I've replaced the Google ads on this site with an ad for my company. I'm interested if that negatively impacts the site in any way.
In default mode, Ning runs Google ads, for which they get revenue. Alternatively, Ning lets you pay $20/month and either run your own Google ads, put something else in the space, or leave the ad space blank. Unfortunately, if you leave the space blank, you can't use it for anything else... It just becomes dead space.
The K12 Computers ad is smaller than the Google ads would be, but does it change the feeling of the site? Do the Google ads seem less obtrusive? Does having my company's ad compromise the feeling of community or objectivity of the site in any way?
My participation in this community, and setting up the site, have been labors of love. Does anyone have a bad feeling about my using the ad space in this way?