USA Today: Its 102% faster with ads!

  • I clicked on this link and when it didn't load I turned off the built in Opera adblocker which made the site work.. Noticed a big difference in the load time so I ran the Opera speed test.

    http://imgur.com/a/Qsf1d

    This got me to thinking. Since websites seem to know when I have an adblocker running why don't they just intentionally slow the load time down.

  • ... Since websites seem to know when I have an adblocker running why don't they just intentionally slow the load time down.

    Some do, even using prominent count-down timer displays in a few cases. Other sites quickly kill or fade out the page image if you're using an ad blocker. Still others overlay the sought-after page with a full-size notice that you have to turn off your ad-blocker to view the page. The techniques are endless...

    However, depending on how the ad-blocking is accomplished, it can indeed slow down a page load depending on what the browser then does with the graphics space normally occupied by the ad.

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