Unsolicited Advertising

I am aware that WordPress uses content appropriate text only advertising on blogs where the owner has elected to go with the free ‘no frills’ version.  I appreciate that this is how revenue is raised to keep the service free. I believe the advertisements are supposed to appear where the blog is generating traffic of a level high enough to warrant their use.

Imagine my surprise when I used a different browser from normal and without logging into WordPress first,  to show someone the blog on which I was working.  There on the front page – taking nearly half the screen space –  was a pair of video advertisements with most inappropriate half clothed women on show. This was something I didn’t find in the least “content appropriate”  nor was it at all suitable when I was planning on using this blog as demonstration example at a forthcoming workshop on social media!

I am not interested, at this stage, in site traffic so have not put any energy into promoting the blog.  I am still uploading content that will appear as fixed pages rather than working on a series of regular posts. The blog itself barely rates a blip on the radar when it comes to viewing stats – yet this style of advertising rates alongside unsolicited emails (and comments) promoting Viagra, penis enlargement and sexually explicit dating services! The built in comments spam filter Akismet removes this sort of crap yet apparently someone thinks its ok for unsolicited sexually explicit video ads.

Not happy, Jan!

I am just cross with myself for not thinking quickly enough to take a screen shot so the matter could be effectively reported.  I am now considering investing in the $30 per year ad free version on offer – that was, until I read WordPress’ advertising policy again. The phrase “TEXT ONLY” leapt out at me. These advertisements on my blog were full colour picture /video adverts….way outside the parameters of the WordPress policy, it seems. I don’t believe what appeared on my blog was within the terms and therefore I shouldn’t have to pay to remove something that shouldn’t be there in the first place!

Going away now to consider the next move.



Author: Robbie

There's a whole new direction to the creative pursuits undertaken by Robbie - writing, photography, genealogy, gardening and, just because she can, a return to study at university. Still dabbling in textiles, volunteering, tutoring and solving the design dilemmas of her students.

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