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Ads are back Good news and Bad news. Why? Ads are back.

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The good news is that the ads are back. The bad news is they are no longer the targeted ads we had in the past. These are what are sometimes called tier 2 and sometimes called SPAM ads. For example, a tier-one ad searches the text and aligns the advertisement to the post. You could talk about tractors, and there would be focused ads with tractors and tractor supplies. Now you get what are often the more SPAM related ads on your post. While I understand that the site needs income, the ads that are placed on our posts now make me uncomfortable. Based on that, I am sharing my initial thoughts and concerns with the community to get the discussion out to the community.

Problems:

1. The ads are now a ½ page, making it even harder to miss them.

2. We all have brands; some of the ads were not the type that I want to be associated with my posts.

I haven’t enjoyed the negativity that filled the site the past few weeks, but I can deal with that. I can and happily do welcome the ads back to the site. But as I have learned in my three years on this site, be careful what you ask for.  There are 3 to 4 tiers of ads on the internet. The most valuable are the targeted ads like what was on the site in the past. The second is the more generic product-specific ads, but not targeted. The third tier is the potential SPAM posts, such as what is now on the site. I am dictating to anyone. I do not set rules. I am merely pointing out what is currently associated with you on the internet.  It is an uncomfortable situation.

I like writing here, but honestly, the rate to 100 views went from 2 days to 3 days. The value of the Viril went down, and now there are ads. Some of the advertisements are close to being offensive. Based on that, I am seriously thinking about if I should continue writing here. I have many people that read my posts every day that do not have accounts here on the site. I am uncertain and will have to reach out to that community and see if the ads offend them. I know that many of them have stayed away due to the negativity. Hopefully, that has passed. But these ads may offend enough of them that I will have to move on from the site and write somewhere else.

My grandfather used to say, “if you live above a bar, don’t complain about the noise. You can always smove.”

  • Are we living above a bar now?

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. The placement of the ads are so odd because they are so bunched up. When we got them back I literally scrolled down seemingly like a full page to get to the comment section. I remember Carol mentioning this which prompted me to take notice of them.

    I never really knew that there were different ad types.

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  2. I’m glad the ads are back. I can see the two types of ads. I don’t know if we see different types of ads depending on which country one resides in. The second type can be quite offensive but on my side, they are somehow not offensive.

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  3. I haven’t seen any offensive ads which makes me believe that higher profile users get these ads. Could it be that those ads bring more revenue and therefore go to the widest reaching authors?

    I am happy to see the ads back and hopefully the revenue going back up.

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    • i do hope the value of a viral goes up.
      I think based on the feedback there are three things to consider.
      1. some have seen very offensive ads (bad)
      2. the ones I’ve seen are not what I want on my page, but more annoying (ED replacement) than offensive. Still, others have seen outright porn.
      3. The ads are at times links to sites that are questionable.

  4. Thanks for this, Doc. As far as I can discern from the preceding comments, regardless what whatever tier the ads we are seeing are, their content varies (at least) by country of viewer. When I look at this page and at a post of Ileana’s, I see the same ads, and none of them are very offensive, no more than they have been in the past.

    If a user is making a firestorm about everything, they will make a firestorm regardless of what subject matter they may decide to rant about. What is disappointing is how such negativity is tolerated. I find that a lot more offensive than any ads I’ve seen on this site.

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    • the ads are different today, compared to yesterday. They are still offensive, but even within the US, some people got much worse than I saw.

      i don’t know on your second point what to say. i guess sorry is all I have.

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  5. I do not see offensive ads. There are huge now but any of them are pornographic. As I am in Spain I only see ads about coronavirus but as you are in America you see pornographic ads because the pornographic industry is huge in America (I am joking) I am always seeing an ad about steroids

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  6. Yes, there was a lot of negativity about Virily last week. It is not good to criticize the site that allows you to write, it is better to write about what you want, I do not like to criticize. Yes, ads were better in the past. Please do not leave, people tend to ignore ads. Nobody is going to feel uncomfortable, perhaps they laugh

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  7. I was away for a day and there is such a big change! The ads I see are a bit annoying, but they are relatively innocent – mostly weight loss ads. Anyway, I hope they won’t drive users away.

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        • i haven’t seen things that are purely porn but I have seen ads that were borderline offensive.

          i have readers that are offended by ED ads when the read my posts. I don’t blame them for that. It is wholly their choice.

          That is the issue, we are presenting a new and different face again without any information from the admin team.

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          • Unfortunately, whatever the content of the ads would be, there still will be people who might feel offended or triggered. We all have different insecurities, phobias, traumas, pains, etc.

            But content like porn, abuse, and scams are definitely not acceptable, so I hope there are no more such ads. On a better note, the ads I see right now seem much better than yesterday.

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          • Now I remember an ad, I think on niume, that showed a very crusty toe nail, and it stayed for weeks. Not the best combination with my food posts, lol.

            Scrolling can be annoying, but as long as the ads don’t pop up and cover the text, I am okay.

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        • i have friends that do not like ads like what we had yesterday (i got 12 messages offline from them).

          I was saddened by that. Oh well.

          they are reading my offline blog now so Virily loses external readers.

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  8. I did not pay attention to their content. At one time they were almost half a printed page. At the moment I am writing the comments there are a total of 7. There are none that are provocative. Now I will follow them more thoroughly. Thanks Doc for this post – ALARM

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