Online Ads

2016-02-09

2015-10-22

Youtube (and most other online advertisers supporting commercial sites) have been inundating us with loud, annoying video advertising, to the point of being obnoxious. Now Youtube is offering the "opportunity" to pay them $10/month to not view ads...?
  • As noted above, sites are packing so many videos into sites, including video ads that precede primary video content, that it's become obnoxious. I tune them out as much as possible. I do not recall ever clicking on a video ad to view related content. I hate this crap, and go out of my way to avoid it!
  • Google, as much as any company, has helped build this ad-laden web environment that bombards us with ads, and Google is guaranteed through pay-per-click a share of the profits. Google's now created a cash cow situation - only $9.99/mo!!! - where annoyed users will be willing to pay to avoid such advertising, i.e., http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2015/10/red.html
  • If you're an advertiser, however, Google's either helping piss people off with an overwhelming amount of advertising that users look for ways to avoid, or Google's eliminating it altogether, for a price that only Google profits by. In the former, Google shares the profits with advertisers; in the latter, it's all Google's, and it all ads up (pun intended).

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Does anybody like these?
  • Popup and overlay ads that require you to locate and click the magic "x" to get them the heck out of the way.
  • Videos that always start with an ad, too often at full volume. Wear ear plugs or headphones? These ads could damage your hearing... (or desktop speakers)
  • Opening pages that have nothing to do with the content the preceding link said you'd be taken to.
To advertisers and corporations who support this garbage  I go out of my way not to buy from you. Your ads are intrusive, obnoxious, and an aggravating waste of my time. All you're doing is pissing me off! Your crap exemplifies the damage and degradation that commercialization has brought to the web (that I began using in '93, long before you began making a mess of it).

(Thank you to all developers who build pop-up blockers!  See uBlock Origin @ https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock