About - RPGBOT Ad Policy
Last Updated: December 8th, 2020
I've put quite a bit of time into how the ads are displayed on the site. Ideally, none of them should cause the page to shift, mis-align, scroll, or otherwise be reformatted or disrupted by the placement of the ads. However, this is an ongoing effort and I am constantly making improvements in order to provide the best experience possible.
If you encounter any issues with these ads (they break the page, they display in a weird place, they show something offensive, etc.) please email me so that I can fix it.
Why do you display ads?
Short version: To fund the time I put into this site.
While the actualy costs of maintaining this site are small, I don't have a ton of free time between my day job and everyday responsibilities. Placing ads helps me invest more time in the site, and it helps me purchase the small mountain of sourcebooks it takes to keep pace with any single RPG so that I can provide the best content possible while keeping apace with the latest source material from multiple RPGs.
I don't like seeing ads
If you don't like seeing ads on the site, I totally understand, and I encourage you to install an ad blocker. I use Ad Blocker Plus, and I find it to be both effective at blocking ads and convenient for unblocking ads on sites that display ads in ways that don't bother me (like this one) and sites from creatores who are making content that I want to support (like this one).
Does this mean that you're going to post "listicles" and clickbait?
Ezoic monitizes ads partially based on how long users are on a page displaying an ad. It's actually more effective for me to post long-form articles with dense, high-quality content that you want to read start to finish.
Also: listicles suck.
That said, from time to time I do need to break up articles which have grown too large. Many of the articles on my site are 10,000+ words. That's fine in many cases, but it makes the site difficult to browse on slow computers and on mobile devices.
Why ads instead of crowdfunding (Patreon, etc.)?
In an ideal world, I want the content I create to cost nothing but the time it takes to read. I don't want to split my readerbase between patrons and non-patrons until I can find a suitable reward system that encourages patronage without making my site less useful for non-patrons. Unfortunately I haven't concieved a reward system which I think reaches that goal.
That said, I do have a Patreon. Currently I reward patrons by posting links to work-in-progress articles, and I intend to expand patron rewards in the future to include some more fun stuff, but I'm still working on ways that I can reward patrons without taking away from the time I invest in producing content.
If that interests you, support me on Patreon. Otherwise, the best thing you can do to support me is to tell your friends about my site.