Good points. A couple of explanations, just for your edification:
- I am experimenting with google site optimizer with different images to see if they help get people to download and install. And that funny picture is an alternative to my old default which was actually a whole collection of screen shots. (By the way that funny picture is not testing well in general, so it's gone as soon as I get back on.) Like many open source / free projects, I do try to make ends meet by offering add-on products, extensions and even consulting. And along the same lines, it turns out that the Text Ads do make a few bucks a month for me to help defray server costs and so on, but you're right there's no reason for they to be above the product info.
Anyway, the common thread is that the product is fully functional and fully free, and the fully free version competes very well with Great News and others. But as I do have expenses I am trying any experiment that I can to bring in some money to defray expenses.
Anyway I will be tweaking the site based on your feedback. thanks!