Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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RE[6]: The elephant in the room
by Wondercool on Sun 20th Sep 2015 09:40 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: The elephant in the room"
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Afaik, OSNews doesn't pay contributors unlike Engadget. Costs are greatly reduced compared to commercial sites, it doesn't matter if they are fixed or not.

I am not saying it will be easy. More difficult are services like Google maps, Slashdot or Reddit.

The whole world uses Google maps, yet it is free (up to a point). If Google doesn't make money, probably we don't have maps (but even here we have volunteer sites like openstreetmap)

Slashdot was sold to a company and they are really struggling to make money of it and now it is for sale again. There was (is?) a plan to 'buy' the site by the readers and to preserve its spirit and continue from there but it has yet to materialise. I would pay money for such a plan btw.

Reddit is losing a lot of (investor) money even though most of the site is volunteer work, and still hasn't found a way to make money.
I still don't think ads are the way to go for those sites. I would ask 1 buck per year for those sites rather than diluting the site with ads. A bit like Whatsapp.

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