Wednesday, August 19, 2009 goes ALL advertisement.

And it works. is one of those websites that I go to out of habit, even though better options exist. Options that haven't sold their soul for advertising dollars (ahem...ESPN) to the point that they embrace pop-up ads. Thank god they haven't figured out a way to make video relevant on their site. (see previous post on how much I hate pre-roll ads here)

Imagine my surprise when I went to today and saw that their entire homepage has been turned into a Toyota Prius Ad, and to great effect. I can't even remember what it looked like before, because all I've ever paid attention to was the search bar. Now I want a Prius.

How long before Bing follows suit, and turns your vacation photo backgrounds into full page ads?



  1. How bizarre. I felt sort of dirty for clicking and looking, since it probably ups their ad revenue. Oh well.

  2. I wouldn't worry about it. I'm guessing charged Toyota a flat fee for an all day road block based on an impression estimate, not actually impressions and clicks.