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do you know wordpress are running ads on your blogI use wordpress.com for this blog and have been very happy with the ease of use since setting the blog up several months ago.


However, last week I discovered something that I was not very happy with.


Normally if my husband is reading the blog, he would do so via his RSS reader, however last week there was a post he wanted to comment on and so he went to the blog site itself only to see a rather large ad at the bottom of the post.


Surprised, he asked if I was running adsense to make some money from the blog.


……… [stunned silence] ….. ads? …. on my blog?


I quickly went to the blog myself but the ads weren’t showing up for me.


A quick search on Google revealed the following:


To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements. We try hard to make the ads discreet and effective and only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade.


It turns out that wordpress.com run these ‘discreet’ ads but the catch is that the ads don’t display if you’re logged into wordpress and this is why I had never seen the ads myself. They also don’t show the ads to ‘regular visitors’, although there’s no indication of what counts as ‘regular’. There is also no indication of the types of ads that will be run – although the one my husband saw was a harmless one for cupcakes.


But the bottom line was wordpress were running ads and potentially making money off of my web traffic without me knowing anything about it.


And, as I said, the ad my husband saw wasn’t discreet at all, so I’ve decided to pay the small fee to upgrade to ‘no-ads’.


To be honest, wordpress is a free service that works well, and them taking this approach to make money is not unreasonable. What I object to is that (1) they do not publicise this when you are setting up the blog (or at least I certainly don’t remember seeing anything about ads) and (2) there is no way to view (or approve) the types of ads running.


It seems sneaky to me, not only because they don’t mention the ads when you are setting up the blog, but because the ads don’t show if you are logged in so, like me, you may never even know they were running … if it weren’t for my husband I would still be none the wiser that there were ads running on my blog.


So wordpress users take note!


Look up your blog on a different computer and check out what it really looks like to new visitors.


You might be ok with the ads running – but it’s nice to know that they are there!



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