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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RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by umccullough on Fri 19th Mar 2010 23:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

One thing I do want to say is that the person who invented those in-text ads should be executed - death by draw and quarter, preferably. On Times Square.


Spot on.

So should the publishers who (ab)use them - they must have been paid dearly for their souls.

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RE[2]: Comment by Thom_Holwerda
by David on Sat 20th Mar 2010 03:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by Thom_Holwerda"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

If we ran those in-text ads, we could probably make a couple of thousand dollars per month. Seriously. But they're horrible, and we don't run them. But I understand why some people succumb to the temptation.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I find those Google AdWords et al a much more pleasurable alternative to big, flashy animations. Especially since the links then actually are somehow related to the topic at hand whereas a random animation will be exactly that: random.

Besides, those Adwords and whatnot do not take any more screen real-estate than the actual content does. As such I just don't really have anything against them. I do block animations, large full-screen ads and all that rubbish, but if I could somehow switch to Adwords version of a site with no such animated crap I'd go for it.

As such, why not just allow your visitors to choose the type of advertising they prefer, and for the Flash/images/animations/etc category of ads use some brains and carefully select what kinds of ads you display?

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imtiaz Member since:
2005-07-06

If we ran those in-text ads, we could probably make a couple of thousand dollars per month. Seriously. But they're horrible, and we don't run them. But I understand why some people succumb to the temptation.


seriously David, if you do those in-text ads on OSNews then I am gone in 2-3 days. I terribly hate those in-text ads and agree with Thom.

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