Wordpress, the site that Figments is hosted on, is a great free blogging platform with user friendly tools. But on occasion, free is iffy.
"At WordPress.com, we sometimes display discreet AdSense advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills. This keeps free features free!"
The aforementioned hook line, was in reference to today's appearance of AdSense at the end of each of my recent posts. It's completely understandable that a free platform needs a way to earn money, but these 'discreet' ads were ones that specifically push all my 'UGH!' buttons. The ads I refer to are about why high fructose corn syrup is okay, and how to become a nutritionist through an online program. And if you know me, you know that I get quite feisty in my pearls and pencil skirt on either of these topics.
So what do you do when you get those nasty Additives on your blog?
- Option 1: Upgrade to the No Ads option: $30 per year
- Option 2: Grin and bear it. How many of your readers are signed in Wordpress users? How many are reading via RSS/Google Reader? Those people won't see the ads.
- Option 3: Disclaimer time! Add a disclaimer saying that you are not responsible for the content of the advertisements.
- Option 4: Self host your blog.