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Ads and Pop ups eliminated

Discussion in 'Gator Bytes' started by SMUGator, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. SMUGator

    SMUGator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    I’ve been a pretty vocal critic of the ads and pop ups on this site. I downloaded and installed the new Edge browser today and turned on ad blocking, and it makes this a new website. It’s built on the same codebase as Google Chrome, but strips out the Google overhead and increases privacy controls. Check it out. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge
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  2. gatorchamps0607

    gatorchamps0607 Always Rasta VIP Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Gallatin, TN


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  3. gatordon

    gatordon GatorDon VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    What about for IOS?
  4. flounder1

    flounder1 Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    The Brave browser does the same thing. Designed by one of the Mozilla founders. It even keeps a running count of the ads and trackers it blocks. I'm at approximately 25,000 after only two weeks.
  5. Apeman

    Apeman VIP Member

    Jun 8, 2007
    It has really gotten out of control on this site lately.
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  6. Gators11

    Gators11 VIP Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    Im on the fence with this. I know this may not be popular and maybe Im wrong how all this works. I want GC to be profitable and be able to pay our writers like Spivey and Nick a good wage to keep them around. Any other site it would drive me crazy, but I give GC a pass on this.
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  7. Colin

    Colin GC Legend

    Oct 15, 2012
    Ads pay for the site. It’s a small price to pay to help GC stay afloat.
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  8. G8trJasonB

    G8trJasonB Dallas, by way of Jacksonville & Pensacola Premium Member

    Banner ads are one thing. Obtrusive ads are another.
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  9. noleslikeitnthesemicolon

    noleslikeitnthesemicolon I’m 4 FSU-If my kids’re stupid there’d be options VIP Member

    Nov 28, 2019
    Bless you! It works great. Last I checked, I also paid for this site, so let the freebies enjoy the ads to pay for the sites. Thank you!
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  10. brokerdanob

    brokerdanob Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Lake Mary
    One of the other posters mentioned AdBlock plus. It's free and since i installed it months ago I've had zero pop up adds. I use Chrome and am not a fan of edge.
  11. airrailey

    airrailey VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Marietta, GA
    I’ve been a vocal supporter of the ads, mainly because it’s what I sell for a living, so I understand the need for long tail publishers to monetize their site as much as they can. And, I clearly come to GC for the content and have been here well over a decade and a half, so I can get past the ads. However, the browsing experience at GC, especially on mobile, has always been poor. The fall of ad networks and consolidation of ad exchanges has made it hard for smaller pubs to create a clean experience and still drive revenue. It’s been a race to the bottom in pricing meaning pubs need to add higher impact units and more of them in order to make the same amount they were making 5 years ago. Ad blocking furthers this because it’s that many less impressions served. Then the exchanges don’t offer the same level of transparency that the ad networks did, So in many cases the sites don’t even know what the running.

    Unfortunately, without a dedicated sales team that can fill 100% of inventory (very few sites can do that even with a larger team), there is not a great answer short of cleaning up some ad placements and raising membership rates.
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  12. RIP

    RIP I like touchdowns Premium Member

    Feb 2, 2015
    I have started to see fewer ads lately on mobile. I think GC has listened to the complaints.
  13. SMUGator

    SMUGator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    It’s working best on my iPhone and iPad.
  14. gatorchamps0607

    gatorchamps0607 Always Rasta VIP Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Gallatin, TN
    Geez SMU, had give me the bacon bro? ;)

    Edge is terrible unless you only surf the internet. Functionally for businesses and power users its hot garbage. You're right about Chrome though, it has become a resource hog more and more as they "upgrade" it.

    I work in IT, the first thing I do is delete the icon so I never hear a user say "I was using Edge".... lol
  15. Potzer01

    Potzer01 GC Hall of Fame

    Mar 26, 2008
    Orlando.... Again
    Don't worry, there are only 4 ad's per click in the forums. Also they're going to take youtube content creators and hide them behind VIP paywalls.

    I get it. Media is bankrupt. It's disappointing that subscriptions aren't saving even this site.
  16. SMUGator

    SMUGator Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    If your experience is based on the original release, I would tend to agree with you. But given that Edge has been rebuilt from the ground up on Chromium and just released yesterday morning, it might be worth giving it a fair shot before trashing it. You got bacon because you trashed a post that was trying to be helpful without checking out the suggestion first.
  17. gatorchamps0607

    gatorchamps0607 Always Rasta VIP Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Gallatin, TN
    Actually I was just throwing out a little joke and added a wink face. If you were one of the developers let us know and I'd give you a real sincere pat on the back.

    I mean, I am the only one to like your comment but it's all good. Edge is garbage for many more reasons other than speed. To each their own though.
  18. G8trJasonB

    G8trJasonB Dallas, by way of Jacksonville & Pensacola Premium Member

    Personally, I would be willing to pay (another) premium to GC for an ad-free experience. I have no idea how feasible it is to run the normal site simultaneous with an ad-free version for those willing to pay, but I would do it if it were reasonably priced and I'm sure others would as well. One of the best things about The Athletic, my only other internet subscription, is it is an ad-free experience. Just content. But they obviously have a broader market than GC so I understand the challenge.
  19. Gatorhall

    Gatorhall GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 15, 2007
    North Florida
    The Athletic is $$$ well spent. I love it. You can check it out free for a week but fair warning it’s enough to reel you in.
  20. gatorpika

    gatorpika GC Hall of Fame

    Sep 14, 2008
    The thing that is stupid is that if the ads are so intrusive that everyone has to install an ad blocker browser/ad on then they don't get that revenue from ads. Or worse some people who were subscribers maybe drop their subs and move on because they are annoyed by the experience.

    I use Chrome because I like having my browser and phone linked, but there is no ad blocker for the phone. So my solution is that I have to install another browser on my phone just for this site, after which GC gets no ad revenue from me? Makes no sense when they could just make the ad experience better.
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