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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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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goffster Member since:
2007-11-24

Ok great, I know there is a cost. So what is the cost of said domain name registration and hosting ?

I use adblock since ads
start eating my cpu
with all the "flash" garbage.

I want to know what I am paying for.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433

That will take care of irritating flash ads.

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