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Report on Last Decade of Online Advertising 211

Eh-Wire writes " has an interesting 24 page PDF available covering the history of online advertising over the last decade. Interesting trivia include recounts of some of the first online ads presented on HotWired. Online advertising has become very competitive in the last ten years and last year saw a revival of activity in this form of advertising. The usual selection of graphs and charts are there to pretty up the document. Overall an interesting read if you're into that sort of thing."
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Report on Last Decade of Online Advertising

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  • by adb ( 31105 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:55PM (#12285309)
    ...but for some reason Doubleclick keeps resolving to localhost.
  • Damn it! (Score:5, Funny)

    by oreaq ( 817314 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:55PM (#12285310)
    I really wanted to read TFA article this time but my ad filter blocked it.
  • by garcia ( 6573 ) * on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:55PM (#12285311)
    Over the last ten years, and especially the last three, I have become increasingly annoyed with online advertising and have done what I can to virtually eliminate it from showing its ugly face on my screen.

    squid and adzapper [] which is currently replacing many ads with 1x1 transparent GIFs. This is especially handy because I tunnel all my web traffic at work over my 256k upstream DSL connection. Do I really want to be wasting bandwith with flashing or changing ads? /etc/hosts to eliminate things like,, and various others. Yeah, I could add them to adzapper but it's a lot more fun to just block them all together. It gives me a sense of accomplishment.

    Any other ideas on how to surf ad free?
  • by BaldGhoti ( 265981 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:55PM (#12285316) Homepage
    I am stunned and amazed that it was a PDF and not an HTML page full of flash advertising.
  • by stlhawkeye ( 868951 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:56PM (#12285324) Homepage Journal
    Ha! This "history" article is a subtle form of advertising for Doubleclick. Where's my tin foil hat?
    • Come on, did you really expect a "study" about X funded by someone who sells X to not be self-serving?

      That's about as likely as Microsoft funding a study that concludes "Linux is better than Windows" or Jerry Fallwell saying "Gee, maybe there's something to what that Mohammad guy said after all".

  • Dag nabbit!
  • by Anti Frozt ( 655515 ) <[chris.buffett] [at] []> on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:56PM (#12285333)

    Online advertising saw a dramatic decrease today as one of the world's largest online advertising agencies,, mysteriously went silent.

    Sources pointed to a /. article that linked to a PDF on's website as the culprit.

  • by IronChefMorimoto ( 691038 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:57PM (#12285345)
    ...a giant pop-up ad for boob enhancements caught my attention first.

  • PLEASE (Score:5, Funny)

    by TechnologyX ( 743745 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:58PM (#12285348) Journal
    Everyone RTFPDF, the internet will thank you if you take out Doubleclick's servers for a few hours!
    • assuming this is even served off the same servers that host their ads, i worked for one of doubleclick's competitors 5 years ago, before doubleclick bought them. we were serving 6 billion ads a month in 2000, and we might have been one of the top five online advertisers. considering doubleclick probably had double our traffic before they bought us, and considering how many other companies they've swallowed up over the years....

      if you think even the combined bandwidth of every slashdotter has a chance of
      • But how many work at large companies and read slashdot at work? Not everyone diddles with a 256mbit DSL.

        Imagine a few corporations, a number of large, a horde of medium and a swarm of small businesses, and add on top of all that one home connection per slashdotter, since everyone accesses their home boxes from work. Might be a bit. Imagine if a slashdotter at Google sets all requests to return a 301 header pointing to TFPDF.

        Don't underestimate the powwwerrr of the dark green side!

  • by trurl7 ( 663880 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:58PM (#12285352) has released a PDF covering the history of online sado-masochism. Interesting trivia include the first recorded use of an Intercal interpreter in a webbrowser, and server-side VBscripting. The usual reviews of IIS version are included, with pretty pictures of performance trumping apache. An interesting read, if you're into that sort of thing.
  • Smart or Dumb... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DaHat ( 247651 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @03:58PM (#12285354) Homepage
    I can't decide if the poster of this story is a genius... or an idiot.

    Traditionally posting a direct link to a 1 meg file on the front page of /. is dumb... but at the same time... DoubleClick is not a very popular company when it comes to the ads they sell or those like them... so such a /.ing can only hurt those most /.ers dislike... hum
  • by FunWithHeadlines ( 644929 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:00PM (#12285374) Homepage
    User: Aaargh! Ads! Ignore, ignore, ignore.

    Advertiser: Ignore my ad, willya? Fine, I'll make it blink!

    User: Ugh, it blinks! Block, block, block.

    Advertiser: Block my ad, willya? Fine, I'll make it pop up!

    User: Grrrr, I hate those pop-ups! Suppress, suppress, suppress.

