OK WordPress! What’s With All the Ads??

I have been blogging here since 2013 and enjoyed it.  I’ve watched bloggers come and go as well as  WordPress changes, most of which were annoyances to be evaded where possible.

The latest changes to email notifications of posts by those I follow are particularly frustrating.

Lately I have now become much more aware of the advertisements.

Use to be there were n ads on my posts – simply a notice that occasionally an ad would be visible to my readers.  That’s the way it was for years.

Then not too long ago the ads themselves became visible to me.  Just one ad.  They were placed at the bottom of my posts.  When this occurred I had the power to change the ad if I didn’t particularly care for it.  I had some ads, like one for hemorrhoid cream changed to something more palatable.

This was fine.  One ad I could remove was OK.

Suddenly a block of 9 ads which I cannot remove began appearing on my blog.   Under the label “Sponsored Advertising” it is placed in my blog by an outfit called “Outbrain.”

“These recommendations are provided by Outbrain and may be paid for by an advertiser. When you give your consent, Outbrain makes recommendations based on how you interact with content where Outbrain is installed.

If you want to know what Outbrain understands about your interests, you can access your Interest Profile and review your choices (like opting out, or “Do Not Sell” if you are a California resident).”

“Outbrain Interest Profile is intended to provide a visualization of what we know about our users in an intelligible and structured format, and of the types of data Outbrain uses to make its recommendations. Each Interest Profile for a device/browser combination consists of data collected by Outbrain on pages on which the Outbrain technology is installed. We populate this Interest Profile by accessing the Outbrain Unique User Identifier (the OB UUID) for the device/browser combination that you are using to view this page.”

I really don’t want ads that are of “interest” to me on my blog.

Is this just an effort by WordPress to get me to buy an upgrade?

Anyone out there seeing the same stuff?

Do you see 9 ads below this post??



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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14 Responses to OK WordPress! What’s With All the Ads??

  1. beetleypete says:

    Yes, I see 9 ads below your posts, and on those of other’free’ bloggers. I habitually scroll past them without hesitation.
    I upgraded to ‘Personal’ to remove ads and get more space. Then I upgraded to ‘Premium’ to get more space again. Now they have changed the plans, with only two choices and both more expensive. Because I already had an upgrade, I can keep it. Anyone new gets the two choices.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I am on the free plan, and i also can see the nine ads. Honestley these are the same ads followed me all over the sites i had visited. I only take very brief notice of it. No major distraction. xx Michael

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  3. Maggie says:

    I see them on Safari and Chrome browsers. But if I view on Qwant, I see no ads.

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  4. Yes, I see 9 ads. I upgraded some time ago, so I hope no one sees ads on my posts anymore.

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  5. 🤨 I also see nine advertisements from Outbrain on my WordPress blog.

    When I signed up for the Free WordPress Plan, I knew for a fact that they would display advertisements on my blog (It is their way of making money on the blogs of those who are using the Free WordPress Plan).

    Years ago, it was merely advertisements that pertained to products from the Automattic family.

    Today, I am being bombarded by Outbrain.

    Automattic is probably going through some sort of financial crisis (They were probably paid a nice sum of money from Outbrain to have its advertisements on the blogs of those on the Free WordPress Plan).

    The advertisements do not bother me, but I am shocked by all of this (I did not see that coming).

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