How many times have you turned away from a website because of the number of ads it displays? If you visit pretty much any website online today, you will be swamped by the numerous amounts of “crap” that people display on their websites. As an owner of several websites (including this one), I know that you have to do what you can to generate revenue from those websites in order to keep them running. Whether it’s to simply pay to keep the site running, compensating you for the time you invest, or because your website is your full time job & business, placing advertisements on your website can sometimes be necessary. However, the majority of websites out there today take things way too far. I don’t mind the occasional advertisement here and there, but some website owners use tactics that I can’t get on board with.
For example, many internet marketers will tell you to help increase revenue, you should slap your visitors in the face with a fullscreen ad immediately when they visit your site. Then, the only way to get to your page would be to click something to close that ad or to continue to the next page where your actual content is. Even though people claim that this is effective, my research has shown that this is not entirely true. Some people might click on these ads, but the majority of people simply get annoyed with them and never return to your site. Getting repeat visitors to your site should be way more important than making a few pennies for some ad placement. But, website owners still use this technique anyways, even the big sites like Forbes.com which I’m going to use as an example in this article.
Aside from the full page ad you see when you first visit Forbes.com, that site is chalked full of crap that makes the site pretty much worthless to me as a consumer. For example, once you get past the full page ad, you will immediately be slapped with more and more ads. When you drill down onto an article, you have ads & popups coming out of your ass! If you scroll beyond a certain point on the screen, you’ll have a popup in the lower-right corner that distracts you from the “real” content on the page. Scrolling down to that point, you’ll pass by a mountain of other ads. Of all the ads that Forbes likes to put on their website, one ad type in particular pisses me off when I see it and some pages on the Forbes website includes several of these on the same page. I’m talking about video ads. Even though they are muted by default, the ads are still extremely distracting and take away from the reason I came to the site to start with. In fact, the “real” content of the page only makes up about 10% of the overall page. The rest of the page is nothing but crap I am not interested in. Not only am I not interested in all of the ads, I’m also not interested in how many friends you have on Facebook or how many people of tweeted about the page I’m on. I understand that you want your visitors to help generate traffic for your website, but having huge social buttons floating down one side of the page is also too much. You can still have these buttons on your page, but they shouldn’t be larger than the actual content for which I came to the page to start with.
Because of all the crap on Forbes.com, I find it completely useless and refuse to click on any link that takes me to that site. If you do the math, return visitors are worth way more than a single visitor that refuses to return to your website because of all the junk you have on it. There are plenty of websites out there that I vow to never revisit because they have gone too far with ads, popups, and other things that take away from the overall user experience. With that said, there are a few websites that I repeatedly visit but also have things that take away from the overall user experience. Luckily for me, there are ways to get around it. So, today I am going to show you an easy way to remove unwanted junk from websites you visit. Although this technique can also be done using other browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox (with the Firebug add-on), I am going to show you how to hide things like ads and social links using Chrome and its built-in tools.
As I’ve mentioned before, my posts about computer vision are the most viewed articles on this site. Not a day goes by that I don’t receive 20+ emails asking for more information about computer vision. Even though the majority of the computer vision articles on this site discuss OpenCV only, there are all kinds of other frameworks that augment computer vision development. There are also all kinds of other topics under the science of “computer vision” that I don’t discuss on this site. Therefore, I have decided to put together another website that will be completely dedicated to the science of computer vision and all that it has to offer. Currently, I only have articles that I have copied from this site. But, at some point, the new site will be where I post all things computer vision related. The new site does not currently allow for comments or new user registrations. But, that too will soon follow. For now, I just wanted to mention the new site so that everyone will know of its existence and hopefully provide some feedback about it. If you have anything related to computer vision you would like to get posted on the site, feel free to send it to me through the contact page on the site and I’ll see that it gets posted. Once I get the site setup for others to join, you’ll be able to post your own articles, ask questions, and begin discussions. Until then, I would like to introduce to you LearnComputerVision.com (http://www.learncomputervision.com)!
From time to time I like to find an existing project on the web and try my best to either improve the app or to make a better version of my own. I’ve even hosted contests in the past for developers to do the same. During those competitions, I’m almost always asked where do I find applications that are worth checking out.
A couple of days ago, a co-worker and I were talking about websites and the internet. He was asking for advice on how to do different things to improve his website’s ranking, traffic, and worth. During that conversation, he asked the question, “is there a way to find out how much a website is worth?” Well, the answer is yes and no. There are plenty of sites that can provide a “best guess” at how much your website is worth. Each of those sites return different numbers because each site uses different information in their calculations. Even though these sites can sometimes fall within the same ranges, there is no “true” way to determine exactly how much a website is worth. Besides, the sites that do attempt at calculating the worth of a website don’t take into account how much the companies behind those sites are worth. But, nevertheless, we’re still going to use one of those sites for this tutorial.
I’ve started up on yet another project (as if I don’t have enough as it is). I can’t go into a lot of detail about the project at this time, but I can tell you that it is a new website. With all of the websites currently out there, finding a good domain name for this site is going to be tricky. In fact, finding any decent domain name these days can be a real pain. Lucky for us, there are tools to help us with that. I want to take a quick minute to introduce you to a free tool that you can use to help find a domain name that best suits your site.