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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Amazon Store
by Cody Evans on Fri 19th Mar 2010 23:19 UTC
Cody Evans
Member since:
2009-08-14

If I remember right, doesn't OSNews have a Amazon Store thing? If that link was placed somewhere visible on the site, more people might use it...

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RE: Amazon Store
by Cody Evans on Sat 20th Mar 2010 03:12 in reply to "Amazon Store"
Cody Evans Member since:
2009-08-14

In reply to my previous comment, I just now noticed the "Shopping" button on the navigation bar between "News Archive" and "Topics"... I never realized that page was there...

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RE[2]: Amazon Store
by David on Sat 20th Mar 2010 03:53 in reply to "RE: Amazon Store"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

It's kind of new, and it's still a little crummy looking. The Amazon link is actually a great way for us to earn money. We get a kickback of up to 6% on Amazon orders. (higher for books, more like 1% for big electronics). As it is now, we make $30-40 a month from Amazon, but if people using adblock made a point of using the amazon link, and they shop there from time to time, it would probably make up for the lost ad revenue, and we wouldn't have to ask for direct handouts:

http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home/osnews-20

(bookmark it!)

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