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A quick note about ads

A few people (well, two to be exact) have contacted me recently to complain about ads that have been appearing in my sidebar. One was a political ad and another looked like a phishing ad or something similar. I don’t want those kind of ads appearing on my site. I have the power to block specific ads if I know they’re out there, so don’t hesitate to report a questionable ad here. If two people have emailed me, I figure there must be more of you out there who noticed but didn’t say anything.

If this continues to be a problem, I will probably drop the offending ad network, but I need your help reporting these ads so I can figure out which network they’re on. Ad networks are designed so they can target ads only to people in certain geographic locations, so I will never see some of the ads you see. (Unless you’re my next-door neighbor, and if you are could you please not play the bagpipes after 8:00pm? So totally not joking.)

I don’t mind making some money off of this site with ads, but I don’t want to do so at the cost of my reputation. I want my blog to be a pleasant place for you to visit and not the home of yet another political attack ad or acai berry scam. Thanks for you help and understanding!

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14 Comments

Jen, a priorfatgirl • October 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

You rock :)

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Rebecca Hoover • October 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I’m the kind of person advertisers hate, I never even notice the ads. :)

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Rebecca Johnson • October 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I guess all Rebecca’s think alike, I don’t notice ads unless they have pictures of bacon in them.

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Elizabeth • October 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Wow – your neighbor plays the bagpipes, complete with drone. There is such a thing as a practice chanter (although that would be annoying enough).

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cindy • October 11, 2010 at 7:51 am

Another person who doesn’t “se” ads— it’s amazing these fellows ever sell anything!

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Merry • October 11, 2010 at 11:01 am

To me, all ads are equally annoying. But, since you need them to pay the bills, they fall into the category of a Necessary Weevil. The only thing that drives me away from a website is when the ads hover over the text when I’m trying to read it.

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Candy • October 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I don’t care about the ads… :) There are here because will need cash… I will click on your ads lets make them pay

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Debbi Does Dinner Healthy • October 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Maybe you posted this JUST to get us to look at the ads? Hmmmm… Could be some kind of marketing ploy.

Just kidding. BUT, you have to admit, people WILL be looking at the ads more this week. :-)

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mel • October 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

i think you should put the ads back up. a girl needs to get paid! life isn’t free!

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Jessica • October 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I don’t care about the ads either. The site is very well cleaned up and some sites have hideous ads everywhere so I think yours is pretty decent enough to deal with :)

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Deanna - The Unnatural Mother • October 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

That is so very kind of you! Bagpipes after 8… really? That’s got to be annoying!

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Amanda • October 12, 2010 at 12:18 am

I never noticed them either (unless it was a text rollover pop-up or UGH a floating one), but a couple months back I was checking out Firefox’s add-ons and saw one of the most popular was this one called “AdBlockPlus” I decided to install it and holy cow, it totally obliterates all ads. I’m sure it is the bane of many advertising agencies. Recommend to anyone bothered by em.

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Rachel@Any Idiot Can • October 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

I’ve had some weird ads on the blogs I write occasionally. I live with them though as, I’m guessing, most readers don’t even notice them. Some though are so close to porn it’s not even funny. Heaven knows how some of them get away with it – those I draw the line at and request my ad companies to remove them :)

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Ro • October 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

@Rebecca Hoover – The flashing ones are the most annoying ones. I can ignore the others but I’ll look since I went to a certain site-like this one.

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Jennette Fulda tells stories to the Internet about her life as a smartass, writer, weight-loss inspiration, chronic headache sufferer, and overall nice person (who is silently judging you). She does this at JenFul now, but you can still have fun perusing her past here.

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