let me point out that i, too, was a newb once. i made crappy banners that most people didn’t want to click, and looking back at some of my oldest stuff, i can’t blame 'em. i wouldn’t want to click them, either. funny thing was i thought they were great at the time - probably because i was so happy i had learned to make banners :rolleyes:
the thing is that many people shouldn’t make their own banners. low quality pics, pics that are stretched out of shape, banners that don’t say anything so they just look like a page element, jagged text on a weirdly cut-out pic, bad cutouts, logos with edges that aren’t the same color as the banners - these are just a few of the pitfalls that await both newbies and those of us who just are um… graphically challenged.
the thing i don’t get here is that especially with paysite owners, a good banner will send SO many more clicks than a bad one. making your own banners can mean you’re leaving money on the table - lots of money. what’s more, you can get a banner from a high end designer for $25 or less - usually less. and there are plenty of designers who will do a banner for you for $20 or less - and most will go even lower if you order several.
so why not do what i do and simply order a few banners from a designer? if you don’t know any, there are several on this board and you can find them listed in the resource section. or you can ask for recommendations - most of us have a few designers we recommend after we’ve been around a while.