For the longest time, I never endorsed Adblock Plus. Why? I was a content publisher that relied on advertisements for some pocket change. However, there has been a serious change in the course of online advertising: annoying pop-ups that are smart enough to bypass browser OEM blockers (and yet legit ones get caught…), ads that play video, ads with random sounds that play, ads that grow in size and cover content until you close them…. the internet is becoming a mess of ads. So what to do…
Yes, I am officially endorsing Adblock Plus for several reasons now. First, by default, they allow good ads through – ones that are not annoying or intrusive. You know, Google text ads. They just sit there and they behave like ads should. Secondly, there is a pop-up blocker in ABP that actually works.
So go get ABP – it’s available for major web browsers on all platforms.
And if you’re curious as to who I have on my block list:
- Facebook – Return to 2005, back when Zuck was anti-ads
- Imgur – Too many video & random sound ads. Imgur’s counterpart, Reddit, is unblocked due to their strict ad standards.