Ads on the Site

I just read our site without being logged into WordPress and saw a Groupon ad. WTF?!  Can anyone tell me how longs these ads have been here?  Are they bothersome?  We had no idea they were there!




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21 Comments on “Ads on the Site”

  1. May 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Seems like I saw an add a few weeks ago. Can’t recall what for, though. I was going to mention it and then promptly forgot.

    • May 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Probably male lubrication products if they go by Don’s cookies…

      • Don
        May 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

        Or hand cream and man purses if they go by yours! I always assumed that they put ads on the site, because others have them on theirs like I think some of the ads on TDYLF are obnoxious, same for THFB. I assumed they were there, but they didn’t show up for us.

  2. May 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I don’t see any ads, but I have the AdBlock add-on for Chrome.

    • May 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

      I think it’s curious how I didn’t see one until I visited the site without logging in first. Perhaps WordPress doesn’t want us to see them!

  3. May 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I’ve never seen them on your site, but then again I’m always logged in to WordPress when I visit. I have seen them on the mobile version of my site though; you may want to check that out as well. To keep ads off your blog I think you have to pay WP to ensure they don’t show.

    • May 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      Yep, just checked and you have to pay to not have ads on your basic WordPress site. You can see it in your Dashboard under “Upgrades”, $30 a year to remove ads from your blog.

      • May 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

        Yeah, I was aware of that, but I had never seen an ad, so I thought we were too small to bother with. Of course that was a couple of years ago – maybe we are now spam-worthy.

  4. May 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Isn’t there an AdSense plugin you can disable? Or do you run everything through WordPress and have the domain point to their servers?

    • May 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      They host our site for free, so it’s their football.

  5. May 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I saw an ad featuring the Charmin bears a few weeks ago. (I kid, I kid… that isn’t true)

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen ads here. The only concern I’d have with it, if I were you, is that you hadn’t authorized the ads to be there and you aren’t getting income from them being there. Because if your site is going to be turded up with ads (even if it’s something as insignificant as what you’re showing in your screen shot), then you should at least be reimbursed for it.

    • Don
      May 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      They may say that their advertising is what keeps the site and server space free. At least that is what I would say if I were running the show! 😉

    • May 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

      Yeah, it’s part of the deal – they reserve the right to post ads on your site if you take their free hosting. I just didn’t know they had exercised it!

  6. Jon
    May 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    Why the heck aren’t you guys running an independent install of WordPress on a hosted server? (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) That way you have complete control. You can find decent hosting for $5 a month.

    • Don
      May 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      I think it is because Jim is a cheapscate.

      • May 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

        Not a money thing, it’s just a nerd wall I don’t have the time or patience to climb. I could figure it out, but it’d be a PIA. So I’m not cheap, I’m lazy! 🙂

        • Don
          May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

          You’re cheap AND lazy…

  7. May 10, 2011 at 3:22 am #

    Hmmm, I can’t say ads on here ever bothered me or that I even noticed them, but yes, now you mention the fact they are there; not on the home page, but here on the individual article pages, right below the main article and before any comments. Today I see 4 Goooooogle ones, all tailored for me in German too 😦

    As I have a website and not a blog my hosting company gave me the choice of cheaper hosting if I allowed banner ads, something I didn’t want so I chose the more expensive hosting option of around €9 per month. As my traffic grows I am getting more requests from various companies to include their ads on my site and although I have resisted approaches from some very creditable whisky shops, I am fed up with the stupid approaches from others, for example the latest was an invitation to write an article about getting good whisk(e)y in casinos, obviously with a link to a certain casino business, for which I would be “well rewarded”. No thanks! In fact this was the subject of my latest article on my Dram-atics (blog-esque) page “Don’t bug me with ads”.
    At the moment I am proud to remain ad-free even though accepting them would mean all my hosting costs would be paid for and probably some extra too.

    • May 10, 2011 at 3:23 am #

      Adendum: Now that I have posted a comment the ads have disappeared. Is this the same as logging in?

  8. Quinn
    May 10, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    I wouldn’t worry much about it. Most people are so used to being inundated with ads that they don’t even pay attention to them. Also, since your site is freehosted on, it’s pretty understandable. They’re lame if they stop reading because of an ad, here and there.

  9. May 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Not a biggie. I’ve seen that one as well as some Google ads on here from time to time. I’m thinking it helps keep the lights on at WordPress land.

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