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  1. Going self-hosted is going to be significantly more expensive than $30. In fact, it's probably more expensive than ANY combination of upgrades here.

  2. alexandriablog
    Member

    From the WordPress.com TOS, # 2, bullet point 5:

    the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);

    I had previously warned some of my Authors about violating this provision. With WordPress.com now doing this exact thing themselves while we don't, I now feel like a rube at a carnival game. But at least a forthright, consistent rube.

    (Looks like timethief is not passing up the opportunity to get in a little self-dealing blog advertising herself just above. Just helping out, of course.)

    Despite what is claimed about when WordPress.com ads began running, no ads of any sort were run on my blog for the two years it was online prior to 2010. I would not have invested the time I have now invested had this situation been in place.

    Say what you will, this doesn't even look to outsiders like advertising. It looks like panhandling.

    And as it continues and gets worse, people will begin to ask themselves, "Really, if I have to put up with this now, why am I even bothering with a WordPress.com blog at all? I could just as easily be where everyone is going anyway - Facebook."

    When in doubt about how to stand out from the clutter as head and shoulders above your competition...never fail to make yourself as indistinguishable from your competition as possible.

  3. @alexandriablog
    I looked into what was being reported and blogged it. I'm not happy about this either. I don't know if you have read this or not > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unacceptable-spamming-by-wordpress?replies=23#post-592915

  4. TT is a lot of things, but a conniving spammer? No. I know you're upset but that doesn't justify random attacks on people who simply post helpful information.

    Like I said earlier, if you want staff to know how you feel, tell them. Posting in this forum is taking away from the time you could spend making their lives miserable until they fix this.

  5. @raincoaster,

    How would you know whether I am upset or not? I believe you may just be assuming that, just as you are gratuitously mischaracterizing my observation.

    By the way, here are the actual costs of the "Top Ten Web Hosting Services 2011"

    http://www.consumer-rankings.com/hosting/

  6. The bottom line for me is that this is bad for WordPress and it's paying customers. The ads are tacky, inappropriate and look like spam. I can't believe WordPress is making enough money off these ads to justify the damage it is doing to the goodwill of its users.

  7. Despite what is claimed about when WordPress.com ads began running, no ads of any sort were run on my blog for the two years it was online prior to 2010. I would not have invested the time I have now invested had this situation been in place.

    @alexandriablog-You cannot assume that there were no ads on your blog just because you may never have seen them, as they only appear under certain circumstances. http://tpvswp.wordpress.com/2008/08/06/is-there-really-no-adsense-on-wordpress-com/

  8. To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements. In regards to the PopPressed advertisements, we hear you, and we’re working to make it better.

    I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to close this topic down before it gets out of hand like similar topics, as that will just take time away from us focusing on the fix.

    Rest-assured, we are working to make the ads display a bit better than they are now.

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