results - even though the ad I posted for it accidentally broke the iframe of the redirection page, support contacted me in a few hours and I had the problem solved in a couple more. CoinURL also implemented the feature I suggested in the emails we exchanged, the one of ad preview (exactly to prevent broken iframes).

As an advertiser, I'm quite satisfied with this service and its support system (fast reply, no annoying ticket system, and even accept users' suggestions), even though as an link-clicking user I really hate services like CoinURL, making me wait to browse to the links I clicked.

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It would be nice if we could choose a max number of daily visits so the views won't run out the first day.
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It would be nice if we could choose a max number of daily visits so the views won't run out the first day.
It is called frequency capping. I have already introduced this feature few days ago.

Maybe I have incorrectly understood what did you mean and in fact you are asking about limiting overall number of impressions per day, not views by the same user. If yes, you just don't understand how are auction-based ads working! Completion speed (number of impressions per day) depends from CPM bid, therefore to get less impressions just pay cheaper price!  Grin
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It would be nice if we could choose a max number of daily visits so the views won't run out the first day.
It is called frequency capping. I have already introduced this feature few days ago.

Maybe I have incorrectly understood what did you mean and in fact you are asking about limiting overall number of impressions per day, not views by the same user. If yes, you just don't understand how are auction-based ads working! Completion speed (number of impressions per day) depends from CPM bid, therefore to get less impressions just pay cheaper price!  Grin

I do understand how are auction-based ads work.

The problem is when all other ads expire.
Yesterday I got 28.7k impressions (87% of total impressions). This way my ads will expire all in the same day, and I don't want this.
It would be nice if we could edit active ads.
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even though as an link-clicking user I really hate services like CoinURL, making me wait to browse to the links I clicked.
You must blame link publishers who force you to wait! In CoinURL, unlike AdFly, any publisher can set maximum wait time applicable for their links, depending on how does his audience tolerate forced wait time.

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Yesterday I got 28.7k impressions (87% of total impressions).
Someone have started to use auto shortening feature on his highly visited site, so average number of clicks per day skyrocketed by 10 times. Even I haven't expected such big instant growth! It proves that using my auto shortening script is the same easy like putting banner ads.

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It would be nice if we could edit active ads.
I am working on it right now  Wink
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Ad editing and budget management now available!

Go to the "My ads" page and open context menu:



P.S. Few days ago someone with heavy traffic website installed our auto shortening script and boosted number of clicks to more than 30k per day. This traffic is absolutely legitimate and has very high quality (visitors mostly from U.S. and western Europe). Many advertisers were not ready for this significant increase of the traffic and their remaining impressions depleted, so advertising cost dropped to the ridiculously low value ~0.045 BTC per mille.

Don't miss your opportunity while eyes of these visitors are so damn cheap!
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On advertisement's stats page you can estimate performance of the ad: expected number of impressions per day and campaign's completion time. Use this data to adjust CPM bid and achieve the best cost/speed ratio! See an example.
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Main page was completely redesigned. I am not a professional designer, so may be you have some suggestions how to make it more attractive.
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I like it, it reminds me of the homepage of my tnyCloud service. I think the four bigger icons in the middle of the page need to be anti-aliased because they look ugly now.

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I like it, it reminds me of the homepage of my tnyCloud service.
This style comes from Bootstrap promo page, so it can be found on a whole bunch of websites.
But I think 4 big icons in the middle adds some originality.

I think the four bigger icons in the middle of the page need to be anti-aliased because they look ugly now.
Fixed.
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This style comes from Bootstrap promo page, so it can be found on a whole bunch of websites.
Yes, I know, I'm not criticizing you. In fact, the icons on my page are in the opposite side (float: right) of the div, when compared.
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Fixed.
They look much better now Smiley You're not so bad at web design as you say...

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I have changed colors for the promo image. I think now it fits better to the "United" Bootstrap theme.

