Ad Blockers


Dave_Canon Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 10:21AM
Do others use Ad Blockers. In the past this topic seemed to be frequently mentioned on some forums and other colleagues who could not understand why I did not use an Ad Blocker. So a few months ago, there was an easy opportunity to use an Ad Blocker with my normal browser so I did. Yes, it blocks ads but then I am frequently reminded by pop ups that I am using an Ad Blocker and must disable if I am to proceed. It also slows down my Browser as well. All in all, I am finding it ore of a pain than when I did not use one. My mind used to blot out ads anyway so they had no effect on me. What do others do?

Dave

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2 Jul 2020 10:43AM
I just live with the ads. I'm more worried about cookies, and turn most of them off, except for the sites I regularly use (like EPZ). I do use anti-virus & anti-malware software, but the impact of those on performance (if any) is so minor that I don't even notice.
tj Plus
17 2.1k England
2 Jul 2020 10:43AM
Can I just point out that if everyone used ad blockers there would be NO site to peruse.

As a commercial site we rely on advertising to keep ePHOTOzine going so please don’t use ad blockers on epz. We try to keep them to a minimum for logged in members and have avoided most annoying advert types, like pop-ups etc.

Furthermore, we often run campaigns that have a benefit or specific offer for you, so you’d miss out on those.

Particularly in this unprecedented time, where many Publishing sites and magazines are already struggling to survive, please consider this before deciding to block adverts.

Thanks for your understanding.
Tracey
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
2 Jul 2020 10:54AM
I don't really mind the ads, I can ignore them mostly - but, the ones I really hate are the flashing ones!! If I am trying to concentrate on the screen, the last thing I need is something flashing away in my peripheral vision! (Just a note to the advertisers - keep them subtle and I'm more likely to glance at them!)
saltireblue Plus
10 10.9k 63 Norway
2 Jul 2020 11:06AM
As far as ePz goes, I used to use AdBlocker, to stop the extremely irritating flashing or moving adverts, which, for me, spoiled the enjoyment of using the site.
However, since the team has been proactive in limiting using this type of advert, I have found that there is no longer any need for the blocker.
I still use it on other sites where adverts are an annoyance and deterrent to use...
sitan1 Plus
12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 1:23PM
After reading this post I have just disabled my ad blocker for epz because Ive been a member for a very long time and I want to help out as much as possible to keep the site going, so many magazines and sites have died over the years and epz is one of the few great content, informative sites thats still going.

Everything else ad blocker on to the fullest extent Smile

P.s I use a built in ad blocker for Firefox.
tj Plus
17 2.1k England
2 Jul 2020 1:37PM
Thank you! Grin
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
2 Jul 2020 1:41PM

Quote:Can I just point out that if everyone used ad blockers there would be NO site to peruse.

As a commercial site we rely on advertising to keep ePHOTOzine going so please donít use ad blockers on epz



That is an interesting statement, for me, from a technical perspective.

Are advertisers able to check if and how many visitors to the site are using ad blockers ?

I am seeing the advertisements so I guess I am not using an ad blocker Smile
tj Plus
17 2.1k England
2 Jul 2020 1:50PM

Quote:
Quote:Can I just point out that if everyone used ad blockers there would be NO site to peruse.

As a commercial site we rely on advertising to keep ePHOTOzine going so please don’t use ad blockers on epz



That is an interesting statement, for me, from a technical perspective.

Are advertisers able to check if and how many visitors to the site are using ad blockers ?

I am seeing the advertisements so I guess I am not using an ad blocker Smile



Yes. In the simplest terms, we sell advertising by the number of views; the number of times the advert is actually seen. Obviously, the more ‘views’ we have to offer the more revenue we can generate.
Dave_Canon Plus
14 1.8k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 1:57PM
How can you tell if they have been seen given that I always ignore them.

I am not actually blocking the adverts to this site at the moment anyway as I am a plus member so do not see adverts. The thing I found particularly annoying is if I look at an item (say a new camera) then later buy it, I continue to be inundated with adverts for that camera for more than 6 months after I have bought it. If a site has particularly annoying flashing adverts, I will not remain on that site so they are shooting themselves in the foot. I am inclined to remove my Ad Blocker again.

Dave
SlowSong Plus
12 9.1k 30 England
2 Jul 2020 2:30PM

Quote:I am not actually blocking the adverts to this site at the moment anyway as I am a plus member so do not see adverts.
I didn't know that was the case.
tj Plus
17 2.1k England
2 Jul 2020 3:53PM
Plus members do see fewer and more appropriate / targeted adverts.
tj Plus
17 2.1k England
2 Jul 2020 3:55PM

Quote:How can you tell if they have been seen given that I always ignore them.
I am inclined to remove my Ad Blocker again.

Dave



If an advert is served on a page it is classed as viewed. There are very sophisticated advertising servers with all sorts of data to check if an advert has actually been viewed etc but our clients are happy with viewability and click figures.

Thanks Dave Smile
Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 253 England
2 Jul 2020 4:21PM
I've been using ad blockers for years on every site that plagues me with ads. that I don't want to see and I shall continue to do so.


SlowSong Plus
12 9.1k 30 England
2 Jul 2020 4:31PM
Have just removed Adblocker seeing as the Team are taking care to filter out very annoying ads. It did get a bit bad a while ago.

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