Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Ooooh.. NOW I’m really *happy*

* Think: the opposite of happy

I just viewed this site from a non-signed in computer, and saw something I had never seem before. Something labeled “On the PopPressed Radar”.

Even though this appears to be one of my “widgets” (something I put on there) it is not.

It is something WordPress is doing.

To try to “pay for” the free service they provide.

I apologize to you, Dear Reader, and beg you – do not click the link.

I have just now shelled out $30 (for one year’s worth) to pay for a “no ads” subscription, in the hopes you will not see *stuff* like that again. That will buy me the time to consider my options. If you would like to support my no ads policy.. you can donate any amount by clicking the button in my sidebar.

Thank you.

April 22, 2011 - Posted by | Internet

2 Comments »

  1. Paul

    I’ve been noticing these WordPress advertisements for some time now, and wondered why they were being displayed. I am surprised and disappointed that they have resorted to this underhanded technique, particularly without your knowledge. I almost sent you an email asking what was up, but I had no idea you were not aware of it… I surely would have sent a message if I had known that it was being done behind your back.

    Fellow readers, please consider sending any amount you can to help Paul keep this great technical blog advertisement free. Even a single dollar would help… and who can’t afford that? If 30 of us were to donate a dollar, Pauls’ investment with WordPress would be covered. 30 more might even help keep his blogger batteries charged. I know I can afford to send a few bucks his way, and I hope others will too.

    Paul, I have no idea how you find the time to post daily articles on T4E, answer unknown quantities of email, and run Aplus Computer Aid on top of it all. I for one applaud your tenacity…

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    Comment by KsTinMan | April 23, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      The WordPress.com EULA states that ads will occasionally be inserted. (It also implies a “very rarely”.) It states that this is to help pay for their staff and equipment. The ads only appear to those who are not signed in (viewers will see them, not the authors).

      I had seen Google ads – clearly labeled as such – at the bottom of some of my posts.. once in a blue moon. I didn’t like it much, but I understood it; and, it happened so rarely, I really didn’t see it as one of those battles worth picking. (I believe one should choose their battles carefully.) But when I saw that in MY widget area, and saw that it was not labeled as paid advertising.. I about blew a gasket.

      I wrote in to WordPress. (And, yes. I did YELL.)

      My options are to: ignore it, pay $30 a year, or move to self hosting.
      Or just quit. (Which is admittedly attractive: why should I pay so I can give away my advice and expertise for free ???)

      Reader support such as yours is what keeps me at it. I thank you. I do hope your words will encourage others to chip in, and keep this Tech – for Everyone thingy going.. and also keep it ad free. Let’s send a message to advertisers.

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      Comment by techpaul | April 24, 2011 | Reply


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