Unwanted advertising at the bottom of post

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  • #746721

    forkandbeans
    Member

    I recently received word that there are strange ads appearing at the bottom of my daily posts. How do I stop these?

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

    #746793

    redcat430
    Member

    This is happening in my blog too: there is a small ‘Babylon’ video at the bottom, but it doesn’t appear when I’m logged as administrator!
    How do I remove and block it?

    #746794

    tandava108
    Member

    I see that you have the same deceptive and obtrusive advert that this WordPress user thought was malware.

    For those who don’t know it is a pop-up that says “Its not a joke, you are the 100.000th visitor of the day – claim your winnings”.

    This is clearly untrue, and many readers will think that you are a malware site. I hope WordPress do someting about this.

    #746795

    I’m having the same issue – some kind of video of Britney Spears or something totally unrelated and inappropriate to the site, ‘writinginsideVT’ – can only see it if not logged in as admin; it says ‘advertisement;’ and there’s no way to eliminate it because it doesn’t show up when you’re logged in and could do anything about it. What to do????

    #746799

    timethief
    Member

    WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read features page, or advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

    Staff have requested that screen shots be sent to them in cases like this. Here’s the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

    #746807

    This reply is not really helpful, though I appreciate that someone read the problem and wanted to help.

    I followed the link and all it did was end up starting a new thread, same topic. Moreover, there is no place/way to upload a screenshot, which I took as suggested. Great idea — that way you can verify that it is most certainly not a WP-sponsored ad.

    Is it possible to approach this another, more direct way, rather than creating ever-increasing numbers of same issue reports???

    #746809

    timethief
    Member

    @womenwritingvt

    there is no place/way to upload a screenshot, which I took as suggested.

    You can post a screen shot in your Media Library and then contact Staff and tell them it is there. They have backend access to blogs and will be able to view it. I also previously flagged this thread for Staff attention.

    #746812

    taylorw
    Member

    I also found a YouTube video from unzipx regarding some marketing announcement apparently geared to Nov. 8 – today. I found it one one post only (thus far). So I am thinking of copying the html, deleting the post, then recreating it; it screws up the sequencing, which in this case is not terrible.

    Of course you can’t see the code for the Ad anywhere in your own post content or html. My guess is that these are randomly placed, so maybe more will start to land in the series of posts over time.

    Since full column-width video embedded images are not exactly subtle visuals, it would be nice to be forewarned by WP that they are initiating such a campaign. Especially since the video in my post looks like it is about to be porn-spam…

    Annoying.

    #746814

    It definitely looks like porn on my site, too, taylorw. . .

    Thanks, Timethief, I’ll upload the screenshot to my library and inform staff. Thanks, too, for letting them know about this issue. BTW — do you mean that WP is starting something new with video ads? If so, could you please say more about that/them???

    Thanks again for your helpful direction.

    #746821

    timethief
    Member

    I ran my browser for 3 weeks with AdBlock Plus and I logged out of WordPress.com and witnessed the ads — some were videos using sexiness as a lure. I have also seen threads here where members are reporting inappropriate videos and other ads too. I have flagged this thread for Staff attention and there’s nothing more I or any Volunteer can do. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/tags/advertising

    #746822

    timethief
    Member

    P.S. Please see what Mark (Staff) has said here about screenshots of ads > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/pool-theme-showing-malware-ads?replies=14#post-739233

    #746827

    macmanx
    Staff

    To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements, and the agreement for this has been in our terms of service since 2006.

    We try hard to only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade: http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    With that said, it doesn’t sound like an ad we want to run, so please send a screenshot with details to support@wordpress.com so we can report it to our ad provider.

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