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Advertisement History in Stats?

  1. Since WordPress mercifully spares us advertisements when we are logged on, I almost forget that my few readers do see them. When I get a complaint from a reader about an "inappropriate" ad, it's difficult to get to the bottom of what they saw, etc. If WP could provide a short history of ad links posted, say as a category in Stats, we users could help staff figure out which advertisers are putting up inappropriate content, or even if we seriously need to be considering an upgrade to no ads. Just a thought. Maybe it would generate more complaints. But maybe it would straighten out the advertising community if they want to keep getting lots of free exposure along with our generously provided content.
    -writewild

    The blog I need help with is inclinedright.com.

  2. I really don't think this is rocket science. WordPress.com has a contracted partnership with Federated Media for servings some of their ads, and they of course are aware of who the other ad servers they use like EcoPressed, etc. are. Staff have requested that we take screenshots of ads we are concerned about and send them in. Here’s the link to use when you have a screenshot to send them http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

  3. Alternatively if we do not wish to have advertising displaying on our blogs then we you l have to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

  4. Thanks for the reply, timethief. My difficulty - and maybe I am missing something here - is that my readers are the ones seeing the ads, not me. They are unlikely to take a screen shot and send it anywhere. Without some way to analyze what they are seeing, I can't tell whether I would judge the ad to be a problem or not.

  5. I think whether or not they'd consider this depends on how much they make from ads vs the No Ads upgrade or AdControl.

  6. writewild I just had a problem with an ad, and to see it myself I logged out and viewed the post. Then I could take a screen shot.

    It would be really useful as you say to have a tool to view the ad history. I've just had to cough up the money to switch them off urgently as the "Congratulations, You Won" flashing ad I got was not the kind of thing I ever want my content to contain.

  7. xtinalamb,
    Thanks for the practical suggestion!
    - writewild

  8. Keeping quiet about the fact that wordpress.com shows ads was a sound business decision at the beginning, but the no-ad upgrade has changed the game. My guess is that, for the majority of blogs, the no-ad upgrade actually generates more money for Automattic than the ads can. It is therefore in Automattic's interest to a) continue to serve obnoxious ads and b) make users aware of said obnoxious ads.

    The trouble is that they still want to deny responsibility for the seriously unacceptable stuff, and ad stats would make it significantly harder for them to pretend that they don't know what's appearing on our blogs.

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