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After change:


Which do you think looks better?
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The orange, changed image looks better on the website. Even though it looks fine now, take care not to abuse of the orange color if you ever make more changes to the layout. Too much orange is one of the problems I find on some websites with the United theme.

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We have broke previous withdrawal record! Someone lucky earned whole 5 BTC!
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Russian localization available!

Доступна полная русская локализация сайта!
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Advertising costs dropped to the average 0.02 BTC per 1000 views. It is really cheap comparing to other Bitcoin advertising networks!
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Can you not delete ads when they're out of funds?
It's very boring to create the same ad all over again and wait for review.
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Can you not delete ads when they're out of funds?
It's very boring to create the same ad all over again
You don't need to create new ad! Just go to the "My ads" -> "Show history", click "Manage budget" on selected ad and enter number of impressions you want to buy.

and wait for review.
I will fix it soon.
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I want to share my experience with coinurl.
This platform is a good idea and technically excellent and constantly growing with many useful features to publishers, but lately I'm having some problems with ads revenue, initially in the first two week of service the gains were proportional, probably over my dreams, over the past several days/weeks i have problems with unexplained rejected states (to test some of them i've asked some friends in usa and canada to test for me outside europe with default beaviour, browser no ad block, no proxy, accepting cockies, js enabled, ecc, but rejected ?) and unexplained changing values, i tried to contact their support (btw, really quick, and comprensive response) and some things have been clarified, but others unfortunately not, i'm an honest publisher, never try to scam 1 click, but i know what i'm doing, and don't want to wast my time or work free for others, and i think that if things and not clarified and still remain unexplained i will return to a platform more transparent and respectful of its publisher.
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I want to share my experience with coinurl.
This platform is a good idea and technically excellent and constantly growing with many useful features to publishers, but lately I'm having some problems with ads revenue, initially in the first two week of service the gains were proportional, probably over my dreams, over the past several days/weeks i have problems with unexplained rejected states (to test some of them i've asked some friends in usa and canada to test for me outside europe with default beaviour, browser no ad block, no proxy, accepting cockies, js enabled, ecc, but rejected ?) and unexplained changing values, i tried to contact their support (btw, really quick, and comprensive response) and some things have been clarified, but others unfortunately not, i'm an honest publisher, never try to scam 1 click, but i know what i'm doing, and don't want to wast my time or work free for others, and i think that if things and not clarified and still remain unexplained i will return to a platform more transparent and respectful of its publisher.
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For all time you have 1794 clicks registered, 115 were rejected.

As I said before, server-side script automatically checks if the visitor's browser have sent acknowledgement about successful advertisement load in the frame. It may be many reasons why query relating this acknowledgement was not executed, e.g. client closed browser too quickly, my hoster's DB server was down at this time, firewall blocked it or many other that I even cannot know.

But your rejection rate is only 6.8%, I don't understand why to worry! Also I think having negligible share of false-positives is much better than disabling fraud detection script at all and lose all advertisers, because nobody will pay to show their ads to the bots!
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For all time you have 1794 clicks registered, 115 were rejected.

As I said before, server-side script automatically checks if the visitor's browser have sent acknowledgement about successful advertisement load in the frame. It may be many reasons why query relating this acknowledgement was not executed, e.g. client closed browser too quickly, my hoster's DB server were down in this time, firewall blocked it or many other that I even cannot know.

But your rejection rate is only 6.8%, I don't understand why you worry!

as i wrote if you consider last days reject ratio is over 85%, and i've already abandoned you for twitter there is aroud 99% !  Roll Eyes
if was as you wrote where are my transactions ?  Tongue
Anyway bitcoinplaza is just borned, and i've all time to choose right street.
i repeat your is a great service (i'm thinking to clone it  Grin), need some fine tuning and a little more trasparence, maybe for any other user is perfect.
thanks anyway good job !


