Ad Removal

This documentation applies to both zIFBoards and ZetaBoards.

The ad banner on top of each free forum is what keeps ZetaBoards and zIFBoards free. However, if you'd like to remove the banner, it's very easy (and economical) to do so.

Purchasing

ZB Cost

The current cost for Ad Removal is $0.18 for 1,000 page views without ads. This means that every time 1,000 pages on your site (that would normally display ads) are viewed, your account will be debited eighteen cents.

The minimum purchase is $5.00. This is because of overhead involved in accepting your payment and keeping records. It does not mean that you will never see the ads again if you pay $5; that will purchase 27,777 ad-free pageviews, which is a lot for a small board, but may run out faster on a board with more members. Consider purchasing more than $5 of Ad Removal at a time to make sure you don't run out.

IF Cost

The current cost for Ad Removal is $0.15 for 1,000 page views without ads. This means that every time 1,000 pages on your site (that would normally display ads) are viewed, your account will be debited fifteen cents.

The minimum purchase is $5.00. This is because of overhead involved in accepting your payment and keeping records. It does not mean that you will never see the ads again if you pay $5; that will purchase 33,333 ad-free pageviews, which is a lot for a small board, but may run out faster on a board with more members. Consider purchasing more than $5 of Ad Removal at a time to make sure you don't run out.

After your Ad Removal credits run out, ads will reappear on your forum. You can check your remaining balance at any time in your ACP. Click the Account Info option.

Ad Removal credits do not expire. This means that unused credits will stay in your account until they are used. They won't disappear at the end of the month or year— you paid for them; they're yours to keep.

Payment Methods

Please see Payment Methods.

The easiest way to purchase Ad Removal is directly from your ACP, by clicking Ad Removal. Using this option only allows you to pay with PayPal, but Ad Removal is instant!

Configuration

After you have purchased Ad Removal, new options will appear in your ACP.

The first of these is found in the Account Info section and is labeled Disable ad removal: Saves your credits for later use. It is a simple toggle, used to temporarily disable ad removal (perhaps while you're still setting up the board).

The second option is a per-group option, found in Manage User Groups. Click Edit Group, and find the Show ads to this group? option. You can selectively enable Ad Removal for only a few groups. Maybe you don't want Guests to waste your Ad Removal credits— just turn on the ads for their group.

In order to preserve credits, on ZetaBoards you should ensure any codes which load pages in the background use the force_ads parameter.

Transferring Credits

If you want to transfer Ad Removal credits from one board to another, you should open a Support Ticket from the board doing the transferring. Use this format for quickest processing:

Title: Ad Removal Credit Transfer

I would like to transfer 10,000 credits.
Source board: <your board's zetaboards.com or zIFBoards.com URL>
Destination board: <new board's zetaboards.com or zIFBoards.com URL>

Please do not cite redirect domains as we cannot track them in the system.

Showing Your Own Ads

As stated in the ZetaBoards TOS:

You may not place the following forms of advertising on your board unless you have purchased ad removal and are actively using it for all user groups:

  1. Content-targeted Advertising
  2. Advertising that mimics or copies the look of AdSense advertising
  3. Pop-ups for downloads or that interfere with navigation of the board

Any other type of advertising is allowed.

Thus, when you are using Ad Removal, you may use any of the above types of ads in addition to the advertising methods that are allowed at all times.



services/adremoval.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/30 11:22 by Ben Babcock