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"yoman" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message news:email@example.com...
>I checked the Developer Exchange (and searched on Google) for a CF banner ad
> system, but it the people who developed these seem to have gone out of
> business or moved on to other things. Does anyone know of a relatively
> sophisticated system (counts impressions and allows campaigns) at a reasonable
> The closest so far was CF_Banner by Oleani, but the Oleani web site hasn't
> been updated in two years, emails to "support" go unanswered, and the phone
> number on the web site actually is for the company that hosts the web site. I
> didn't feel like sending $200 into cyberspace based on that.
> I also saw one for $1,000, but I might be able to write one myself in a week.
> If I had a week.
> Any feedback will be appreciated.
I looked at Raymond Camden's program, but it comes up short for me in a couple key areas.
With the Harlan ad server, you're supposed to paste the code for an ad campaign into each page. My site has a couple hundreds of pages so I want a single piece of code that can be administered from the backend. I want to be able to assign ads to a particular set of pages rather than run them everywhere. And I want to let advertisers buy a set number of impressions, as opposed to just counting them. The defunct Oleani application might have done this.
I could try to adapt Camden's ad server, but his coding is so much more sophisticated than my own I might be wasting my time.
What are you trying to accomplish? I've wrote a similar application that was primarily made as a web-stat counter.
The way it worked, was that the site you want to display the banner/stat counter would insert an image tag <img..> and the src would be pointing to a cf page with an id. When the img was called, the stats are recorded based on the id and the image is displayed.
It should be very simple to create. The system should depend primarily on the directory structure set-up, to decrease the processing/load times. For example http://www.mysite.com/news/home.html should refrence http://ads.mysite.com/news/home/@adposition. Using the suggestion from cf_output, you can use a cfc to adjust your frequency and weights for the campaigns or creatives. Click throughs and impressions would be tracked by your web server log.
I don't know any cheap ad hosting services (bandwidth is not cheap), but I just wanted to chime in!! Good Luck
I wrote one of these for my own web site. Runs with SQL Server.
Yeah, probably a week. Mine lets you determine whether the ad is rotating or fixed, bottom of the page or on the left column. You can order the ad to run for either a predetermined time period or for a predetermined number of impressions. At the end of the run, it sends an email to the advertiser and reminds them to restart the ad by paying another payment using PayPal. The advertiser has a console where they can look at the impressions, click-throughs, percentages, and make another payment to run the ad again. You can determine whether they are allowed to re-run the ad at the same price or not.
If you don't have the week it takes to write something like that, I might be willing to sell you some of my code or do the whole thing on a turn-key consulting basis.