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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

turning off obnoxious ads

I’ve just turned off some of the obnoxious ads that have been running here lately, including those awful “get ripped” ads — honestly, the guys all look better in their “before” pix — and all of the dieting ads. I’m just totally sick of looking at this crap all the time, and I don’t want youse guys all having to look at it either. Even if it means taking a hit on ad revenue. (If you appreciate this, click through an Amazon link here the next time you’re going to buy something there — it costs you nothing extra but I get a little kickback.)
Reader LaSargenta just emailed me about some truly awful ads that I hadn’t even seen — not everything shows up on my end — and I turned those off, too. (They had to do with “rating” women based on their physical attributes, which is so fucking disgusting I wish I could do something more than just click them off.) Please: If you see an ad that is especially obnoxious or annoying or disgusting, let me know my emailing me at thechick@flickfilosopher.com, because I may not be aware of it. If I agree with you about the vomit-worthiness of the ad, I’ll turn it off.

As I noted in comments somewhere recently, if ever there comes a moment when I’m independently wealthy and don’t need to rely on ad revenue from this site, I will remove all the ads. I promise. Till then, I really don’t have a choice — some ads have to run here. But there is a limit.

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  • Michael

    How long does it take to kick in? (The mid-story ad in this post is a “Get ripped” ad, amusingly enough.

  • Ugh, yeah, this is why I have adblock installed in Firefox. I don’t download the big list that filters out all the ads, because I like to support the sites I go to. So I still see most of the ads on the sites I browse. But when something awful like those “Get Ripped” ads, or the “2 simple rules to lose belly fat” ads come along, *click-blocked*.

  • Kenny

    Oh awesome… did you get rid of the “Secret to white teeth discovered by a MOM!!!” ads too?

  • MaryAnn

    It may take a short while for the ad network to catch up with my requests.

    Yes, I’m still seeing the get-ripped ads too.

  • Shaun

    Kudos to you MaryAnn. It would be nice to see more webmasters being as responsible with respect to the online carpet bombing campaigns of ‘get ripped’, ‘white teeth mom’ and Evony.

  • Isobel

    Looking good here – e-fax ad, Vanquis ad, cursor mania ad, oh yes and a £44 to £57 per hour job vacancy apparently (!).

    Will definitely use the Amazon links. I did to buy the Temeraire book, and good recommendation from the commenters on here! I started it on the train this morning and it’s making me happy already!

  • LaSargenta

    What about other ads? Do you get a bit for any of them? Now I see mostly pharma/medico stuff…except for the Bing ad with snowboard videos.

  • Althea

    Count Shrimpula, a nice coincidence. Just the other day I was hunting for a way to block popunders, and came across the Firefox Adblock Plus. It’s fantastic, and has made some obnoxious websites I use (not this one!)

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