    Advertiser: Suppress my pop-ups, willya? Fine, I'll wire your eyeballs open while I play this movie for you--

    (Sorry, that last step is from the near future.)

  • by Saven Marek ( 739395 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:00PM (#12285386)
    As an advertiser not to get lumped in with the same bucket as people who spam outright or spread malware and scam people. I am employed by a bulk email marketing business used by several medical companies and more often than not our services are presumed to be spam and blocked by users.

    This is unfortunate as I see it, as it was easier in the earlier days before spammers took over the internet and all forms of advertising were acceptable and just known as part of the internet. I dont think the tools to block adverts are doing good either. sometime somewhere someone has to pay for the sites you visit. Not accepting their advertising banners and emails is a form of rippinbg people off I thnk.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      To quote the genius Bill Hicks...

      "By the way, if anyone here is in marketing or advertising...kill yourself. Thank you. Just planting seeds, planting seeds is all I'm doing. No joke here, really. Seriously, kill yourself, you have no rationalisation for what you do, you are Satan's little helpers. Kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself now. Now, back to the show. Seriously, I know the marketing people: 'There's gonna be a joke comin' up.' There's no fuckin' joke. Suck a tail pipe, hang yourself...borr
    • You must be new here.
    • This is unfortunate as I see it, as it was easier in the earlier days before spammers took over the internet and all forms of advertising were acceptable and just known as part of the internet. I dont think the tools to block adverts are doing good either. sometime somewhere someone has to pay for the sites you visit. Not accepting their advertising banners and emails is a form of ripping people off I thnk.

      I wouldn't go so far as to say it's ripping people off.

      All large scale sites (including slashdot) n
      • "I would rather have free sites with advertisements than for-pay sites."

        And I would rather have free sites with advertisements that I am not compelled to download and watch their strobe-like effects.

      • I would rather have free sites with advertisements than for-pay sites.

        I would prefer not to pay twice: my time to watch/avoid the ad and my money for the increased, ad supporting price of the product.


        It's wrong that an intellectual property creator should not be rewarded for their work.
        It's equally wrong that an IP creator should be rewarded too many times for the one piece of work, for exactly the same reasons.
        Reform IP law and stop the M$/RIAA abuse.

    • I'm not anti-advertising by any means, and I'd like to jump in here before the hordes rip you a new one.

      I'm assuming that you have an opt-in only list, with addresses collected from people that knew exactly what they were opting in to? Otherwise it's unsolicited, and it's spam. Full stop. I don't htink there's anything wrong with opt-in lists, but if I get email I'm not expecting from someone selling something, I'm going to be right pissed. There's no way you can tell me that ditching email I receive witho

      • I forget which site it was, but I sent them a tech support request. Which got me a crappy tech support response (i ended up figuring it out on my own)...a day later I got spam from them. So now even tech support opts a person in.
    • Words like that will get you modded down, flamebaited, trolled, stalked, lynched, bilged, and other nasty things. Didn't you know that no form of advertising is OK on the Internet according to most people here on /.
  • by glenrm ( 640773 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:02PM (#12285406) Homepage Journal
    Nothing say fun like the history of online advertising over the last decade.
  • History? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Shotgun ( 30919 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:08PM (#12285466)
    And next week we'll present the history of this week. And the week after that...
  • by Experiment 626 ( 698257 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:08PM (#12285474)

    Not that people RTFA on a normal article, but in this case any geek worth his salt will have Doubleclick blocked in their /etc/hosts, router tables, Adblock filters, or what have you and in the case of the tinfoil hat types, all of the above just to be sure. I really don't think it's worth turning my filters off just to hear Doubleclick spin the history of online advertising to make themselves sound good.

    • Why read what is obviously going to be a very biased bunch of bullshit. I can paraphrase without even RTFA:

      Online advertising works. It is highly effective and low-cost. This is the only way to sell your product to millions of people.

      People love to get up to date information on your products so that they can buy them.

      Double click are the people to deal with. We already have a great relationship with web surfers and we're the only way to go.

    • It's in my adblock, so I just wgetted the pdf...
  • Any ideas what the dates were for the first banner ad blocker and the first cookie blocker? (or for that matter, the first time somebody recommended mapping to
    • Before getting started way-back-when, Kevin O'Conner (Chairman, and once CEO) and Dwight Merriman (CTO) of DoubleClick itself forecasted that people would map an advertiser's domain name to in their hosts file to avoid ads, and that people would create ad blockers and cookie blockers.
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  • /. effect (Score:2, Funny)

    by keyrat rafa ( 856668 )
    I think this is the first time I've clicked a link here hoping the server would be down.
  • has an interesting 24 page PDF available c

    Wouldn't it be more appropriate, and just as taxing of resources to have the report in a Shockwave object that bounces around on your screen with embedded video and a 2-pixel wide "close" button?

