Advertising on this site

2013-08-09

in Economics, Geek stuff, Internet matters

I am mindful of the fact that the advertising on this site is ugly, and often runs counter to the main lines of argument here. For instance, there are often ads for oil companies.

All told, the ads yield roughly $100 per year, which is enough to cover the costs of hosting the site.

Would people strongly prefer a site without ads? If so, would they be willing to donate to make that happen?

To be fair, I have always encouraged people to use advertising blocking plugins. Adblock Plus, for Chrome and Firefox, is excellent.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

. August 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm
anon August 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Another reason to object to the ads is that their presence means Google is tracking everyone who uses this site.

oleh August 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

I would be willing to contribute to the costs of hosting this website.

Anon November 26, 2013 at 10:28 pm

You’re such a cunt

.jdnvineivnrivn November 29, 2013 at 12:59 am

Seriously the ads on this site are such shit if your an environmentalist how can you run them

. October 15, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Recently I’ve seen several interesting conversations about ad blocking, and I wanted to remind people about a great offering called Google Contributor. With Google Contributor, you contribute a certain amount of money each month. That subscription means that you see fewer ads on the web, and you support the sites that you visit with your money.

You get to decide how much to contribute (I do $10/month, but for example you can do $2/month if you prefer). The more you contribute, the fewer ads you see. The handwave-y explanation that when you go to a website, your monthly subscription actually bids on your behalf in ad auctions. So you end up buying the ad yourself rather than someone else.

https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-contributor/

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