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Wordpress has Ruined My Blogs!

  1. naturechaplain
    Member

    You have basically ruined my blogs with your ADS. Now, "Free Blog" really means "Pay $30 per year." I will be eliminating some blogs and considering moving elsewhere. VERY DISAPPOINTING, WordPress!!

    The blog I need help with is chighland.com.

  2. Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    To off-set the costs of providing free hosting to millions of bloggers, 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. Many also do not read the advertising entry 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.

    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    All of WordPress.com ads are family-friendly. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, upload it via Media -> Add New to your Media Library. Then return to this thread to post the file name to let Staff them know it's there for them to view.

    It's possible for ads to appear in your browser that were not placed there by WordPress.com. These ads are sometimes caused by malware or a virus, but more often it is due to a browser extension or toolbar that you may have installed in your browser. WordPress.com does not use text enhance or text link ads or pop-up ads or header ads or sidebar ads or links in comments. If you are seeing those then see here:
    Bloggers: Beware of Adware. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/09/14/bloggers-beware-of-adware/
    These sites have further explanation and suggestions for eliminating the ads: http://www.littletechiethings.com/2012/06/how-to-remove-ads-not-by-this-site.html http://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/05/14/ads-on-wikipedia-your-computer-infected-malware/

    Note to eliminate all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs we can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

  3. Hi,

    I'm sorry that you feel this way and personally, I understand if you move your blogs elsewhere.

    WordPress.com does provide a great value for a fully-managed WordPress hosting environment, whether you're using the ad-supported free version or the $30/year "ad-free" version.

    Most web hosts charge starting at $5/month for minimal support and the prices can increase greatly (I'm paying $75/mo and $99/mo for two different hosting accounts for purposes beyond the scope of our conversation!) In addition, you'll be responsible for the security and updates to the software.

    For the many who don't need to go beyond what WordPress.com offers (e.g. no ecommerce solution, no need for special plugins, etc), the $30/yr can't be beat for what WordPress.com provides.

    That said, WordPress.com doesn't serve everyone's needs and wish you the best moving forward.

    Cheers!

  4. Your hosting will most probably cost you more than $30/year. Just my 2¢ worth.

    Ads are shown in very limited places and mostly only to visitors coming through from search engine results. They don't show up to logged in WordPress.com users, unless the site is running the WordAds program which allows users to earn from ad placement. See here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    http://wordads.co/

  5. Testing to see if this comment ends up in the spam filter too.

  6. naturechaplain
    Member

    I think what some of you are ignoring is this fact:
    1. I have never seen an ad on any of my numerous wordpress blogs.
    2. There has never been a notice to me saying there would be ads.
    3. I go to a posting, where I wrote maybe two lines and the whole rest of the page is an ad--and a video! THIS is called "doing business"? As I say, most disappointing.

  7. You clicked the box with the active link to the Terms of Service beside it that stated you had read the fascinating Terms of Service in order to register a username account and blog(s).

    In doing so you entered a binding legal contract.

    If you did not, in fact read the Terms of Service before ticking the box and stating that you had done so, then you did not practice due diligence.

    Nuff said.

  8. 1. WordPress.com extends the courtesy to all logged in users of not displaying ads when logged in.
    2. The Terms of service states:
    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    3. That sounds like it could be a browser related issue. Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

  9. Hi again,

    To give a little context to ads on WordPress.com, here is a post from 2006 when the ads were deployed ad experimentum (for a multilingual pun):
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2006/09/06/on-ads/
    and another from 2008 at the end of the experimental period, when the no ads upgrade was deployed:
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/go-ad-free/

    Automattic's position on ads is to make them unobtrusive and displayed relatively rarely (especially in light of other free services).

    It sounds like, based on #3, that something is going wrong, either a bug with the setup w/ WordPress or, as timethief, mentioned a browser add-on issue.

    I've heard of some browser add-ons injected ads on sites, like WordPress.com, that are viewed often with a set template system. Here's one for example: http://browsers.about.com/od/addonsplugi2/a/Buzzdock-Ads.htm

    I do appreciate your frustration, though. It must have been jarring to see that, no matter where it originated from.