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as i wrote if you consider last days reject ratio is over 85%, and i've already abandoned you for twitter there is aroud 99% !  Roll Eyes
if was as you wrote where are my transactions ?  Tongue
Do you have other accounts besides "Tino"? If yes, write please usernames.

need some fine tuning and a little more trasparence
What concrete features do you want?

i'm thinking to clone it
Then you will see how really hard is to fight against fraud. If you are unable to solve cheating issue, nobody will advertise.

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BTW, you don't even need to spend time! Just place our javascript code, visitors will see ads and you receive Bitcoins. Also for these type of advertising click rejection rate is significantly lower.
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New affiliate program available! Make advertising on CoinURL available for wider audience! Resell our vouchers as for Bitcoins, as well as for real currency and make 15% profit!
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ID: 50169a975cc15856027962
Code: 41901b6b7cfa2084cafa0948342bb994

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ID: 50169a975cc15856027962
Code: 41901b6b7cfa2084cafa0948342bb994

 Grin
Someone certainly will thank you for this donation!  Wink
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Can you not delete ads when they're out of funds?
It's very boring to create the same ad all over again and wait for review.
This bug fixed now. For all subsequent ads (including currently active) you will be able to refill a finished ad without waiting repeat review!
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Visualization of the impressions stats was added. You can view your ad's performance for last hour, day, month(s). Also, with mouse hover on points, you can compare average CPM bids which were set at these periods to select most appropriate price/performance ratio.

An example:

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I have received many requests asking to providing more transparency about rejected clicks. Link publishers now can see info about a user, who made a click (hostname, referrer, operating system, browser, language). Additionally, information about ad status (if an ad was successfully shown or not) and target link visit (i.e. if "Skip ad" button was shown) available.

An example:



Information about users who viewed an ad also available to the advertisers in the "Impression details" page.



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What if an user that clicks on a CoinURL short link is not comfortable with his information being available to the link publisher? Do you comply with any do-not-track standards (i.e. the browser plugins that indicate websites user prefers not to be tracked)?

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What if an user that clicks on a CoinURL short link is not comfortable with his information being available to the link publisher? Do you comply with any do-not-track standards (i.e. the browser plugins that indicate websites user prefers not to be tracked)?
I do not hand over any data (i.e. IP-address) that can be used to identify person who clicked a link. Info which I have started to provide to the link publishers just gives them more details to understand why some clicks were rejected.
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I do not hand over any data (i.e. IP-address)
The hostname is directly resolvable to the IP address.

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[milton:~]$ host pc-247-27-44-190.cm.vtr.net
pc-247-27-44-190.cm.vtr.net has address 190.44.27.247

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Ok, I will add "Do not track" flag.
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Do you mean that the user must register before clicking the link to disable the flag?
I think that none want to give personal information ( like IP address / hostname ) to anyone else.


Anyway, can you also add an option to give the advertiser the ability to enable some clicks coming from Tor network if the have some kind of ref?

Example:
I'm an advertiser, I see that clicks coming from sdfhdojghidcohiuehc.onion seems true ( its' a not existent address, it's just random chars ), so I want to enable coinurl to count these kind of clicks instead of nulling them.

you can also add an option to enable clicks coming from any Tor node, it's a choice of the advertiser.

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Do you mean that the user must register before clicking the link to disable the flag?
I think that none want to give personal information ( like IP address / hostname ) to anyone else.
It is browser-wide option, not concrete service's. The user just says to anyone that he don't want to be tracked.




Anyway, can you also add an option to give the advertiser the ability to enable some clicks coming from Tor network if the have some kind of ref?

Example:
I'm an advertiser, I see that clicks coming from sdfhdojghidcohiuehc.onion seems true ( its' a not existent address, it's just random chars ), so I want to enable coinurl to count these kind of clicks instead of nulling them.
Nice idea! I will consider this.
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It is browser-wide option, not concrete service's. The user just says to anyone that he don't want to be tracked.

