Marketing uber-guru Seth Godin blogs:
Ads are the new online tip jar
"I never click on ads."
It's almost a badge of honor to say that. The subtext is, "I'm too smart/busy to waste my time doing that," or perhaps, "I don't want someone to sell my attention."
But the real effect is that you're starving great content.
I can say this because there are no ads here but,
If you like what you're reading, click an ad to say thanks.
Pretty simple, but not an accepted online protocol, at least not yet.
If every time you read a blog post or bit of online content you enjoyed you clicked on an ad to say thanks, the economics of the web would change immediately. You don't have to buy anything (though it's fine if you do). You just have to honor the writer by giving them a click.
You still get what you pay for, even if you pay with attention.
So advertisers will now have to adjust their economics to deal with meaningless clicks whenever someone wants to give a nod to a blog they like?
Not sure I like this idea.