2020-02-18 Ads are evil

I recommend reading Advertising is a cancer on society, by Jacek Złydach.

It is that bad. Lots of links you can follow up on if you want to.

Also recommended: The Website Obesity Crisis, by Maciej Ceglowski.

If you work in the industry, ask yourself: do you really want to?



I’ve noticed that basically every Wordpress site has ads now, possibly due to a change in some default setting?

Anne 2020-02-18 23:47 UTC

Like tax breaks, the ability to run ads is given to all of us. Like tax breaks, most of us don’t benefit... 😆

That’s what I think at least. Back when people started putting AdWords on their blogs, most made minuscule amounts, as far as I remember.

As for Wordpress specifically, if people didn’t all opt in, perhaps that is how Wordpress is financing the free tier?

Either way, I run uBlock Origin...

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-19 06:05 UTC

I just found the Wordpress Ad Inserter plugin:

Ad management plugin with many advanced advertising features to insert ad codes at optimal positions.

Supports all kinds of ads including Google AdSense, Google Ad Manager (DFP – DoubleClick for publishers), contextual Amazon Native Shopping Ads, Media.net and rotating banners.

This plugin is more than AdSense plugin or plugin for ads. It provides many advanced options to insert opt-in forms, header scripts, Javascript, CSS, HTML, PHP, analytics, tracking or advert code anywhere on the page.

– Alex Schroeder 2020-02-19 07:41 UTC

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