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IntelliTXT is no more

Posted on 20th Mar 2009 at 13:05 by Tim Smalley with 49 comments

Tim Smalley
Over the past month or so, we have been trialling IntelliTXT text link advertisements on all of the article pages on bit-tech and I'm now pleased to tell you that they have gone.

It was a type of advertising that we had discussed on a number of occasions prior to bit-tech's acquisition last year and each time we decided to hold off. This time, the decision went the other way and that's part of the reason why I wanted to gather your feedback – both positive and negative – on it shortly after it went live.

Based on the valuable feedback we have received – both from the community and the industry – the decision has been taken to remove it from the site with immediate effect.

Obviously, bit-tech is a business and without advertising, there simply would not be a bit-tech. Therefore in order to continue growing the site with more great content, we do need to explore new commercial opportunities. This needs to be balanced with ensuring that the reader experience remains as good as it can be.

I've made Dennis very aware of what made bit-tech the success it has been so far and the strong and passionate community behind the site has played a key part in that.

Thanks for your continued support.

49 Comments

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ChaosDefinesOrder 20th March 2009, 14:23 Quote
The fact that you guys listen to your readers is what is so great about this site, thanks for listening and removing those damn annoying adverts!
Blademrk 20th March 2009, 14:25 Quote
Great work guys :D
Xtrafresh 20th March 2009, 14:25 Quote
kudos +1
nicae 20th March 2009, 14:34 Quote
6 IntelliTXT ads in the article was a great touch! :D
WildThing 20th March 2009, 14:38 Quote
Quote:
IntelliTXT is no more

Thank-you!!! I was really starting to get annoyed with those things tbh. BT you rock!!!
steveo_mcg 20th March 2009, 14:38 Quote
Good job guys ;)
TGImages 20th March 2009, 14:53 Quote
Thank you! Nice to know some places still list to their "customers".

They were quite annoying as I frequently skim through the articles with my mouse while reading and kept getting "caught" by them.
proxess 20th March 2009, 14:53 Quote
Definitely, good job!
Fisher. 20th March 2009, 14:57 Quote
Awesome, guys. You are now re-whitelisted, also starting immediately. I just can't stand those *%$&ing things. YAY BT!
Hugo 20th March 2009, 15:10 Quote
Well done for proving IntelliTXT is not a viable revenue stream! hopefully more sites will follow suit and get rid of this plague on the internet.
500mph 20th March 2009, 16:36 Quote
You guys deserve a cookie!
perplekks45 20th March 2009, 16:39 Quote
Yay!
ch424 20th March 2009, 16:40 Quote
Brilliant! :D Thank you bit!
kenco_uk 20th March 2009, 16:51 Quote
From the heart of my bottom - Thank you.
Shuriken 20th March 2009, 17:00 Quote
+1 on the incredible gratitude, it had gotten to the point where I wasn't reading the articles any more, time to catch up me thinks :)

BitTech still rocks
Vhet 20th March 2009, 17:05 Quote
Victory to the people! <3
Firehed 20th March 2009, 17:57 Quote
Thank god. Now I can put Bit back on the whitelist.

As an aside, I'd suggest you guys try to push the shopping engine more. I've found that affiliate sales are FAR more profitable than advertising (I made $35 off a single Slashdot comment the other day, and that was just linking to a $19 book), and it gives readers the ability to support the site with the online purchases we're already making - I'd happily go out of my way to click through an Amazon affiliate link for you guys before buying from them. Not as a replacement of course, but in the down market advertisers are cutting back where affiliate programs are based on actual sales so they're pretty much zero risk for sellers.
notatoad 20th March 2009, 18:01 Quote
yay! thanks for all your work in convincing dennis to get rid of the stuff.
Sifter3000 20th March 2009, 18:23 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by 500mph
You guys deserve a cookie!

30 Cleveland St, London, W1T 4JD

:p
Hiren 20th March 2009, 18:25 Quote
boiled_elephant 20th March 2009, 20:20 Quote
Oh, I love you guys! I was learning to tolerate them, begrudgingly, but the site looks SO much better and inviting without them!

Here, some cheesecake for your devotion to customer satisfaction:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=87&pictureid=1325
Rocket_Knight64 20th March 2009, 20:48 Quote
Whohooo! +5 for listening to your customers! (but i'd put money on dented profits for the duration).
n3mo 20th March 2009, 21:14 Quote
Always good to see a pro-customer approach.
Vimesey 20th March 2009, 21:56 Quote
Woo love you bit-tech! And CPC, but guys when's your next podcast gonna be up, its been ages?
The_Beast 20th March 2009, 22:24 Quote
Very cool that Bit listens to it's members
kenco_uk 20th March 2009, 22:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sifter3000
30 Cleveland St, London, W1T 4JD

:p

It's a pity cheesecake doesn't travel too well through the postal service.
Flibblebot 20th March 2009, 23:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kenco_uk
It's a pity cheesecake doesn't travel too well through the postal service.
Ah, but they do. Bit pricey, though :(
*mat-ster* 21st March 2009, 01:48 Quote
Thank You

Hey I have a good idea for ADVERTISING that would be acceptable to the Bit-tech community.....

