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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AD Blockers
by TheIdiotThatIsMe on Sat 20th Mar 2010 01:51 UTC
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I use an AdBlocker for the majority of the internet's contents. Why? Simply because site maintainers have allowed such a ridiculous rampant mess of advertisement that the content of their sites are no longer relevant. Having said that, I do actually whitelist quite a number of sites (including OSNews).

What does it take to get whitelisted? Ads that are relevant and I'd personally find interesting (including some ones I've seen here about linux-loaded laptops, smartphones) and that I'd actually consider clicking on to get more information. Ads that are not flashy, usually a simple image or text. The minute it starts to move, it's become a distraction, and rather annoying.

If I go to a site that I initially have blocked, and am STILL served with annoying advertisements, I just don't visit again.

As was said before with magazines, many of the ads in the respectable magazines (especially some good car mags) are not only NOT ANNOYING, but a pleasure to look at. I have even seen people cut out certain ads from magazines and put them in cheap poster frames and hang them. It's all about being responsible with your advertising.

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