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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Subscribe? Where?
by griffbrad on Sat 20th Mar 2010 16:07 UTC
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After the Ars story about ad blockers and struggling to bring in adequate revenue, I left them a comment saying that the $50/year upfront cost of subscribing had deterred me in the past. I'd long been a subscriber to Linux Weekly News, at $5 a month. Well, Ars just came out with a $5 a month subscription plan, and I joined right away. I'm glad to support such a consistent source of high quality original content. And they even actually provided a nice benefit to me for subscribing: full-text RSS feeds broken down by categories. I really appreciate that because it saves me time and prevents me from getting distracted while browsing around online.

Reading your article now, you mention that people can subscribe to OSNews. Did you mean this in the hypothetical sense? That you could add such an option? Because if it already exists, I can't find it anywhere. Make it more prominent. I'd be glad to help you guys out.

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