Not all browsers support that option, and if I recall correctly such things first appeared as browser plugins. And yes, it's the client that specifies, by sending some sort of flag to the server, that it doesn't want to be tracked. I don't know if there's some sort of official standard for it. It's up to the server to respect the flag or not, but I think it's more polite to respect it whenever possible, so it's great you're adding support for it Smiley

Some more notes: links which have too many "do not track" clicks can be marked as suspicious, and advertisers can choose not to show their ad to people who don't want to be tracked (even because no-tracking may not comply with the privacy police of their website or ad page).

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Not all browsers support that option, and if I recall correctly such things first appeared as browser plugins. And yes, it's the client that specifies, by sending some sort of flag to the server, that it doesn't want to be tracked. I don't know if there's some sort of official standard for it. It's up to the server to respect the flag or not, but I think it's more polite to respect it whenever possible, so it's great you're adding support for it Smiley

This flag can be easily obtained with following code (tested with Firefox and Chrome "Do Not Track Plus" extension):

Code:
function doNotTrack()
{
if(isset($_SERVER['HTTP_DNT']) && ($_SERVER['HTTP_DNT'] == 1))
return true;
else
return false;
}

I have enabled "Do Not Track" feature and started to respect also link visitors' privacy. If visitor's browser has this flag enabled, publishers and advertisers will see a message like:



Otherwise, IP and hostname will be available to them.


Some more notes: links which have too many "do not track" clicks can be marked as suspicious, and advertisers can choose not to show their ad to people who don't want to be tracked (even because no-tracking may not comply with the privacy police of their website or ad page).

I think it is obvious that "Do Not Track" flag will be used as one of the parameters in fraud detection script.


Anyway, can you also add an option to give the advertiser the ability to enable some clicks coming from Tor network if the have some kind of ref?

A whitelist for TOR hidden websites enabled. If you have a .onion site where want to place CoinURL links, write me its address and if it is legitimate I will add an exception.
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We have started to pay 10% bonus from the link publisher earnings, who have registered with your referral link!
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We have started to pay 10% bonus from the link publisher earnings, who have registered with your referral link!

SWEET!
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I have noticed that many advertisers incorrectly use targeting by referring and short link destination URL. May be phrase "Keywords" is confusing or not all users have read help before posting an ad and mistakenly suppose that this means natural language keywords like "automobiles" and "houses", which web page must contain to be matched. Unfortunately, currently I don't have enough computational power to cache contents of the websites, on which links are pointing the same way as Google AdSense does.

In fact, as said in help, keywords are tokens which are being matched against referring and destination URL, not contents of the websites they are pointing. For example, if you have specified keyword "bitcoin", it will be matched against URLs like http://dailybitcoins.org, http://bitcointalk.org, http://bitcoinplaza.blogspot.com etc (i.e. keyword must enter exactly into URL as substring to be matched).

To make this feature less ambiguous I have renamed "keywords" to "URL tokens". If you already have placed an ad with incorrect targeting  settings, please correct it.

Help page with detailed explanation: https://coinurl.com/url-targeting.php
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New record high withdrawal of 5.4 BTC:
http://blockchain.info/tx-index/14481862/94294c1449127715a9005a9397864e0c5e37e4930e5b2caa46bde36505da3036

By the way, user who earned these Bitcoins have used our auto-shortening script on his website and got so many impressions with little efforts!
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Our web hoster's MySQL server seems to be experiencing some problems. Unfortunately their support doesn't work at weekends.
 
Sorry for inconvenience.
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Database server's performance issue was solved.
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UPD1:
Install an overlay script on your website's pages and earn on each visit! When some user visits a page with this script installed, he will be immediately exposed to an ad then returned back to the target page. Advertisements will be shown not frequently than one time per day on each page for the same user.

See live example: http://dailybitcoins.org/stats


UPD2:
You can see your refferals stats (when joined and amount of your earnings). Stats available for period beginning August 8, 2012.
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To provide highest level of security we have started to encrypt cookies which contain sensitive info.
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Install an overlay script on your website's pages and earn on each visit! When some user visits a page with this script installed, he will be immediately exposed to an ad then returned back to the target page.
Nag screen on my site? Hm, I don't think I'm that greedy... It's because of ads like that that people are installing ad-killers that also block perfectly unobtrusive, discreet ads...

