I mean really, who cares about your users, am I right? The best placement for ads is right in the middle of the comment search pages or as page breaks halfway through stories. The latter might be rough on MLP submissions, but that content-free garbage hardly deserves the exposure it gets.
You have already pioneered new advertising strategies with your recent co-op with salon. Maybe you should consider going the extra mile and implementing their advertising practices directly on this site. A quick flash ad between page loads would certainly boost profits and add to the old CMF war chest. It would also have the useful side effect of chasing off all those weirdos who take this place up as a permanent residence. You know the kind, I'm sure, just by looking at the logs. Most of the pages served around here are requested by a small core of dedicated mouthbreathers this site would likely be better off without -- better still! they will be forced to subscribe. Then again, most probably already do: what better indicator of mouthbreathing is there than a K5 subscription?
Anyway, good to see you have found better ways to make money than selling (or rather trying to sell) duxup shirts.
PS: When will this Presidential Campaign news site of yours be operational? I need an outlet to express my anarcho-socialist, anti-abortion, Randian environmentalist, anti-immigration, pro-gun, pro-war, supply side fiscal conservative political views, with emphasis on my involvement with the Islamic Balkan Homeland lobby.