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Google Contributor Lets You See Certain Websites Without Ads

Right before writing this article, I posted something on Facebook about how much I enjoy reading peoples’ negative comments on Instagram sponsored pictures / ads. We’re all so sensitive… Anyway, if you’re like the apparently-large number of people who abhor online ads, Google Contributor will be something to take note of.

So what is Contributor by Google?

In its endless pursuit to make the web the best place for everyone ever at all times all the time, Google has announced a new product called Google Contributor. Essentially, for a nominal fee, Google will let you view certain sites that rely on advertising to, you know, exist, free from ads. In lieu of seeing ads, user who want to use Contributor can donate between $1-$3 to see sites that are part of the Contributor network with no advertising. The thinking and hope is that these donations will go to the sites. How else, if not advertising, will they continue to be profitable, ya know? At this time, it’s not clear whether Google will take a cut of the action.

Some sites are already on board with Contributor by Google.

So far the Google Contributor network includes Mashable, The Onion, Science Daily, Imgur, WikiHow, Urban Dictionary…. All have signed up for the Google Contributor program.  Instead of ads on these sites (and probably more as of time of this posting), as part of the Contributor program, you will see no ads. Nope. Instead, you’ll be treated to some Thank You messages and other non-ad things.

Google Contributor and the Future

This is definitely an interesting move by the powers at Google given they rely so heavily on paid advertising. But hey, they change the game constantly, and we have to assume they know what they’re doing. It’s not like they’re reintroducing Wave or anything…

To partake in Google Contributor, head here and join the waitlist.

About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee,, Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.