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Ads on the HUB

posted in: chris jacobs garage, news on February 20, 2010 at 01:50 PM

Hey Everybody! Wanted to take a quick second to say hello and explain some things that are happening here at the HUB

You may have noticed (and a lot of members have commented on) the fact that we are now running advertising on the site. It has always been our policy to make the HUB as user-friendly and simple as possible. We hope that as we have grown over the last 3 years that our members have gotten nothing but enjoyment out of our community.

The reality is, it’s expensive to maintain the HUB. It takes operating capital, and the only way to generate that is through advertising. We have tried to incorporate this advertising in the most streamlined, non-invasive way possible. We apologize if the banner ads in any way interfere with your use and enjoyment of the HUB.

We have great plans for the future of the site, most importantly new original programming like Top Shops. We have exciting plans for the expansion of HUB TV, but it takes money to make this a reality. So unfortunately there are only two ways to make it happen: Start charging a membership fee, or running ads on the site. I believe that most of our 28,000+ members would prefer to have the site remain free to use.

Please bear with us, the integration of ads is a work in progress and we welcome your feedback. Please send any questions or comments to mechanic@hubgarage.com and we will do our best to work with you.

Again, I said we welcome your feedback, not complaints. The HUB is all about positivity… and above all what truly unites us: Our love of cars.

Hang Loose,




tinkerbug Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:00 PM

Ok I for one want to see the Hub grow. Because in my opion its the best out there bar none. And I would rather not pay for it. So I guess I’ll live with the banners. Could be worse. There where some good suggestions on improvement that should be concidered. So lets all sit back and enjoy the Hub. Have a cold beer and a nice thick spam sandwich. God I’m hungry for one now

Ed Tillrock Pencil Specialist's Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:07 PM

Well said Chris! This is the best place to be! I love Top Shops and can’t wait for the next series. I appreciate everything you guy’s do, and look forward to what’s next!

Henry J Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:10 PM

Bring it, Chris! I’m “IN”!

Old Skool Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:18 PM

Well said Chris! Websites are NOT free to run. People need to stop complaining about the banner ads. Keep up the good work…. OH yeah the HUB is still the best website out there and I not leaving any time soon.

gregs musclecar transport Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:21 PM

I love this place!

jhar Garage
February 20, 2010 at 02:37 PM

Yeah Chris we all have an idea what it takes ($) to maintain, we just like to complain.LOL

Fordy Acres Car Farm Garage
February 20, 2010 at 03:04 PM

I am all for the banners …... on the other nine pages(home page, Blog page, news page, classifieds, hub directory, art gallery, top shops, Hub TV and store. I only have one page to call my own and prefer to keep the ads out – thanks for this great site and good luck with the new owners! P.S. : We miss Jae!

Chris Jacobs Garage
February 20, 2010 at 03:17 PM

Thanks for your support guys… And Fordy, The HUB is owned by all of us, as members. The ads are a means to maintain the site. They do not “own” us. And yes, we miss Jae as well and wish him the best!


SNICK'S Garage
February 20, 2010 at 03:55 PM


Trimmer's Place Garage
February 20, 2010 at 04:44 PM

OK so now I am confused again, as “OWNERS” are we getting paid for the foreign car adds that appear on our domestic garages with out our consent?? Also my wife of over thirty five years says she had better not catch me making a date with one of those pop-up-floozies PERIOD. I do think Fordy is after our best interest. I guess some of these people that can not read his remarks and understand them should just keep quiet. Maybe they need it explained to them in simple words.

Automotive Rewire Garage
February 20, 2010 at 05:03 PM

Well said, Chris. I personally do not have a problem with ads. I love the Hub and know the costs involved with keeping a website up. I added Google ads to my website to help offset some of the cost. I don’t get the hits on my site that the Hub gets, but trust me, I am not getting rich with Google ads. If there is something on the Hub that I do not like, or that I am not interested in, I simply don’t click on it. On the other hand, if I see an ad that peeks my interest, I will click on it.
Please, keep up the great work!

joes hot rods Garage
February 20, 2010 at 05:07 PM

How do you pick featured featured cars, garages and photos? I see alot of the same thing on those pages. Also the most popular is overated. Dont get me wrong I check them out too but if you post some nice sexy ladies in your garage you become real popular. I would be interested if you are going to sell shares of the hubgarage anytime soon.

bobhul Garage
February 20, 2010 at 05:19 PM

keep doing what you are doing..it’s working …i for one plan on being part of your growth…..