  10. @timethief - I do now. When I posted my original response and the next couple of times I looked, no. We can continue this on another thread so we don't dilute the OP's issue, but I'm guessing you got caught for too many posts at once?

    I'm not sure about these forums, but the .org ones have an anti-spam check in place if an user posts too many replies too quickly.

    And back to the issue of ads…

  11. Thanks for your reply.

  12. We can continue this on another thread so we don't dilute the OP's issue

    All the information the OP requires has been posted here > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wordpress-has-ruined-my-blogs?replies=12#post-1256644

    I am still waiting for the OP to answer my question:
    Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

  13. naturechaplain
    Member

    Ok, folks, take a look at a post and the "ad." Is this what you think we should accept?
    Freethinker

    By the way, I already PAY for my main page. This is on a "free blog" I link to.
    No matter what is explained initially, this business practice indeed ruins the whole purpose of open blogging.
    (Maybe the advertisers can get their own "free blogs"?!)

  14. I do not see any ads because as I said above I'm logged into WordPress.com. Please answer my question.

    Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

  15. By the way, I already PAY for my main page.

    Exactly which upgrade for exactly which URL starting http:// did you purchase from WordPress.com please?

  16. I logged out and visited http://beyondgod.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/why-i-am-a-freethinker/ There is see a video ad that WordPress.com has placed on the blog. Note the link
    http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    The only way to remove all advertising placed by WordPress.com on your blogs is to purchase No-Ads upgrades for each blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

  17. naturechaplain
    Member

    I paid $99 for a "premium" site linked to this.
    What you do not acknowledge is the intrusiveness of the ad!
    I understand the point that ads can appear (though I have never seen one on my blogs until now).
    Taking up a majority of the space on a blog post is over the top.
    Sorry you can't seem to see that and make this my problem.
    I'm gone now.
    Thanks all.

  18. paid $99 for a "premium" site linked to this

    Please clarify exactly which blog you purchased the bundle for as the upgrade it applies to only one blog.
    Do you mean this blog linked your username http://www.chighland.com/
    Or do you mean this blog http://beyondgod.wordpress.com

    Note I I tagged this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to it so you are notified when they respond.

  19. If you have a custom domain, apply for WordAds: it means that you only display one ad per page, which is an improvement.

    Note as well that MOST people complaining about obtrusive and inappropriate ads are actually seeing ads from browser malware. There are many browser extensions that sneakily put ads on your blog. If the ad does not say "About These Ads" anywhere, it wasn't put there by WordPress.

  20. @raincoaster
    He has paid for a bundle. It includes a NO-Ads upgrade. I have asked exactly which blog the NO-Ads upgrade was purchased for and Staff the thread for Staff.

  21. edit: " Staff the thread for Staff. " was meant to be "tagged the thread for Staff" lol :D

  22. Yes, I saw that.

  23. Okay. I wondered if you had missed the No-Ads upgrade bit.

  24. http://chighland.com/ is your blog with the bundle, which includes the No Ads upgrade. The upgrades are per-blog, so this means that (so far) http://chighland.com/ is the only one of your blogs which will not display ads.

    http://beyondgod.wordpress.com/ does not have a bundle or a No Ads upgrade, so it will display ads.

    To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements, and the agreement for this has been in our terms of service since 2006.

    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 which is also included in our bundle upgrades: http://store.wordpress.com/premium-upgrades/ad-free/

  25. I think it's clear there's some confusion here: it could be about which blog the upgrades apply to, or it could be about something else. Best to lay out all the info. If the OP comes back and says "and these underlined word ads are annoying" then we know exactly what's going on.

  26. @raincoaster
    This is not a browser add on issue. I already logged out and used the link to the post the OP provided above http://beyondgod.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/why-i-am-a-freethinker/ and witnessed the ad which is a WordPress.com placed ad accompanied by this link http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/ That's not the blog that has the No-Ads upgrade according to macmanx.

  27. Hence what I was saying about confusion.

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