By Heather Farrell
It’s the bane of every web-surfer’s existence: advertisements. Google, however, has a solution. Google’s new program, Google Contributor, allows you to pay for the removal of advertisements.
Don’t get too excited, though. There is a waiting list you will have to join to get a chance at the nascent program.
When you receive an email with an invitation code, you get the choice of a donation of $1, $2, and $3 a month. Part of the funds will go to Google while the rest is distributed to the websites you visit.
Google is working with 10 partners including Urban Dictionary, WikiHow, and Mashable on this new service. When you visit the sites where you asked ads to be removed from, there will be a little thank you message or no ads at all.
“Today’s Internet is mostly funded by advertising. But what if there were a way to directly support the people who create the sites you visit each day?” the message on the Contributor homepage displays.
Some critics are surprised at Google’s approach, considering most of the company’s revenue comes from advertisements.
It’s too early to determine if the program would be successful, but if it is, Contributor is paving the way for paying for the use of websites.