I joined Godaddy back in 1999. Aside from some other free very early websites back in the early 90s, like Geocities, Godaddy was the only web host provider I ever had. And I was perfectly happy with them. Any time I had an issue, which honestly, in and of itself was pretty rare, the support team was quick to fix it. I didn’t like the overly sexualized sensationalized advertising, but as a marketing professional myself, I understand that sometimes sex sells. I didn’t care – and honestly didn’t know – about the questionable ethics of both the company and of its founder. All I knew is my websites worked and it was cheap and that was good enough.
In an effort to try to improve our site, and as a followup to my post yesterday, regarding another Pay Per Click program (InfoLinks), I have disabled today also Bidvertiser ads which were causing a popup and redirect as well.
As well as similar issues such as highly irrelevant ads, and just “spamming” my readers.
I won’t stand for that, no matter how “profitable” an ad network may be.
After I finish this wordpress post, I am also going to disable the email collection “splash” screen that appears once per day when visiting the site. (Which is not related to Bidvertiser) (but keeps me from having to make a separate post about that as well).
For those curious, this is the plugin in question:
Nearly a 5 star rating and 10,000+ active installs.
One would think it could be trusted…. but…
Any program that continues to run it’s script after I “deactivate” the plugin in my admin control panel, is a bad, malicious program.
I deactivated the plugin from my wordpress site, as well as logged into my InfoLinks dashboard, disabled each one of the different ads I had enabled such as in text ads, in fold ads, etc, and still kept getting ads that covered, obscured, and hid my content.