Use Adblock? - A Heartfelt Appeal From a Struggling Small Business Owner.
There has been a lot of talk recently on G+ about the popularity of #Adblock
and other scripts that seek to disable the display of adverts.
Here is my heartfelt plea
to those of you who use, or are considering using Adblocking software.Consider The Micro-Business.
I have a job, I work hard like many from Monday - Friday, 9am until 6.30pm. I also work some Saturdays and Sundays. I am self-employed, meaning that I do the school runs, I look after the kids during the school holidays. I don't get sick pay or paid holidays or a company pension.
I earn above the minimum hourly wage but not by much. It's my choice, hard work but my choice. There is no team, just me
. I do everything myself. I manage my business on my own, just me.How I Get Paid.
Like any job, I get paid for my services. If you work in the supermarket you get paid for your full or part-time work. I am the same. I get paid but I get paid by online advertising
and not by the boss
.My job is running a website, a free information website
. I take pride in my website. I pay my taxes every year to the government, I abide by all the rules. My site is spam free. There are no pop-ups, no sneaky links, no hidden malware.
My site is a reflection of me. A hard working one-man honest business. Like the self employed window cleaner, the florist on your local high street.Adblock Hurts Me.
I have 3 adverts on each page of my website. From these adverts I earn my income, my sole income. My only income. I earn an income from these adverts whether you click OR just view
Some sites out there use huge pop-ups trying to get you to sign up for newsletters, eBooks, software. I don't. I just display 3 adverts per page that you can either click or view. They don't hurt you.
My site is not stealing your financial details, I don't require any kind of sign-up or membership. My job is to create information and to display it to interested people. In return I get paid by the advertising revenue.
I get a little. I don't have a huge fancy house, we have one car in the family. My partner leaves the house at 6.30am and returns at 6.30pm. We are a hard working modest family, just like 1000s of others.So PLEASE can I ask that you consider how you use #Adblocking software
. You are hurting me, but I am sure you do not mean to hurt the honest webmaster. I am sure you enjoy visiting websites that don't use pop-ups, that don't have loud autoplaying videos.
Would you consider helping the small, independant website. The 1000s of people who work hard to put information online for you. Just like you would support your local shops.Can I ask that you look at how you use Adblock, is there a way you could build a personalised block list, rather than block all our income by default.
Can you consider using your browser's built in pop-up blocker, it works. Can I ask that you consider using your browser's private / incognito
Can I ask that you look at the types of websites you visit and perhaps consider changing your choice of sites. Avoid the spammy ones.
Software like AVG (and many others) can display safe browsing links when you perform a search on Google.
There are many ways you can help small business survive. Help me and 1000s of others feed our children. I am not joking. My income from advertising feeds my family.
If my income is reduced and reduced by Adblocking I will be unemployed. Something at the age of 43 I would not look forward to. This would have a terrible effect on my family. The kids, my partner. All of us.
Please think just for a moment about how you use Adblock and the harm it can also cause the small guy/gal.Does your dislike of spammy sites mean you have to punish me too?
We need your support. We provide a service, we just ask for fair payment for a fair day's work. Is it too much to ask for that?
Just a little consideration and little thought. I will go out of business and become unemployed long long before Google and Facebook ever will.
Why hurt me? What did I do wrong?
Thank you very much for your time,
Malcolm #adblock #adblockplus #smallbiz #britpack