JoepeP Automotive Portraits Garage
February 20, 2010 at 05:39 PM

Your Hub Garage is A1! Without sponcers, your S.O.L. Do what you have to do to make HUB GARAGE DABEST!


351 Cleveland Garage
February 20, 2010 at 05:48 PM

Chris, No problem with ads from me as all the other car sites I belong to have them and as long as they are car/garage/tool realated I’m all for it. I noticed someone posted about pop-ups, maybe I’m lucky or my pop-up blocker is a killer but I never get them here. Keep up the good work !!!

71 Charger's Garage
February 20, 2010 at 06:28 PM

What I’ve been saying all along!! But nobody listens to me…..LOL
I’d like to keep the Hub free because my wife wouldn’t let me pay out to play on a site…....so if you ever have to impliment a user fee…....then I would have to go somewhere else to play…...and I like it here.

bruce351c Garage
February 20, 2010 at 06:55 PM

Like I said you don’t know what you have until it’s gone so just deal with the ads. I love this site it put this COMPUTER TO GOOD USEWHAT ELSE IS IT GOOD FOR but to enjoy life a little and that’s what the HUB is trying to do make life just a little brighter for the guys who can not get out to all of the car shows or do their own work any more. I have seen a lot of the best CAR SHOWS ABOUT CARS AND BUILDING CARS">SHOWS go to the side of the road and never return because of the cost and time that is invested to do it right so please just don’t take away my HUB. Things are rough for my wife and I just like the rest of you out their trying to decide what has to go so you can make ends meet and if I had to pay for the hub I would just use this computer for a paper weight.
Thanks Chris for posting something to lay it all on the line before a good thing is gone for ever.
Thanks and God Bless

Doug's 1320 Garage
February 20, 2010 at 07:02 PM

A very small “price” to pay for what we get in exchange. Advertising like this that has almost no impact on us is perfect!!! Well done guys!!!!

Wild Bill's Garage
February 20, 2010 at 07:34 PM
Reply to joes hot rods Garage on February 20, 2010 at 05:07 PM

your doing great…I love the site..hate the ads, but I most certainly understand the need. When I joined there were only 1300 members and 1800 ‘vehicles’....I have enjoyed every minute of it and will continue to do so…I also have earned my hits/views not with pic’s of ’sexy ladies’, but by posting some cool a$$ car stuff and a few unrelated jokes and pictures….I hope one day I can get you to come and do a top shop’s episode at my buddies shop Rod’s Car Craft
Peace and hair grease…

Black Creek Garage
February 20, 2010 at 08:50 PM

Yoy’ve got my vote Chris!! I love this place and all the motorheads in it.

DaveJ Garage
February 20, 2010 at 08:52 PM

Let someone else pay for our pleasure…..............great concept, it is easy to work around the ads…........keep up the great work!

AutoKraft Nebraska Garage
February 20, 2010 at 10:23 PM

The Hub is by far the best networking gearhead site going! It was a great idea to get it up and rolling, and what ever it takes to keep it going is ok with me! I’d gladly pay a membership fee for if ever needed or I just might look into advertizing my new rotisserie the “Roller Hoop” here in the near future. Chris Keep up the great work and thanks for making the Hub simple to use for us computer dummies.

PACC Garage
February 21, 2010 at 01:08 AM

Chris Jacobs for President 2012!!

TONYS Garage Garage
February 21, 2010 at 08:46 AM

Chris The Hub Is A Great Place To meet New People And Bs About All The Different New Products And Upcoming Car Shows.I Do A Halloween Car And Truck Show For Make A Wish Here In Fremont Ohio Last Year Being My 20th Year Man If It Wasnt For My Sponsors I Couldnt Raise Money For The Kids.Chris Keep The Hub Alive Enjoying All The Time, Chris When Are You Going To Start Another Series On Tv With The Old car Hobby

Icon Automotive Kustom & Performance, LLC Garage
February 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I’ll just chime in here and say I don’t care for the banners but I like the site, I’ve been here a few years and there a damn sight more good than bad, so I’m not go’n anywhere. Oh by the way can my banner ad be the umbrella girls at last years Daytona 200 bike race?

