Inappropriate Ads

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  • #2413250

    My readers tell me that some of the ads they see at the bottom of my blog are inappropriate. I don’t see any ads on my page, even when I’m logged out of wordpress, so I can’t show you an image, but the latest one was described to me this way: “There were four ads, in a block, all pictures of big chests and small bras, except for one. In it, there was a bride in her bridal gown, and four bridesmaids, all with their backs to the camera, but faces turned to the camera looking over their shoulders. Bride was okay, but the four others had their dresses pulled up showing that they didn’t have on underwear.”

    I have no idea what these images were advertising, but they have nothing to do with the content of my blog and are completely inappropriate for my readers. What can be done to regulate the types of ads displayed on my site? I know I can avoid them altogether by paying for a different version of wordpress, but I shouldn’t have to pay just to safeguard my readers from inappropriate content.

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

    #2413355

    timethief
    Member

    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. If the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts then provided you see this small About These Ads link what you are seeing is WordPress.com generated advertising. http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    Any other ads appearing to you are not placed by WordPress.com. If you see any other ads then you could have an issue on your browser or computer. Unfortunately they can be being placed there by software on your own computer or your visitors’. Such ads are sometimes caused by malware or a virus, but more often it is due to a browser extension or adware found in some games and shopping sites and toolbars that may have been installed in a browser.

    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/
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/09/14/bloggers-beware-of-adware/

    #2413356

    timethief
    Member

    Will you provide a screenshot for Staff please? I’ll tag this thread for their attention. You can use http://snag.gy/ to share screenshots and link to them here. If you use the WordPress.com guide for screenshots http://en.support.wordpress.com/make-a-screenshot/ you can and upload it to your Media Library, and return to this thread to provide the file name so Staff can examine it.

    #2413357

    I can’t provide a screenshot because I can’t see the ads. I’m only being told about them from my readers. I’ll try to get a picture from one of them.

    #2413358

    timethief
    Member

    We cannot see ads when we are logged into WordPress.COM. Log out, clear your browser cache https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-your-browser-cache and cookies https://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-wordpress-com-cookies, and then visit your site without logging in to get a screenshot.

    #2413362

    I still didn’t see any ads even after doing those things. Neither my husband nor I can replicate the problem on our computers, so it may be an issue of adware on the readers’ computers.

    #2413363

    timethief
    Member

    Maybe it is.

    #2413381

    macmanx
    Staff

    Are you running an ad blocker? If you aren’t, and you’re logged out of WordPress.com, and you still don’t see ads on your site, it’s likely just adware on the reporter’s computer.

    #2413384

    auxclass
    Member

    Have your readers look for the “About these ads” link by the ad –

    or if they could do a screen shot of the page with the ads and send it to you – would help also

    #2413385

    I appreciate everyone’s feedback. I found a similar block of ads on my friend’s blog just now and sent the screenshot to support@wordpress.com.

    #2413387

    timethief
    Member

    macmanx is Staff and he is already posting into this thread.

    #2413388

    macmanx
    Staff

    Thanks, I’ll reply to the email.

    #2413389

    timethief
    Member

    @macmanx
    Thank you. :)

    #2413390

    Thanks!

    #2413392

    macmanx
    Staff

    You’re welcome!

    Please let us know if you need any further assistance!

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