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Do you use Adblock Plus?
Answer it honestly! Some of my thoughts on the growing firefox extension
desiguru




msg:3967517
 6:54 am on Aug 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Statistics for Adblock Plus (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/statistics/addon/1865) now show that there are about a million ad-blocks done a week. At that rate 52 million people will be not looking at ads each year.

What can we do to show ads considering the fact that most of us make money only via online advertisements?

What are your thoughts as a webmaster on this growing issue? Should we all get together and write to companies like Firefox or Google or the developers of such extensions. (I know that most of the people would not like that idea but I'm just throwing it out there)

 

Jonesy




msg:3967915
 5:55 pm on Aug 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

Then, there's privoxy.
Jonesy

piatkow




msg:3968054
 10:41 pm on Aug 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

If only the ones who blocked ads were willing tp pay for content!

GaryK




msg:3968453
 4:53 pm on Aug 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

As a webmaster I want everyone to see my ads. But also as a webmaster I have a bit of an obligation to balance ads and content. Because if I do like so many sites and overwhelm the content on each page with ads, I can expect my visitors to be more willing to block ads. And let's face it, AdBlock Plus works really well!

That's certainly my attitude as a visitor. I'm willing to view ads in order to get free content. I am not willing to tolerate something like an 80/20 mix of ads to content!

But there will always be clueless idiots who run around claiming information wants to be free and use ad blockers indiscriminately.

Should we all get together and write to companies like Firefox or Google or the developers of such extensions.

If you enjoy wasting your time and inviting derision then proceed with your writing campaign. :)

D_Blackwell




msg:3968995
 3:37 am on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

What can we do to show ads considering the fact that most of us make money only via online advertisements?

What are your thoughts as a webmaster on this growing issue? Should we all get together and write to companies like Firefox or Google or the developers of such extensions. (I know that most of the people would not like that idea but I'm just throwing it out there)

I make money with the help of online ads - not with the ads alone. I actually provide product and value, which most MFA sites, and their ilk, do not. (And I've got got a stack of junk MFA sites, that, together, throw off a modest return that they do not deserve.)

The 'problem' of users that think certain sites or ads are irritating to no end is OUR problem. The user, IMO, has the right to do what they want with a website on their browser. They don't owe us a living. It is a problem that I don't believe will allow a mandated solution.

We can do what we want to the user and they have to take it? Never gonna happen. Users that spit in our eye make us better, more responsive, and all that good stuff. I play both sides. The internet pays my bills. I need users. I need customers. I need clicks. As a user, if I want to hack up the display of your site I will. Don't give me a reason to do so. There is a big market in empowering the user. Firefox is one of the best things to happen to the web. They put a full spread of torpedoes into Opera. Before Firefox, Opera was the 'geek' browser. If one had the technical skill, almost anything was possible. Firefox (defenders of liberty:)) made miracles possible for the average user with a click and restart.

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