unwanted ads and links

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  • #1164993

    There has been ads and innappropriate links added to my sight that I have not created. We want all ads removed from the site and within the document that keep popping up.

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

    #1165077

    All of WordPress.com ads are family-friendly. If you feel an ad is inappropriate please take a screenshot of it, upload it via Media -> Add New to your Media Library. Then return to this thread to post the file name to let Staff them know it’s there for them to view.

    Also note to eliminate all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs we can purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    #1165078

    If the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts, provided you see this small About These Ads link, then what you are seeing is WordPress.com generated advertising.

    WordPress.com does not use text enhance or text link ads or pop-up ads or links in comments. If you are seeing those then that’s a browser-ad-on issue, or in some cases, it’s embedded into free games downloaded from the internet. See here: Bloggers: Beware of Adware.

    If what you are seeing whenever you save or update a post or page is an automatically added code/script block at the end of posts and pages that you can’t delete then see here: Malware Targets Macs and Windows PCs

    #1165157

    mbnilsson
    Member

    I’m not at all keen on the ads that I found on my blog with revolving photos of women in low cut dresses or short shorts and the tagline of “Does she deserve a hug?” and then you are supposed to click on a button that says “yes” or “no” (but this is all in Swedish probably because that is where I am located an my blog is largely about Sweden). At any rate, this is NOT the kind of “advertising” I appreciate on my blog. Of course I can purchase the no ads upgrade, but that aside, these ads are not ok. I did what thistimethisspace suggested and saved a screenshot of the ad to my media library. The blog I am referring to is semiswede.com.

    #1165158

    raincoaster
    Member

    Do the rest of what she suggested and disable the browser add-ons that are probably causing this.

    #1165159

    mbnilsson
    Member

    Of course I can do those things, but it appears to be a wordpress ad since it has the About these ads link. So it needs to be looked into and that is why I posted it.

    #1165160

    raincoaster
    Member

    Ah, thanks for that; yes, that means it’s a wordpress.com ad. I’ll flag this for staff to check out, since they DO weed out obnoxious ads from time to time.

    #1165161

    macmanx
    Staff

    We do occasionally run ads in order to keep free services free. However ads of the nature you describe are not permitted in our advertiser’s network.

    I did not see that ad when visiting the site. If you do see an offensive ad again, please make a screenshot and attach it to a reply to this message. We take this very seriously.

    Here’s how to make a screenshot:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/make-a-screenshot/

    Please note that it’s possible for ads to appear in your browser that were not placed there by WordPress.com. These ads are sometimes caused by malware or a virus, but more often it is due to a browser extension or toolbar that you may have installed in your browser.

    These sites have further explanation and suggestions for eliminating the ads:
    http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/09/14/bloggers-beware-of-adware/
    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/

    I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    #1165162

    macmanx
    Staff

    Sorry, I re-read your comment and noticed that you did provide a screenshot. I have reported the ad to our provider.

    Would you be able to tell us the URL of the ad too? Just right-click the ad and copy the link. This will help us to expedite its removal.

    #1165163

    mbnilsson
    Member

    Thanks for the replies and for looking into it. Fortunately I haven’t seen the ad again, but unfortunately that means I can’t capture the URL. In fact, there aren’t any ads on my site now. Not sure why that is, but of course that is just fine with me. :)

    #1165164

    macmanx
    Staff

    Not a problem, I’m sure they can track it down from a screenshot. :)

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