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Gambling ads?
April 22, 2020
10:24 pm
Loonie
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Recently I've started receiving quite a few ads for gambling on this site. It may be they are for online gambling or maybe casinos, although I imagine casinos are closed now. I didn't look too closely.

I have done nothing to attract them as I never gamble anywhere or visit casinos or gambling sites.

Is this something you want to encourage, Peter? or can you filter it out?

I realize people have free choice and all that, but why encourage throwing away your money on a site for savers? It makes the site look disreputable.

April 23, 2020
7:26 am
Doug
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Loonie said
Recently I've started receiving quite a few ads for gambling on this site. It may be they are for online gambling or maybe casinos, although I imagine casinos are closed now. I didn't look too closely.

I have done nothing to attract them as I never gamble anywhere or visit casinos or gambling sites.

Is this something you want to encourage, Peter? or can you filter it out?

I realize people have free choice and all that, but why encourage throwing away your money on a site for savers? It makes the site look disreputable.  

Loonie, have you opted in or out of Google personalized ads? I think all of the ad inventory on the site is from Google. I'm going to suspect the latter, which means you see less relevant ads, not based on your web browsing history (which is creepy in and of itself). Anyway, with the COVID-19-related government-ordered global economic shutdown, companies have been pulling back on expenditures, which includes ad campaigns. So, there are less, erm, reputable companies relevant to the site that Google can serve ads. Peter probably can exclude certain categories, and I suspect he probably will, especially if more than one person complains. However, note that Google does not pay Peter for ad impressions; he is only paid when people click on the ads—that's what made, in part, Google so successful, in that companies weren't paying for ads viewed which they couldn't track in terms of return on investment.

Cheers,
Doug

April 23, 2020
8:09 am
Dean
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Good points, Loonie (Post #1) ❗

A lot of ads can be blocked, or at least kept to a minimum. One of the ways, is with third party software.

I use Bitdefender's 'Anti-Tracker' feature. I see very few ads while online. And on this site, I see no ads at all.

sf-cool " Live Long And Prosper " sf-cool

April 23, 2020
8:42 am
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I guess Peter gets few $$ from ads appearing on his site. I do not know how that exactly works...
Question is will he get anything if somebody blocks an ad while viewing any particular page with ads?

April 23, 2020
8:46 am
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pooreva said
I guess Peter gets few $$ from ads appearing on his site. I do not know how that exactly works...
Question is will he get anything if somebody blocks an ad while viewing any particular page with ads?  

No, because he's not paid for ad views. Someone altering their ad preferences simply serves to try and provide more relevant ads to that user, which, in turn, may prompt the user the click through. So, feel free to adjust your Google advertising preferences, if you wish.

Peter is only paid (a) on ad clicks and (b) by receiving a referral commission for qualified new sign-ups at cashback.highinterestsavings.ca, of which he shares a portion of the commission with those that have successfully signed up.

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Good points, Loonie (Post #1) ❗

A lot of ads can be blocked, or at least kept to a minimum. One of the ways, is with third party software.

I use Bitdefender's 'Anti-Tracker' feature. I see very few ads while online. And on this site, I see no ads at all.  

Thanks, Dean. I haven't used Bitdefender, but it's a popular security software and is one I would probably recommend if I were going to use it. Windows Defender, Cloudflare's anycast DNS resolver service 1.1.1.1, and my hardware router serve me well enough, though. I contemplated recommending an ad blocking software, but wasn't sure if it was encouraged. Vivaldi just announced privacy-invasive tracking cookie and ad blocking functionality in their latest web browser, which is based on Google Chrome. It's created by some of the original founders of the Opera web browser and, like Opera Software, Vivaldi Technologies is also based in Oslo, Norway. Definitely happy I ditched Chrome!

Hope that helps,
Doug

April 23, 2020
10:41 am
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I contemplated recommending an ad blocking software, but wasn't sure if it was encouraged.

Thank you Doug for explanations. As I understand better now, web site owner is paid ONLY if somebody clicks on ad. Am I correct? Meaning all those jumping or whatever pictures are just visual distraction unless you click on them.

Why not recommend ad blocking software? Free one I am using is AdBlockPlus with my Firefox. As I use old version of Firefox (v56 and the only reason for that is that I have 5 or 6 add-ons I cannot live without while in cyberspace) AdBlockPlus has addition of Element Hiding Helper where you can select ANY portion of the screen to be blocked.
Then there is, not supported anymore, Ad Muncher. These two together stop everything.
My Internet experience is absolutely ad and garbage free.

April 23, 2020
11:18 am
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pooreva said

Doug said
I contemplated recommending an ad blocking software, but wasn't sure if it was encouraged.

Thank you Doug for explanations. As I understand better now, web site owner is paid ONLY if somebody clicks on ad. Am I correct? Meaning all those jumping or whatever pictures are just visual distraction unless you click on them.

In most cases, yes. Some highly trafficked websites, like news websites, will sell some of their ad space on a monthly basis (like a newspaper would) or on an impression basis, but yeah, in most cases, it's pay-per-click.

Why not recommend ad blocking software? Free one I am using is AdBlockPlus with my Firefox. As I use old version of Firefox (v56 and the only reason for that is that I have 5 or 6 add-ons I cannot live without while in cyberspace) AdBlockPlus has addition of Element Hiding Helper where you can select ANY portion of the screen to be blocked.
Then there is, not supported anymore, Ad Muncher. These two together stop everything.
My Internet experience is absolutely ad and garbage free.  

Yeah, I get that websites need to get paid for the content they produce, so have no problem with recommending ad blocking software privately. I just wasn't sure if Peter minded us recommending AdBlockPlus, BitDefender's ad blocking software, and the Vivaldi web browser.

Here's what I do with Vivaldi...if it's an actual content site with paid editorial staff to support, then I will unblock the site (so I can see, and potentially click on, ads) if (a) they don't have auto-playing videos or video ads and (b) they haven't cluttered the site up with too many ads. If those conditions are 'true', then I unblock them. sf-cool

Cheers,
Doug

April 25, 2020
8:19 am
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Thanks for bringing up this issue. I don't want gambling ads on this site and will figure out how to block that category of ads.

April 26, 2020
3:51 pm
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Doug said

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I contemplated recommending an ad blocking software, but wasn't sure if it was encouraged. Vivaldi just announced privacy-invasive tracking cookie and ad blocking functionality in their latest web browser, which is based on Google Chrome. It's created by some of the original founders of the Opera web browser and, like Opera Software, Vivaldi Technologies is also based in Oslo, Norway. Definitely happy I ditched Chrome!

Hope that helps,
Doug  

I switched away from Brave browser because of some incompatibility issues, back to Chrome now. Maybe one day I'll try Vivaldi. I use ublock Origin ad blocker with Chrome. Sometimes I'll have an issue and just use Window 10's built in Edge browser for that one web page.

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