enough already

It started as a little annoyance, and now it is just full blown hatred. I am talking about the ads they run at the top of my blog or underneath my latest post. It is not so much the fact that they run the ads, I don’t mind that because WordPress allows me a free blog as a result.

No, my beef is with the content of the ads. It is obvious that when I go online shopping or window shopping that they are tracking me and next time I visit my blog those online stores appear on my blog, usually advertising the items I have either purchased online or clicked on for a closer view and rejected.

Why invade my privacy this way? And why the hell would you waste time showing me items I have already purchased? Damn stupid strategy. I am not going to blog about the ads on my blog, because you are obviously seeing something related to your online habits. It hardly seems like a smart strategy to me.

Surely it would be smarted to show me something new and entice me to spend more money I don’t have?

Can online advertising go on a stick list?

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12 thoughts on “enough already

  1. It is kind of funny how things I looked at but could not afford keep showing up again and again, looking hopeful that they will somehow end up in my home, yeah right, not on my pay!

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  2. The ad shown on your blog depends on the reader and what s/he has been looking at in her/his browser. Right now I’m seeing at the bottom an ad for AT&T, I suppose because I use them as my internet service provider. I’m not sure why I’m seeing at the top an ad for Cabela’s, an outdoors sporting goods store here in the US that specializes in hunting equipment. They support the National Rifle Association, so I don’t shop there and would not bother going to their website. I do shop for fitness clothing online, so maybe that’s how I got tagged as a sporting-goods customer. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what WordPress shows on your blog if I do a complete cleansing of my browser data.

    (You can do that too: on all browsers, you go to Tools>Clear History or Clear Browsing Data. Unfortunately, it won’t take away the ads. My blog is blocked from search engines, but I just noticed I see ads on it now. WordPress is either desperate, or I’m garnering more web traffic than my stats show.)

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  3. You should be able to block tracking cookies through your Internet settings – Privacy – Custom setting. You can add individual sites that you want to stop from tracking you. I don’t know how WP works for sure, like with Facebook you have to let them – you can’t even log in unless you have tracking cookies enabled – but WP might not have that.

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  4. I must admit I wondered about these after I clicked on a video ad posted under one of your posts and it was for some beer and I wondered why ‘Flamingo Dancer’ would have allowed that given the post didn’t relate to alcohol and you never come across as much of a drinker…..

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  5. Have to confess to “going pro” a while back – haven’t made full use of the package but the major plus is not seeing ads. Bit creeped out to know I’m being watched and are being “tailored” to my browsing habits.

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  6. The same as GOM, your blog is the only one I visit that has ads – and there are a lot of them! Above your banner, in the sidebar, below the last line of a post and under the comment box as I type.

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