I thought I had a problem which originated with Google Translate. However, I've researched the issue and found that WP is the source of the video ads.
I admit I am one of the bloggers who isn't that tech savvy and didn't remember the ad policy in the TOS I read when I purchased my upgrade.
People don't visit my site to see ads. Even if they did, the ads on my site are NOT appropriate for my visitors or related to my content. Visitors from the US are seeing the video ads, not just my foreign visitors. I've seen the ads, too, when I'm not logged in. Yes, no one has to click on the ad, but that does not prevent visitors from seeing words and photos which are inappropriate. In my case, more people are seeing the ads than being protected from them and the ad content is becoming more inappropriate.
This is not what I envisioned for my website nor does it match what is described in the WP ad policy. Yes, I emailed support with a screenshot example. I don't have time and shouldn't have to police the ads WP allows. If sending WP screenshots is the only way to remove inappropriate ones, why do bloggers have to log out to see them?
I understand WP needs to offset costs, but WP is jeopardizing its reputation, bloggers, and their visitors. I sent WP support an email complaint about this matter. The reply I received didn't apologize for the content problems. All I received were links to support, the ad policy, and the non-ad upgrade.
I found the blue-highlighted bottom section of the ad policy particularly interesting. It says WP run ads from Google, Sharethrough, and SkimLinks. I recall Pintrest having issues with SkimLinks and dropping them, but I also recall reading that WP now gets ads from federatedmedia.
If there has been a change, why isn't the source updated in the ad policy? Who does WP get ads from? How much money did WP earn from the ads and spend on operating costs last year? Who vets and monitors the companies and the ads? How often?
I understand the staff may not be able to handle the volume of diligent monitoring required due to WP's growth. However, I feel like I'm being forced to purchase the non-ad upgrade even though I've read statements from WP that is not the intent.
If it's not WP's intent, then what other option is there? Why not offer bloggers options in our dashboards or elsewhere that will allow us to choose the type(s) of ad content we feel are appropriate for our site?
Whether we select all or some or none(the non-ad upgrade), WP 's reputation and the bloggers and visitors win. The only losers will be the kinds of ads/advertisers WP bloggers don't want. Does WP really NEED their revenue to maintain the site and free services?
The blog I need help with is jillianlark.com.