Free Vote-Based Advertising Launches Third Round

The start of the new year brings with it another round of our Free Vote-Based Advertising for Open Source Projects. The ads from the last round have been retired to make room for new ads for the first half of 2011.

This is the third round of our program. For the past year, Stack Overflow has been providing free advertising to open source projects looking for programmers. The ads shown are fully driven by the community: user-created ads are voted on by our users.

The top-voted projects from the second half of 2010 each received approximately one million impressions.

2H 2010 Top Ads

Stack Overflow is now regularly getting well over two million page views a day. This community driven program is a simple way to get your project some publicity.

So let's get started with round three.

Round 3

Each round of advertising runs for about six months. We have reset the voting and cleared the ads board for the first half of 2011. If you have an open source project that is looking for programmers, we know where you can find them, and the Free Vote-Based Advertisement for an Open Source Project is a great way for you to reach them.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the the special meta.stackoverflow.com question thread for this advertising period. It will always be tagged [open-source-advertising].
  2. Construct a 220x220 image advertisement for the open source project that you would like to publicize to your fellow programmers. Your ad should be an original creation which has not previously appeared as an ad on Stack Overflow.
  3. Post an answer containing your image to the question. It must be in exactly the right format, as documented in the question itself.
  4. Get at least six up-votes for your answer.
  5. Your advertisement will now be featured in Stack Overflow's remnant ad inventory, in the sidebar ad slot on most pages.

Throughout the next several months, you can visit the ad summary page, and mouse-over the ‘view stats’ link to see how each ad is doing.

So, fire up and create an ad to publicize your open source project!

Submit your ad here

Come back often to vote on new ads!

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