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Install an overlay script on your website's pages and earn on each visit! When some user visits a page with this script installed, he will be immediately exposed to an ad then returned back to the target page.
Nag screen on my site? Hm, I don't think I'm that greedy... It's because of ads like that that people are installing ad-killers that also block perfectly unobtrusive, discreet ads...
I try to offer as much as possible methods of advertising and it is up to the website's owner to choose an appropriate one, depending on its target audience!

BTW, stay tuned! Next days I will announce non-intrusive banner advertising on the CoinURL.
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Banner advertising like Google AdSense® available on the CoinURL:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=101069.0
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Finally, yet another trustworthy bitcoin advertising network Smiley

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Would it be possible to exclude an ad from being shown on chosen sites by prepending the URL with a minus mark or something? (eg. -http://www.bitbin.it/ )

It would be quite redundant to see an ad about BitBin in BitBin. Tongue

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Would it be possible to exclude an ad from being shown on chosen sites by prepending the URL with a minus mark or something? (eg. -http://www.bitbin.it/ )

It would be quite redundant to see an ad about BitBin in BitBin. Tongue
It is possible! Just enter

Code:
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Click and impression charts now available for the ad slots.

Also advertisers can view impressions chart along with the clicks.
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Overall stats page was completely redesigned. Traffic calculator to estimate average number of visitors per concrete country, language and domain have added.
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UPD1: Location and language charts, as well as OS, browser and device stats now available for all advertisements, links and ad slots.

UPD2: Advertisers can see aggregate traffic source (referrer) stats for their interstitial and banner ads now!

Stats for all entities (ads, links, ad slots) can be easily retrieved in uniform way by opening it's context menu (icon with cog) and clicking "Stats".






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Can you show total Earnings of ad slots? On the Overview page.
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August 21, 2012, 07:14:33 PM
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Can you show total Earnings of ad slots? On the Overview page.
Made! Also added average revenue per 1000 impressions (RPM) for each ad slot.
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August 23, 2012, 01:59:26 PM
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Image ads have been introduced!
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=102717.0
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August 24, 2012, 02:47:13 PM
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This is something I've been noticing since I set up banner ads at tny.im, but the style does not match the one I set up at CoinURL.

If you access http://tny.im , you'll see the color of the CoinURL ad title is blue, however, on the profile for that slot, I set it to orange to go with all the other link colors. The colors I set don't match the ones that appear Sad

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August 24, 2012, 07:16:50 PM
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This is something I've been noticing since I set up banner ads at tny.im, but the style does not match the one I set up at CoinURL.

If you access http://tny.im , you'll see the color of the CoinURL ad title is blue, however, on the profile for that slot, I set it to orange to go with all the other link colors. The colors I set don't match the ones that appear Sad
You have entered invalid color: "97310" (5 characters, while HTML notation requires 3 or 6 chars).
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August 24, 2012, 07:37:07 PM
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The ad preview showed up right, that's why I didn't even bother checking for typos. Now I wonder from where did I take the 97310 value...

Perhaps you could make the system check for errors in order to make these mistakes less frequent?

EDIT: It seems to be fixed now, thanks. I also noticed it trims the input to six chars, while it should allow for a leading # plus six chars (most HTML editors and page inspectors show the color codes this way), making 7 chars total. Some kind of JavaScript form validation shouldn't be too hard to implement along with the ad preview... Wink

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August 24, 2012, 11:38:31 PM
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Some kind of JavaScript form validation shouldn't be too hard to implement along with the ad preview... Wink
Done!
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August 28, 2012, 04:39:46 PM
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Now you can advertise on the Daily Bitcoins through CoinURL!
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August 31, 2012, 11:06:31 AM
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I've been getting a bit of these MySQL errors with your ads lately :
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Warning: mysqli::mysqli() [mysqli.mysqli]: (42000/1203): User bitlatsl_coinurl already has more than 'max_user_connections' active connections in /home7/bitlatsl/public_html/coinurl.com/data/dbconnect.php on line 5

