Forbes doesn't allow Adblock so ...
So I guess the answer to your question: "who's paying for your content?" is "not you".
I get your point, but Forbes approach is done so poor.. how about they give me the option to pay for what I read and drop the adds.. :)
Not yet. But not like that I won't
Tell me when I can get an app that allows me to use your work for free.
You can consume all my content for free. Medium, Dribbble, Twitter, Instagram. I promise I won't serve you ads about loosing weight.
Hopefully you have another plan for paying for rent and groceries.
Always be content marketing.