Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
Insomnia
insomnia

Sneaky me...

I read Salon.com regularly and don't mind saying how good of a news source they can be at times, but I don't have an account yet, and don't plan on getting one until I have a bit more $$ in the bank.

That meant in the past that I would click through all those Salon ads.

...but not anymore. I was curious how they made sure people clicked through on the ads and noticed that if you go to a Salon site that requires you to jump through hoops to read an article, it feeds you the ad and then directs you to http://www.salon.com/news/cookie.html ... so now I just read the saloncom feed on LJ, let the page load, click a link for the Salon cookie URL that I have on my browser's toolbar, and voila... no annoying ad.

But now I feel vaguely guilty for not watching their ad. Even though I *AM* just linking to a public site on the internet, I'm still messing with their business model. Of course, now I'm *REALLY* messing with it, because I told all of you about it.

Salon.com is a good thing. I hope they last. Even better yet, I hope they stop having to twist arms to get people to pay, hiding their content behind annoyng ads.

If you're going to go to the trouble of having real journalism on your site, it behooves you to find a way to make it freely available to the public.
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