I understand and accept the need to have adverts on my WordPress.com blog. I am aware that I can pay so my readers don't have to see them.
However, I think WordPress should re-evaluate whoever it is they have providing these ads. A reader today complained to me that an ad at the bottom of a recent post was a GIF that looked like a playable video. He claims that it went directly to an EXE download.
Having ads may be a necessary evil, but that doesn't mean that the adverts themselves have to be evil. I've since browsed around a bit using a different browser, and the other adverts don's seem much better: 'Win an Apple product'; 'Whiten teeth'; 'Fight fat'; Fake download and play buttons, etc.
I guess my questions are:
- Will WordPress.com please improve its standards for what ads it places?
- Can adverts be placed in a way that properly identifies them as adverts?
Some of these look like they are a part of my posts. Just having the word 'Advertisement' above would be enough.
For one, I would prefer more people see relevant text ads more often, than have a few see these unethical horrors.
In the meantime, I'll be ending all my blog posts with
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