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. DAVE ID (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    It’s ABOUT TIME the registration was removed for comments. Its DAVE ID policy to never comment on a site that requires registration. Now I can comment again YAY!

  2. k (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    This site is barely updated. Why would a business, especially a small one, want to pay to have an ad on an inactive website?

    Serious question here.

  3. Sean Bonner (seanbonner) on September 3rd, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    People visit the site regardless of how often it’s updated. People place ads for visiters to see. It’s pretty simple really.

  4. Laura Roberts (vforvixen) on September 15th, 2009 @ 8:52 pm

    K: If you think the site should be more frequently updated, you might want to consider writing for Metblogs. It’s infrequently updated because there are very few contributors. To build a community, you have to take an active part. So instead of criticizing, why not step up to the plate?

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