Give Google Contributor a try

Recently I’ve seen several interesting conversations about ad blocking, and I wanted to remind people about a great offering called Google Contributor. With Google Contributor, you contribute a certain amount of money each month. That subscription means that you see fewer ads on the web, and you support the sites that you visit with your money. You get to decide how much to contribute (I do $10/month, but for example you can do $2/month if you prefer). The more you contribute, the fewer ads you see. The handwave-y explanation that when you go to a website, your monthly subscription actually bids on your behalf in ad auctions. So you end up buying the ad yourself rather than someone else. This is cool for several reasons: 1. You support the sites you visit without expending any energy. 2. You see fewer ads. 3. (And this is the cool part) you get to decide what to show in that ad space instead of ads. That’s right: you can pick a custom URL to show to yourself instead of ads. It’s like buying space on a billboard andshowing nature scenes instead of ads. Personally, I like to show a dynamically generated Mondrian-like pattern:…