How to get rid of "poppressed"

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  • #586802

    How about those of us who actually paid for our sites and are being spammed by ‘poppressed’? I signed up 6 days ago and paid $25US for my .com blog. Had I known about this, I would’ve purchased my domain and host from another cheaper provider (being cheaper than the $55 you now expect me to pay). Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure hiding a term like this at the bottom of the page qualifies as misleading and deceptive conduct. In Australia, you must clearly bring any financial terms to the party’s attention prior to entering into the contract. Don’t be surprised if you have a legal suit brought against you from paying customers. Not happy at all!!

    #586803

    prscareer
    Member

    @ausblackletter: wow, that really is too much.

    i’m sure they didn’t give us much of a heads up because they knew they might get an uprising like facebook did when they went too far. for sure they would get many, many people quitting wordpress.

    speaking of which: blogger has no ads at all. and it’s still all free. themes may be tackier, but the wordpress “visual” ads are over the top tacky, especially their placement at the bottom of each individual post, because they look like we, the bloggers, put them there.

    bad, bad, bad for bloggers, wordpress, and therefore bad, bad, bad for wordpress business.

    #586804

    igurublog
    Member

    This “On the PopPressed Radar” is horrible – right in the middle of the pages with images and links completely unrelated to my blog. This is very cluttered distraction and prevents wordpress users from controlling the appearance of their blogs. If this continues I will drop wordpress.

    #586805

    arkiehinny
    Member

    I’m ticked off about this. I had a poster come in to comment on my blog, and she contacted me, very upset ,that one of the ‘PopPressed’ links had profanity and links to ‘suggestive’ pictures. In no way do I want this on my Lyme Disease Website!

    I paid $25 for the .com name thru Word Press. I don’t want that stuff on my site!!!

    #586806

    timethief
    Member

    @arkiehinny
    When we pay for a domain and domain mapping as I did for both of my blogs that’s all we get. There are no “perks” as our blogs are still on free hosting.

    Before Upgrading – Important Notes
    Same Rules Apply – The Domain Mapping Upgrade does not enable the permission to use advertising, any kind of prohibited code, or upload additional themes or plugins. With the upgrade, your blog will still be hosted here at WordPress.com, which means that you will not have FTP access to your files and you will still be required to abide by our Terms of Service. http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    #586807

    arkiehinny
    Member

    Nearly $30 yearly to ‘purchase’ NO-ADs for my site? good grief….A site I bought and paid for the domain name thru WordPress? They’ve gotta be kidding, this is unreal.

    I don’t want other’s blogs with inappropriate language and partially nude people on my site. That is what PopPress has put on my site…it also contains profanity. I just don’t want his. If they dont’ remove it, I’m gone.

    #586808

    arkiehinny
    Member

    Timethief: It may be better for me to just pay for the NO-AD thing than to go to a completely different host, having to transfer the domain name, etc. Whatever is involved, I don’t know, I’ve never had my own domain name until now. Can I just move it to another host? I hate to do it……WP has excellent web designs.

    #586809

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Please take this up directly with WordPress.com Support. The more people who contact Support over the number/placement/gaudiness of the PopPressed ads, the better the chance it will get some attention. http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    #586810

    timethief
    Member

    @arkiehinny
    Yes you can move your blog content to a self-hosted wordpress.org install and have total control over it and edit your theme to your heart’s content. However, you do need to have the skillsets to maintain that self hosted install. Please see here to get a clear idea of what’s involved. > http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2010/11/06/setting-up-a-self-hosted-wordpress-org-install/
    See also > http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#moving-to-wordpress-org

    #586811

    arkiehinny
    Member

    timethief:
    Sounds all too complicated for me. I’ll figure something out…for now, I’ve still got a nice, crisp site….with just 3 tacky looking PopPress blocks on on one page. Let’s hope it doesn’t get any more cluttered.

    Appreciate the infor!

    #586812

    raincoaster
    Member

    Going self-hosted is going to be significantly more expensive than $30. In fact, it’s probably more expensive than ANY combination of upgrades here.

    #586813

    From the WordPress.com TOS, # 2, bullet point 5:

    the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);

    I had previously warned some of my Authors about violating this provision. With WordPress.com now doing this exact thing themselves while we don’t, I now feel like a rube at a carnival game. But at least a forthright, consistent rube.

    (Looks like timethief is not passing up the opportunity to get in a little self-dealing blog advertising herself just above. Just helping out, of course.)

    Despite what is claimed about when WordPress.com ads began running, no ads of any sort were run on my blog for the two years it was online prior to 2010. I would not have invested the time I have now invested had this situation been in place.

    Say what you will, this doesn’t even look to outsiders like advertising. It looks like panhandling.

    And as it continues and gets worse, people will begin to ask themselves, “Really, if I have to put up with this now, why am I even bothering with a WordPress.com blog at all? I could just as easily be where everyone is going anyway – Facebook.”

    When in doubt about how to stand out from the clutter as head and shoulders above your competition…never fail to make yourself as indistinguishable from your competition as possible.

    #586814

    timethief
    Member

    @alexandriablog
    I looked into what was being reported and blogged it. I’m not happy about this either. I don’t know if you have read this or not > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unacceptable-spamming-by-wordpress?replies=23#post-592915

    #586815

    raincoaster
    Member

    TT is a lot of things, but a conniving spammer? No. I know you’re upset but that doesn’t justify random attacks on people who simply post helpful information.

    Like I said earlier, if you want staff to know how you feel, tell them. Posting in this forum is taking away from the time you could spend making their lives miserable until they fix this.

    #586816

    @raincoaster,

    How would you know whether I am upset or not? I believe you may just be assuming that, just as you are gratuitously mischaracterizing my observation.

    By the way, here are the actual costs of the “Top Ten Web Hosting Services 2011”

    http://www.consumer-rankings.com/hosting/

    #586817

    The bottom line for me is that this is bad for WordPress and it’s paying customers. The ads are tacky, inappropriate and look like spam. I can’t believe WordPress is making enough money off these ads to justify the damage it is doing to the goodwill of its users.

    #586818

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Despite what is claimed about when WordPress.com ads began running, no ads of any sort were run on my blog for the two years it was online prior to 2010. I would not have invested the time I have now invested had this situation been in place.

    @alexandriablog-You cannot assume that there were no ads on your blog just because you may never have seen them, as they only appear under certain circumstances. http://tpvswp.wordpress.com/2008/08/06/is-there-really-no-adsense-on-wordpress-com/

    #586819

    macmanx
    Staff

    To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements. In regards to the PopPressed advertisements, we hear you, and we’re working to make it better.

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to close this topic down before it gets out of hand like similar topics, as that will just take time away from us focusing on the fix.

    Rest-assured, we are working to make the ads display a bit better than they are now.

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