I'm on an older mac and was having issues with trying to find a decent ad blocker. Not to mention the fact that websites use certain tricks to bypass
ad blockers. for example, if the ad is coming from the same domain as the one you are viewing... your ad blocker is going to have a hard time blocking
the site you are trying to view. There are all kinds of ways to bypass ad blocking and there are all kinds of ways to try and block them.
Now, first LET ME MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR.
I do not block ads on sites that I feel are an asset to the internet and deserve the revenue that advertising brings. the ads do not bother me that
much and if advertisers want to spend their money on all this advertising I'm certainly not going to slam on legit sites for taking the money it
scrapes up. I would not suggest to anyone that they should totally and completely block ads on let's say... youtube. I think youtube is great and
gives people a free way to express themselves on the internet and it is paid for by ads... so I think some advertising is a good way to bring us
something that we do not have to pay for with our own money, just our time at having to look at ads.
I was getting pretty frustrated trying to block ads on a certain site that I am wanting to keep an eye on but can't stand the thought that I am lining
the pockets of people who I feel might be inclined to use shady business practices to get hits, content and other reasons for trying to push on
certain elements for their own agenda. I tried different ad blockers out of the few that were available for my OS but the hardly works because of
being able to bypass ad blocking.
So I read about two other ways of blocking ads.
One is by editing host file info, which I was going to look into even though I am not very proficient on computers but despite sounding intimidating,
I have set up servers on PCs while having very little knowledge of such things so I figured I would manage. Actually, that might be a bad idea unless
you really know what you are doing. I was more than ready to try it until I tried taking a look at the sites source code and it appears this might
prove ineffective anyway because of the way their ad program is set up.
I need someone to correct me if I am wrong please... I would like to give advice on this so that others may follow in suit if they feel website owners
or admins are lacking in integrity, but again... i am no tech wizard and perhaps this method is not as effective and simple as I see it.
Here's what I did. I use firefox because safari crashes a lot as a lot of mac users might realize. I do regular browsing in firefox and have set my
homepage in safari as the website i am wanting to ad block. Actually, if firefox is the one you do NOT use, you can use it for these types of websites
and block pictures too. Different browsers have different preferences so look at your browsers option to really see which browser you'd like to use
for the ones you find "sketchy" i set it as safari because safari is ok, but it crashes too often for me to switch to that for regular web browsing.
that browser and will only use it for THAT site. I am pretty darn sure this will stop many ads, but I'm not sure if it will stop ALL ads.
maybe someone here can expand on this a little and we can get even more ideas on how to block annoying ads from sites that do not deserve the revenue.
once and most people are pretty used to going back and forth between windows for various things. I go to the site to look at the text and if I am THAT
interested, will open the yt vid in my other browser. Some of you may wonder why I'd be worried about such an issue but I'm sure some will certainly
understand my urge to do this as some ads are not click through type ads, but are impression ads and although the amount is less, they will get paid
for the 'impression" whether you click it or not. busy websites that have big ad campaigns are very likely to score some good impression ads from the
advertisers... so if it appears to be a site like that it's very possible that just by veiwing, you are assisting in the web owners livlihood which is
something you might not feel so inclined to do. Another setback is that if you want to do certain interactions with the website, like post on a forum
or something, you should bookmark the forum posting page in your good browser. a post here or there shouldn't really effect that much as there are
usually less ads on such pages, then you can jump back over to your good browser and keep reading. If you are just lurking the site, this should not
still doesn't take that long to copy and paste a link to a particular forum or webscript page.
I may update this if I run into more setbacks but for now, it seems to be fine for reading... with no more ads.
Some may say 'if you look at the content, don't you think you should contribute to the viewing of their ads" and my answer is a firm NO WAY
Especially if the site is proficient enough to hog up all search engines entries to many many different issues and are proving to be a very obscuring
monopoly when it comes to searching for these things.
So, any thing I might have missed or can anyone ad or correct any aspect of this?
site so anyone with more info, let's hear your take.
edit on 5-5-2012 by NotAnAspie because: (no reason given)