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2DAWN4
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6/18/14 9:08 P

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Since the site is so helpful to me and free, the ads do not bother me!



NENATO2
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6/18/14 11:29 A

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Considering SP is free yet loaded up with all kinds of tools to help me stay healthy, I will not complain.

Usually the ads are related to something I've looked up or have anyway.

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6/18/14 12:48 A

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I like that the site is free and can understand the need for the ads, although they are aggravating sometimes.

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6/15/14 1:30 P

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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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MOMOPWRS
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6/15/14 9:18 A

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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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CSROBERTSON621
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6/14/14 9:30 P

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I'd definitely pay for an ad-free option. Most of the ads aren't too bad, but some actually interfere with the content. (That RLS one is the worst -- and it just won't go away!!)

I do understand that the site needs to make money somehow - which is why I'd be willing to pay not to have to see the ads.

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6/14/14 7:16 A

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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,
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6/10/14 11:50 A

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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


AIDEN487
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10/22/13 8:42 P

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Lose some of the ads



SHILLEE
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10/20/13 9:46 P

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Everything on here is free when others pay lots of money on other sites and places for the same info. I can deal with ads I can close

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PENNYLOU7
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10/20/13 3:30 P

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I am not bothered by the ads. I appreciate the free resources of SparkPeople. emoticon

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10/18/13 4:05 P

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I wouldn't mind the ads if they were advertising HEALTHY products, but many of them are outrageously bad for you.

“Enjoy losing weight. Enjoy eating healthy, delicious food. Do not wait until you reach your destination to feel good. Take as much happiness and joy as you can from your weight loss journey.”
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MOMOPWRS
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10/18/13 2:55 P

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The ads use to be not so bad. But now they are moving and vidios I have to stop. And now there are more and more per page.

Since I am metered on my data usage. I'm sure these waste my data and will cost me in the long run.

I would love to pay for sparkpeople without ads.
I have been using it for many years.

Today only comes Once, have FUN!

I can do This.
I Am In Control.
I make my own choices,
So make them good ones.


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GERI0917
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8/31/13 11:35 A

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Ann I agree. I can deal with the ads because the benefits of this site far outweigh the annoying marketing ploys. emoticon

"You have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body." 1 Cor. 6:20


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ANNROW0354
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8/31/13 8:49 A

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FREE FOOD AND FITNESS TRACKING
FREE WEIGHT LOSS ARTICLES
FREE EXERCISE VIDEOS
FREE RECIPE SITE/VIDEOS
FREE RADIO
FREE BLOG SITE/MESSAGE BOARDS

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.



Ann

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GRAPHICS2
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8/30/13 9:46 P

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I would rather have the ads than have to pay for the site. I can skips the ads if I am not interested. I love the Sparkpeople



ALBERTJON
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8/27/13 11:47 A

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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.

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BRITOMART
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8/22/13 8:37 P

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There is free ad-blocking software out there. I got it for other sites, but enjoy in on SP, too.

Britomart

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SP_COACH_DENISE
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8/16/13 5:47 P

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You can send an email to adreport@sparkpeople.com if you find any ads that are inappropriate or causing trouble with the site.

Coach Denise

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SCULPTAHORSE
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8/16/13 5:40 P

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Is there someplace we can let Sparkpeople know of our dissatisfaction with these ads?



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IABLUBLURR
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8/16/13 12:14 P

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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.



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SCULPTAHORSE
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8/16/13 11:43 A

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I have to agree, the ads are driving me NUTS! Makes me want to stay off Sparkpeople to avoid the aggravation!



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IABLUBLURR
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8/13/13 5:39 P

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It surprises me no one has thought of it before, because I will tell you that I would pay at least 10 bucks not to have to see the ads...and I'm sure I'm not the only one. : )

Kim



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SP_COACH_DENISE
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8/13/13 5:25 P

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I'm not sure if that will be added, but I will pass along your feedback.

Thanks!

Coach Denise

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

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IABLUBLURR
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8/13/13 1:02 P

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Afternoon All!!

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.

Just a thought...

Kim



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