Advertisements getting bad

monkeybagel

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Original poster
Jul 24, 2011
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I know the site makes its money from the advertisements, however I have noticed they have really stepped up the past few times I have visited the site. On an iPad, there is a persistent advertisement on the bottom of the page, which is somewhat intrusive. In addition, there is what appears to be an AJAX based ad on the homepage that floats on top of the page until one closes it. Furthermore, the forum user "Sponsored" has really increased in presence.

I understand some advertising is needed, but I feel all of the additional advertisements over the past few months really take away from the enjoyment of visiting the site. I hope they are scaled back to what they were a few months ago. I have an internal DNS server that points most advertising servers to null, and I do not like to use that on sites I don't mind to support, however I feel if they keep increasing it will encourage users to use more ad blocking extensions and DNS to circumvent it.
 

jlgolson

Contributing Editor
Jun 2, 2011
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As always, it's much easier to do something about annoying ads if you take a screenshot of the bothersome advertisements. Then we can take steps to get rid of them.

There should not be any popover or floating ads.
 
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arn

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Apr 9, 2001
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I know the site makes its money from the advertisements, however I have noticed they have really stepped up the past few times I have visited the site. On an iPad, there is a persistent advertisement on the bottom of the page, which is somewhat intrusive. In addition, there is what appears to be an AJAX based ad on the homepage that floats on top of the page until one closes it. Furthermore, the forum user "Sponsored" has really increased in presence.

I understand some advertising is needed, but I feel all of the additional advertisements over the past few months really take away from the enjoyment of visiting the site. I hope they are scaled back to what they were a few months ago. I have an internal DNS server that points most advertising servers to null, and I do not like to use that on sites I don't mind to support, however I feel if they keep increasing it will encourage users to use more ad blocking extensions and DNS to circumvent it.
We try to block popups and the like. There's been a persistent one this last week.

The iPad one should have been removed. Are you still seeing it?

arn
 

DarkCole

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Jul 21, 2013
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Does anyone else get redirected to the App Store when they load up MacRumors on their iDevices? Really annoying when it happens.
 

arn

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Apr 9, 2001
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Does anyone else get redirected to the App Store when they load up MacRumors on their iDevices? Really annoying when it happens.
Haven't seen that.

We talking front page? What app in the App Store?

arn
 

WildCowboy

Administrator/Editor
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Jan 20, 2005
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TechCrunch covered this issue in an article yesterday. In short, it's coming from the ad networks, but it's not entirely clear who is responsible for the bad behavior. Certainly not unique to MacRumors, but that doesn't help solve the problem.
 

DarkCole

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Jul 21, 2013
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Haven't seen that.

We talking front page? What app in the App Store?

arn
Sorry I closed out of the App Store so quickly in frustration I didn't see. This was front page. The only advertisement I remember seeing was the game Animal Voyage by Pocket Gems. Not sure if that's what caused it. Sorry for not being able to help more then that!
 

keysofanxiety

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Nov 23, 2011
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Sorry I closed out of the App Store so quickly in frustration I didn't see. This was front page. The only advertisement I remember seeing was the game Animal Voyage by Pocket Gems. Not sure if that's what caused it. Sorry for not being able to help more then that!
That happened to me quite often on my iPhone after I went on some dirty websites. Not saying you did the same, just saying how mine came (no pun intended). Clear the cache and it'll be fine. :)
 

DarkCole

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Jul 21, 2013
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That happened to me quite often on my iPhone after I went on some dirty websites. Not saying you did the same, just saying how mine came (no pun intended). Clear the cache and it'll be fine. :)
Haha I'll clear the cache and see. Thanks! :D
 

SandboxGeneral

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Sep 8, 2010
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Front page.

Gross, can we monitor these a little better?

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