Ecopressed, Shaking Ads & Other Animated Ads

Re: WordPress.com Forum thread
Why is there an ad on my .com blog

I always see the ads on all recent posts of http://etcjournal.com – a free WP blog, when I am not signed in, and I do not get there via a search engine but directly. They vary with time, but there is always one at the bottom of each post. And some are obnoxiously big and shaking: see video capture in http://youtube.com/watch?v=k94dp43ZMZc

calmansi
Member
Sep 26, 2011, 7:04 PM

I cleared my cache and cookies, turned off my AdBlocker and then I logged out and restarted my computer. I visited the site referred to above and went to the end of every post on the front page of the blog. There I captured the advertizing on this free hosted WordPress.com blog at actual size, exactly as they displayed at the end of the posts on the front page of http://etcjournal.com

11 thoughts on “Ecopressed, Shaking Ads & Other Animated Ads

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        • The cause of your browser freezing may be one of the following. How are you connecting to the internet and to WordPress.com? The way you connect to the internet (mobile, satellite, DSL, dial-up) and to your blog, and how many proxy server jumps etc. it takes to connect can cause problems. There maybe be problems with your ISP and/or with the proxy servers.

          Are you using http:// or https:// see http://en.support.wordpress.com/https/

          Which browser and version of it are you using? Have your tried clearing your browser cache and cookies? http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clear-your-cache-and-cookies

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          Do you have third party cookies enabled? Do you have another browser you can try?

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  2. More evidence, as if we needed it, that there is no free lunch. It’s so galling to think ads like that can get tacked onto one’s blog– it’s like someone dumping toxic waste in your nice clean pond! : (

    • These are the ads that WordPress.com is running on the blog in question. 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 many bloggers do 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.

      In a nutshell no blogger initiated advertising, retailing or reselling the work created or services provided by anyone other than yourself is allowed on free hosted wordpress.COM blogs. E-commerce transactions via shopping carts and the like cannot be conducted on free blogs from and being free hosted by wordpress.COM

      The advertising exceptions noted in support documentation are for high traffic blogs that qualify for and are accepted into the Ad Control program, and for extremely high traffic blogs that qualify and are accepted into the paid VIP hosting program.

      Reference links:
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/suspended-blogs/
      http://wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/
      http://vip.wordpress.com/
      http://en.wordpress.com/tos/

      • Thanks for the links. I knew that wp ran ads but didn’t know they were google adsense. (I usually associate GA with the “ugly” text links where people try to make them look like part of their website.) I thought maybe WP had their own ad department. So I guess google decides which ads are on our blogs?! I wonder if WP tells gives google size and content guidelines to follow though?

        • WordPress.com states in support documentation that they use Google Adsense and slimlinks ads. They are subject to the same specs that any othe Google Adsense users are subject to. If WordPress.com has an ad department then we users have not been made aware of it but I do assume some Staff must be assigned to that function.

          I checked into the various other pop-op ads appearing on y\our blogs and reported what I found here > WordPress.com Partnerships: Popping Up All Over

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