eBay Ads Covering Embedded YouTube Videos

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  • #1229968

    wspaniel
    Member

    There are “Great Deals on eBay” advertisements appearing on embedded YouTube videos. They cannot be closed and they interfere with viewing. What are they?

    I checked the HTML code, and there’s nothing there. I thought it might be YouTube, but they don’t appear on the same embedded YouTube videos on a different website. Help?

    See here: http://wjspaniel.wordpress.com/pscir106/

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

    #1230142

    They are advertising that WordPress.com is trying out and I tagged this thread for a Staff follow-up. Please subscribe to it so you are notified when they respond.

    Got an email from support from Jackie [WordPress.com Staff]. Email exact statement:

    The blue Ebay button is in fact a new ad we are testing out. We are still working out the kinks in terms of placement.

    That was my problem, the ad was so high up it was actually interfering with covering some of words up. I was very appreciative for the update from WordPress support. And for also finally fixing my forums account. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/new-deals-on-ebay?replies=7

    There is no way to control what advertising appears on your blog, but you can purchase a No-Ads upgrade that’s renewable annually and it removes all advertising from your blog. I did that for both of my blogs so there is nothing distasteful posted on them.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    #1230151

    wspaniel
    Member

    Thanks for the reply.

    WordPress staff: This type of advertisement is unacceptable. It literally covers up content! The user can’t exit it either. Flat awful. Ugh.

    #1230159

    Not to worry as I’m pretty sure Staff will respond to your feedback. I suggest you take a screenshot, upload it to your Media Library, and return to this thread to provide the file name so Staff can examine it.

    #1230167

    macmanx
    Staff

    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: http://store.wordpress.com/premium-upgrades/ad-free/

    #1230169

    @macmanx
    The only reason I tagged this thread was this.

    They cannot be closed and they interfere with viewing.

    #1230170

    wspaniel
    Member

    There is a substantial difference between “we’re going to run ads in sensible places” and “we’re going to run ads that interfere with the reader’s ability to consume content…unless you want to pay us!”

    If this stays, I’m going to migrate to a different provider–one that also allows for ads in the ToS but has the good sense to put them in intelligent places.

    Seriously, this is stupid. Look at where the advertisements are placed! Ugly.

    #1230171

    @wspaniel
    Buy the upgrade (she whispered) and gain control over what’s displayed on your blog.

    #1230207

    raincoaster
    Member

    Or, if you have a custom domain, apply for WordAds. I did and now there is only ONE ad on my blog at any given time, and it’s free.

    #1230299

    cloudusa
    Member

    Wow. :/ *subscribing to thread*

    #1230330

    I had the understanding that the ads would not be visible to those of us logged into WordPress.com. These huge blue banner ads on the videos are very visible, don’t go away during the viewing of the video and if there are more than one video on the blog post, all the videos have this ad on them.

    My concern is that the placement of the ads within the blog post appears that I’m gaining from the ads.

    #1230331

    wspaniel
    Member

    My concern is that the placement of the ads within the blog post appears that I’m gaining from the ads.

    This is a good point. I felt obligated to notify my students “it’s me, it’s not them, it’s stupid, it sucks, and I will use a different site next semester if they don’t change it.”

    #1230334

    This is ridiculous. Every new blog post with a video has the ads on them. What happened to “We try hard to only run them in limited places.“? I have one blog post with 4 videos and every single one has an ad on it.

    Again, why are those of us logged into WordPress.com seeing these ads?

    Again, why are the ads within our blog posts? They used to be located at the bottom so not to appear to be from the individual blogger.

    If this continues, I may be posting far fewer videos and for my blog that will not work very well.

    Why run ads only on video posts?

    #1230335

    longzijun
    Member

    Yes, the new video ads are objectionable. As people have stated already:
    a) They cover up content
    b) They cannot be closed
    c) They can end up all over the page (I now have 15 e-bay ads on one page) and are viewable to logged-in readers, which goes against the stated policy (“We only run them in limited places, and we do not show ads to logged-in readers”) (http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/)
    d) The placement (on top of the content) suggests the blog owner is profiting

    Though I can purchase a no-ads upgrade, it is on a per blog basis, so I would need to spend a couple of hundred dollars to take care of my personal and work-related (education) blogs.

    #1230342

    Is this the best way to complain about these ads? Should I write to Support instead?

    Just looked through the last month and a half of blog posts with videos and found ads on 52 of them. This is not infrequent. Only a couple of posts with videos did not have the ads.

    Also checked some very old blog posts and they have ads on them, too.

    #1230343

    longzijun
    Member

    Hi dandelionsalad, I was also complaining in this thread and found today that the eBay ads on my site are gone (temporarily? permanently? regionally?). I just looked at your page (logged in and not logged in) and your ads seem to be gone as well. You said you just saw them, so maybe they are only appearing in certain regions (I am in Asia).

    In any case, it seems that wordpress staff are responding to the issues raised in this thread.

    #1230344

    Thanks, longzijun. Unfortunately the ads are still there on most of the newer video blog posts.

    For example, this blog post has 2 videos and both have the ads on them.
    http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/cispa-worse-than-the-patriot-act-cispa-internet-blackout-april-22/

    #1230345

    I went to your blog and unfortunately I do see the ads on your posts, too.

    #1230346

    groupieblog
    Member

    The ebay add on video’s in my blog https://groupieblog.wordpress.com/ is:
    – really annoying
    – slowing down the loading of site and pages
    – causing problems with flash plugin Chrome and even crashes Chrome sometimes
    – causes problems when editing an older post with video’s

    #1230353

    musicdoc1
    Member

    doc of Songbook votes NAY. I’ve got the ad “Get today’s best eBay deals!” on apparently every embedded video, that’s thousands by the way, on my site. Bad idea. Don’t want it. Hate it.

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