Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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goffster
Member since:
2007-11-24

Before I do what you suggest.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

Same here. I know someone who has a large Linux blog, and his expenses are none. He has a free domain name from his webhosting company, and his hosting is paid through donations. No expenses, and still, he runs ads on his web site.

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fluxy Member since:
2008-01-30

It's not only about expenses. The web has grown a lot from the early "everything free" days. The quality has improved considerably and a lot more attention/time is being devoted to the preparation of articles (although not for everyone, and even if cms make life easier), such that I get a lot from surfing on the internet. It's fun, informative, allows me to socialise...etc

Meaning that all the content does have a value, what's wrong with contributing a little back if you can? That will provide better incentive and might increase the quality. If it doesn't, stop visiting or stop paying (if it is subscription-based).

And ads aren't really so evil, if they are respectful of my computing environment (screen space, bandwidth..etc), after all don't we have ads on other forms of media like TV or Newspapers?

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anyweb Member since:
2005-07-06

as a comparison, I run ww.linux-noob.com, a very small linux site aimed at linux noobs, and it costs me money, hence the ads.

1. the domain name has to be paid for (not free)
2. the hosting has to be paid for (via leaseweb in amsterdam), again, not free
3. the ad revenue does not cover the cost of #2 above, let alone #1.

as a result, the site is losing me money but I'm willing to do that because I use and like linux and hope it somehow helps others

I'm sure there are others out there who are in a similar situation, the website(s) I run are not my day to day business, but more of a hobby, however OSNews.com is most likely the day to day business and therefore must be profitable in order to be useful to the owner,

I don't use adblock on this or any website, I just put up with the annoying ads..

cheers
anyweb

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