Archive for September, 2013

Advertisements which appear on this blog

September 29, 2013

From time to time, visitors to this blog might find adverts suddenly appearing at the end of a post. They might take the form of a short video or a series of graphics. If you click on one of the graphics you can be taken to another site containing more adverts.

I would like to assure visitors that these adverts are nothing whatsoever to do with me, and I receive no income from them. The Word Press company provide the web space for me to publish the blog, and the adverts are a means of raising money for Word Press so that they can continue to provide their service.

If you look at the top left of the advert you will see, in small blue type “About these ads”. This is a live link and, if you click on it, you will be taken to an announcement about the adverts. I print a copy of it below:

About These Ads

The site you just visited is part of WordPress.com. There are two reasons why you might see ads on a WordPress.com site:

  1. The site is part of the WordAds program and has elected to show ads to earn money from their site.
  2. The site is one of the sites hosted on WordPress.com that has not purchased the No Ads upgrade, and we are running ads to cover the costs of operating the site for the user. We run these types of ads sparingly in an attempt to interfere as little as possible with the experience of reading a site. There’s more info about our approach to ad serving in this blog post.

In both of the above cases, the ad you saw could be coming from a number of ad partners including Sharethrough, Federated Media, or AdSense. The ads change depending on factors like your location and the type of site you are visiting.

If you are a WordPress.com user and you would like to permanently remove all ads from your site, please take a look at our No Ads upgrade.

If you saw an inappropriate ad, please report it to support@wordpress.com. Please include the address of the site (e.g., http://example.wordpress.com), the date/time the ad appeared, and a screenshot of the ad.

As you can see, there are a lot of other live links which will explain some aspects of the adverts. One tells you that I can upgrade my blog site to have no adverts by paying $30 a year. When I started this blog five years ago it was free and advert free also. It’s not that $30 is a huge sum to pay but I prefer to keep finance out of it altogether.

However, if you find any advert which you consider to be offensive or inappropriate you can click on the appropriate live link above and have your say. This has grown into a large blog containing 154 posts so it is quite impossible for me to keep track of every advert, especially as they keep on changing. I just hope that they don’t interfere with your enjoyment of my blog.