unwanted attachment to blog post
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. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/ Many also do not read the advertising entry in the support documents http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/ 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.
I just had this happen, too, and then saw the same Aniston video on another blog as well. (It has since disappeared from both blogs, but, as you note, the author of the blog may never know if it reappears.
I’ve read the ToS. I don’t believe this sharethrough item to be a legitimate ad. Rather, it’s an enormously offensive and inappropriate (the image at the beginning of the ad is a very pregnant, bare-bellied Aniston swigging from a water bottle). Aside from seeing it on my own post, which was a poetry and travel post, the other post on which it appeared was a poetry post featuring poetry by a Holocaust survivor. It should not be necessary to be forced into an upgrade to avoid disgusting content like this. Is it possible to report this to WordPress for review of their policy and perhaps ad quality control?
It is a legitimate big budget ad.
You have a several choices – no ads upgrade – you can always write the company that sponsors the ad and complain – sometimes that works – grump that you will never buy their product –
Or you can turn your computer off …. and your television since people have reported seeing it there also.
Well, I can see there’s an underlying difference here on the propriety of the ad. I do see your points, but I would like to convey a concern to WordPress with regard to the ads they accept. Without getting into a personalized battle over this, can someone advise whether there’s a way to do this?
Sure. You can take a screenshot of the “offensive” ad and upload it to your Media Library where Staff can eyeball it.
Here’s the link for how to take a screenshot but as the Smart Water ad displays on TV throughout North America and is a viral video I sincerely doubt that they need a screenshot in order to know what’s being referred to.
Timethief, I appreciate your response. I am sorry if I offended you. I do understand what you’re saying about the issue of “offensiveness.” On reviewing the responses, I think the best word is inappropriate to a blog’s content. (I don’t watch TV, and it’s actually the ads that drove me away, just as an aside.) I also appreciate that WordPress needs to finance the free blogs, and have no objection to that as a general matter. Thanks for responding, and I hope we can still be on friendly terms. You’ve been quite helpful in the past.
I’m not in the least offended. We all drink water and I’m guessing that’s at least one keyword for the Smart Water ad. I rarely watch TV either and of course this exchange has had no effect at all on the terms we are on. Long may you blog!
Thanks so much. I realized when I read the comments that I vastly overstated my case. As you may be able to tell, I’m an “oldster,” as are many of my readers, and the ad came a shock. Long may you blog and whatever else you do, and thank you so much!
I suppose I should be happy that advertising found my obscure little backwater blog, but I just saw the Aniston ad on it today, and frankly, I found the photo offensive. As has been stated, I understand the need for WP to advertise and I did read my ToS before creating my blog. And I don’t think this is porn. That said, I’m disappointed that WP would use it on their sites. I’ve found WP to a classy operation all around, and one I’m very grateful for, and this just doesn’t seem up to their standards.
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