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Ads found on my WordPress blog

  1. For a few months there have been these referrers whose website links don't end in ". com" and they have repeated views on my blog (a wide range from 3 to 20 views) which is really strange for a visitor. I noticed that they would search in my blog the keywords of titles of the blog posts, and that for the posts they searched for, there would be Google ads near the bottom of the post, above the comments section. These ads appear in my blog on Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, when I'm not logged in.

    I'm guessing they hacked my blog and put ads on it to make money off when someone clicks on the ads.

    Is there any way to stop these "referrers" from coming, or to take away the ads?

    The blog I need help with is hernotepad.wordpress.com.

  2. No one hacked your blog, those ads are put there by WordPress to help pay for all the expenses here and keep this a virtually free service (unless you want upgrades).

    From: http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/

    Note: To support the service (and keep free features
    free
    ), we sometimes
    run advertisements
    . We try hard to make the ads discreet and effective and only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the
    No-Ads Upgrade
    .

    Also if you go to the bottom of the features page you will see the same announcement.

    http://en.wordpress.com/features/

  3. And that's what happens when I copy and paste from the source code. This looks better.

    Note: To support the service (and keep free features
    free, we sometimes run advertisements. We try hard to make the ads discreet and effective and only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade.

  4. @TSP - is there not two things happening here? Spam referrers and the ads?

  5. I mean two DIFFERENT things, of course

  6. Spam referrers there is nothing we can do about. It's the new wave.

  7. I know - but I don't think the OP knows to report them. Or what they are.

    @zgamergirl - refer to the Referrs stiky post at the top of the Support thread for details.

  8. The thing is, you contact staff, staff remove them and they are virtually immediately replaced by others. Trying to filter them out is nearly impossible since they come from so many different URLs, but yes you can report them to staff and they can remove them. I have a friend who gave up since within a day or two they were replaced by others.

  9. Yeah, I know.

    I just didn't want the OP to think they were connected to the ads, as they are two unrelated issues.

    I still report them, just because the bug me!

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