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Advertising Redux

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In the past (without alerting me or giving me any remuneration), WordPress has run ads on my more heavily trafficked articles. In the last seven years (since 2011, when I joined WordPress) I’ve received only three or four reports of an ad being biblically inappropriate. Last week I received one more report. So, I thought I would rerun the article that follows (originally published July 26, 2015, and updated) to provide a little more insight as to how this all works. Should you need to review this information in the future, there is a link to this article under the “Welcome- Start Here” tab at the top of this page.


Thanks so much to those of you who have alerted me that inappropriate ads (containing material that conflicts with biblical values) occasionally appear on my site.

Normally, the ads that run are family friendly, but a few times, readers have reported seeing ads that are inappropriate. I want to assure you that I do not select these ads, nor am I given an opportunity to approve or reject them.

I have contacted WordPress about the ads. This is the response they sent me:

“We endeavor to make sure that no inappropriate ads are shown, but occasionally some do make it through. If you or any of your visitors see inappropriate ads, we ask that you (or they) take a screenshot of the ad and forward it to us at wordads@wordpress.com.”

Since I don’t always see the same ads on my end that you see on yours, I would be most grateful if you would alert WordPress in this way should you ever see an ad that’s inappropriate (you can also click on the “About These Ads” link above the ad itself). Sending polite feedback to WordPress – which, to their credit, they have requested – is the best way to get them to keep their advertising appropriate for all of their sites, not just mine.

Additionally, one of my Facebook friends offered this advice:

“Often if people are using Facebook apps or 3rd party apps, such as are used for games, those kinds of ads show up. Different ads for different users. Google is able to customize the ads based on Internet activity. When I blocked 3rd party cookies and all apps, the questionable ads on my feed and Internet activity disappeared.”

Also, if you are bothered by ads on the sites you visit (not just mine), your browser may offer a free ad blocker that will reduce or eliminate them. I use Google Chrome as my browser, and installed uBlock Origin a while back. It has been very helpful.

I apologize for any inappropriate ads you have seen in the past or may see in the future. It is my desire that my blog glorify God and be a place where biblical values are upheld.

4 thoughts on “Advertising Redux”

  1. Thank you for your care and concern for the name of Christ and these ads that might impugn it, or lead people to false teachers. I also appreciate the tip about uBlock! I’ve been dissatisfied with my current ad blocker for being to heavy and slowing down my browser.

    So I clicked on the link and it took me to Chrome Extensions, but in reading the recent reviews it seems that uBlock has been abandoned and crawled over with spammers. This seems to be true as the last update to it was June 2015. The real uBlock is now uBlock Origin, by the original creator Raymond Gorhill. I installed “uBlock Origin” and it’s great. Thanks again!!

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  2. Michelle, I found your site through a mention of you on Twitter (think it was a tweet from Justin Bullington). I am so thankful I found your blog and your mention of several other Biblically sound women’s ministries. Rejoicing! So much false teaching, it’s a relief to see women teaching other women of the sufficiency, not just the authority, of the Word of God.

    As for ads, I currently pay $35.88/year to remove all ads from my site. That includes the price of a custom domain name. I realize you must be committed to wise stewardship of your family’s funds and that may be a reason you’ve opted out of paying for the service. I would love to donate the funds to your ministry for ad removal. It would be a very small way of showing some appreciation of your work. It is seriously a relief and joy to have found your blog and I’d like to be a blessing.

    Let me know. I realize you may not be able to reply speedily and as this thread is old, you may have made other decisions in the meantime. In any case, I plan to donate to your blog and encourage other readers to do the same!

    Blessing,
    Patricia

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    1. Hi Patricia-

      How kind of you to make such a generous offer! At this point, I think I’m going to leave things status quo. Blog and social media included, I have about 14.5K followers, and in the 7 years I’ve been here at WordPress, only three people have said that the ads are an issue for them. Since there are a couple of free fixes (mentioned in the article) readers can perform on their end if the ads bother them, it doesn’t seem, for me, personally, to be wise stewardship to allocate funds for this issue at this time. However, if it becomes a more serious problem in the future, I will definitely look into paid ad removal. Thanks again for your sweet offer and your encouraging words.

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