Google launches Contributor, a subscription service that removes ads from your favorite websites

By Shawn Knight
Nov 20, 2014
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  1. Like it or not, the Internet today is largely funded by advertising. In exchange for free content, millions of websites run advertising campaigns to help pay the bills and keep their unique content flowing. One popular alternative is the paywall...

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,291   +55

    Google is the one that runs doubleclick. If it was malware free, I'd turn off adblock plus.
  3. This is really a nice idea. It's better than ad-blocker because when user uses ad-blocker, they're effectively cheating. They want to use the website, but don't want to support it. It's not fair.
    I hope this Contributer platform or similar things will get widely adopted. It is the right way for people to continue to use "free" websites without ads.
  4. Useless scam, if user want to support site, they can turn off adblock for site
  5. Ohhhhh for a planet free of advertising and religion.
  6. I can't see how this could ever be popular. In the spotify case, users get something more than ad-free experience, they get access to more quality (kbps), features (offline), and more content directly (song level access).

    Here, if websites offers some premium content only to subscribers this could work, like a all-sites-pass, like some newspapper require subscription to read all content, this could be much more powerful by allowing users to one economic fee subscription for all sites!

    14 years ago, before adsense, I dreamed of this but also giving Internet providers the option to pay directly a little like $1 to contributor-service to offer premium-internet-pass to users, once a ISP offers for the same price all-access to popular premium content enabled sites, all ISPs should follow. This should work if a bunch of sites with exclusive content not found anywere else participate.

    I do not say sites should block all content to non-subscribers but only a section or some premium articles or access, like exclusive reports, access to downloads, hi res versions of wall pappers or videos, hard-to-find things, more storage, premium support, premium profiles or premium visibility in dating sites or classifieds/sales listings, faster downloads on download services now asking for a fee, ad free blog/hosting, etc...
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,459   +1,759

    There's got to be catch! Methinks they most likely just move the ads to your Gmail inbox....:oops: (Then mark it as "spam", to insure themselves plausible deniability).
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014
  8. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TS Addict Posts: 135   +50

    I can finally give fair recompense to all my favourite advertisers, yay!
  9. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Addict Posts: 331   +99

    A company that makes billions a year.. and hey want us to cough up money to pay for the ads they deliver and get paid for.. makes perfect sense.. in google land. slowly making my way back to firefox and duck duck.

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