Adblock users are open to new value exchanges – including paying for monthly ad-free subscriptions to support the sites they visit

The relationship between users and websites has become increasingly difficult to forge with the exponential rise of adblocking. With nearly one-third of internet users in the U.S. employing an adblocker, Publishers who rely on advertising revenue to operate have found it increasingly challenging to continue delivering free content. Many of theses publishers are turning to various solutions tackling this issue of monetization with the hopes that users will remain inclined to continue supporting them.

The Problem

The biggest problem adblockers cause for publishers is the complete removal of advertising revenue. While this is obvious to site owners, many users are unaware how their adblocking software is slowly crippling these websites. Through a recent survey, however, we find that the majority (76%) of adblock users agree that publishers have the right to earn revenue to support the content they publish.

As a follow-up question, we then asked if adblock users were willing to offer alternative value in exchange for an ad-free experience from the sites they regularly visit.

It’s clear adblock users are willing to support their favorite websites, and many will whitelist when asked, however some users would rather demonstrate their support through alternative means. Publishers need to engage these users to determine a new value exchange beyond advertising that fits within their KPIs.

This new method of creating a relationship with the user while simultaneously providing something useful to the content owner is what many speculate to be the future of consumer interaction on the internet, and this gives publishers a diverse range of options when it comes to expanding their business.

For more survey results from Admiral’s Adblock Research Panel, please feel free to contact Michael Yeon, VP, Marketing at: michael@getadmiral.com