Chris Jacobs Garage
February 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Thank you for all of your comments and support! You guys are what makes the HUB what it is: The Coolest Car Community on the Net!!

aussie Garage
February 22, 2010 at 05:28 AM

Banner ads ar Ok by me – totally understand the situation we need the means to keep the ball rolling here- its a great site and the ONLY social networking site I care to belong to. I think a lot of the issues have only arisen due to the lack of liasing with everyone and it was sort sprung upon your followers – more of a shock to the system than anything else; we will all get over it!

g hub Garage
February 22, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I like the ads. I’m a shopper…..............g

1971 AMC AMX [ Flywheel401 ] Garage
February 24, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Connecting ,that is what it’s about, that is why I became a member of this automotive community.Yes, ad’s helps inform us,of the latest
products on the markets, that’s way you stay ahead of the curve. Thank’s East Coast

hanks Garage
February 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Ah,,, adds aren’t so bad some times they come in handy if your looking for something. keep up the good work Chris.

Webster Garage
March 07, 2010 at 07:57 PM

Keep it growing Chris!!!Great Job to You and The guys that work on the site!!

Tommy's Turtle Shop Garage
April 03, 2010 at 01:37 PM

Just found this thanks to Summit. If you have to pay the bills some way, might as well have soem one else pay them, so that way you can buy cars, tools, and parts.

mr4speed98 Garage
April 12, 2010 at 01:21 AM

J’ai rien contre les pubs surtout si sa peu tenire un bon site comme se luis la!

Sorry my english is bad, bud i like the HUB

billetproofcustoms Garage
April 16, 2010 at 03:29 PM

Love the site Chris! great job! Do whatcha gotta do man, the ads arent that bad, no complaints here.

what was I thinking? Garage
May 13, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Hey maybe if OPG,SUMMIT,JEGS, and all the rest will run ads, just maybe it might be a good thing! I would like to see ads for muscle cars and parts on sale! I am sure everyone would like to scroll through ads while on line just in case you need something.

Brians Garage
May 22, 2010 at 08:05 PM

Hi, I am new on the site and I really enjoy it so do what you need to keep it free. Yeah like “what was I thinking?” said, Summit, Jegs etc. ads would be great. Thanks to everyone who has invited me onboard.

Fantom6 Garage
June 04, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Reply to Chris Jacobs Garage on February 20, 2010 at 03:17 PM

CJ, I think what you’re doing id great and keep up the great work. We will support you and all the members. Thanks for the great shows you do too. Joe

Terry's Garage
June 09, 2010 at 03:32 PM

I think it is awesome that I found a site devoted to gearheads and greasemonkies alike, what is a little side banner to pay for the site . I know if I needed any help with a problem, I can hopefully count on the years of knowledge that is available here. Thank you to all.

Noie's Garage
September 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I am new here and i have read the article above. i dont think the ads would bother as long as they dont keep popping up here and there.. besides if membership fees would be implemented not all would be happy. The ads are the best choice. :)

Desert Rose Customs Garage
October 21, 2010 at 09:34 AM

I Love Hub Garage – Its a great place for even us ladies to be a part of the Hot Rod world!!! You are doing a great job keeping this user friendly and a fun place to be :)

Heartland Classic Cars Garage
November 08, 2010 at 06:06 PM

I don’t mind the ads and know it takes money to run anything. Thanks for putting it together.

Timatman Garage
January 03, 2011 at 07:36 PM

well, I think the hub is a FUCKING RETARDED, WASTE OF TIME

Timatman Garage
January 08, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Reply to tinkerbug Garage on February 20, 2010 at 02:00 PM

You are retarded. Go have sex with Chris

Pierre Garage
March 27, 2011 at 09:20 PM

OK for ADS . Hub garage is good place to share are passion of car.
J’aime beaucoup le site de Hub garage et partager mon A.B qui est l’automobile.

Hot Rod Ed's Garage
May 18, 2011 at 06:46 PM

Do what ever it takes Chris. The ads don’t bother me if it means to keep the HUB free to all the members. There are some great people on this site, that’s what makes it the BEST. Keep up the good work.

Tig man Garage
December 27, 2011 at 04:45 PM

The HUB is a great place for the car freak and everyone on here is a true car lover. This is truly a great forum. It’s gonna grow because of the way it’s ran. Nice job HUB, you should proud bringing this many fanatics together.

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