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10/20/14 9:00 A

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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!

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10/19/14 1:41 A

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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!



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10/11/14 1:06 P

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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.



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10/11/14 12:55 P

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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..



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10/10/14 9:47 P

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It's free... I can live with the ads



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10/10/14 3:37 P

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I agree. The ads that move drive me crazy. I would pay to have an ad-free option.



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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!

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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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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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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.

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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!!

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when all that we need to make us happy
is something to be enthusiastic about."
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10/22/13 8:42 P

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Lose some of the ads

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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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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.

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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.

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So make them good ones.


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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's Photo ANNROW0354 Posts: 603
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.



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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



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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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. : )

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SP_COACH_DENISE's Photo SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 30,773
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I'm not sure if that will be added, but I will pass along your feedback.

Thanks!

Coach Denise

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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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