Recently you may have noticed that WordPress has started to put an insane number of adverts on this site – and every other blog with a free plan. I understand the commercial imperative but seriously doubt that carpet-bombing pages with ads creates a higher click rate. Not only that, but the adverts are shitty too – clickbait nonsense pitched so low it reeks of desperation. They’re not even grammatically correct!
I was happy to live with the ads before because they weren’t too intrusive and only appeared at the end of a post and in the sidebar. But now they’re inserting them into the body of the text after every third paragraph. Some of my posts are quite long (sorry!) so I’ve counted up to 12 ads in one post – all identical and all stupid!
The upshot of this little rant is that I’ll be upgrading the site sooner than I had planned. I was going to do it later this year when I renew my domain mapping, but I can’t live with the ugly (and pointless) intrusions that long. So I’m asking for your help…
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Update: this is typical! The day after posting this, I noticed the ads had disappeared from the body of the text on all three of my blogs. WordPress maintains that they never include ads within the text so I don’t know what caused the problem. I only realised it was happening because I noticed ads on another WordPress blog and then found the same problem on mine. Weird.
Update May 2nd: Well, the ads are back in the middle of the posts. I’ve now discovered that this is deliberate – according to this post on the Forums: “I’ve heard back from our ads team, and it appears these ads are intentional, and a new ad unit we’re rolling out on free and WordAds sites.” Great. I’ll be upgrading this site very soon, but I now need to rethink my other blogs…