Will You Pay to Remove Ads from Sites or Apps? [Poll]

Call it a necessary evil. You’re cruising around the Internet and find a great website you love, but then get some annoying pop-up ads that distract you from what you were doing. Or perhaps you’re playing a new game on an app, but you can’t seem to get anywhere without being hit with annoying ads. Of course for a fee you can get rid of those ads. Is it worth it?

You have to admit it’s good business. The websites that charge for a membership to avoid ads and the apps that offer an ad-free experience for a fee know that you want their product. You were already browsing the website, so you are obviously interested in what it has to offer. The apps are in the same situation. You already downloaded the free version. You’re interested. However, no matter what your interest level is, the annoyance factor is still there. No one wants to be interrupted by pop-up ads.

The websites and apps need them, though, to help pay their costs. But even understanding why websites and apps throw in the pop-up ads doesn’t make it any easier to put up with them. You can click them and get them to go away, only to have more pop up in their place later on.

What do you do? Will you pay to remove the Ads from Sites and Apps?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. I refuse to pay ONLY to remove ads – I’ll gladly pay for more features, product, or services I use.

    Affiliate links are a good option for many websites, so long as the website isn’t pushing product specifically to sell (which would be like advertising to me).

    “Subscriber only” access is another way to generate revenue.

    “Premium service”, like what Evernote offers is also great.

    There are so many ways to generate revenue, which don’t rely on junking up a website – creativity goes a long way.

  2. I will NOT pay to remove ads. Instead, I simply will not use the ad-loaded site at all. However, I would pay for an ad-free site that contained useful, needed, and interesting information. Their loss – not mine.

  3. If it is something I want to read, then whether or not ads are present doesn’t really matter to me. Publishing is supported by advertising. If I avoid anything with ads, I am the one paying the greater cost.

    Would I pay to subscribe to an ad-free version of something I want to read? Maybe. I’m usually OK with ads I can just ignore. If an ad obscures actual copy and I need to intervene to get rid of it., that’s an incentive to subscribe.

    If it’s music, movies, video or anything else that doesn’t involve reading, odds are I’d just walk away if the ads got obnoxious.

  4. I have paid to remove ads from sites that I use regularly (once or twice a day). If the site is useful enough for me to visit that often, then I don’t mind supporting and paying a few dollars to remove the ads.

  5. i am ok for donation but refuse to pay, I will use :
    adblock Plus : https://adblockplus.org/fr/firefox
    Anti-Adblock Killer : https://github.com/reek/anti-adblock-killer#-anti-adblock-killer–reek

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