Every time I set up a new internet browser, I always face the dilemma of whether to install an ad blocker. I do not install it at first, but later I always do. The ads always force me to (I’m looking at you TechCrunch).
Now to set up this discussion, I feel that I need to make it a fact that ads are how blogs like us for example are able to stay up. With Newb Wired, I make money off of ads to pay for the hosting, domains, and prizes. These ads pay for that and for the essentially the ‘free’ content your reading.
With that said, I still install ad blockers. It’s not that I don’t support blogs and independent publishers out there, it’s how they display and use those ads. For instance, look at TechCrunch.com . Honestly, it is one of the main reason I install ad blockers. The ads are very intrusive, make the site hard to use, and the load time is increased greatly. Now look at Newb Wired. We have one, small banner ad at the top and a little square ad in the sidebar (not including the referral links). The ads are spaced out and do not effect with usability (not that I’m an expert on this, but I figure I know a little bit about this).
If sites like TechCrunch and others could maintain the usability and appearance of their site and still have ads I would no longer need an add blocker. I like their content and would like to pay for it some how and ads give me the ability. I can’t do that though if I can’t even use the site.
So in conclusion, I have decided to not use an ad blocker for all sites and just using it to block sites where the ads are overwhelming. That way I can help out blogs like Download Squad while still being able to read TechCrunch and Mashable. Once those sites improve the way ads are shown on their site. I’ll turn it off.
Now this is my opinion and I don’t expect you to agree with me at all, but please post your point of view so I could better Newb Wired and heck, I like reading your opinion 😛 .