No problem. It's understandable that all ads can't be completely unobtrusive, because basically it would defeat the purpose of advertising if it was effectively invisible to readers and hence unseen and unclicked. But the reality is that most people these days use adblockers, and unfortunately I doubt they'll disable them entirely just to support a few sites. As Sam says, there are just too many bad sites with incredibly annoying ads to make that possible. Whenever I browse the Internet on my iPad using its default Safari browser which has no adblocker, it's just awful the amount and type of ads I see compared to my PC's Firefox+Adblock Plus combo.
The reason I made the suggestion for HTF is that you guys don't have obtrusive advertising as such, but the Amazon affiliate links in particular are actually very useful to people. By applying to Adblock Plus and having them universally whitelist those links at the very least, it means the majority of people will see the links by default without needing to disable adblock or do anything else.
Another alternative is that in the text that is usually posted above the affiliate link, you link to a separate page which provides people with the step-by-step method to add whitelisting code to Adblock Plus.
Something like the following (this example is for Firefox):
First you'd change the standard text above affiliate links as follows:
Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link, so follow these steps.
You can also add the link to these instructions at various places throughout HTF to alert people to this method in general.
Then on a separate page you provide full details of how to only whitelist Hometheaterforum in Adblock Plus for people who are interested in doing so, e.g.:
If you see the red ABP button, click on it and select 'Disable on hometheaterforum.com', then reload the site.
If you can't see the button, you can manually add a filter to prevent ABP from working on HTF:
1. Go to the Add-ons Manager in your browser (e.g. Press the Firefox button, and select Add-ons).
2. Click the Options button for the Adblock Plus add-on.
3. Click the 'Filter preferences' button.
4. Select the 'Custom filters' tab.
5. Click the 'Add filter group' button.
6. Enter the following text, and press Enter:
7. Click the 'Add filter' button at the top right, enter the following text and press Enter:
8. Click close, then reload the site.
This will allow you to continue to use Adblock Plus as normal, but the ads on HTF will now be shown. Thanks for your support.
Anyway just a thought as to how you could approach it. I think the HTF audience is mature enough to understand that allowing the ads on HTF will help support the site without causing any real annoyance.