WordPress has Ruined My Blogs!

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  • #1258617

    You have basically ruined my blogs with your ADS. Now, “Free Blog” really means “Pay $30 per year.” I will be eliminating some blogs and considering moving elsewhere. VERY DISAPPOINTING, WordPress!!

    The blog I need help with is chighland.com.

    #1258733

    Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    To off-set the costs of providing free hosting to millions of bloggers, 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 the 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.

    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

    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.

    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. WordPress.com does not use text enhance or text link ads or pop-up ads or header ads or sidebar ads or links in comments. If you are seeing those then see here:
    Bloggers: Beware of Adware. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2012/09/14/bloggers-beware-of-adware/
    These sites have further explanation and suggestions for eliminating the ads: 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/

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

    #1258734

    kraftbj
    Staff

    Hi,

    I’m sorry that you feel this way and personally, I understand if you move your blogs elsewhere.

    WordPress.com does provide a great value for a fully-managed WordPress hosting environment, whether you’re using the ad-supported free version or the $30/year “ad-free” version.

    Most web hosts charge starting at $5/month for minimal support and the prices can increase greatly (I’m paying $75/mo and $99/mo for two different hosting accounts for purposes beyond the scope of our conversation!) In addition, you’ll be responsible for the security and updates to the software.

    For the many who don’t need to go beyond what WordPress.com offers (e.g. no ecommerce solution, no need for special plugins, etc), the $30/yr can’t be beat for what WordPress.com provides.

    That said, WordPress.com doesn’t serve everyone’s needs and wish you the best moving forward.

    Cheers!

    #1258743

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Your hosting will most probably cost you more than $30/year. Just my 2¢ worth.

    Ads are shown in very limited places and mostly only to visitors coming through from search engine results. They don’t show up to logged in WordPress.com users, unless the site is running the WordAds program which allows users to earn from ad placement. See here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
    WordAds and Jetpack Ads

    #1258744

    timethief
    Member

    Testing to see if this comment ends up in the spam filter too.

    #1258812

    I think what some of you are ignoring is this fact:
    1. I have never seen an ad on any of my numerous wordpress blogs.
    2. There has never been a notice to me saying there would be ads.
    3. I go to a posting, where I wrote maybe two lines and the whole rest of the page is an ad–and a video! THIS is called “doing business”? As I say, most disappointing.

    #1258821

    timethief
    Member

    You clicked the box with the active link to the Terms of Service beside it that stated you had read the fascinating Terms of Service in order to register a username account and blog(s).

    In doing so you entered a binding legal contract.

    If you did not, in fact read the Terms of Service before ticking the box and stating that you had done so, then you did not practice due diligence.

    Nuff said.

    #1258828

    timethief
    Member

    1. WordPress.com extends the courtesy to all logged in users of not displaying ads when logged in.
    2. The Terms of service states:
    10. Advertisements. Automattic reserves the right to display advertisements on your blog unless you have purchased an Ad-free Upgrade or a VIP Services account. http://en.wordpress.com/tos/
    3. That sounds like it could be a browser related issue. Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    #1258843

    kraftbj
    Staff

    Hi again,

    To give a little context to ads on WordPress.com, here is a post from 2006 when the ads were deployed ad experimentum (for a multilingual pun):
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2006/09/06/on-ads/
    and another from 2008 at the end of the experimental period, when the no ads upgrade was deployed:
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/go-ad-free/

    Automattic’s position on ads is to make them unobtrusive and displayed relatively rarely (especially in light of other free services).

    It sounds like, based on #3, that something is going wrong, either a bug with the setup w/ WordPress or, as timethief, mentioned a browser add-on issue.

    I’ve heard of some browser add-ons injected ads on sites, like WordPress.com, that are viewed often with a set template system. Here’s one for example: http://browsers.about.com/od/addonsplugi2/a/Buzzdock-Ads.htm

    I do appreciate your frustration, though. It must have been jarring to see that, no matter where it originated from.

    #1258845

    timethief
    Member
    #1258849

    kraftbj
    Staff

    @timethief – I do now. When I posted my original response and the next couple of times I looked, no. We can continue this on another thread so we don’t dilute the OP’s issue, but I’m guessing you got caught for too many posts at once?

    I’m not sure about these forums, but the .org ones have an anti-spam check in place if an user posts too many replies too quickly.

    And back to the issue of ads…

    #1258850

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks for your reply.

    #1258851

    timethief
    Member

    We can continue this on another thread so we don’t dilute the OP’s issue

    All the information the OP requires has been posted here > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/wordpress-has-ruined-my-blogs?replies=12#post-1256644

    I am still waiting for the OP to answer my question:
    Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    #1258946

    Ok, folks, take a look at a post and the “ad.” Is this what you think we should accept?
    Freethinker

    By the way, I already PAY for my main page. This is on a “free blog” I link to.
    No matter what is explained initially, this business practice indeed ruins the whole purpose of open blogging.
    (Maybe the advertisers can get their own “free blogs”?!)

    #1258947

    timethief
    Member

    I do not see any ads because as I said above I’m logged into WordPress.com. Please answer my question.

    Do the ads you see are found at the end of blog posts have this link above them? About These Ads http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    #1258948

    timethief
    Member

    By the way, I already PAY for my main page.

    Exactly which upgrade for exactly which URL starting http:// did you purchase from WordPress.com please?

    #1258949

    timethief
    Member

    I logged out and visited http://beyondgod.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/why-i-am-a-freethinker/ There is see a video ad that WordPress.com has placed on the blog. Note the link
    http://en.wordpress.com/about-these-ads/

    The only way to remove all advertising placed by WordPress.com on your blogs is to purchase No-Ads upgrades for each blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    #1258952

    I paid $99 for a “premium” site linked to this.
    What you do not acknowledge is the intrusiveness of the ad!
    I understand the point that ads can appear (though I have never seen one on my blogs until now).
    Taking up a majority of the space on a blog post is over the top.
    Sorry you can’t seem to see that and make this my problem.
    I’m gone now.
    Thanks all.

    #1258955

    paid $99 for a “premium” site linked to this

    Please clarify exactly which blog you purchased the bundle for as the upgrade it applies to only one blog.
    Do you mean this blog linked your username http://www.chighland.com/
    Or do you mean this blog http://beyondgod.wordpress.com

    Note I I tagged this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to it so you are notified when they respond.

    #1258965

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you have a custom domain, apply for WordAds: it means that you only display one ad per page, which is an improvement.

    Note as well that MOST people complaining about obtrusive and inappropriate ads are actually seeing ads from browser malware. There are many browser extensions that sneakily put ads on your blog. If the ad does not say “About These Ads” anywhere, it wasn’t put there by WordPress.

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