Your Own Arcade Controls
For a long time, no
was accepted for display on the Build Your Own Arcade Controls
This page was, is, and presumably always will be a hobby only.
However, as of now, space is available
on the FAQ for a limited number of button/banner ad for arcade-control
related products. Details:
||Ads placed on the
will never be allowed to detract from the value of the web site.
No pop ups, pop unders, big in-your-face ads, blinking, hit the monkey,
||Ads will be posted
at my discretion
location-wise. They will be placed so that they are likely to
receive exposure, while not "taking over" the web site. Viewers are
likely to notice the ads are there, but will not be forced to view them
to get to web site content. Ad locations are not reserved for a
particular ad, but are rotated among any other advertisers
in a random fashion. I will likely also place the ad on the page
that concerns the product in question (example: ads for cabinet plans
go on the cabinet plans page/section).
||Loading time is a
so ads cannot be unreasonably big. Final discretion on what
unreasonably big is mine.
||I'm not terribly
in money for ads (Ok, that's a lie. For the right price I can be
bought. But this isn't about money). I am willing to trade
ad space for a copy of your product. The product should be in
or near-finished status, i.e. not a beta test, and will not be
returned. I'm thrilled to *be*
a beta tester if you're looking, but that's a different
Due to the costs hosting this web site, I will also accept payment for
Pricing to be determined on a case by case basis.
||A monetary value
declared and agreed upon for the product. Based on that, an
amount of time for the ad to "air" will be reached, up to a maximum of
a year. If I take down the ad or the FAQ before the time is up, a
pro-rated amount of money will be refunded or the product returned
on the time remaining for the ad.
||I reserve the
right to screen
the ad for content and appropriateness. Ad should be hosted on my
||The site's traffic
continues to grow. Current stats as of 05/07/2004 for the main
site are here.
Note that the data for March was corrupted and shouldn't be considered,
and that the data for May is only through the first week of May. The
stats for the message forums are here.
Sometime in late February the log counters for the message forums also
corrupted, so the data for February is incomplete (2/25/04) and no
additional data is shown. A live snapshot of additional message forum
statistics can be seen here.
You can see compared to the older data maintained below that traffic on
the main web site has risen considerably, with an average of 3300 daily
visitors, totalling approximately 50,000 to 55,000 unique visitors
monthly. The message forums receive an average of around 2000 visitors
daily, totalling approximately 23,000 unique visitors monthly.
(Older data kept for posterity, as of December 2002)
The site has grown considerably.
Recent stats for the main site (not including message board traffic)
for the message board are here.
As of December 2002, we're averaging 1550 daily visits, roughly 45,000
a month to the main site -- 764 daily visits, roughly 23,000 a month to
the message boards. To see how we've grown, I've left the
paragraph with outdated data.
for a period
of time in March/April 2001 are available online.
demographics from a year earlier are available
as well. The gist is this: We currently receive an average
of 7000+ hits a week (approx. 1000 a day), up from 2100 hits a week
hits per day) a year ago, on the main page. Not a huge amount,
you can see the # of visitors is climbing steadily. Being a
site, those visitors are hopefully somewhere near 100% of your target
Two years ago we were getting around 150-200 hits a day.
the upwards trend will continue, however I intend to remain a niche web
site. That is, I won't be spam advertising just to get hits that
aren't from people who are interested in the hobby. I will be
publicity for the FAQ targeted towards retro- gaming people.
who visit my site will hopefully be there because they are interested.
||I'll do my best to
make sure you and I are both happy, but this is just
a hobby, not a business to me. It has become an extremely
successful hobby, spawning a book and a mention on CNN Headline News, but it is
still just a hobby. Please bear that in mind before proceeding with
obtaining ad space.
||I will be putting
near any ads stating that this is an ad, and not an endorsement.
This is to distinguish the ads from editorial content on the FAQ.
The disclaimer will be small but visible.
will have zero affect on editorial content of the FAQ. If you
a look around the FAQ, you can see that the FAQ is mostly on a positive
tone, but I reserve the right to call it as I see it, including
||There is no
guarantee of uptime
of the FAQ or # of hits, but of course if the FAQ is down then I will
making every effort to bring it back online.
||Please note that
your site, news items, and things of interest to the arcade control
are and will continue to be freely posted. If you have something
people might be
interested in, and send it to me, I'll probably report it.
I reserve the right to
any of the above up to the point at which an agreement is reached, at
time I will of course honor the agreement as specified.