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News Sites Overrun with Ads


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I have noticed something lately.  A lot of the sites I used to visit to read news articles are getting so bloated with ads I usually just close the article and look for the story on CNN or Fox or CBS or something.  Seems like about 50% of the articles I open nowadays end up refreshing the page a time or two after it initially loads, then requiring me to close a few ads covering the article.  There's usually ads on 3 sides of the article so I have to scroll down past them to start reading, and some of the ads even start playing audio once they load.  Some of the sites even have a timer set where there won't be any popups or anything until you scroll down to a certain point, then the whole screen grays out and there's a video ad back up at the top of the page you have to scroll back up to close.

 

Advertising on the internet is getting out of control.  I understand sites need to generate revenue, but it's getting to the point now that I don't even worry about reading articles on some of these sites.  If I click a link and it starts acting stupid with the ads, I just close the whole page and go somewhere else.  It's pretty stupid when you have more space on your page dedicated to advertisements than you do to the actual content people came there to see.

 

I've even tried "opting out" of a lot of those little ads that have the little button you can click that opens another page where you can opt out, and that opt out seems like it's only good for a couple of days or something because those ads always come right back.

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Interesting you mention that, last night I was viewing a Yahoo news article and couldn't help notice a heap of ads sprung up.

Few tweaks to the hosts file and all sorted though.

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Any reason you are not blocking the cancer of the internet?

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I use a blocker and rarely see that crap - people/companies in charge of ads, are like paparazzo - there is no limit to what they will do and excess is OK

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Websites have ads?

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I have seen a big trend of news site that have news article that are just ads for a different website. It seem like the problem is that big websites are not charging more for ads. If they want to fix this problem then I need to up the ad price or start selling article to other websites to make money.

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