Josna Rege

Got Ads?

In Notes on October 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm

It has come to my attention that WordPress is now running ads on its blogs, although apparently they are not on all the pages or seen by all readers. They come through Google’s Adsense and are “targeted contextually,” which means that an ad next to a given story is likely to be related in some way to the subject matter of the story. From now on, WordPress bloggers will have to pay if they want to insure that their blogs will be completely ad-free.

I just visited my blog as if I were a stranger and did in fact find a rather jarring ad below one of my stories. Please let me know what your experience has been—whether you have encountered any ads while reading my blog, and whether you have found them intrusive or offensive. I am seriously considering paying for the ad-free upgrade or transferring  to another site.

Thank you for your feedback.

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  1. I don’t see any ads at all.
    For what it’s worth, I am looking at your blog on a Mac via the Safari browser.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Mary. It shouldn’t matter which browser or brand of computer you’re using, I wouldn’t think. They said something strange on the WordPress Support site: more regular readers of the blog would see fewer ads. I supposed its all programmed. Perhaps that would explain why I saw an ad when I logged in as a stranger. I guess I’ll reserve judgment and wait to see whether other readers have a different experience or whether anyone comes across anything offensive. (I do hope not.)

  2. So far I have noticed NO ads. Maybe I am deeply engaged in your wonderful stories to notice…

    By the way, I am reading this on a PC using Firefox browser.

  3. I haven’t seen any ads at all. I would have noticed, too, because I find them very irritating on Steven’s computer. Mine is a Mac, which has less problems all round, including less viruses.

  4. Thank you, all. It’s a relief to hear that any ads on the site are few and far between, and perhaps—as suggested by WordPress—being restricted to occasional visitors rather than regular readers. When you click on it, the Clustrmaps world map at the bottom of my homepage does carry advertising, but at the moment anyway they are running innocuous tea and coffee ads, thanks to my latest post! J

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