We have come to an interesting shift as a lot of content creators online would rely on ads as their main source of revenue. Now more and more ads are being blocked on the web. The people are speaking out with action saying that they do not want ads.
It is upsetting the equilibrium of the internet. Yet the internet has always been a source interrupting the equilibrium of the world. Destructoid reported on the phenomena of close to 50% of their readership blocking their ads.
The people have spoken: We do not want ads.
How can it be a stigma to ask for donations, while asking your readership to unblock ads for your site is not? It is time to try get out of your shell and try something new! Allow your reader-viewer-ship to support you. It is quite evident that they like what you do, or they wouldn’t be coming back eternally.
You will lose money on it being adblocked no matter what, so what do you really have to lose by trying out a different means of revenue already? OK Cupid offered it’s visitors to go Ad-Free forever for $5 when ads were blocked. Similar examples have been around with Flattr, they are few and far between since most of our users don’t want ads on their sites either.
We’re not telling you to stop using ads, but give those of us who want to adblock the option to support you in other ways – win/win.