I think it's part of a conspiracy to keep us unhealthy.. everywhere I go, I see ads pushing me to eat, drink and be merry. I ignore them, like I ignore the ads on Spark. I click on things that support my healthy bent, like I found Fitbit through Sparkpeople.
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526 4/17/13 7:39 P
I just simply do not understand the problem with the ads. The site clearly says these ads keep spark people free. If you are so offended by these ads, I suggest you check out what these other sites charge a body to get and stay fit
I agree with other comments on this thread. When I "Bing" something on a different site I find ads popping up from those sites on my Spark start page. I used to get upset with ads on SP dealing with other ways to lose weight...including the Sensa ads. Now I just don't pay attention. If ads keep this site free....so be it.
I saw a note elsewhere on the SparkPeople that you can take a screen grab of the page with the ad and email it to:
explaining how you believe the ad is not right for SparkPeople's goals and philosophy (ie obvious junk food, porn, whatever.).
However, SparkPeople is using a feeder that utilizes info from websites that you have just recently visited yourself . This is true for some of their ad spaces, at least, maybe not all - because I do see many ads from companies I just visited their website or looked at a product online... But there are those that seem to be coming randomly (maybe because I don't go looking at a lot of the sites that SP thinks I should be looking at.!!).
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".maybe it's a "smart site" that displays ads similar to what other sites you visit?
I HOPE not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" ---------------
It definitely IS a "smart site" - the adserver feeds content based on your browsing history. Some ads just get fed to everyone-regardless (like.. i think some of the car ads, we all see), but others are very specific.
If you search for a cruise line using google, for example, then you will see ads later for cruise lines. One thing you can do is to clear your computer's web cache or use an excellent program called "CCleaner" to do it for you. Caution that while it does clear your web cache of internet searches it will also cause some sites to not "remember" you so that you have to do more authentication.... (like Yahoo may ask for additional sign in information or some of your financial sites may do so as well).
In any case, Sparkpeople is free, which is incredible! I would actually encourage you to CLICK the ads of products that appeal to you on here to help support all that this site provides. If you don't like ads for unhealthy products anywhere, then don't drive, watch tv, go see movies, go to a mall... And there will always be product ads for things you don't agree with.... "Bad" food producing companies spend billions a year on getting their messages out - you will absolutely run into them everywhere!
The ads happen on any site we go onto. Advertising has now reached its zenith. Instead of paying to get the word out to us, we now pay for everyone to advertise to us. I resent having to pay exorbitant fees for cable and internet service, and yes, even phone so that commercialism can find me.
Why do we think it is so wonderful to spend out money that way? I don't have an answer for cable. It certainly isn't bringing me my entertainment. I do have 2 educational channels I love. But even they advertise and ask me to pay money to become a member.
As for the internet, if it weren't for Spark People and paying my taxes, I wouldn't be using it. I can't even feel I have found reliable information any more. It is next to impossible to check sources, or qualifications of the author of material, like on Wikipedia.
Once I started to pay for my Go Phone, I started getting instant messaging from all kinds of advertisers. And I use it only for travel, so I'm paying lots of money to get up to the minute advertising on that phone.
I understand the issue with in-my-face ads for products that might be the trigger for the next binge that many here go off on. Or even might be the cause of many health problems of people who then think it must be safe to use the products because of where they were when they saw the ad.
But I believe WE are the answer. Until we question the advisability of paying for the privilege to have advertisers advertise to us, it is only going to get worse.
I'm delighted that some are still able to see that a product might not be so healthy.
I did notice that things pop up that we write or look up. maybe you are getting those because you signed up for coupons. I keep getting a batman car seat every since i showed my daughter it for her son. He did get it, so very cool! lol....I also am getting craisins since I pulled up my recipe for oatmeal craisin cookies. With all due respect you will have to learn to ignore food ads. You will always see food around you with billboards, commercials. others eating around you etc. You will also smell it.
I am assuming no one else is getting Dungons & Dragons or World of Warcraft ads......sometimes they show up on this site,....well, for me anyways....maybe it's a "smart site" that displays ads similar to what other sites you visit?
You can parade Pizza ads at me ....And I don't care.... as long as it stays FREE... Besides the fact that being on the Spark Website while I see the ads somehow makes me feel that much more against going for those products. They Must be using reverse psychology
Chris, I agree with you. The way that I understand it the ads are generated without SparkPeople's input so they don't even know what the ads are. I have read somewhere on the site that if you find inappropriate ads that you can report them to SP and someone will investigate. I just can't remember any of the details for reporting.
Personally, I am finding it harder and harder to ignore the ads. Today I have 4 on each page and all of them are jumping around or flashing and all of the movement is really getting on my nerves.
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