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LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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4/23/14 4:43 P

Which pop-up blocker are you using? I use Ad Blocker Plus on Chrome and I don't see any adds other than the adds for SP products (tracker, book, etc) in the upper right corner. Not all ad blockers are created equal.

ANDILH Posts: 1,534
4/23/14 4:35 P

I get really annoyed by the people who say "just turn a pop up blocker on". I have 2! And I still get the stupid pop up ads only on this site! Just Sparkpeople. I'm fairly knowledgeable on computers, and don't have a problem on any other site. So that tells me that there's something different about this site and its advertising. Also, a pop up ad has NEVER convinced me to actually buy something because I'm generally so annoyed at them that I boycott the product anyway. So in the end it's just a total waste of their money.
I have no problem with all the ridiculous ads on the sides of the page no matter how inane or annoying they are, because at least they're not stopping me from what I'm trying to do. Frankly, the pop up ads limit what I do on this site because I get tired of searching for the little x that will get rid of the ad. I wouldn't pay to use this service, but there has go to be a better way.

MAINEALI SparkPoints: (76,253)
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4/23/14 12:27 P

Generally I don't mind the adds because I know that they make the site free, but I get annoyed with seeing the same adds over and over. I also dislike any add that is not in keeping with the purpose of this site such as the house refinancing add and a few others. I appreciate the ones that have to do with fitness.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,222
4/23/14 12:05 P

The one that places itself right over the middle of the page. Trying to X it out only took me to the page. Finally it went away on it's own.

I have gotten ads for things that I found useful. So I will keep the ads. Although I am not sure why I have an ad for men's shoes. Toilet paper and dog supplies yes.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (372,942)
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4/22/14 11:57 P

They can be annoying at times.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (372,942)
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4/22/14 11:56 P

They can be annoying at times.

ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
4/22/14 5:53 P

The ads really slow down the page loads, but guess that's the "price" we pay to keep the site free.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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4/22/13 6:43 P

I prefer to use SparkPeople for free rather than pay for it, so the ads are fine

CHUZ2LUZE Posts: 98
4/22/13 1:48 P

I don't mind ads when they stay to the sides and top and bottom of the pages. But lately they keep popping up where I am trying to post and or read and I hate it. One in particular that I can't even remember the name is particularly annoying. It begins with a Cim I think and it pops up and I x it out and then I get the full page of it. Not always but enough to make me write this message. The ad is not working for them because like I said I can't remember the name.

MAMMAW497 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/20/12 5:18 P

Free spark people is worth it.

6/20/12 5:16 P

I'd much prefer to pay a little bit to just block all the annoying ads -- like reproductive surgery, Chrysler, and so on. Just use the Pandora model. I pay about $39 per year and never see any ads on Pandora. That is still so much less than what Weight Watchers costs!

JMOUSE99 SparkPoints: (157,926)
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5/8/12 1:34 P

I find the ads fairly easy to ignore because the site is free. Once in a while I actually click on one. The only time I get annoyed is when I see an ad for weight loss or something similar which goes against all the principles of the SparkPeople web site ("lose weight quick!")

SSFTRAINBR SparkPoints: (0)
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5/8/12 12:48 P

I agree, they are really annoying. But I guess that's the trade off to being able to use this awesome site for free. So I'll just deal with it LOL.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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5/8/12 12:46 P

Lets face it, folks. If we didnt have ads, this wonderful site would not be free. So I just suck it up and work around them. Some are very intrusive and irritating, but I will handle it.

ANARIE Posts: 12,978
5/8/12 12:03 P

Somebody asked about SparkPeople's control over the ads. The ads are placed here by a subscription service. I'm not sure whether it's still GoogleAds or a different company, but it's not like a television station that approves all the ads. SparkPeople can make a list of the type of ads they don't want to allow, but it's the provider's responsibility to decide what does and doesn't get on. Sometimes they let something slip through even though it's on the "no" list, and sometimes something comes along that no one thought of putting on the "no" list. It has gotten MUCH better over the last few years (at one point, just about anything could get through, including near pornography), but dodgy advertisers can still pull a fast one by changing their URL. I'm guessing that's how the Sensa ad got through.

If you get an ad that you think really shouldn't be here, send an e-mail to adreport at SparkPeople dot com with as much info as you can give them. If it's for something scammy or something offensive, they'll take care of it.

