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FORTYPLUS56 Posts: 3,197
1/7/14 3:55 P

Yep, seems there is nothing we can do. I have complained several times. The person responding says she doesn't see the ads. Do we need a firewall or something to protect us. I am afraid the ads are going to infect my computer.

NSPIXIE SparkPoints: (44,966)
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1/7/14 3:51 P

some are worse than others. I don't mind the ones that are for real products and services, but some of them look like scams to me. I would like the site alot better if those were eliminated.

Edited by: NSPIXIE at: 1/7/2014 (15:52)
JUHISAXENA SparkPoints: (99,534)
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1/7/14 3:41 P

they are very annoying

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/7/14 3:37 P

I ignore the ads, so many on one page, I don't focus on any of them.

KARENSCFLD52 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/7/14 3:19 P

Since this site is FREE...I'm overlook the adds!
Weight Watchers has just as many ads and you get to pay for the privelige. emoticon

-CORAL- SparkPoints: (40,297)
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1/7/14 3:03 P

I don't even see them anymore. Ads are everywhere. You can't let them have that power over you.

MELINACCORD SparkPoints: (2,467)
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1/7/14 2:48 P

YES! They are so frustrating. When I validated my account I had to enter one of those "prove you're a real person" code phrases and the phrase I had to enter was "Montanas new fired up menu" or something like that. Like....really?? REALLY??

I understand that the ads are necessary to keep the site free for the quadrillion members that are on it, but it's a little frustrating sometimes.

I don't get the pop ups but the side bar/top bar ads all the time are frustrating when they're about food. I don't care about the other ads LOL just the food ones. I guess I need to develop a little bit of situational blindness :)

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
1/5/14 9:30 A

An ad blocker really ends the problem.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,570
1/5/14 8:49 A

Annoying perhaps but hardly sabotage. I guess I don't let commercials have that power over me.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,058)
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1/4/14 5:26 A

now how did I know - before I even clicked on the thread - that emoticon would be DWROBERGE's reply???

happy new year, DWROBERGE

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,058)
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1/3/14 11:56 P

re: Spark 'promoting unhealthy products' - I don't know much about it, but it's my understanding that websites don't always know exactly what is going to be advertised. The parent company paying for the ad is seems totally legit, but they have some questionable stuff that's included in their subsidiaries.

I know that Clark Howard constantly re-iterates on his radio program that he does not endorse the advertisers on his web site. He rarely has any idea who is advertising.

also, as many have mentioned, ads will display according to the browsing history on the computer. If you think about the complexity, it's just not possible for Spark to know every single ad that is on every members screen at any one time. That's why they ask for a screen shot of the questionable ad when you report it.

no matter what, emoticon

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,231
1/3/14 4:21 P

Yes they are, but the plus is they keep SparkPeople FREE for all of US so why should WE complain?

Edited by: JEFFGIRL at: 1/3/2014 (16:23)
1LADYLEO SparkPoints: (0)
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1/3/14 4:19 P

yes i do

1/3/14 4:18 P

I believe the ads have increased greatly since I joined SP in 2006 and they are aggravating to me.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,637
1/3/14 4:12 P

I love the ones showing someone with a horribly wrinkled face, saying if she uses this cream stuff, she will look 20 again...................stuff like that is amusing to me, and expected, since this is a free site. The one's that move slow down everything, those I don't like, but you get used to them. Go to Shape magazine or something, they have ads for horrible green stuff on there, makes yah gag.

JEN_IN_CA Posts: 1,179
1/3/14 3:26 P

YES!! I understand SP needs the revenue from ads, and that's completely fine. What I DON'T understand is why a health website would promote so many unhealthy products. Is there a reason they have to choose those companies to advertise? Can they not sell their advertising space to companies selling non-food products? It seems like it should be an easy fix.


LEGRETTA333 SparkPoints: (12,482)
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1/3/14 3:18 P

Totally agreed... and agreed that they are a necessary evil to keep this place free.

