Originally Posted by The Pook
so the domain and server space is free or are the users responsible for that too?
not disagreeing, I block ads everywhere. Just playing devil's advocate.
Honestly for sites like overclock.net it isn't anything hobbyists couldn't host themselves. Not every site needs to turn a profit.
I would argue that generally most sites that don't produce their own content would exist regardless of ad revenue, as would many of those that do produce content.
Production value might be slightly lower, but click bait also likely wouldn't be a thing. The problem is that certain industries, primarily journalism, might need to transition to subscriptions over ads.
A lot of sites are however rather greedy transitioning to subscriptions, they use ads as well as subs and then charge users thousands times more than their average revenue per user for the sole benefit of removing ads. If people are going to be expected to maintain numerous subs the pricing will likely need to adjust over time.