Some Bloggers Proud to Be Ad Free

Posted on January 26, 2006

Ad Free Blog GraphicSome bloggers are proud of the lack of ads on their blogs. We have mentioned before that studies have shown many bloggers just blog for fun or as a form of self-therapy and not to make money. A website called adfreeblog.com that offers buttons (like the one on the right) that blogs can post to indicate their opposition to ads on blogs and that their blog does not contain advertising. The website says that posting the icon means the following:
1. That I am opposed to the use of corporate advertising on blogs.
2. That I feel the use of corporate advertising on blogs devalues the medium.
3. That I do not accept money in return for advertising space on my blog.
The owl button would probably be more widely used if it just indicated an ad-free blog (like point #3). Points #1 and #2 have a much more significant meaning.

Obviously, there are ads on this blog so we won't be adding the cute little owl button except here in this post as an example. We also don't see what is wrong with blogs accepting advertising. But for those of you with personal blogs that want to remain ad free and rant against corporate advertising in weblogs the button might interest you.
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