Might want to adjust your settings/server. Tongue

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August 31, 2012, 12:43:52 PM
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Just checked, all works fine. Most probably it was just short-time overload of our hosting servers (CoinURL currently is located on the virtual server, which performance depends of the overall physical server load).
Don't worry if this error sometimes happens, in most cases it lasts only few minutes or even less.
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August 31, 2012, 06:38:32 PM
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New affiliate program available.

Request verification of your website (via context menu on the ad slots page) and receive extra income through free referral link, embedded into "Ads by CoinURL" label!
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September 03, 2012, 08:32:30 PM
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WARNING!  This website is serving malware.  I was always wondering why my CPU would increase when visiting this site, visitor beware!
I just went to that page and didn't get any warning. 

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September 03, 2012, 08:34:22 PM
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WARNING!  This website is serving malware.  I was always wondering why my CPU would increase when visiting this site, visitor beware!
I have placed an ad from the "ruiframe.ru" on this page, which most probably contained some malicious code. Now it is removed! Sorry for inconvenience.
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September 03, 2012, 11:26:44 PM
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How long do the urls last? I couldn't find this information the FAQ.

I mean if the urls dont get clicked will they die, or they need to get clicked every X days/months ?

Thanks.

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September 03, 2012, 11:28:14 PM
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How long do the urls last? I couldn't find this information the FAQ.

I mean if the urls dont get clicked will they die, or they need to get clicked every X days/months ?

Thanks.
Your links will work forever (while CoinURL exists)!
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September 05, 2012, 02:41:02 AM
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Some advertisers complained that label "Ads by CoinURL" looks ugly on the image ads. I have made redesign and now it takes only small piece of your banner, but when a user hovers mouse, appears the full label, e.g.:

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September 06, 2012, 11:56:17 PM
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We will perform database maintenance now! Don't worry if the service will be unavailable for short period of time.

UPD: Maintenance have completed.
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September 07, 2012, 04:23:45 PM
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Conversion tracking have implemented! This feature lets you to measure efectiveness of the advertising campaign by tracking some actions the user have performed (e.g. signed up, made a purchase etc).

Currently our conversion tracking technology has the most complete set of features comparing to other Bitcoin advertising networks!

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=102717.msg1167908#msg1167908
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September 09, 2012, 02:54:47 PM
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We would like to introduce AdWords/AdSense style contextual ads for sites and search results:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=107212.0
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September 11, 2012, 12:52:25 AM
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Free promo banners available:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=108505.0
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September 14, 2012, 03:38:58 PM
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Now advertisers can specify days of the week and hours to display their interstitial and text/image banner ads.
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September 14, 2012, 11:10:53 PM
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Now advertisers can specify days of the week and hours to display their interstitial and text/image banner ads.

Appears to be working as described. Good job!
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September 17, 2012, 06:49:04 PM
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Web hosting server went down. Don't worry.

UPD: I called hoster, admin said storage failure occured. They try to restore files from backup right now.
Database was not affected at all.
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September 17, 2012, 08:51:27 PM
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Normal operation restored! Sorry for inconvenience.
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September 18, 2012, 03:58:00 AM
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There seems to be a problem again.
Instead of ads a login prompt appears on my page. Thats quite annoying.

If I connect to www.coinurl.com the same login promt shows up.

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September 18, 2012, 04:02:13 AM
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We again have some problems with the hosting.
If CoinURL page doesn't opens, try to use HTTPS instead of HTTP, e.g. https://coinurl.com

For ad slots the same solution must work.

P.S. CoinURL is located on the virtual hosting, therefore I am unable to do anything. It is an early morning in the Riga now, so tech support doesn't work.

