I really must have been living under a rock. I just discovered ad-less browsing. If it were not for a Firefox update that caused issues with uploading homework assignments, I never would have ventured down this path. The workaround for uploading my homework assignment was, “Use a different browser.” Not the answer I was looking for, but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do.
Browsers and Add-Ons
I didn’t want to use Internet Explorer nor Chrome, so after a quick Internet search I opted for Opera. I’m glad I did. It’s super fast. I can’t believe how quickly web pages load.
Anyway, while playing around with Opera, I opted to install a couple of their add-ons. The first one I installed was one to handle all of my bookmarks. I’m not too crazy about the way Opera handles bookmarks, but it wasn’t a deal breaker.
Next I downloaded AdBlock Plus. This wonderful little add-on blocks all web page ads from displaying. Being that I earn money from displaying ads on several of my websites, I probably shouldn’t spread the word about this add-on too much, but I love it (it even blocked the annoying ads from YouTube videos). It wasn’t until after I sang the praises of AdBlock to my brother did he very matter of factly mention that FireFox had a plugin that did the same thing (duh – palm to head moment). Like I said, I must have been living under a rock.
The third extension I downloaded was Disconnect. The tagline for Disconnect is “Make the web faster, more private and more secure.” It blocks invisible websites from tracking your browsing history. Again, being one who uses Statcounter to count visits to my sites, this most probably blocks such tracking.
Plethora of Choices
I’m sure all of the various browsers offer similar add-ons and more. I guess it’s all about personal preferences. Every so often it’s good to shop around to see what’s out there. I’m kind of glad that Firefox’s update caused problems with my homework. It forced me to try something new and, in my opinion, better.
Opera and the add-ons have improved my web surfing experience. Fast-loading, advertisement-free websites, does it get any better than that?
On a Totally Different Note:
Remember the surge in traffic I saw on one of my blogs after I switched to the Thesis theme? Well, it was a fluke (rats). I have noticed positive changes in traffic patterns, but not as dramatic as the results shown in my last post. Just wanted to clear that up.