I am very new to web development and in some weeks I start my own small gaming network.
Now I am doing everything alone and I struggle to find good resources about advertising networks. And I don't want to have ugly ads on my website. I searched for gaming advertisements and I found ad4games and gaming online advertising.
At the moment I don't even know if I can pay the server costs. This is really bugging me. I contacted several ad networks, but all of them don't want to do a contract with me before my site launches.
-> I have to wait and gather information about my visitors.
Now I was curious which ad network other sites are using, and I saw that stackoverflow is using adzerk as an adserver.
If I am correct I can get ads from different adnetworks and put them on my adserver.
But overall the whole topic is like a huge blackbox for me.
Could you recommend me some resources or give me some insights?
Edit: I am currently listening to http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/08/podcast-64/ and its really interesting.