A few days ago I noticed something very disturbing happening to some of my select blog posts, they were being defaced in a very subtle way. This defacement seemed to only effect posts of a certain type but not others. Interestingly, none of my older posts featuring police misconduct were subjected to this defacement, only those dealing with “nice” subject matter. I scrolled through many previous posts and inspected about half of them. Of the posts that contained ads, 90% had the offensive ad. I took a snapshot of the ad and proceeded to craft a disclaimer that was to be placed in every post that contained it. I then vowed to communicate my displeasure about the ad, to WordPress. Finally, when resolved either positively or negatively, I would then publish the final outcome. And here it is…
Sorry about these ads at the bottom of some of my posts, folks. I have no control over what WordPress.com puts there.
I was horrified at the latest ad that you see below, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t have anything like that on my blog.
I intend to complain to WordPress tonight about these offensive ads and try to convince them to remove them from my blog posts. I don’t know if there is a way to do this but I’ll try.
Again, my sincerest apologies to any who are offended by the ads.
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:
- The site is part of the WordAds program and has elected to show ads to earn money from their site.
- 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.