Unacceptable Spamming BY WordPress
Thirty dollars a year? Are you serious?
OOPS! I was so upset I typed the opposite of what I meant to type above. I meant to type:
I just moved a blog back onto free hosting and now I’m considering moving two off.
Yes, I am serious. See here > http://www.asmallorange.com/hosting/shared/
Buy a year, get 2 months free! Choose an annual payment plan and you’ll get a two-month discount. ie. $50. per year.
So for $50. per year I can get web hosting at ASO and edit my theme without purchasing a CSS upgrade. I get total control over my site.
No Ads is a paid upgrade that costs $29.97 per blog, per year.
Custom CSS is a paid upgrade that costs $14.97 per blog, per year.
Total = $44.94
Yes, but you MUST also purchase a domain name, so add in the $10 or whatever. Still, that’s impressive and I know you’ve been happy with them.
The domain name and domain mapping cost the same and I pay wordpress.com for them whether I self host or leave the blogs here on self-hosting. That’s why I did not add them in my calculations above.
**headesk** EDIT: Second to last sentence above > “self-hosting” was meant to be free hosting. Can you tell I’m having a bad vision day?
Well at least they haven’t gone as far as Live Journal a couple years ago when I tested it out and found Russian online dating service ads (complete with low-cut red dresses and cleavage) on my test blog. I wonder if my test blog is even still there?
I’ve sent the image of the ads to the BBQTT and asked if this qualifies as “discreet” in his opinion. I’ll let everyone know what he says.
Thanks. I’ll be watching.
@thesacredpath: Thanks – not sure what BBQTT is but maybe I’d like to hear what they have to say. :) I’ve sent everything I said here to support as well as to the advertising branch and have yet to receive any reply.
@timethief: If you are answering questions for them on their support forum and paying them for the priviledge, I think you are being USED. Let them hire someone – they’re obviously making a bundle by spamming everyone’s blogs like they are. I didn’t realize WordPress was this slimy. Now I regret recommending it. You seem to have a blog devoted to blogging, so I hope you’ll bring attention to this deceptive abuse of users’ blogs. Help make people aware and they’ll be pressured to stop such practices. Your blog seems well-poised to blow the story open.
The hosting alternatives are interesting – may look into them as I have free developer hosting. But I can’t say I’m in love with WordPress’s editor, etc., and now that I see they are part of the spam problem on the internet, I’m more inclined to shop elsewhere.
BBQTT is Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress/AutoMATTic head honcho. BBQTT is an acronym for barbecue taste tester.
But I can’t say I’m in love with WordPress’s editor, etc., and now that I see they are part of the spam problem on the internet, I’m more inclined to shop elsewhere.
If you self-host, there are no ads unless you put them on their yourself. As far as the editor goes, once you self-host you can use the TinyMCE Advanced plugin and have the complete editor with tables, fonts, font sizes, and a ton of other things.
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.
igurublog, regarding the ad in your sidebar, we’re pretty sure that’s a bug, or at the very least an oversight, and we’re looking into a fix for it.
@macmanx: Thank you – I will appreciate your fixing the duplicated and ostentatious nature of these ads on my blog.
A few suggestions:
I would really like it to say “Advertisements” or “WordPress Advertisements” or just “Ads”, and I think readers would as well. Having annoyed readers clicking on spam doesn’t help you or anyone. “PopPressed Radar” is merely confusing and misleading. Readers appreciate honest advertising and will be more inclined to buy the products if they feel you aren’t trying to trick or mislead them.
Image ads on a text-only post are completely distracting. It should at least have an option to make them text only. Google made billions with clean, simple, one-line, text-only ads, because they did research and know this works from many angles.
Bloggers should see exactly what their blog looks like to their readers. I do not believe you should hide things when the blog owner is logged in, so we have to go to other extremes just to see what our blog really looks like. What I see and what readers see is currently a HUGE difference, visually and in content.
> As far as the editor goes, once you self-host you can use the TinyMCE Advanced plugin and have the complete editor with tables, fonts, font sizes, and a ton of other things.
I mostly write my HTML raw. What annoys me most about the editor is its lack of height. But I’ve never looked into alternatives, so thanks for the tip.
I use adblock. I never see ads, and if an occasional ad slips through I just zap it and never see it again. About a month ago I decided to turned it off for a day and was blown away by all the ads on the sites I visited. I lasted 30 minutes before activating it again. I simply do not want the visual noise.
According to Mozilla.org, adblock plus has been downloaded 118,911,096 times and average daily users range from 8 to 13 million each day and the trend line is definitely pointing up.
The height of the editor area can be increased by going to settings > writing in your dashboard and increase the number of lines to show (it is right at the top).
What annoys me most about the editor is its lack of height.
Easily fixed! Dashboard>Settings>Writing>Size of the post box __ lines. Make it whatever suits you.
@thesacredpath: Thanks for the editor lines tip! Never noticed that.
Adblock and NoScript are great given the trends in ads. Personally, I use NoScript plus a hosts file that blocks most of the ad IP addresses. This kind of noisy advertising helps no one. A nice clean, clearly labeled section for some text ads would be more effective.
I certainly don’t want my blog looking like the sites you describe – I deliberately chose an uncluttered layout with a minimum of distractions. There is no need for huge gawdy image ads on my site – any ad will be visible and stand out.
I’m definitely with you on this. The screenshot you took is seriously unacceptable, and the poppress stuff is too. It all really makes things look cheap and spammy.
I think adding some sort of ad notice would be great, and I’ll definitely pass that along.
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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