SamG wrote:I'd like to think we aren't talking about chickens versus eggs. I think people who find it necessary to fund heavily trafficked sites via ads (or fees, or whatever) are outside the domain of this discussion. Neither Google nor the people who are in this situation and using Google-sponsored ad programs are diluting content.
Tmac wrote:Google ads made possible a lot of good/great site/blogs/small forums to exist. Not only exist but exist on decent paid webhosts, without a crapload of popups.
I wonder how true this is, really? Google doesn't pay out until your account hits $100. I know a lot of smaller boards / blogs / etc. that might be making $3-5 a month. If that. At that rate it will be a while before they're going to see a check.
I remeber the old days, most sites were on crap free webhosts with download quota, popups, flash popup banners and so on. Geocities, lycos, fortunecity and so on.
The old days weren't exactly perfect...
Heh, they rarely are.
But the kicker question is: Do you think you better off today than you were then?