As for the pop-ups blocking what you want to do, again I'll say "Turn on your pop-up blocker." That's not just for SparkPeople; it can also stop you from getting a lot of really bad stuff if you accidentally wander onto a scam site. Blocking pop-ups is basic internet safety.

REBECCA24333 SparkPoints: (2,974)
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5/8/12 7:42 A

I guess all the ads make it take forever to scroll down a page?

I do want to try the Werther's Originals Sugar Free Carmel Apple flavor those. I didn't know that they made them in carmel apple.!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (149,108)
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5/8/12 4:21 A

now that I watched the Spark video, the ads don't really bother me

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Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 5/8/2012 (04:21)
EOWYN2424 Posts: 7,214
5/8/12 2:35 A

for ads that grow and block a page, search for an ' X ' that will allow you to close the ad.

KNITTINGNAN SparkPoints: (17,201)
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5/7/12 11:54 P

Wow!!! I'm stuck on ANARIE'S comment that her 80 year-old Father knows how to block a pop up!!!!

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/7/12 7:45 P

I agree.. a Sparkbill would be more annoying than a Sparkad

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (225,579)
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5/7/12 4:00 P

The ones that block copy or grow by themselves really annoy me - but not nearly as much as having to pay for Spark People would. The first day I had to pay AT ALL would be the very last day I could ever use the site...and I am active, loyal and have hundreds of friends here. As much as I love Spark People - which is a LOT - I can't trade it for food. I have NO extra MONEY at all -ever - not even enough to live on. Spark People is my lifeline - do WHATEVER it takes to keep it FREE! (I can NEVER buy a product, but I occasionally click on an ad to show interest for the sake of Spark People. As a customer - my chance is zero - no matter what they're selling or how cheap it is.)

5/7/12 3:43 P

I love that they help keep SP free, but I have seen a few on here that I really disagree with (I have a whole blog post about the plastic surgery ads... oy vey!)

Otherwise I just try to make sure my popup blocker is working and my ad/script controls are in place.

BENDIEB Posts: 239
5/7/12 1:45 P

Ok -- today I had an ad about something I care nothing about block half of an article and no way to minimize it. I also hate it when I accidently roll over a pop up word and an ad-- totally unrelated to the word pops up.

I also noticed ads for Sensa -- a known weight loss scam showing up on Spark.

Doesn't Spark practice any editorial control?
I don't mind ads as long as they are relevant, don't interfere with what I am doing, and aren't scams.

Edited by: BENDIEB at: 5/7/2012 (13:46)
MANDYJ73 Posts: 310
3/1/12 6:14 P

I would be sad if I had to pay for SP... I am fine with the ads.

ANARIE Posts: 12,978
3/1/12 1:47 P

Yeah, I really don't understand why any advertiser would pay to place a pop-up. Don't 90% of computer users have a pop-up blocker? Not everyone does the complete blocker, but even my 80-year-old father avoids pop-ups.

JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,593)
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3/1/12 10:01 A

The ads don't pop up for me and cover up what I am doing. Are you scrolling over the ad? That might activate it. Or check your settings. I have my computer set up with block pop ups. Odd that they would pop on some people but not others.

PEPPYPATTI SparkPoints: (138,937)
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3/1/12 12:32 A

I don't really have a problem with them plus they keep the site free.

ANARIE Posts: 12,978
3/1/12 12:19 A

Check the settings in your browser and make sure you've got your pop-up blocker set to prevent them. If that doesn't work (or if the popup blocker interferes with things you want to do), get adblocker software for your browser. There are several very good free programs, and you don't see the ads at all.

If you feel a need to see some ads (every once in a while I do wonder if I'm missing out on something!), then the best way to discourage ads that do some annoying action is to contact the advertiser and tell them how much you hate it. Have you noticed that you rarely get an ad with sound anymore? That's because people complained and refused to buy the products and the manufacturers decided it was backfiring.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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3/1/12 12:15 A

I prefer all the advertisements to having to pay for sparkspeople.

BBROBOZIO SparkPoints: (19,417)
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3/1/12 12:02 A

I ignored them at first, but now they're popping up to where I can't read nor input information. It really needs to stop. I "get" that Sparkpoints needs to generate a hefty income, but this is WAY over the top....

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