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Why is there an ad on my .com blog

  1. Hi,
    I just noticed there is an ad which is nothing to do with me in the body of one of my posts. Er... how do I get rid of this? I don't want readers to thing I am getting any revenue from my blog. It is quite definitly not intended for that and aundermines what I am doing. Please advise.
    The Advertiser is Eco Press - a WordPress site.
    Thanks for any help.

    The blog I need help with is federay.wordpress.com.

  2. From the support document on advertising:

    Note: To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements. We try hard to only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade.

    From the Terms of Service:

    9. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account.

  3. dribblingpensioner
    Member

    @ thesacredpath, As far as i have seen they are only in a blog for a few days.

    I found a way to do it with my other blog, but i forget how to do it now :)

  4. @dribblingpensioner
    If you found a way to suppress the display of ads then do be aware that using CSS or any other means aside from purchasing the No-Ads upgrade is a violation of the ToS and it will result in Staff suspending a blog when it's reported to them. In the case of your blog the ecopressed ads had overflowed and were displaying in the sidebar of your theme. That was unintended behavior and Staff acted to correct that error. This is not the case in the OPs blog.

  5. Ok I see now. That is all useful. Sorry I missed that note in the support pages.
    Thanks all, for your help.

  6. @federay
    You're welcome from me. TSP posted the link to the No-Ads grade support entry above and it's the only way we can remove all advertising from our free hosted WordPress.com blogs. Best wishes with your blog. :)

  7. dribblingpensioner
    Member

    Thanks TT, i have not a clue about css, it was an old post i went into, unless it left when its time was up, i don't know.

  8. thesacredpath
    Staff

    The ads won't appear permanently on a post, will not show for regular visitors, and will typically only show if someone is coming from a search on one of the search engines, so you are likely not to see an ad - or ads - more than once on a particular post.

  9. @thesacredpath - I always see the ads on all recent posts of http://etcjournal.com - a free WP blog, when I am not signed in, and I do not get there via a search engine but directly. They vary with time, but there is always one at the bottom of each post. And some are obnoxiously big and shaking: see video capture in youtube.com/watch?v=k94dp43ZMZc .

  10. Hello there,
    Indeed that ad is large.

    To eliminate ads on your blog entirely, you can purchase the annually renewable No-Ads Upgrade.

  11. Wow! Obnoxious is being way too kind.

    I'm going to log out, clear my browser cache and cookies, disable my adblock and take a look at your site.

  12. Me too.

  13. Well on your latest post I didn't get a dancing fake XP window, but I did get a sizable video about diabetes (not dancing) along with two EcoPress.

    I really wish they would isolate those more and add an "Ads by WordPress" thing or something to it. It just looks too much like the site owner is doing it.

    $30 per year would be worth it to get those off my site.

  14. Well, that's no good. We'll get rid of the shaking ad and sort out the additional EcoPressed ad ASAP.

  15. @macmanx, thanks.

  16. IMHO the Ecopressed ads were nothing compared to what is being advertised below them. I cleared my cache and cookies, turned off my AdBlocker and then I logged out and restarted my computer. I visited the site referred to above and went to the end of every post on the front page of the blog. There I captured the advertsizing on this free hosted WordPress.com blog at actual size, exactly as they displayed at the end of the posts on the front page of http://etcjournal.com

    See here > Ecopressed, Shaking Ads & Other Animated Ads

  17. Sigh!

  18. Thanks for collecting that, timethief! Also, did you intentionally mean to back-date that to 2007?

  19. Thanks to macmanx for looking into these ads, and to timethief for having collected those on etcjournal.com in a single blog post.

  20. Now the Eco Press ads seem to have gone away altogether, for the time being: thanks, macmanx.

    Re timethief backdating her post, I'm not sure what was her motivation, but Jim Shimabukuro, the creator of etcjournal.com, does that when he doesn't want a post to appear among the "most recent posts" in the sidebar. See e.g. etcjournal.com/2008/04/03/transcript-of-alexandra-wallaces-video, though it contains the transcript of a video that was first posted on March 13, 2011.

  21. @macmanx and @calmansi
    I chose to backdate that post because I did not wish to create an advertising broowaha on my blog. Only those who discover the link here in the forums will visit the post and view the ads I captured and included in the post.

  22. This has been taken care of now, and should hopefully never happen again.

    Timethief, your discretion is most definitely appreciated.

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