Now I don't want to upset the masses, but I am upset right now, and I have to vent....
But recently I have noticed that an ad that I "thought" I didn't approve was showing on my blog....the one with the man cooking or something, and the little girl waving her finger at him...you know the one?? Well, it turns out that I never did approve it, and it ran anyway!!!
Sneaky Entrecard doesn't set your default to not have paid ads on your site? Hmmmmm, why not??? Because that way they can have ads run and hopefully you will be dense like me and think you must have approved it!!!!
So today, is what really got me angry...I went over to my other site, The Angels Weekly, and my ad for Candles, Crafts and Whatnot was supposed to be running, and it wasn't!! I went into the Angels Dashboard, and it shows that my ad is running, but when I go to the site, it is not!!! A paid ad is in it's place!! And when I refresh the page....another paid ad shows up....and another.....and so on!
So now I go look to see why...and I'm all kinds of mad, and I'm ready to give Entrecard a piece of my mind....but guess what??? They have it posted if you look for it, and here is what it says:
"How often do paid ads run?"
"If there are no paid ads ready to run on your blog, they won't run at all. If
there are, and there are also Entrecard ads, the paid ads will run a maximum of
50% of the time. If there are no Entrecard ads but there are paid ads, only the
paid ads will be displayed."
Anyway, the 50% thing is untrue, and I proved it by refreshing and seeing numerous paid ads and my Candles, Crafts and Whatnot card only came up once!!
Go ahead, try it....refresh and see if you don't get other ads showing up? That is as long as you didn't know (like I didn't) about turning them off?
So, while researching, I found this too: Three types of ad may run on your blog:
These are ads by other Entrecard users. They always point to a blog and
are purchased using credits.
These are ads by third-party advertisers on Entrecard. They may point to
a blog, or to a product or other site.
These are ads run by Entrecard, for Entrecard services only. These only
run when there are no other ads available for your blog.
Entrecard provides the options on this page because we believe your blog is your
own, and you should have control over what is shown there. However, we ask that where possible you keep any limitations as minimal as possible - Entrecard ads are the essence of the network, and paid ads help support the service and
contribute to the CashOut fund. These are vital to the continued growth and
success of Entrecard and its ability to help you and your blog grow.
(this is what they tell you....what they don't tell you is: you can turn off the advertising. On the dashboard, click on Advert Settings, then click the following: Allow paid ads only if explicitly approved by you.) AHHHH HAAAAA, so that is where I made my mistake!!! I didn't know I HAD to turn off the ads that I didn't approve!!!! Ohhhhh now it makes sense!!! NOT~~~~~~~
Also, I have to admit that I have approved some paid ads, because some of the paid ads are from my friends, whose blogs I visit. And some of the paid ads didn't look like paid ads.
BUT>>>>> What I don't like and what I am really, really peeved about, is that for the people who don't have paid ads, and have used their hard earned credits to advertise on my blogs, they are not getting the full time allotted!! And neither am I on the blogs that I have advertised on!!! How can we compete with paid ads that Entrecard puts up whenever they want?? And why should we???
I will admit, I have gained traffic from Entrecard, and I have made quite a lot of friends through Entrecard, but why should we advertise on each others blogs, when we worked hard to earn those credits, and selected where we wanted our cards to be shown....only to have Entrecard ruin it???
Oh, and by the way, we don't get anything for the paid ads running on our sites.... we don't even get credits....Entrecard gets it all. And because the person who doesn't have a paid ad, only has their card run for a short period of time, we don't get the full credit for that either!! We only get a portion for the time it was shown!!! Again, I have to say......WTF?!?!?
Here is what Entrecard has to say about that:
Am I getting credits or something for accepting these paid ads?
No. We are expecting everyone to do their best to help support Entrecard within
their own capabilities. We have decided to leave how you do that up to you, at
least initially. We hope that many of you will choose to support Entrecard and
the users by supporting this feature, and allowing us to earn money both to pay
for hosting and to fund the upcoming CashOut feature.
So, on that happy note....I hope you are more informed now....and not naive as I was, and can fix things before they get out of hand....I only wish I knew this before!!!
Till Next Time,