Do You Click on Ads?

by Grant Friedman

on April 13, 2009

in Articles

Last December I posted an article thanking the generous folks who advertise throughout the design blogging community. I received a lot of praise for writing that article. Most people thought the article became a great resource for other design bloggers because I essentially rounded up links to advertisers’ websites and categorized them by what they did. Other people told me that they thought the idea for the article was creative and unique. While I agree with both of these comments I feel as if the spirit of that article became somewhat lost.  My intention for writing the article was not to create a resource with links to companies who were willing to pay design bloggers money, my intention was to thank them for their support but to also ask that you, the reader, actually click on their ads and even use their products.

As I stated in my December article, advertisers breathe life into the design community, they help to raise the bar; they make the free content that you receive on sites like this one, better and more abundant. So it’s important that we support the advertising community as much as possible, otherwise sites like this one, and ones like it will begin to disappear.

Now I know that times are tough, many designers are struggling and money is tight. We all can’t afford to purchase items from every advertiser who is pushing a product. One thing we can do however is click on their ads. Clicking on ads doesn’t take a lot of time, it’s free, and most importantly, it means the world to design bloggers like myself and the advertisers that support us.

In closing, I just want to reiterate my thanks to all the people who have made the design community such a success. That includes the advertisers but most importantly the readers who we couldn’t do without. Remember, if you find yourself mindlessly searching the Internet one day with a lot of free time on your hands; please consider clicking on an ad. Who knows? You might discover something exciting and new!

About Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.