Google Blocks Its Own Ads With New Contributor Program
Google's unveiled a crowdfunding platform dubbed Contributor, which allows people to pay for ad-free sites.By Matt Picht | November 20, 2014
Google might be getting tired of running a multi-billion dollar online advertising juggernaut. The tech company just unveiled a program that will scrub Google ads from certain parts of the Internet — for a small fee.
The program is called Contributor by Google, and it's essentially a crowdfunding support network that replaces Google's ad revenue with monthly microtransactions.
Contributors will chip in a monthly fee of around $1-$3, and in exchange, all Google ads will be replaced by these little thank-you messages. The program's still an experiment, so it only works on a handful of sites — Mashable, Imgur, and Urban Dictionary are some notable examples.