Okay, this time I’ve been taking screenshots to prove I’m not going nuts. The timestamp of the first one shows 12:47 pm – i.e. just before lunch here in Oz:
The second one is timestamped 1:36 pm – i.e. just after lunch in Oz. The advert in the sidebar is not the same, but it does duplicate the one below my post:
Something, or perhaps someone, is playing funny buggers, and I’m not impressed. I left a complaint on the WordPress.com forum, but until I receive a proper resolution to this issue, I’m going to keep posting updates about it.
Apologies, everyone, but I’m so angry there’s steam coming out of my ears.
Sunday, February 4, 2016. This is beyond a joke. When I logged into my blog ten minutes ago, the advert was back, even longer than before. I started updating this post and decided I needed a screenshot. Viewed my site again, and the advert gone, again.
Am I going mad?
If anyone viewed my blog in the last 8 hours, could you please let me know whether there was a long, blue advert in the sidebar?
Honestly, I am starting to feel as if WordPress has it in for me. Am I too outspoken? Have I been too critical? Or am I being not-so-subtly pushed to upgrade from free to paid?
I don’t want to think so. I would really like to think there is a reasonable explanation. I would really, really like to think that WordPress is a company with too much integrity to play underhand tricks like this, because just at the moment it feels a lot like…coercion? standover tactics?…blackmail?
I’m not sure how it happened, but that advert I was complaining about has disappeared, and I have my sidebar back. -dance-
When you run a free blog, you have to accept some advertising.
After all, the company that runs the platform that makes that free blog possible have to recoup their costs somewhere.
Until very recently, that ‘somewhere’ was just after my blog posts.
Now, I have this:
Right at the top of the page, taking up PRIME realestate in my no.1 sidebar. That’s the spot where I put all my important widgets, the ones I want visitors to see, even if they don’t see anything else. That is my critical spot. Now it has a great big advert. in it.
But that’s not all. The same advert. also appears at the bottom of the post, along with a second one for some other company so visitors to my blog are hit with three adverts, coming at them from all sides. Nothing discreet about this!
I was furious and clicked the ‘Report this ad’ button’ which is why it now has just a placeholder. But is this enough? Or will this disgusting placement simply return tomorrow or the day after?
What the hell were you thinking, Workpress?
Fair use is one thing. Blatant exploitation of my blog, to the detriment of my blog, is another. This is a step too far.
Soooooo not happy WordPress. 😦