A few days ago, I found this wonderful blog. I'll be nice for now and not starting pointing the finger. The blog had some really great recipes on it. I wanted to make the cookies, but I never did. Why? Because the page kept freezing and having to reload because six or seven pop-up ads would show up, and then all of the sidebar ads were attempting to function...and all of these processes were competing with one another...which ultimately led to the page not scrolling down. And when it did scroll, it would do so at the slowest speed possible. Or crash and reload.
I am finding that more and more "I just blog because I love it" folks are resorting to an astronomical amount of affiliate links and ads that make the blogging community a shitty place to be. I use affiliate links, but they are few and far between. I only promote products that I have tried. And I never place so many ads that the page looks more like a group of hungry salespeople than quality information.
If you are putting tons and tons of ads up, I am letting you know that your readers are suffering. Your blog is suffering. Is it really worth that one click (which is probably accidental...it's like a minefield) to have all of the noise cluttering your page?
Something to consider.
And now for the finger pointing.
The websites that made this list were carefully considered. If the page took more than five seconds to load, and upon loading a number of ads showed up, it made the list. If the sidebar contained more than four external ads, it made the list. If ads popped up as I clicked from page to page, it made the list. If it kept hounding me to join the fucking newsletter or buy their stupid e-book, it made the list. It's okay to have a newsletter, but HELLO, ask once please. If there were multiple ads from the same company on the same page, it made the list. If over 10% of the written content was linked, it made the list. And if it slowed my browsing experience to a crawl akin to that of the 405 on a Friday, it made the list.
Here is a list of my most favorite blogs and at the very same time, least favorite blogs because of over-the-top-ads:
Sugar-Free Mom: I love the recipe on this site, but I have recently stopped reading her blog because she has video ads littered throughout her website. When I come to you blog, I have no desire to learn about politics. I am there for the banana bread. On the breakfast recipe, there is one video and five affiliate links on the side of the page. It really ruins the reading experience. I actually left the website because I couldn't just get to what I wanted. Too bad.
Handmadeology: I really really love this site, but lately it's become littered with ads on the sidebar. I have read plenty of their articles and for the most part, there isn't too much lag once you get on the site. Sometimes though, it can take half a minute for everything to load up.
Body Unburdened: I used to visit Nadia's blog every week. She has a great deal of information. Sadly, her blog is starting to suck. Her sidebar is littered with over seven ads, several of which are duplicates...some feature 3-4 product "suggestions" and her pop-up for her ebook often takes several clicks to get to go away. I want to learn from Nadia, but her blog is acting like a used car salesman on a Tuesday. It constantly requires a reload. I have killer fast internet...so I know it isn't me. It's actually still loading right now.
Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Crunchy Creamy Sweet is sorta awesome when I can get it to load and stay loaded. The site, which boasts superb recipes has a BlogHer banner add across the bottom, a sidebar loaded with ads, a Pinterest pop-up that shows up when you arrive, and almost always is sooo loaded with "things" that I cannot scroll through to read the post. And when I can scroll through the post, there is serious lag time as YouTube videos and ads attempt to start up. I've checked this one off of my list...too bad.
In an effort to be timely, I am posting this now and will add new websites every time that I find one...hopefully you won't be on this list.