I understand the ads keep the site free, but ads for Dominoes Pizza with a giant picture of a pan pizza doesn't belong and only serves to sabotage the efforts here. I was NOT searching for Dominoes, pizza or anything like that either so while some ads may be generated via Google, not all of them are.
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It's how they make their money and allow us to access all the wonderful resources for free.
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I understand this is a free site, and I appreciate the immense help I've received from SparkPeople. On the other hand, the ads obscure a great deal of my desktop/screen/whatchamacallit. I do enjoy some of the ads, however. They just take up way too much space. I'm old and I need more room to see the content.
The popups and multitude of animated ads coming from all sides really does subtract from my enjoyment of the site, but I understand it is a free site because of the ads. And, yes, I think the ads have gotten more intrusive and cover content.
I've tried an ad blocker but it messes with my computer.
If the ads just sat there and didn't constantly flash things at me and zoom in and out, it'd be fine.
I am totally uninterested in anything in any ads I've seen and a popup that I didn't click on or anything tried to attack my computer with a virus but was caught by the security software.
Lol, all that said, again, it is a free site that gives me a place to blog.
But I'd love an option to remove the ads by paying a premium or some kind of subscription fee.
No website has enough personnel to vet all the ads. Since every member gets a different set of ads, there are literally hundreds of thousands of possibilities. They can ban certain companies or types of products from advertising, but they can't control the choices that legal/legitimate advertisers make about how to present their product.
If an ad is for a scam or something obscene, definitely report it. (Follow the directions Dragonchilde posted; they have to have certain information from you or there's no way to locate the ad to have it removed.) But if it's from a legitimate company and it's just ugly or in poor taste, you'll get a lot farther by contacting the company that's advertising and letting them know how you feel. They're paying money to show that ad to people who might buy their products. If the ad makes you LESS likely to buy, they will change the algorithms they use to find viewers.
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If you feel an ad is inappropriate, you can report it to SP here:
I am very happy that Spark has been showing ads for the Animal Rescue Site. They do alot for the animals and I visit everyday and click to help them out.
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Most of the ads I get are relevant to what I've been surfing - except right now, when suddenly I have broadband deals and barclaycard popping up. Normally I get the ads appear after I've researched and bought (or not bought) the item so they're a bit late really. Now, if they could start anticipating what I might be wanting next week and show those ads ... well, that would be creepy!!
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There are certainly a lot more ads then there were back in 2007 when I was sparking before. But there is also a LOT of new content on SP as well. After a while I tune it all out. But there are a few that pop up and I accidentally click on, and that really really does bug me!
what you get as an ad depends on what you're searching and talking about. basically sparkpeople uses something based off of googleads. when companies advertise, they pick keywords that they want their ads to show up with. so when you enter in those words, those are the ads you see. it's much easier to see in gmail, where if i send something that includes the word pineapple, i will then see ads from dole and for tropical vacations. when i send an email about my cat, petsmart, 1800pet meds and kitty spas come up and so forth. so if you change what you're focusing on, you'll see different ads. the ads i can see right now are for papertowels and a train your brain thing for example. i've also been getting lean cuisine [? or some other boxed something] lately/.
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