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Ads in blogs

  1. Hi guys,

    I don't know if you have met the same problems. I committed a blog, but when I view it from my iphone, there is always an advertisement in the bottom of the blog. If we view with navigator, there is no ads.

    Does anyone have the same problem with me ? And if yes, how could you solve it ?

    Thank you !

    Bo

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

  2. There have been ads on WordPress.com blogs since 2006. Please look at Para 10 in the Terms of Service.

    Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account.

    For the No Ads upgrade, see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/ which also gives links to more information on advertising.

  3. There were ads on my blog when I first signed up a few years ago. The ads pointed to similar blogs and content. There was a way to turn them off so they didn't show anymore, which I did. Since then I've been under the impression there were no ads on my blog.

    However I just saw this post from timethief.

    note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    Yikes! So the porn and flashing ads have been appearing on my blog all this time without me knowing of them. Probably the same is the case with many others as well. It is not acceptable to me to have porn and flashing obnoxious ads on my blog, and not to have ANY ads mixed in that appear to be content from my site.

  4. There was a way to turn them off so they didn't show anymore, which I did.

    We have never been able to disable the ads. They have displayed on all blogs since 2006. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it and send it to Staff by emailing support@wordpress.com or upload it into your Media Library and contact Staff and let them know it's there for them to view.

  5. I'm talking about (1) similar content - that can be turned off.

    The (2) obnoxious misplaced mixed in with content ads - that cannot be turned off - I was not even aware of that they kept showing up on my blog.

    Yeah I know it's in the TOS and always knew it was in the TOS - but did not realize the ads were appearing. I was told at the time the TOS was there just in case WP started using ads but that they weren't doing so at the time. I'm surprised now to see that they HAVE been there all this time, I was just not aware of it.

  6. @justjennifer Thank you very much !

  7. So the porn and flashing ads have been appearing on my blog all this time without me knowing of them.

    We do not, have never, and will never run porn advertisements. If you ever see such things, please send a screenshot to support@wordpress.com so we can remove the advertiser.

  8. Others have reported the WP ads contain porn, flashing ads, and are mixed in with content.

    As mentioned already, the ads do not show up when using adblock and don't show up when signed in, so I don't know what shows up. I was not even aware that WP had been putting them on my blog all this time.

  9. Definitions of 'porn' differ. Some people might consider any advert that isn't family-friendly to be 'porn', while others would reserve the term for actual adverts for X-rated sites or services. WordPress.com do try not to show any ads that are NSFW, but some may have slipped through in the past and may do so in the future.

    I agree that the flashing ads are obnoxious and that Automattic have never been very good at keeping users informed about their ad policies (they only stopped claiming the ads were 'discreet' fairly recently, and it's a very long time since that was the case) but unfortunately the only things you can do about them are a) pay the annual $30 to get rid of them or b) blog elsewhere.

  10. johnlvs2run, the ads mentioned in that thread were from the very beginning of our recent ad campaign and cleared up a long time ago.

    We strive to run only family-friendly advertisements, and while the video ad mentioned in that thread was not pornographic, it did contain mature subject matter. On the other hand, it was also run as a commercial on several US TV stations, so as wank mentioned above, it's all about perception.

    We will only run family-friendly ads, and of course covered by that would be ads that even the FCC considers family-friendly by allowing it to be run on network TV. If you ever see something with mature subject matter, you're welcome to report it. Of course, you can always purchase a No Ads upgrade.

  11. Wank, you have an interesting blog.

    The ads remind me of a cartoon with a couple relaxing in their living room, when a brick smashes through their front window. The note attached reads, "Brick through your window? Call Joe's window repair! 555-1212!."

  12. So what standards do apply to the ads? The flashing/animated ones are horrible and I'll point out they undo all the effort people put into developing nice themes! I also think it's poor form to allow misleading ones like "you are the 1,000,000th visitor! Click now to win an Applie iPhone4".

    Perhaps you could discuss with your ad providers a means of charging 100x as much for ads that include any animation or scripting.

  13. Maybe people could post photos of how the ads are appearing, so we can see what's showing up on our blogs.

  14. How do you recommend people do that? This forum doesn't seem to support images. For many people here, their blog is their way of publishing, but they don't actually want the offensive material in their blog so won't want to post a copy of it.

    I've put one example on photobucket: 1,000,000th visitor ad though it doesn't show the animation.

    I wasn't seeing them (as wordpress remembers me as a registered user) but I do have 3 different web browsers on my PC. Using a different one was the quickest way to view a page anonymously and therefore with ads. (I normally use Google Chrome, but used Internet Explorer to see the ads).

    It's amazing how effectively an ugly ad can make a nicely styled site look so cheesy.

  15. You can put them somewhere like screenshots.com or you can upload them to your media library and then give a link to that image.

  16. @oneguy - thank you for posting that ad, and suggestions.

    I had no idea that any ads were being put on the blogs, and that's quite a big one.

  17. Well, I just purchased the No Ads upgrade. I too had no idea this was happening. I just happened to view my blog without being logged in. I saw a picture of bikini clad girls. That is NOT what I want for my brand. I was very annoyed. So I bought the upgrade to prevent this from happening again.

    I think WordPress should send an email to everyone who does not have this and tell us what is going on. Hiding behind the lame excuse "it is in the terms of service" is weak. This is a really big deal. I'm afraid it is necessary because advertisers have become more tasteless in their attempts to get us to click. And it will only get worse. It will not get better. Advertisers have sunk very low and will continue to do whatever it takes to sell. The idea of giving people like this total freedom to advertise on my blog is disturbing.

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