There’s now a way to get rid of the advertisements you see whenever you access a Google partner site. The solution is to pay a nominal fee, per month, and per site.
The new Google Contributor service is now in the “experimental” stage, and depending on the site, you’ll be paying $1 to $3 per month so that you can enjoy ad-free browsing on those Google partner websites. Once you’ve paid that fee, Google will send a “thank you” message, posting it where the ads normally appear.
Numerous websites are being signed on by Google to participate in this project in order to widen their coverage over the internet and allow the users to skip advertisements on most of the websites they visit. A subscriber to this service will only see pixelated patterns instead of the advertisements placed on the website.
So far Google has signed up ScienceDaily, Urban Dictionary, WikiHow, Mashable and Imgur to test this new system. Moreover access to this service is currently by invitation only. Websites who aren’t invited can apply to be on the waiting list.
Google described the effort as an
“experiment in additional ways to fund the web.”
“When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site,” Google said at a page launched for those interested in taking part.
“As a reminder of your support, you’ll see a thank you message, often accompanied by a pixel pattern, where you might normally see an ad.”
Google hasn’t provided any details regarding how much money it will make yet, or how much the publishers’ sites will make contrasted to incomes from display advertisements, however, its promotional material for Contributor states:
“When going by a participating site, part of your contribution goes to the designers of that site.”
On the other hand some may think differently as far as this initiative is concerned:
“If Contributor is a success, it will not only be a shock to Google, but also be an historic first for modern human civilization,”
VentureBeat writer Gregory Ferenstein said, underlining the fact that Google may be trying to prove that consumers would rather browse for free and see ads, rather than pay money to view sites ad-free.
“I seriously doubt that Google is betting that such a tectonic shift in preferences will take place.”
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