    I mean that is what 10 years of online adverising has mutated to.
  • by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <<moc.liamtoh> <ta> <oarigogirdor>> on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:15PM (#12285544) Homepage
    Brazilian advertiser Luli Radfahrer, in his book "Design/Web/Design", claimed to have created the first banner ad ever.
  • I would check out the PDF but I am currently uploading an 85 meg ad for a new product.

    Don't get mad at me it's for a magazine.
  • by eyeball ( 17206 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:19PM (#12285584) Journal
    I misinterpreted the headline as "Report on [this being the] Last Decade of Online Advertising." It really got my hopes up.
  • by utexaspunk ( 527541 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:20PM (#12285606)
    That's "Last" as in final, right?

    We can only hope...
  • by mcguyver ( 589810 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:22PM (#12285621) Homepage
    This article fails to mention any company other than Doubleclick as being involved in online advertising. It's naive to think that any 10 page marketing document produce by Doubleclick would be about anything other than Doubleclick however the title of this article is the history of online advertising over the last decade []. Give any college student a day and they surely could come up with something far superior to this narcissistic press release.
  • Can it last? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:24PM (#12285641)
    As someone who has worked for several major media companies I am truly worried whether the current online ad boom (beyond dot-com peaks as the Doubleclick PDF shows) can continue.

    A great number of the ads sold these days are text ads, with Google the biggest seller. These ads are great because they are far less obtrusive for the user and the advertiser only pays per click. Many advertisers have been very happy with them, including lots of small businesses in once-small niches who have found loads more customers.

    But as we've seen in the last few months text ads can be gamed. Your competitor might set up a botnet to "click" your ad, stealing dollars from you, and you might never know. Or the same competitor can hire real live humans from impovrished countries to do the same thing.

    Also, even mighty Google has not been able to effectively stop link spam and SEO manipulation of the "regular" search results. Will people really keep advertising when they can be in the main search results section for possibly less money?

    Then there are the ad blockers you Slashdotters are so fond of. Not only do they screen big banner ads, many of them screen out text ads as well. This is a niche technology but then so was pop-up blocking a year or two ago, now it is being built into IE. As Firefox gains traction I expect ad blocking to increase.

    Then you've got the user registration schemes and technical route-arounds like The whole point of online advertising is being able to target certain customers, but users are sick of filling out registration forms and leery of being tracked in any way so we're seeing more technical tools to defeat the raison d'etre of online ads, targeting.

    These are not truths anyone can get paid or respected for saying right now, so no one is saying them. But that does not make them any less valid. Online advertising is probably here to stay but there are a lot of kinks to work out before it becomes more troublesome and expensive for businesses or users to game the system than to accept the ads.
  • Don't worry.. (Score:2, Informative)

    by LordSnooty ( 853791 )
    Here's the Coral cache [] should the worst happen, and Doubleclick get /.ed.. That should help out those with the hosts file protection, but not those with adblock stuff that pick out D-Click and the like from content, which maddeningly I fell for ... for a few minutes anyway. UGH! Slashdot has ads?!?

    On that point - since I'm the kind that deploys ad-blocking measures, and having skimmed the report and seen mention of "impressions", I hope they don't count the likes of me as someone who consumes their ads.
  • HAHAHA (Score:2, Interesting)

    by AviLazar ( 741826 )
    I clicked on the article and got a white page with "Joe was Here". For a moment I thought one of you hacked into doubleclick, then I realized it was my boss who modified my localhost default.htm file for fun one day :)
  • In-game ads... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SharpFang ( 651121 ) on Tuesday April 19, 2005 @04:36PM (#12285765) Homepage Journal
    There's still a huge untapped ad space. Inside the games.
    All the games along the race tracks seem to be some made up products and ads for the game producers. Posters on the walls in FPS games, billboards over Vice City, all that stuff is filled with fake commercials.
    It could be filled with real ones though.
    The question is only "when"...
  • From the USENET Green Card Lottery spam of '94 to the spew currently flooding my inbox, no True History Of Online Advertising would be complete without spending at least a few pages on the evils of spam.

    This document mentions spam only twice.
  • Let it really be the LAST Decade of online advertising!!!!
  • I was doing some network traces yesterday, and found these in the captured packets. Destination host is a Cisco 2821:

    After spam via email, spam via instant messaging and spam via voice-over-ip, the next big thing is.... spam via the MS-RPC protocol! Check the following network traces:

    U ->
    ..SECURITY..ALERT..Microsoft Windows has encounted an Internal Error
    Your windows registry is corrupted.
    Microsoft recommends an immediate system scan.
    to re
  • Figure 2, A brief history of online advertising, is a timeline. Interestingly, at 9/11/01 there is marker that says "Grown Men Cry". Anyone else find this a bit odd for a "professional" publication?

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.