The advertisers and site owners have no one else to blame but themselves. When you start pushing shit ads that slow down your site, distribute viruses, play sounds, hijack the screen and generally make your site look like a circus on heroine, why are you surprised people start blocking your shit?
I could put up with it if they didn't suck down my processing power so much with bloated flash files, irritate the hell out of me with surprise audio, play audio without even a image to let me know which page it is on, or (the worst) have a great big "download" button on it on a page were I'm trying to download something. I've lost count how many times I've had to trawl through my programs to uninstall the sneaky shit that got access that way.
I ended up getting in a fit of anger and installed Adblock after one of those banner ads with audio scared the fuck out of me. (RIP headphone user?)
I used a computer with no Adblock, and almost every fucking video I loaded had a 30 second ad right before it. When it blatantly gets in the way of my time and Internet usage, then I get pissy. Put them on the fucking side-panels, NOT before my video.
Yeah, especially on DA. At first I played along and turned it off, because I like this site and I wanted to help them out, but then I got an ad that played audio, and I said, "well DA, you've lost your ad priveleges". Nowadays though, I have the membership, so..
Do they really generate that much revenue though? I can’t remember the last time I bought something because I saw an online ad for it. Or a television one, for that matter. I change the radio station when the commercials come on.
I doubt it. But then I don't run my own website so...
When I go shopping on the Internet I usually have a good idea what I'm going to get and try to stick to it. I only resort to Internet shopping if it's something I know I can't buy anywhere else or the store that's selling it is only in the States or something.
I use adblock to block out all of the ads on this decade old Win2k computer so I don't have a problem with that at all.
I mean, telling the end user to "turn off Adblock" in order for companies to generate revenue due to ads isn't going to help things and neither are the ads themselves. There's a reason to disable ads...to block any drive-by malware or viruses that might get onto your computer.