Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by twitterfire on Fri 19th Mar 2010 22:59 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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You are so, so, so very right, Kroc. If you start blaming people for ad blocking, for not clicking enough the ads, if you see them only as cash cows, and not like a community, they start hate you back and they begin to visit your site less and less.

I think that the idea of publishing sponsored articles is great. Osnews can make a decent amount of money if it's done right. Right means good articles about good techie products not publishing articles about loosing weight pills.

And why not put a nice button in the middle of the header that reads: "Help Us!". Some users are more likely to donate money than to see annoying ads.

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