Ads on My Post…Part II

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  • #89821

    flawedplan
    Member

    I saw ads on my blog tonight. I am beside myself, the ads were inside the post, they were actually inside the post! I run an activist blog and the ads were for goods and services my blog opposes. I am beyond words, that this was allowed to happen without warning, the lack of judgment is beyond belief. The ad content promotes what my blog opposes, and it is inside the actual post, as if I put it there. Humiliating, ridiculous and frankly ruinous, this will destroy my blog.

    #89822

    raincoaster
    Member

    Have you sent a feedback to that effect?

    #89823

    knoizki
    Member

    I’ve seen ads on my blog like 2 mins ago. It appeared on my latest post above the flickr picture. The information written on the links are about HK. Is is how the way they read your IP like the country of origin? I must say, it’s very distracting but thanks for testing that out, at least I’ve seen the difference with or without ads. I would prefer the latter.

    #89824

    poppy8sd
    Member

    ~flawedplan
    First: if you read whole thread, then you know on your free blog WP CAN put ads on it.

    2nd: I just looked at–whoa just had an earthquake here sheesh, Lord hope no more–your blog, with and without cookies. There aren’t ANY ads on it, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    3rd: If there are Keywords in the content the Google bot isn’t going to place ads and LEAVE –for things that are the opposite of those. Do you understand what I mean? It doesn’t work that way.

    4th: The system rotates, i.e., WP blogs A, B, C have AdSense now, later they will be gone and
    blogs X, Y, Z will have ads. So: it’s not permanent. See?

    #89825

    wank
    Member

    I haven’t heard point 4 before — is that what support told you?

    #89834

    flawedplan
    Member

    I cleared my schedule today so I can deal with this. Poppy, WP can do whatever it wants, and you can burn down your neighbor’s house, see? Now, getting back to matters of relevance, I did not contact support and will do that now. I can’t have ads on my blog, this development is catastrophic. I don’t know what to do, but appreciate productive replies while attempting to sort it out.

    #89835

    judyb12
    Member

    @flawedplan:
    I took a look at your blog while logged out and didn’t see any ads either. Make sure you tell support exactly what post you saw them in.

    #89836

    wank
    Member

    I don’t rate your chances of getting Automattic to change their policy, so your best bet is to find an ad-free host running wordpress mu. For example, the front page of [Link removed – drmike] says there are no required ads on your pages and you can import your existing blog there.

    If you do end up at a smaller host it’s a good idea to keep a backup of your posts just in case the site folds, but then I would always recommend keeping a backup anyway.

    #89837

    drmike
    Member

    I removed the link to my WPMu setup. Matt has asked/ told me not to promote it so I would rather that it not be.

    You can find a list of WPMu hosts here if you want to check them out.

    #89838

    dirkgently
    Member

    Is there ad’s on WP hosted blogs? I don’t see any……wait, I’m using Firefox, thats why.

    #89839

    timethief
    Member

    @dirkgently
    (1) Yes wordpress does run ads on our blogs http://wordpress.com/blog/2006/09/06/on-ads/
    But no we blogger’s can’t do the same
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2005/12/08/adsense/

    (2) The other day when I clicked on your username I saw some outstanding css work on a black background blog and now I see Contempt with a custom header. I hope nothing “bad” happened to your blog.

    (3) I’m a firefox user too. You cannot see the ads when you are logged in. They are only in evidence very occasionally.

    #89841

    dirkgently
    Member

    Timethief, I’m confused by the meaning of this comment

    (2) The other day when I clicked on your username I saw some outstanding css work on a black background blog and now I see Contempt with a custom header. I hope nothing “bad” happened to your blog.

    The CSS is the theme, I can do nothing with it, as much as I want to. The header image shows sometimes and does not show at others, it’s the Microsoft inspired coding I guess injecting an element of wonder into what should be a certain function.

    By “bad” you mean what?

    I don’t feel that any of the templates are what I want, so the closest I can find is the Contempt one, with a customized header image to draw in my home site.

    On the ad’s……I suppose Google would get a little pissed if you put a sticky asking your surfers to ignore the advertising they see on your blog? I guess that’d be a violation of the TAC……or did I just give them another boot to hold at our throats?

    #89842

    atthe404
    Member

    The bottom line of all this IMHO is that WP com comes with certain controls and limitations. If we do not like it we need to go self hosted. OT a lot of folk here seem to think self / third party hosting is really difficult but it needn’t be.

    #89843

    timethief
    Member

    I read the situation the same as atthe404 does.
    WordPress runs ads on the blogs they host and this is not going to change. Consequently, bloggers who are not willing to accept that situation must make the choice either to (1) move on to self-hosting or (2) to hire a web host. Help is available for those who do choose make the move to self-hosting http://install4free.wordpress.com

    #89844

    shortexact
    Member

    I, too, have never run across these ads. Given WP’s attitude towards ads in general (definitely a plus, IMO), my bet is that this will remain unobtrusive.

    Folks who are really worried about readers running into these ads may want to add a note on their About page (or somewhere similar) explaining the situation.

    #89845

    timethief
    Member

    @dirkgently
    Perhaps I was confused but I thought what I first saw when I clicked on your username was a black blog so I was surprised to see the change and wondered if there was some kind of technical glitch, that’s all. :)

    #89846

    drmike
    Member

    I’ve now seen them a total of seven times. And we all know how often I’m around.

    #89847

    dirkgently
    Member

    Timethief, K gotcha..it was just a template change. I tried a few on for size and decided on one. I guess you looked before it was decided. no probs. I did have a look through IE, and noticed subtle ad’s in a few blogs, I guess that’s the ratio. For a free host it’s not too bad I suppose although I’ve been checking out other blogging software and it appears there may be better options with potential for the blogger doing the work to make money from their work…as well as having the same level of control or more than with WordPress. I’ll be testing a few out on my PC and will blog my findings.

    #89848

    wank
    Member

    I removed the link to my WPMu setup. Matt has asked/ told me not to promote it so I would rather that it not be.

    oops, sorry. I had a feeling there must be a directory somewhere, and would have linked that instead if I had found it ;)

    I can totally see why Matt doesn’t want The Site That Must Not Be Named mentioned here though, feature-wise it looks better than this place. Are we allowed to mention the existence of any other MU hosts, or are we required to pretend that self-hosting through one of WP’s affiliate hosting providers is the only other option?

    #89849

    drmike
    Member

    The Site That Must Not Be Named

    *chuckle* Have to remember that one…

    I’m just pointing folks to Andrew’s list when we get the “I’m leaving since I don’t have ‘x’ feature” posts. I made it a sticky over on the WPMu forums so I could find the link quickly oveer there.

    For self-hosting, I really don’t know. Usually someone else points out the list over at wp.org. I do note that I don’t like any of those hosts for one reason or another but there’s some serious cash to be made off of those affliate links. Also it would be a conflict of interest for me to suggest a hosting company.

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