Brief Updates from MBHQ

You’ve no doubt by now noticed that the sites got a bit of a re-design and some things got changed around last week. We wanted to highlight two changes to make sure everyone knows what changed.

The first and biggest is COMMENTS! Registration is no longer required to post a comment on any post. Of course if you already have an account you can still login to ensure your comments are attributed to you, but those who don’t can now post a comment without any long term commitment. Also, on the right you can see some of the recent comments so you’ll always know what the active discussions are. This was the most requested thing we’ve heard from people since our last redesign and we’re excited to see where it leads.

The next change is also something that was heavily requested, and that is a change to the ADS on the sites. You’ll immediately notice fewer of them, but what might not be as obvious is those smaller square ones to the right are specific to this city only and are being sold for a flat rate for a period of time rather than a confusing CPM/traffic/network model. Depending on the city, these range from $7-$175 for a full week. If you purchase one, during that time your ad will be the only one in that spot and will show on every page. We set these up both to make it easier for smaller local businesses to get their ads on our site, and also to help us bring in ads that relate better to our local audiences. Also, keeping these sites online is expensive and every little bit helps.

There are a bunch of other things we changed but we’ll leave those to you to investigate and take advantage of. Hope you like it, and we look forward to seeing you in the comments!!

The folks at MBHQ

4 Comments so far

  1. Furquan (unregistered) on September 4th, 2009 @ 10:18 am

    Let me use this opportunity to comment through this “Open Comment System” that raiding a Metblog with advertising is most unethical on this side of the blogosphere. I think a little header or footer would be more pleasing!

  2. Sean Bonner (seanbonner) on September 5th, 2009 @ 2:47 am

    “raiding a Metblog with advertising is most unethical on this side of the blogosphere”

    What? I’m not sure what you are trying to say there, but Metblogs has had ads since the very first day we launched, but with the recent change we got rid of most of them.

  3. Furquan (unregistered) on September 5th, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    Hey Sean, thanks for reading my comment! I have been reading this metblog for a year now, and I think you should offer greater customization options for every metblog. As far as advertising is concerned, I just recently as now became aware of it, so forgive me for using the term “raiding” out of sheer ignorance about the history of metblogs and its marketing practices. I, being an avid reader of Islamabad Metblogs, would like to offer a uniquely designed header for this particular blog, as I have a strong emotional attachment to my dear city! I was curious to know if you will allow such changes to this metblog, and in the process, allow other graphic designers to create unique headers/themes for their metblogs, which can be accepted/denied by the respective blog authors. Just throwing an idea out there that should make each metblog more interesting to read and more likable for its individuality.

  4. Sean Bonner (seanbonner) on September 5th, 2009 @ 10:22 am

    Hi Furquan, Thanks very much for the offer but we will have to decline it. Since you are new to the site you probably don’t know that we have been around for over 5 years and used to have specific headers for every city and it was a huge problem because what one person thinks is representative of the city is not what someone else thinks and the headers were a constant source of trouble. We switched to a more simplified network header a few years back and it’s been no problem at all since then. Anyway, glad you do like the sites!

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