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Google Ad-words showing up on my site

  1. Google Ad-words appearing on a site without ad-words code (as seen here: http://building.wordpress.com/files/2006/12/googlespam.jpg)

    1. Open Google.com
    2. Search for the title of a post on your wordpress.com hosted blog.
    3. Open the page found by google and below the masthead graphic, you might see a google ad. Refresh the page & watch the ad disappear.
    4. I don't have any google ad-word code on my site -- as such writing for someone else's click-through profit isn't appealing at all. Has anyone else been able to reproduce this on their sites?

  2. This is not a bug. This is a matter you should take up with staff. Automattic has been runnings some ads on some blogs. I believe "testing" is what they call it.

  3. If this was more promenently advertised, I wouldn't have a problem with it. However sneaking ads onto people's pages without letting them know about the practice/testing isn't a great way to foster community participation.

    Any ideas on where else to check for answers?

  4. From the official wordpress.com blog by Matt <http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/09/06/on-ads/&gt;

  5. Geesh, this test has been going on for a while then.. Would be nice if the signup screen on http://wordpress.com/features/ was updated to something other than "It Takes Seconds and is Free!"

  6. Matt's On Ads Statement
    <http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/09/06/on-ads/&gt;
    On Ads
    In our previous post, What’s your favorite feature?, a few of you listed “no ads” as one of your favorite features of WordPress.com. This made me uncomfortable—it’s not accurate, and I want to clarify.

    Since the ad test about 6 weeks ago there have been ads. Where? We very occassionally show Adsense (contextual text ads) on post and tag pages.

    Why? To allow us to focus on free features in addition to paid and to offset costs of rapidly rising traffic.

    There are two questions to think about if this comes as a surprise to you: Have I ever seen these ads? Have my readers? (Ask them!)

    The ad code tries hard not to intrude or show ads to regular readers, which means a small percentage of page views. Apparently it works, since we haven’t gotten many feedbacks on them. Perhaps a better favorite would be “really, really unobtrusive ads.”

    Even though you will probably never see an ad, if you did happen to come across one I don’t want it to be a surprise. The comments last time we discussed ads were fairly heated but I wanted to make sure everyone had accurate information.

    What are our future plans? There have been a fair number of requests for an Adsense widget so it’s still on our mind as a paid upgrade. Before that, however, we will probably do something that you have more control over such as Amazon or Goodstorm integration.

    Posted: Wednesday, September 6th, 2006 at 11:40 pm

  7. I have seen ads on my blog and they are not 'unobtrusive' at all. They do not even blend with the theme. I have seen blogs in which the ads blend in.

    Also what kind of ads are being showed would matter.

    An unclear ad policy, not knowing what my readers are seeing is really bothersome. Also a blog I run is more of an archive of articles from local newspapers of my place and even though the newspapers I archive articles from have no problem as long as I am not making any profit. But, if they see an ad on the blog it might look otherwise. Even casual observers will think that the blog is being run for money while as it is not.

    The ads do not just show under the title of a post, they also show up in comments http://i17.tinypic.com/4d796jn.jpg . The clean and clutter free WordPress was one of the things that attracted me to it but now with the ads :(

  8. If WordPress wants to test ads, how about giving us an option to make that impossible on our blogs. I left Squidoo for this very reason--they started placing google ads and gave us no control over either subject or placement.

    I'm in the process of developing an education web site and hope to derive some income from it eventually. One of the income-producting possibilities that I won't be using is Adsense because on every blog and site I've seen it on it is intrusive and the ads are almost always irrelevant or even in opposition to the spirit of the site.

  9. I wouldn't mind being able to put some ads in some of my top posts and sharing the revenue (say 10%) with wordpress.com... :)

  10. Naturally like any other blogger I want total control over my blog and what appears on it. Under the "testing" situation here at wordpress.com I do not have it. There are ads appearing on blogs for items and services I do not support and that if appearing on my blog would not be in keeping with the spirit of my blog. This adsense "testing" has been going on for 6 months now with no end in sight.
    Bottom line: There are people in this world that will not hesitate to grasp at any opportunity to make a penny or take a penny from any source. I am not among them.

  11. It's not 'testing' any more, it's what they do. Matt's post on ads states that the testing took place six weeks prior. The test was carried out, appeared to them successful, and the feature was implemented.

    Lord alone knows what kind of ads get thrown up on my blog, given my username. If I ever let myself think about it I'd probably feel obliged to shift to a self-hosted install, and that's just too much trouble :)

  12. buy 'kicking baby squirrels' on ebay!

  13. @kamel
    Okay now what's this all about? [She wondered out loud]. Is he suggesting wank purchase a url called "kicking baby squirrels"? Or could it be that he started early on the eggnog? *lol*

  14. There's a market (and a fan site) on the Internet for everything.

    Both a paid no-ads option AND a revenue-sharing option have been considered by WordPress, and I wouldn't be surprised to see at least the first option offered in the fairly near future.

    I, too, am unthrilled with ads on my site and the ambiguity of the policy. I don't think they mean to be sneaky, but they should be much clearer about things.

  15. Matt's wording in the announcement was "interesting". The policy has been in effect for nearly 6 months now with all revenue gained from the advertising going to Automattic.
    I agree with you on two points. The first is I don't like advertising. The second is I too expect we will see the option of upgrading one's account to add even more advertising to one's blog. The only difference being that the "added" advertising on paid accounts will presumably result in the blogger splitting the advertising revenue gained with Automattic, rather than Automattic keeping it all.

  16. Here's an interesting post and comments stream on the topic:

    http://mark.wordpress.com/2006/12/17/catching-the-spammers/

  17. No, TT, what I meant was not that people would be able to pay to have ads on their blog, what I meant was that they'd be able to pay to keep ads OFF their blogs.

  18. This is such fun.
    I say this and wank says that, clarifying the real picture.
    Then I say this and you say that, clarifying another aspect of the real picture.
    On the ambiguity we concur and there's more. As you foretold above in the the new year I think we will probably be looking at the two options you isolate.
    (1) A no ads option (or pay to keep ads off your blog).
    (2) A revenue-sharing option (or pay to get more ads on your blog and a cut of the revenue).

  19. Paying to keep ads off doesn't sound right. WordPress started as a free blog and should be kept that way. But for people who do want ads, then maybe a flat monthly fee should be made. A cut of the profits doesn't sound right either. Should be like TypePad where you have to pay to blog. The first month is free but after that is a monthly fee I think I remember.

    What I want to know is that people on VIP Hosting, are they on the same servers as the rest of us? Because with their blogs, they can do and place whatever codes they want. But they're still .com and not .org. If this is all because of security reasons, then aren't the blogs on VIP Hosting putting our blogs at risk or are they on a different server while still .com?

  20. The ads are very rarely shown, and if there's more than one on a page when they are that's a bug, so send in a support ticket. (As evidenced by the fact that most people have never seen them.)

    We haven't made any firm decisions about where to go with ads in the future, obviously all of the ideas and concerns mentioned here have occurred to us.

  21. At the very least, I'm happy that this isn't something similar to the google toolbar's autolinking ISBNs to amazon.com (publishers with online stores HATED that "feature"). At the very least, it's helping those that have added features to wordpress.com hosted sites keep adding features.

    Although, I will be watching the "options" tab for something that allows me to have an ad-free site. Ideally, monthly and yearly plans won't be too highly priced.

  22. Matt on ads:

    and if there's more than one on a page when they are that's a bug, so send in a support ticket.

    Lol. :)

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