Simple

1) A forum where recently reviewed products are shortlisted with hyperlinks to the ALL suppliers of the item discussed.........

EASY

SIMPLE

EVERYONE WINS
Perforated 21st March 2009, 02:46 Quote
Another "thanks" - I'll be turning off adblock on the site as soon as I'm back at my own PC.

I hope this thread gets as many positive comments as the introduction blog got negative - really, massive points for sticking to your word and acting in the interests of the readership. You've my full support (not that counts for much, but morally it's there ;) )

Now I just need to find a way to contribute myself! I'll have to start a project some day...!
frojoe 21st March 2009, 04:26 Quote
un-blacklisted, and I clicked a few links today, just to show in the stats that revenue will go back up now. Thanks.
notatoad 21st March 2009, 05:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by *mat-ster*
Thank You

Hey I have a good idea for ADVERTISING that would be acceptable to the Bit-tech community.....

Simple

1) A forum where recently reviewed products are shortlisted with hyperlinks to the ALL suppliers of the item discussed.........

EASY

SIMPLE

EVERYONE WINS

you mean like the shopping.bit-tech.net links in the articles?
alpaca 21st March 2009, 10:13 Quote
yay!
here in Brussels/Belgium, we've got an expression to make clear we like something a lot: 'Feesje'. it means there has to be a party to celebrate it.

and all you English-speaking people out there will not be able to even pronounce it right, but i don't mind, as long as the intentions are right.

now i'm off to a 'Feesje'
DougEdey 21st March 2009, 10:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpaca
yay!
here in Brussels/Belgium, we've got an expression to make clear we like something a lot: 'Feesje'. it means there has to be a party to celebrate it.

and all you English-speaking people out there will not be able to even pronounce it right, but i don't mind, as long as the intentions are right.

now i'm off to a 'Feesje'

I'm always "Feesje"ing!
ozstrike 21st March 2009, 11:41 Quote
Time to do some catching up, methinks :)
knuck 21st March 2009, 13:56 Quote
clicked about 30 ads to thank you guys for this one !

I was really surprised when I first saw intelliTXT on BT and I was kinda disapointed. There was no way I would let you down however :)
dicobalt 21st March 2009, 16:04 Quote
IntelliWhoseit? IntelliTXT? What's that? Thanks to the noscript firefox addon I never see that crap on ANY site. I didn't even know you guys started using that virus? Good to hear you took care of it though! :)
Zurechial 21st March 2009, 16:14 Quote
This is an example of what makes bit-tech great.
Thanks guys. :)
VipersGratitude 21st March 2009, 20:18 Quote
Have you considered an online retailer sister company? Even as a small scale experiment, with the stock selection was limited to the reccommendations in the "What hardware should I buy?" articles...
I ,for one, have a lot of confidence in bit-tech expertise and integrity but you also have a whole community here who obviously have confidence in the bit-tech brand.
haggisathome 21st March 2009, 23:54 Quote
i take back what ever i have said ......


Tim you know were i am coming from ... thanks , you have my full respect ;)
Burnout21 22nd March 2009, 02:34 Quote
guess i shall start reading the reviews now, i would just duck in here and find out whats what.
Whalemeister 23rd March 2009, 13:55 Quote
Good work Tim!!!

It's great to see that you guys actually listen to what the community here has to say and have acted upon it.

Respect & Kudos +100!!!!!
badders 23rd March 2009, 14:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpaca
and all you English-speaking people out there will not be able to even pronounce it right,

Bet you I can - I didn't spend 18 months among the Dutch with my ears shut.
perplekks45 23rd March 2009, 16:22 Quote
Cheater!
Ending Credits 23rd March 2009, 21:58 Quote
+1 to Feesjeing! (Yeah, I'll get someone dutch to say it for me)
Dunc01 25th March 2009, 12:49 Quote
Thank You - The news put a smile on my face :-)
Mankz 25th March 2009, 22:43 Quote
TIM IS KING!
liratheal 26th March 2009, 11:17 Quote
Thank god for that. Made my day a bit better, that has.
pendragon 26th March 2009, 17:52 Quote
Good news! Thanks very much for getting rid of them
leexgx 21st April 2009, 19:59 Quote
i could not block IntelliTXT ads on my google phone so it was anoying when i used the dot on the g1 phone to move down the page as the popup would come up, wish other web sites whould remove them (and format there pages so it works on small devices like smart phones {bit-tech works well})
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