I’ve dropped all ads from the forum. The revenue wasn’t bad, but I could tell they were interruptive of the experience. Ads suck. And I don’t like the lack of privacy around them, and how they inject tracking cookies.
At some point, I’ll probably ask for a small monthly fee to help cover costs and grow the site (and likely make that optional, especially for long-time members).
We started here from scratch in October of 2018, but unfortunately I don’t have historical data from the Rivals.com and Scout years ('04 to '15, I think?). Anyway, we’re close to how active/busy we were in our heyday with less overall members, but the forum application is so markedly different that it’s not really apples to apples.
That just isn’t how it works. Almost all of us get our information from other places and bring to here to discuss. Twitter is literally the perfect APP for all the draft talk, except for the folks that tip the draft selections.
This is just an example of info you get that you cannot find anywhere else.