After having been available to some users as a beta for over half a year, Google Contributor is now available to everyone in the US.
Great, now I can contribute to Google!
Eh, not quite. Google Contributor's purpose is to free you from ads. Not all of them, mind you, but some. Pay $2 - $10 a month to remove anywhere from 5 - 50% of those banners and animated squares you see on the web. This money then provides an alternate way to fund the sites you frequent.
Here's how things work in the background. Contributors become bidders on AdSense, and the ads they outbid are the ones they don't have to see. Google also gives Contributors the option to spend their monthly contribution only on their favorite sites, potentially impacting how much they see on the sites they visit most.
Google Contributor in effect on Android Police and APK Mirror.
Now anyone in the US of A can get in on this action. Just head over to google.com/contributor and decide how much you want to spend.
Google Contributor is now open to anyone in the US! Support the websites you love easily: https://t.co/eb9bMsN7cR
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) July 28, 2015
Note, signing up means associating the sites you visit with your Google account. It's necessary to deliver the service, as Google wouldn't know how or when to disable ads otherwise. Still, just something to keep in mind.
The broader question is whether you're willing to spend money and still have to put up with most of the ads on the web, including all the ones that don't come through Google. Is it worth a few bucks to remove just a portion? Would you be willing to pay up to make a point? Just how much do you hate ads?
- Google Contributor