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Posted 7/5/14 , edited 7/5/14

TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

If there's a thread like this then please close this thread.

On the web it's a known fact that advertisement/adds is the biggest source of revenue for most websites, however we got add-ons for browsers such as add blocker that blocks adds from being displayed on websites... But what many don't know about add blocker(s) is that because you don't see the adds, the website provider/company doesn't earn any revenue from you when you visit the site.

Some companies blocks you from accessing their websites if you have add blocker enabled, where as other websites blow up adds on their entire site to fill the losses from everyone who uses add blocker. And there're a few problems whit blowing up adds everywhere on a site because it will take longer time to load the site, meaning that people who don't use addblocker will get punished for everyone who do use addblocker.

To tell the truth, I absolutely hate adds and thus I use add blocker on almost every website... If I'm gonna be honest then I would prefer a subscription over free whit adds, since according to my opinion adds make a website look bad and unprofessional.

So, what is your opinion about adds and subscriptions?

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This thread isn't just about CR subscriptions, but the web in general!


Most websites use CPC (Cost Per Click) not CPV (Cost Per View) so the site owner only makes money if you click on it. Since I never click on ads willingly (unless it's a small site, or a site I want to support) I use Ad blocker plus. Either way they wouldn't make money from me

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evilotakuneko wrote:

Ad networks are pretty much the number one vector for malware these days.


This. I don't give a shit how the site wants to make money, they're not going to risk my computer to do it. I have a grand total of two sites whitelisted on my ad blocker because I really do need to access them.
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It all depends on the website I'm using. For websites like Crunchyroll and Hulu I pay because I love the services I get and want to support an industry. True I still have to view ads on Hulu Plus but I can stream on my tablet and there is a large selection of anime there (not to mention live action shows and movies!) Crunchyroll is self explanatory. Ad view streaming even on my tablet, I can read all the manga I want, and I'm helping give them money so they can purchase the rights to even more shows. I also help pay for a shared Netflix because of the wide range of content and the quick and easy customer support. I support websites that treat their clients respectably.

To fire the guns at a few other companies now ...
I am not subscribed to Funimation because for some reason their app is not compatible with my tablet, which is odd because my Nook is a pretty popular tablet next to Apple and Amazon. Their search functions are often unhelpful, and I disagree with their practice of allowing one free episode in a series to view and having the rest be premium. Sure even their free content is large is quantity, but not necessarily quality. Not to mention that clicking on any given show will present you with a giant ad for the DVD sale of the show and you have to scroll down to see the streaming episodes. The ads don't even go away with ad-block so that's a huge turn off as well.

Another website I stopped giving money to was Gaiaonline. I used to pay them for some premium bonuses like their virtual items. But their constant push for cash and spammy, computer threatening ads have pushed me away and now I ad-block nearly the entire site and I don't buy anything. A company that's too "in your face" about getting money is annoying and should be ashamed.

So to sum it's all about what I get, accessibility, customer support, and attitude when I decide whether or not to throw my money at a website. Of course I also don't pay illegal streaming sites, I have forsaken them for legal options, but I feel like that's a given by now since I haven't posted any illegal sites in my examples.
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The main problem with most of the web pages is that they relay on most on Ads or Subscriptions. Yet there is a economical solution to enjoy content without Ads or paying subscriptions.

-21% of the Spanish Fan Subs sites I know that are add/free relay on this

- Most prestigious university and colleague around the world use it

-and Wikipedia use it too. (Alexa rank 6 by the way)


-The US republican Party and the Democratic Party income are solely on donations

It is called Donation System. And it work when the offered material is so good that Donators doesn`t mind donating 10k or more or less depend of the quality. Web pages want ads or subscriptions since they want a stable income and most of the time they aren`t thinking on the quality of the work yet how much they can gain with in any ways.





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I generally prefer ads because I'm jobless and broke. Subcriptions exceed my budget.
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:

Youtube actually works a bit different from most sites when it comes to adds, since it's up to the uploader of a video if they'll allow adds on their videos. Also Youtube allows 3 different ways of advertisement head on (on top), side ads (on the right side of the youtube video) and in video (something you see before you can watch the video) ... In video adds also has a difference in how they're displayed/workds, there're adds that you can't skip and adds that you can skip... If you press the skip button on adds that allow you to skip them then the content creator/youtube partner won't get any add revenue from your watch since you skipped the add.


Thanks for the breakdown of YouTube's nuts and bolts. I feel a bit badly that those ads I'm skipping translate into lost revenue for the content provider, but at the same time it's unreasonable to expect me to sit through ads that are twice the length of the actual content.
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