Announcement: Removing Google Ads from My Blog


Hi, just a quick announcement today: I've turned off the Google Ads that display on

Over time, they became increasingly intrusive for me as a user. I can only imagine the ads were annoying others. And, despite Google's efforts to convince me otherwise, the financial reward wasn't worth the risk of driving readers away because of a bad experience.

My goal has never been to directly monetize this site. I do appreciate the direct sponsors that I have for the blog and the podcast, StoreSMART and Stiles Associates, respectively. I'd like to think their ads are unobtrusive and highly relevant to my audience.

As I work to finish the manuscript for my upcoming book The Mistakes That Make Us, I think I decided it was a mistake to keep using the Google Ads platform as the ads became more intrusive. Rather than beating myself up, I'll try to celebrate the idea that I noticed a problem and I'm making adjustments as a result.

Nobody had complained about the ads — but a lack of complaints doesn't mean everybody is happy! That's especially true when the commenting features on my blog were broken for a period of time (now fixed).

My hypothesis is that a better user / reader experience will lead to more people returning to the site — an increase in traffic means a better opportunity to explore, share, and discuss ideas with more people here, as I've been doing since 2005.

I think I forgot to celebrate my blog's 18th birthday. My blog is now an adult!

Reminders: I hope you'll join me for Dr. Lisa Yerian's webinar today at 1 pm ET. And you can still enter to win a “My Favorite Mistake” coffee mug:

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Hi Mark,
    Thank you for the announcement. I appreciate the tenor of this blog.
    Through years of experience I have always tried to avoid all ads.
    Using firefox and some add-ons I can get a reasonably clean experience.
    On this site and on many others.
    This way I am not dependent on the site owner to stop ads for me.
    However I liked your attempt.

    • Thanks for commenting — sharing your thoughts AND helping me confirm that comments are working again.

      I’ll admit to using the Adblock plugin in Chrome. Then I get the pop-ups asking me to turn that off (something I’ve never had this blog do). it’s a never-ending battle it seems.

      • Mark,

        Happy to help with the confirmation of the use of the comment.

        And about adblocking. If companies or individuals find it more important that I receive (google) ads than their message, so be it.


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