Adblock sucks, but so many use it. Why?
Pesky ads of course. You know. The overbearing type that distract you. Everyone hates those. But what about the people who suffer from such addons?
Great article and I support you as a fellow writer, but the biggest problem lies in how advertisers run their shop. Most of the brands that cater to smaller blogs show crappy ads (pop ups, flashy stuff) and I think that is what makes readers hate ads. Also there are many advertising middlemen who run ads with malicious content embedded into the scripts via those placing the ad (I've gotten malware like that) which adds more fuel to the debate of not using ads. I support brands like BuySellAds and Federated Media because they run content that is more appropriate, but low CPM and CPC ads tend to dominate and annoy. Interstitials and pre-load ads also need to disappear.
Exactly. Content creators are in charge of their sites and therefore can decide whether they want pop ups and other obtrusive ads.
As someone who works in IT I'm sick of people trying to download legitimate software from usually reasonable place only to be bombarded with 25 adverts all claiming to be the download button.
It's HORRIBLE that sites like Cnet and others package ads, and other crapware into downloads on top of your regular share of ads.
I use ad block to fight Google on Youtube. They are selling a garbage music service that I will never pay for. And I have noticed the ads have recently become more intrusive and frequent, no surprise since they are now selling ad free versions of Youtube.
If content creators would stop displaying such obtrusive ads, people wouldn't need to use Adblock. Like Speed said, all the pop-up ads and flashing multi color crap along with embedded malware and even porn, ads asking me if i like my dick enough, those are the reasons i personally use Adblock. Make ads that do not flash, do not pop-up, do not contain malware/porn/viagra, etc. Make them blend with the overall style of the webpage they are on so they do not stand out like a stripper in a Chuck E Cheese. People will stop using Adblock. Hell put up Paypal donation links on your home page so you do not need to have as many ads in the first place. Content creators need to start thinking about the viewers before the viewers think about the content creators.
Absolutely! Those "Click Here! Your a Winner!" flashing ads and the Free Browser Games are the main reason why I use AdBlock.
Adblock isn't enough for me...NoScript my friend. I like the granularity of NoScript and the fact it blocks even more than Adblock. It also has the benefit of boosting performance because of numerous flash ads not loading into the page every time, which is another glossed over issue with ad ridden webpages. I have a decent computer at home, but at work I have no choice in what I need to use and every bit of performance I can get is worth it. Flash ads literally cripple my work machine. The whole ad issue is a vicious self destructive cycle...sites want more ad revenue and overbalance ads versus content - visitors get more put off by even more ads and start using more and more add-ons to block and remove the ads - ad revenue drops for those websites, so they increase visibility even more repeating the whole cycle over again. The more the issue is fought the worse it gets.
If enough people started using Adblock, a lot of websites will close down. But using Adblock is also justifiable because of the ads that just take things to the next level of weirdness. I will agree with Dasteru here. Despite how lawless the internet is, there should be a standard as to how these ads are made, to stop the use of the Adblock. I mean I will use Adblock if I don't wanna see a picture of a dick on a scale with a text, "is your penis big enough" and stuff like that next to a completely unrelated page where I am only downloading a game.
if you pirating a game, you deserve to see a dick as punishment. lol
Haha! i knew someone was going to say that! :D
lol man, i was just kidding. but im glad you seen the lighter side of my comment :D
the main reason i use adblock, mostly coz it displays clean pages which are a lot less cluttered and it prevents malware and other malicious software getting on to my pc. i consider adblock part of my security software like i do an antivirus or firewall. with windows being so easy to catch a virus, you can never be too careful.
Yea. Sometimes I try to watch really old shows that used to play on History Channel and unfortunately the only sites that have them are stream sites with a crap load of warez pop ups.
Just to add to this debate, native ads are a really good idea if you ask me BUT brands like Outbrain, Taboola, etc have already ruined it by pretending to dub their service as a premium product when in reality you see crap like 10 ways to lose 1000 pounds in 5 days.
Adblock, Spybot Search and Destroy, CCleaner, and Norton are running on my computer due to obnoxious content creators that are looking for bucks. It's your own fault that I have to use all of these services in order to get to your content. Why is it that Youtube doesn't have a problem with this? No hidden links that pop up ads when you click them, nothing obtrusive. Maybe you should do what successful sites do and then it will no longer be a problem.
Unfortunately it's not that easy because you need the traffic to qualify to join higher end advertising networks, but how do you pay the bills to run servers, pay for CDN, and what not in the mean time? Even Google Adsense (which is the best CPC ad network for smaller sites) shows flash ads and videos sometimes. It's a double edge sword and most smaller publishers don't have a choice of what ads they show until they start to make it to the big league. The onus falls up the middle men advetising agents to be more ethical...but they're also looking for a quick buck.
As someone who runs a website of their own I both love and hate AdBlock. I run two websites for specific video games and create all the content on both of them, each guide/page/video takes roughly 1-2 hours to do start to finish. The only revenue I make in return is through Google Adsense which does bring in a 'decent' amount but no where near an actual minimal wage job. I run the website mainly for helping others out, but the costs associated with it and the time do eat up a lot of the "joy". Anyway, at least for the website owner part of me I dislike Adblock since I can estimate how many of my readers use it based on pageviews and ad impressions. I run 3 ads per page that are all non-obtrusive and 90% of them are on the outer edges of the page. I also do my best to manually block retarded advertisements like "download here! now!". The other non-website owner of me loves adblock since I like to block ads on the majority of websites I visit. I don't mind most ads and will "whitelist" the website if it runs the standard 2-3 ads per page with no pop ups, but for websites with pop ups, loud audio video ads, or the pre-load ads I turn adblock on. One way I went about the whole adblock issue between myself and my readers is to implement a simple one-time message. If you have adblock on I little message is displayed on my website explaining the costs of running it and also what advertisers I use and what ads I will show(text/image). Users then click anywhere and it will go away forever(or until they clear their cookies) even if they do not disable adblock. I found this approach solves a lot of the issues smaller websites face since it isn't confrontational and explains it easy for website visitors.
I have no idea how the system works, but as a recommendation you should look into getting your ads onto ABP's EasyList. Which is the default ad white list on ABP for non-obtrusive ads. Again, I'm not a site owner, so I don't know the way to get it or cost, but even as a power user it's not something I've disabled because I've never had obtrusive ads with it on. Anyway good luck with your site, and thanks for being considerate of the readers.
I've said this before- but the sites I frequent I have Ad-Block turned off. The aggressive sites that use over the top adverts are sites I wouldn't visit in the first place.
Donations via PayPal, sell of merchandise like t-shirts, coffee mugs,hats,etc... Try and get some publicity through bigger websites. My point is that the writer behind this article has no imagination. There's lots of ways to make money besides relying on ads.
Donations don't pay the bills unless your name is Vitaly or something.
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