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Sick of adverts?

Postby Reece » Sat 25 Dec 2010 02:18 GMT

Okay so well all know adverts can be annoying.

Well i have found a simple way to remove them, it isn't full prof and doesn't work on all sites, but no more ads on Youtube videos!

Simply download Google Chrome or Firefox if you don't already have itand download the adblocker extension.

Job done, ads removed.

If you want to block ads that are not already simply right click and block ad and adjust until removed.

You can also prevent it running on some sights by right clicking.

Hope this helps.

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Postby Kay » Sat 25 Dec 2010 07:59 GMT

Adverts are necessary for many content-based media, whether in print or online. If the glossy magazines, for example, did not contain a lot of adverts, then the publishing and distribution costs would have to be covered by some other means - by raising the cover price, for example.

It's the same online. It's often the advertisers who are subsiding the costs of labour and other resources needed for publishing. Without adverts, then those costs have to be met by someone else, usually the customer.

The pay wall business model is becoming more the norm - The Times, for example, adopted it fairly recently. There have always been businesses run on that model but they were generally specialist publications. Now it's becoming more of a trend in mainstream media.

Too many people still cling to the naive idea that everything on the internet should be free. But there's no such thing as a free lunch. Everything has to be paid for somehow.

Take BE, for example, we have recently introduced a pay wall because the adverts were not effective for us. Some people seem to think that Dave and I should pay for all the website's costs from our own pockets plus give our many, many hours of labour for free too.

We have taken a lot of flak from people who seem to think we exist to provide them with a free service. Is that what you thought too? You seem to be encouraging people not to view adverts. What do you think will happen next? And where will the money come from otherwise.

Sure, there are plenty of other business models and advertising is one way of keeping services free for customers. But if the customers refuse to engage with the advertisers, then in many cases the service can no longer be free to the visitor. Remember, everything has to be paid for somehow.

So, no, I don't think it's helpful to discourage users from viewing adverts. By reducing the effectiveness of the adverts, you are only forcing the publishers to meet their costs in another way. And in many cases, no longer being able to provide their services free of charge to the visitor.
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Re: Sick of adverts?

Postby Dave » Sat 25 Dec 2010 08:40 GMT

Sorry, Reece, but I agree with everything Kay's just said. I'd far rather we were able to keep content free for the user, and if that means displaying adverts, then I'd say that's a small price for the user to pay. The fact that some of our other sites are bringing in some commission from sales suggests that some of our users do find the adverts useful.

Reece wrote:If you want to block ads that are not already simply right click and block ad and adjust until removed.

You can also prevent it running on some sights by right clicking.


Not if the site owner's disabled your right-click button :evil: (as you suggested we should do here), you can't.
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Postby Reece » Sat 25 Dec 2010 23:09 GMT

Sorry guys.

Just remove the post I didn't mean to upset either of you.

No Kay I do not think that, I know you have to make revenue from somewhere and I don't think that its a free service.

Also, I know this is not the point but, it doesn't work on your site anyway, there adverts are still there.

Sorry again, I really didn't mean to offend you guys.

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Postby Dave » Sun 26 Dec 2010 05:44 GMT

No offence taken, Reece - and from our point of view there's no harm in reminding people that this site has to be paid for somehow. ;-)
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Postby Kay » Sun 26 Dec 2010 06:29 GMT

Hey, Reece, we weren't offended. 8) It doesn't do any harm to discuss these issues, as long as it's done in a friendly way.

Although we do now have a pay wall for some of our premium content, the vast majority of what BE offers is still free for the visitors. The adverts help to keep it that way. :twisted:
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Postby Reece » Sun 26 Dec 2010 20:55 GMT

Phewww!!!!!

Okay no problem guys, just nice to know I didn't offend any body.

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