"Ad free" with FREE MEMBERSHIP is not going to happen. Revenue to support a site like this one has to come from somewhere and the source is data farming and the sale of advertising space directed at consumers - us! It is a fair exchange for what we get and I did not mind it until it became excessive. The onslaught of ads, distractions and pop ups felt like an assault on my senses.
I installed AdBlock Plus on all of my browsers and although it is free, I gave the person who invented it a donation - it's that good! Peace restored.
I pretty much ignore the ads. I don't like the ones that pop up in the middle of what I am doing, but I prefer that over a paying site and the support on here is amazing! Not a bad question to ask if can pay for that service, but for me it is worth the free price!
One day at a time...
Pounds lost: 7.9
Fitness Minutes: (5,617)
185 10/19/14 1:41 A
I simply use Mozilla Firefox and their addon adblock plus. I have no problems whatsoever on my personal computers.
iPads, tablets, and work computers are a completely different matter. The ads that pop up on the screen and the ones that move/talk are VERY annoying. It has come to the point where I cannot even use my iPad because the ads that pop up tend to have an x that doesn't work or you can't get to because of the way the system works. I have reported some ads but it is just too many now to bother with. I wish the SP app had a better team functionality AND showed all of my nutrients - not just the big 3 macronutrients!
The ads that show up are based upon your browsing history and thrown into an algorithm that decides 'Hey, she looked this up so we are going to show her an ad for this other product!'.
Occasionally I will turn off ad block and click on a few ads because I know that tends to generate some revenue for SP. But usually it is too much of a hassle to deal with.
SP is still the best site comparatively speaking. Nothing is perfect - though offering an ad free experience would definitely get them even closer to perfection!
Don't get me wrong; Spark does a GREAT job and I'm not complaining about the site itself, just the ads. I don't even mind the regular ones, I can tune them out. It's the ones that move around. I haven't been able to find any way to close them and they are so distracting.
current weight: 192.0
Fitness Minutes: (192,405)
11,235 10/11/14 12:55 P
Not too difficult to aim the mouse at the little cross in the corner of the ad, I just did that and was asked to comment on what was wrong with ad and was given3 options I responded.. That being said there are some that are truly irritating with music and I cannot find a way to shut it down or even lower the volume those I would love to see disappear.. Given the size world wide of SP I think they are doing a great job..Just be a little more selective with some of the ads..
Edited by: ALICIA214 at: 10/11/2014 (13:02)
Fitness Minutes: (9,908)
141 10/10/14 9:47 P
I'm pretty much broke, living paycheck to paycheck like lots of people. Maybe it's my generation, but I can tune the ads out. It would be nice for there to be an as-free option for those willing and able to pay a sub fee. I would not be one of them. Spark people is an amazing FREE resource that has helped me. Perhaps their pay service, SparkCoach, could allow them to have an ad free experience on the Sparkpeople site.
I do agree that the ads should only be for like minded products or services. Frappaccino ads are inappropriate, though I haven't seen any when I'm on here.
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Pounds lost: 11.0
Fitness Minutes: (96,443)
886 6/15/14 9:18 A
The ads have gotten way to over powering on this site, flashing, running little movies. I pay for each gig I use. It would be so much cheaper for me to pay for the site without all the flash and trash. I don't watch regular tv because of all the ads, guess I will need to stop using this site also.
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current weight: 201.6
Fitness Minutes: (49,695)
6/14/14 9:30 P
It's not so much the number of them, but the content. This morning, a pop-up add for Starbucks FRAPPUCCINOS, for pete's sake! Seriously? You are diluting your message authenticity, and possibly sabotaging people's progress by posting that kind of crap. We want to come here because it's a safe community to share the good and bad, and find some resources and likeminded people. Some of us wouldn't mind paying a fee, others wouldn't mind some ads - both are valid options; but I think you need to stand by what you preach, and if you wouldn't recommend a Frappucchino on any food plan, it shouldn't be front-and-center of your site, either.
WORK as if your wife were watching, THINK as if it didn't hurt, DANCE as if you need the money.
I love that Spark has a free option, makes for a bigger community supporting each other, right?
I just started and I'm having trouble concentrating on reading content because the page I'm reading is surrounded by flashing ads. Perhaps you can have an option for people who would prefer to pay for an ad-free experience.
Keep up the good work, SparkPeople!!
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about." - Charles Kinglsey
Fitness Minutes: (12,065)
10/22/13 8:42 P
I wouldn't mind the ads if they were advertising HEALTHY products, but many of them are outrageously bad for you.
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I am more than happy to put up with the ads which I barely notice anymore in order for all of the above (plus much, much more) to remain FREE. Other "ad free" weight loss sites cost a minimum of $15/month.
If you don't love your body now, you won't love it after you reach your goal!!!
This is just an observation I have about ads on FREE sites such as SparkPeople. I absolutely love having free sites to visit. There is no on-line group to which I am a member that does not have ads "all over the place." I tune them out, unless something interesting catches my eye. I have actually gotten some useful information from ads on free sites and have occasionally ordered some products based on such ads. I can read a magazine or watch a TV show and not be annoyed by ads. The same is true, for me, about ads on great sites like SparkPeople.
I think it is excellent that some sites, for a fee, allow members to join and not see ads. However, I have nothing but praise for legitimate sites like SparkPeople that provide a free, high quality service.
"If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred...Have you seen the fool that corrupted his own live body? or the fool that corrupted her own live body? " -- Whitman
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I would be all over some kind of "subscription" if I could get rid of those ads!! They really slow me down and they're ANNOYING!? I'm actually thinking about switching over to myfitnesspal.com, while they still have ads it they aren't nearly as bad as sparks. Now, I don't really want to switch because I've got a lot of "custom foods" that I would have to recreate....but it is in the back of my mind.
I've been using Sparks regularly for about 4 months, and I was wondering has an "ad free" version of Spark ever been considered?? I will tell you (at least in my view) the flashing banners all over my screen are a little...distracting.
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