Should You Be Worried About Websites With Lots Of Ads And Affiliate Links On Them?

The internet is good for a lot of things. If you are someone who likes to ingest a lot of information then the internet is definitely for you. You will be able to find sites with lots of information and you will never be able to go through it all. The internet is also good for people who only have one specific interest. For each interest that is out there are dozens of websites that will cater to it. All you have to do is use a search engine like Google and you will be able to find a bunch of websites that cater to that one topic. The internet has been around for almost thirty years now and through that time people have added several million web pages per month. So you know that eventually your topic will be posted about.

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But while a lot of these websites are labors of love, a lot of them are not. Well at least not all of the way. Some of the people who create these websites are trying to get paid as well as inform the people about the specific interest that they posted about. The internet is a great way to get paid about the information that you know. And a lot of people who make websites take advantage of that fact. It is only reasonable that if you are taking that much time to post about a specific topic then it is only right that you are paid. Your time has a value as well and usually we exchange value with monetary concerns.

But while there are some people who will post quality content with the hope that they can both inform and earn money there are some people who take it a step too far. They will post content that is considered lower level and then they will post a bunch of ads on the website. When a visitor comes and visits a website like this they do not have a lot of trust towards it. Not only is the value of the content diminished but the ads that are surrounding the content are diminished as well.

When you are a visitor to a website like this you have to be really careful. Most of the websites that are like this are just a simple matter of poor execution. The person who created the website did not mean any harm they just went crazy when it came to posting ads and affiliate links. They may be new to creating websites and they want to be sure that they are going to be paid for their content. A lot of people create websites as their only means of income and they want to be able to make as much money as possible but sometimes they go about it the wrong way.

But there are some websites who want to make as much money as possible by not only offering you very subpar content but by also placing malware in your system. They just made the content so that the website would pop up in Google when the keywords were typed in. Once you are there they then send out the surprise which is not only ads but cross site scripting attacks and other goodies that would mess up your system.

Websites that have a lot of ads are not necessarily bad. But when the content seems very sub par that is when you should be worried whether you are on a good site or not.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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