UPD: Issue solved.
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September 18, 2012, 02:04:22 PM
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We would like to introduce updated site-specific ad system on the CoinURL, which solves main drawback of the site-specific-only ad systems like Operation Fabulous, but provides possibility to the advertisers to place ads only on the selected sites with desired quality traffic:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=110355.0
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September 20, 2012, 02:16:12 PM
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Now you can prevent your ads from showing on the sites containing some keywords by prepending them with the minus sign.
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September 24, 2012, 03:27:59 PM
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Our web hoster have completed upgrade of the servers. I think you notice performance increase!
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September 25, 2012, 01:00:28 AM
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Down for me.
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September 25, 2012, 01:51:40 AM
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I see, server offline now. It seems that hoster not yet completed maintenance in the term as promised.

UPD: Server alive again!
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September 30, 2012, 01:25:50 PM
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We just hit 1000 publishers who have our banner ad slots installed!
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October 01, 2012, 12:02:30 PM
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Hi there giantdragon, you have a great service and we will start using it on Rugatu more than before  Smiley

We just installed the banner and some users complain getting this error message in it's place:

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Warning: mysqli::mysqli() [mysqli.mysqli]: (42000/1226): User 'bitlatsl_coinurl' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource

Do you know what could be the cause?

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Hi there giantdragon, you have a great service and we will start using it on Rugatu more than before  Smiley

We just installed the banner and some users complain getting this error message in it's place:

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Warning: mysqli::mysqli() [mysqli.mysqli]: (42000/1226): User 'bitlatsl_coinurl' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource

Do you know what could be the cause?
Glad to see you have chosen CoinURL as advertising network for the Rugatu.

This error (exceeding limit of the maximum simultaneous connections to the MySQL database) happen if web hosting's server is just overloaded or experiencing performance drop due to some problem. Usually it happens during very short time interval, so you have no reason to worry. If it persists for longer time, notify me and I will call hosting's tech support.
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October 01, 2012, 01:48:56 PM
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Hi there giantdragon, you have a great service and we will start using it on Rugatu more than before  Smiley

We just installed the banner and some users complain getting this error message in it's place:

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Warning: mysqli::mysqli() [mysqli.mysqli]: (42000/1226): User 'bitlatsl_coinurl' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource

Do you know what could be the cause?
Glad to see you have chosen CoinURL as advertising network for the Rugatu.

This error (exceeding limit of the maximum simultaneous connections to the MySQL database) happen if web hosting's server is just overloaded or experiencing performance drop due to some problem. Usually it happens during very short time interval, so you have no reason to worry. If it persists for longer time, notify me and I will call hosting's tech support.

I understand, thank you for the fast response  Cheesy

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October 04, 2012, 01:22:19 PM
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This error (exceeding limit of the maximum simultaneous connections to the MySQL database) happen if web hosting's server is just overloaded or experiencing performance drop due to some problem. Usually it happens during very short time interval, so you have no reason to worry. If it persists for longer time, notify me and I will call hosting's tech support.
Its been persisting for few days already - do you plan to upgrade? (sorry but 20 concurrent connections is laughable)
Also you'd be better replacing this error with custom message - our users now think that its our problem, so we'll look forward to replace your system by other better functioning.

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This limit set by hoster.

I never expected so rapid grow. About for 2 months we had about 500k daily impressions, but yesterday it increased to 1.7 million.
We will consider hosting upgrade.
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sorry but 20 concurrent connections is laughable
This limit set by hoster.

I never expected so rapid grow. About for 2 months we had about 500k daily impressions, but yesterday it increased to 1.7 million.
We will consider hosting upgrade.
I see... today 500k imp from hackcf.biz ... really quality site...
Nevermind, I'll stick to what is working (adsense) till you fix it.

What is currently your share of ads? Are you able to fund proper hosting with it?

