I had no idea that Adsense ads were going to be plastered all over my blog when people come in off search engines, horrid! Is there any way to get rid of them? It makes me feel ... unclean.
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Adsense? Why me?
At this time there is no way to turn them off. It may be that there will be a paid upgrade available at some point in the future but not presently.
If you change your templates, you can create a template that is not adsense friendly...and will not display ad sense ads.
This is covered in the FAQ:
Only a small percentage of viewers ever see ads on WordPress.com blogs. Logged in users and regular readers never do.
hustace: advertising helps pay to keep WordPress.com running. Hiding ads puts our ability to provide free hosting at risk.
Could we request that WP make a deal with those Blooming Tea people or Glam or something, so the ads displayed aren't so low-rent? Fewer ads at higher rates are better for everyone.
If Google is going to highjack my blog I should be given the option to be a paid affiliate. I don't understand why they are allowed to squat on my site without my permission. Can someone please explain? I don't believe that readers never see it because I have had several people mention it to me. Ironically, I have a post complaining about Burt's Bee's selling out to Clorox, and they are advertising Burt's Bees. The whole post is about boycotting Burt's Bees!!!!!! Additionally, when you sign up for Blogger they give you the option to opt out of Adsense. WP should do the same, or at least give us jurisdiction over what is advertised on our sites.
Google isn't hijacking your blog. The ads are initiated by WordPress.
In the wordpress blog, see Matt's post On Ads.
In addition, the last paragraph of the WordPress.com features page says this:
To support the service we may occasionally show Google text ads on your blog, however we do this very rarely. In the future you’ll be able to purchase an upgrade to either turn the ads off or show your own ads and make money from your blog.
When you agreed to the Terms of Service, you gave permission. That's why you should read the Terms of Service.
Actually, the TOS mentions nothing about ads.
There is this in the TOS:
"Our service is designed to give you as much control and ownership over what goes on your blog as possible"
"you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with the blog."
" You must immediately notify Automattic of any unauthorized uses of your blog"
"the Content is not spam, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites"
"By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog." (emphasis mine)
The ToS says nothing about ads, including that they won't happen. Exactly. This is why there's a movement to have things written in Plain English. If a corporation gives you a contract and something important's not specifically included or excluded, as for clarification before signing.
The quote about opting out is from, unless I'm mistaken, a post that's nearly 2 years old. I'd love to opt out, I never had ads when I owned my domain, and I don't want them here, even if it means paying for it, because I feel like they make a place look cheap. The fact that I didn't know about it bothers me, regardless of how much I ignored fine print. I'd love to pay $3 a month (or what ever) not to have my blog whored.
Also, WordPress *users* never see them, so it makes me feel as if it was being hidden from us. That's part of why I'm uncomfortable.
Also, Wordpress *users* never see them, so it makes me feel as if it was being hidden from us. That's part of why I'm uncomfortable.
I don't think this is the case at all. When you think about it, most users that are regulars of your blog could (if they are not already) become members of wordpress.com and hense, won't see the ads. It tries to keep the "ad showing" to only traffic that really isn't part of your normal blogging community.
The discussion about the policy is another thing, but the logic behind it is for the benefit of you and your regular readers, since ads are going to be shown until staff change their policy on this :)
I understand that WordPress wants to have a profitable business, I support that, but what I do have a problem with is my blog unwitting (key word) being used to push products that I don't necessarily believe in. I think it's really important that we be able to opt-out of this feature. And really, if you took a survey, I bet you *most* users would have no idea that their blogs "occasionally" had ads splattered all over them.
Well, pbrigitte, this question has already been discussed so often on this forum (check it out here, you won't believe your eyes: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags.php?tag=adsense ), that it's almost impossible not to be aware of it.
If you don't want to got through the hassle of moving your blog elsewhere, you can put a fig leaf in the sidebar like I have:
If you see Google Adsense or other advertisements on this blog, please be aware that I don't receive a nickel from them. The money goes to WordPress.com. I've got enough change in my pocket for bubblegum anyway.
BTW, I cannot see the ads. If you see inappropriate Adsense ads here, PLEASE let me know asap. Thanks.
So far, not one reader has said they've seen inappropriate ads.
Where else could I have a blog? This is the first place I went and I don't like it at all. There are so many errors! I don't mind paying for good service.
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