Not YouTube, but last week I had to check I was getting a decent deal on something while in the supermarket, but the advert fed through MySupermarket was so obnoxiously awful that it rendered trying to use their webpage impossible (and it was one of those fake ‘You have won something!’ adverts too).
Shame I can’t adblock on my phone like I can my desktop.
Whilst there’s an Adblock Plus for Android, I would suggest trying Brave (which is Chromium with Ad blocking, and blocks tracking, blocks fingerprinting, block 3rd party cookies) it’ll get rid of the crap.
I totally get that on some websites the number of adverts positioned in obnoxiously prominent positions is irritating but there are no free lunches and if I’m reading an open access online news article, I should expect some level of advertising to pay for that article to be there.
I can’t help but feel that if ad blockers weren’t a thing then those running websites might not be tempted to “over advertise” as they’d be making enough revenue from every visitor, rather than only those without ad blocking software.
Thanks for the advice about adblocking on Android. Last time I looked into it all the options (and there weren’t many) said I’d need to root my phone to make them work. I’ll check out Brave later, see if that’s decent.
I have a whitelist and I’m not afraid to use it. Though it can be tricky getting the balance right if a site hasn’t already made it to the whitelist, I grant. My preference is for whitelist requests that are less obtrusive and don’t prevent me from using the site in the meantime - I do get quite cross at sites which block you from being able to load the content you want until you whitelist them. I want to have some confidence that whitelisting isn’t going to quickly lead to browser cancer.
Hah, not a chance. If those running websites didn’t “over advertise”, ad blockers wouldn’t have been invented in the first place. I’ve been on the internet since 1993 or thereabouts, I remember the horrendously bad old days of animated banner adverts with music, of pop-up adverts - and worse, pop-under adverts. And sometimes, if you went to the wrong place, the constantly redirectly adverts where each one would open another one and nothing short of shutting down Netscape would stop the spam.
I have no doubt whatsoever that if ad blockers were suddenly overnight not a thing, then we’d head right back to those days as all the worst people in advertising take full advantage.
I don’t know if you were around for the early years of the commercial ad-supported internet, but this theory was disproven then! Even before ad blockers existed, certain sites assaulted you for simply trying to browse them. I second @HoldenCarver’s account of the pre-adblock internet. It was worse.