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What is currently your share of ads? Are you able to fund proper hosting with it?
For a long time (since CoinURL launch to this day) relatively cheap virtual hosting was enough to handle load. I have paid out 100% of the advertisers' funds, but when I will move to the more powerful server I have no other choice than start charging some fee.

P.S. Have you any suggestions for affordable VPS?
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What is currently your share of ads? Are you able to fund proper hosting with it?
For a long time (since CoinURL launch to this day) relatively cheap virtual hosting was enough to handle load. I have paid out 100% of the advertisers' funds, but when I will move to the more powerful server I have no other choice than start charging some fee.

P.S. Have you any suggestions for affordable VPS?
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UPD1: I have called my hosting company and they agreed to increase max connections to the database 5 fold right now, so you must not see annoying MySQL error anymore.

UPD1: We have updated stats for the advertisers. Now you can see number of both counted (for which you pay) and raw (including rejected) clicks and impressions.
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What is currently your share of ads? Are you able to fund proper hosting with it?
I have paid out 100% of the advertisers' funds, but when I will move to the more powerful server I have no other choice than start charging some fee.
There is no reason not to charge advertisers. So lets move to more professional platform by taking a share as commission from each click.
I'm sure that we publishers want stable platform and are able to share our revenue with middleman/you which maintains the ad feed (adsense charges at least 40%)...

Also, since you offer affiliate program I'd like to see "coinurl.com" link in the corner of each ad to bear affiliate link of each publisher.

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There is no reason not to charge advertisers. So lets move to more professional platform by taking a share as commission from each click.
I'm sure that we publishers want stable platform and are able to share our revenue with middleman/you which maintains the ad feed (adsense charges at least 40%)...
I decided to try donation funding model at first. But if it won't work, I will have no other choice than introducing a commission fee.
BTW, charging fees while CoinURL is not so big is very undesirable move. Our average CPC now is low comparing to the Google AdSense and
other big networks, therefore reducing it by 30-40% can drive away publishers.

Also, since you offer affiliate program I'd like to see "coinurl.com" link in the corner of each ad to bear affiliate link of each publisher.
Just click "Request verification" in the ad slot's context menu and your referral link will appear on the "Ads by CoinURL" place.
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October 08, 2012, 06:10:33 PM
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Can you add an option to show unique visitors in ad slots?
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Can you add an option to show unique visitors in ad slots?
Am I correctly understand, you are asking about unique impressions? If true, we collect only aggregate data about impressions for banner ads and slots with precision of one hour. Only banner clicks and interstitial ad impressions are tracked individually.

BTW, now we are receiving about 500-600k impressions per day and this number grow every day. If I would start inserting info about each impression into database (which require at least 4 fields to be uniquely tracked: ad_id, slot_id, client_ip and timestamp), it would produce
many gigabytes of data every day. In the future, if our profits will be enough to build own data center Roll Eyes, this feature of course will be available!
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October 08, 2012, 08:10:51 PM
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Can you add an option to show unique visitors in ad slots?
Am I correctly understand, you are asking about unique impressions? If true, we collect only aggregate data about impressions for banner ads and slots with precision of one hour. Only banner clicks and interstitial ad impressions are tracked individually.

BTW, now we are receiving about 500-600k impressions per day and this number grow every day. If I would start inserting info about each impression into database (which require at least 4 fields to be uniquely tracked: ad_id, slot_id, client_ip and timestamp), it would produce
many gigabytes of data every day. In the future, if our profits will be enough to build own data center Roll Eyes, this feature of course will be available!

I'm talking about unique impressions in the last 24 hours. (Unique visitors)
Instead of 1 hour precision it would be 24 hours.
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October 08, 2012, 10:57:04 PM
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I'm talking about unique impressions in the last 24 hours. (Unique visitors)
Instead of 1 hour precision it would be 24 hours.
I have just started collecting data you are asking. After 24 hours will make these stats available!
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interesting, going to test this out Smiley
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Unique daily views statistics now available for the banner ads and slots!