My solution, when they show up on my internet home page, and ask for feedback... is to give them this feedback, consistently: "I did see your bouncy,bouncy ad,ad, and I did notice that it was for _________ product (or ________ TV program, or whatever). I DO NOT PATRONIZE brands/stores/TV channels, etc. that use these for 30 days. "

(And if it is just before Christmas, I point out that I might have spent $$$ there, but now I will have to use their competitors....) And then I thank them and their ad agency for such an effective ad!

It does seem to be making a difference.... far fewer of the blankety-blank bouncing ads are leaping across my screen.

AND even with SparkPeople, I simply close out the browser when one of those comes up. I hope they see and get the stats....

Happy new year, everyone!

MLEHTO Posts: 734
1/3/14 2:38 P

I've got to the point where I don't even see them anymore.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (220,562)
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1/3/14 2:17 P

Try clearing your cookies. I was doing some searches for a vacation we're going to be taking and I kept seeing ads for hotels for our destination. Once I cleared them they stopped popping up.

JRRING Posts: 1,534
1/3/14 1:59 P

YES! but understand that they're a necessary evil to keep SP free...

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (245,058)
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1/3/14 1:46 P

the only ones that really annoy me are the pop-ups & the ones with sound that starts blaring if your cursor moves across them. And the blatantly inappropriate ads (adult only gaming, Asian brides, etc.). Don't try to tell me those have anything to do with the activity on my computer because they've shown up on my work computer which is used by NOBODY but me and has every safe search and site blocking option possible (installed by my employer).

I actually get a chuckle out of the 'do this one small thing everyday to lose your belly' type ads because they are like a Bizarro Spark, ya know?

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
1/3/14 1:34 P

Ha ha I hear ya!! I usually just ignore them, I'm kinda on here with blinders in a sense.

My only gripe is when the ad is for an unhealthy food. I was seeing an ad at Christmas time for like 4 days in a row for cookies. Really? I mean, show me an ad for green beans, that's fine. Orange juice, ok. Boots, not a problem. Car insurance, no sweat. But cookies? Seriously?

And I get it, this place is free due to the ads..I've really no problem with that. I just think there ought to be some discretion on the ads they accept. If I were a member of a site dealing with alcohol addiction, I wouldn't want to see ads from Budweiser, either.

Sorry, rant over.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,361
1/3/14 12:57 P

emoticon with BUNNYKICKS
it's also a good thing to practice and helps protect your info.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
1/3/14 10:33 A

Clear your cookies/browser history! That will actually help.

The ads are delivered by an adserver that targets content to each specific user, by discovering keywords in YOUR browsing history and then displaying ads that "relate" to that. For example, after booking a flight online, suddenly my sidebar is forevermore filled with airline and travel-service ads and ads related to my destination. Now you may have written a blog about wanting to give up pop, or done some google searches on "how to give up pop" and so on... and Bam! Now the ad server is dishing up ads for pop coupons! Clear your browser history.

Alternatively, install a pop-up blocker. I use Chrome and installed theirs, and it works just fine.

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,393
1/3/14 10:06 A

The only time I find the adds annoying is when they pop up right in the middle of the food tracker, and prevent me from tracking my food. I have to go out of the tracker and come back in.

MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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1/3/14 9:35 A


THOMAS.H Posts: 17,827
1/3/14 9:32 A

When the Internet first came into being (after the purely science era) all reference to products were considered spam. Now it is so much about advertising like pretty much everything else that it is sickening. I have learned to over look ads and have developed tremendous sales resistance. In fact, I almost react negatively to the adds, wanting to not purchase that which is being offered. Now with tracking software (so common) they pick up on anything I do whether it is the current page or something far removed. If I look at a product at Amazon, suddenly I have a barrage of related adds from all sorts of companies on all of my pages. It is really getting disgusting.

1/3/14 9:26 A

Just set one of my goals as giving up pop, so what does the ad above change to? Coupons for pop! emoticon

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