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There are some advertisements appearing on my blog that I did not put. Help!

  1. addressisnotavailable
    Member

    There are some advertisements appearing on my blog that I did not put. WordPress says I must BUY a No-Ad feature? I don't want to buy anything and I most certainly don't want ads or any other thing on my blog which I don't put on my own! I mean, it feels arbitrary! Can someone help?
    Blog url: http://addressisnotavailable.wordpress.com/

  2. timethiefmedia
    Member

    WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/ Many also do not read features page, http://wordpress.com/features/ or advertising entry http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all.

    The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

  3. I'm one of those bloggers, of course, who didn't bother to pore over the entire ToS—I have a day job, and better things to do in the evenings than to encourage lawyers in their quest for infernal domination—and I was surprised to hear a report from a friend that ads were showing up on my blog.

    Seems like a slick way to extort a tidy $30 out of us end users, and nothing more. I'll be exploring other options... perhaps WP has run its course for me. Sure, the branding is all nice and squishy, but beneath the spackle, it's just another sharky business hell-bent on squeezing its faithful for every drop of blood it can get.

  4. Seems like a slick way to extort a tidy $30 out of us end users,

    It's not necessary to do that. It's only an option. Most people won't see the ads anyways.

  5. So - just how did you think that WordPress.COM was getting the money to give you a free blog? - Santa Maybe? The servers and staff need to be paid somehow -

    do you have any suggestions on how WordPress.COM can get free money so they don't need to put ads on the blogs?

  6. You sound as busy as I am. I'm a librarian and a paralegal and an artist and a writer. I have a small business and do contracted work as well. I multitask and answer forum questions while I'm supervising my business.

    We Volunteers are here to help and the way to remove ads from your blog has been stated by me while signed in under my other username account back on Sep 6, 2012, 8:29 AM. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade. http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    We Volunteers aren't here to listen to venting. As there's not much that can be said about people who enter contracts without reading the terms in them that could be characterized as competent. You can blog off and I'll move along to the next thread.

  7. Timethief: Hi. I don't care.

    Auxclass: See my reply to our paralegal friend, above. I don't care. I'm not interested in WP's business model—they have high-powered executives who are in charge of finding ways to make money. I, as an empancipated adult, am not required to want to be a part of every scheme they toss on the table.

    Notawoodpecker: Thanks for not being a jerk. The internet encourages some folks to develop an enormous set of Keyboard Balls. But I appreciate the fact that you replied civilly.

    And everyone: note the sentence below the window in which you're currently typing that advises against ad hominem attacks.

  8. This is a technical support forum, not an emotional support forum.

    You can have your blog hosted here for free with ads on it or you can pay $30 a year to get rid of the ads. There are no workarounds.

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