Unsuitable adverts on my blog

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  • #750477

    timethief
    Member

    Actually as so many do use ad-blockers on their browsers they don’t need to register a WordPress.com account not to witness ads.
    Example: Adblock Plus for Firefox – 9,437,225 users

    #750478

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    or using firefox with adblock plus

    #750479

    timethief
    Member

    @johnlvs2run
    AdBlock is also the most popular extension for Google Chrome browsers.

    #750480

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    @timethief
    Thank you, however I don’t use google. : )

    #750481

    timethief
    Member

    @johnlvs2run
    Umm … this isn’t about you, right? You are placing a text widget message in your sidebar for your visitors, correct? If you are logged in then you will not see ads on your blog or any other WordPress.com blogs. if your visitors are (1) not registered at WordPress.com and/or they are but (2) aren’t are not logged in then they will see ads.
    The two most popular browsers are Firefox and Chrome and they both have ad-blockers that can be added to them.

    #750482

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    @timethief
    Thank you for your helpful suggestions.

    Any ads (put there by wp, not me), will disappear by using the firefox browser with adblock plus, or by signing on to wordpress.com.

    #750483

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    I see no reason to advertise google, especially since they’re the cause of the ads. Also if google is not working for people, they should probably switch.

    #750484

    timethief
    Member

    I see no reason to advertise google, especially since they’re the cause of the ads.

    I don’t where you get that “especially since they’re the cause of the ads” idea from because it’s not substantiated by the facts.

    (1) Only some of the ads on free hosted WordPress.com are Google Adsense ads. WordPress.com chose to contract with Google Adsense and other advertisers as well.
    (2) The Google Adsense ads aren’t the ads that of the most members who have complained have complained about.

    #750485

    limberation
    Member

    In summary – there is no such thing as a free lunch.

    #750486

    jongleason
    Member

    In summary — if you expect to get a free lunch from someone, you have to eat whatever rubbish they decide to feed you, and if you don’t like it, you’d better be prepared to buy your own.

    But if I’d known to start with that WordPress fed people this kind of rubbish, I’d have probably gone to lunch with someone else….

    #750487

    wank
    Member

    In the early days, users expressed interest in not seeing ads on their own blog, though they didn’t mind running ads to help “pay the bills” for their free blog. In response to that feedback, we hid them from logged in users.

    I was actually here in the early days; they were always hidden from logged-in users and initial user feedback consisted mainly of ‘my readers have told me there are ads on my blog, please give me the option to get rid of them.’ Hiding ads from logged-in users was a smart strategy which substantially reduced user resistance to ads on their blogs, simply because the majority didn’t (and still don’t) realise they were there.

    I think the big problem at the moment is the ongoing refusal to label all advertisements as such. I completely understand that ads are more effective if they can be passed off as user-placed rather than auto-inserted, but it is misleading to stick a video clip at the end of someone’s post with no indication that it is has not been put there by the poster. Regardless of whether users are happy with ads being displayed on their blog, that shouldn’t be happening. Period.

    #750488

    macmanx
    Staff

    We do have some labeled as “Advertisement” right now, but some of the other ad providers involve a little bit more than just slapping a label on it. We’re still actively looking into alternatives for those.

    #750489

    pattpenguin
    Member

    OK. I have a site with kids involved. I have notified WordPress about inappropriate ads. There was a post about hooking up with Ukrainian women just today inserted in the post. HORRIBLE.

    Again, there are kids under 12 coming to the blog. Does this seem right?

    Now, I’m especially concerned because people have been complaining in the forums about inappropriate ads for months. I’m not opposed to WordPress making some money to run their business, but something is broken with the model.

    I should not have to contact you to keep this kind of ad content from appearing in a blog. I knew about the advertising, but I assumed, perhaps incorrectly, WordPress had a way to police itself. I’m not set up to police for you. It’s a simple kid’s blog.

    #750490

    timethief
    Member

    @patpenguin
    If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it and send it to Staff by emailing support@wordpress.com or upload it into your Media Library and contact Staff and let them know it’s there for them to view.

    #750491

    pattpenguin
    Member

    It is inappropriate. Do I really need to send this to WordPress? Why don’t they catch it? I’m concerned that the model for filtering ad content is broken within WordPress.

    I’d like to hear about the process in place, honestly. I feel lucky to have even become aware of it since I just happened to see it on someone else’s compute because the user pointed it out.

    All ad content is screened from me when I’m logged in and it’s a random occurrence. I don’t have the placing capabilities, nor can I do anything in real time.

    A very concerned parent and WordPress user…

    #750492

    timethief
    Member

    Yes you need to send it to Staff, otherwise I would not have posted what I did post above. Frankly, as you have a kids blog I recommend doing what I did ie. purchasing a No-Ads Upgrade and eliminating all ads from your blog.

    #750493

    pattpenguin
    Member

    I did report it. And I’m communicating with them. I’d like to hear from WordPress that my options are “pay them” or face the risk of adult-oriented (and that is a euphemism) ads being place on your kid’s blog occasionally.

    I’m not writing to get lectured on how to report inappropriate content. I’m writing to let others know that this is happening and to discover if WordPress might be taking aggressive steps to stop it.

    All I’m getting now, from here and in email from support, is a canned response to send them a screen shot.

    By the way, I’ve already paid quite a bit for a custom site and domain name ( all for a blog with relatively low traffic). I’m not happy about the prospect of having to move. But I’m not going to support this kind of policy further financially.

    #750494

    timethief
    Member

    I did report it. And I’m communicating with them. … I’m not writing to get lectured on how to report inappropriate content. I’m writing to let others know that this is happening and to discover if WordPress might be taking aggressive steps to stop it.

    It’s good to know that you already contacted Staff as this is a peer support forum where Volunteers answering support questions are expected to tell members how to report issues that only Staff can deal with directly to Staff.

    #750495

    pattpenguin
    Member

    For the curious and concerned about the use of adult advertising on WordPress blogs, I can relay the responses I have received so far from WordPress support via email:

    1. Send a screen shot.
    My Response: I don’t personally monitor my site like this. I only saw it because it was on another machine. I’m not sure how that helps me anyway. I wish I had known about the risk of the adult content appearing in the first place.

    2. They don’t condone this sort of advertising.
    My Response: It’s happening though, and they don’t seem to know it or acknowledge it in the correspondence I have had.

    3. If the user/viewer is from another country, WordPress outsources those ads and definitely requires a screen shot to seek resolution.
    My Response: First, it took place in California. And, huh? It’s still inappropriate to advertise about hooking up with Ukranian women on a kid’s blog regardless of location. Now, I have an even bigger concern. What is being shown outside of the U.S.?

    #750496

    johnlvs2run
    Member

    Patpenguin, thanks for your posts.

    This makes me wonder if all the spam getting by my email filters has been from wordpress.com/.

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