WordPress YouTube ad surprise

JHeroes.com article showing YouTube ad at the bottom

The video-player link at the bottom is an ad, not part of my article.

WordPress.com has made it very easy to post YouTube videos, a feature I’ve used a lot. (See the Video and WP Tips menu items above.)

However, I’ve just discovered that WordPress.com, is also embedding YouTube video ads in my pages. I knew that new visitors sometimes would see clearly marked text ads at the end of blog posts, but I don’t like the fact that these video ads are indistinguishable from the content of the page.

Since they are not shown to logged-in users, I never see them. But today I visited my Newspaper Heroes on the Air (jheroes.com) blog using an old laptop, and discovered an unrelated YouTube video at the bottom of the page — looking just like the embedded videos I sometimes use as part of blog items.

I can make all of the ads go away by paying WordPress.com an annual fee, and that’s probably what I’ll do — as soon as I balance my budget for the year. I’ve read the original terms of service for using WordPress, but only remembered a reference to “We very occassionally show Adsense (contextual text ads) on post and tag pages.” Unlike text ads I had seen, the video (or graphics) not only look like part of my “content,” they also slowed down the loading of pages on that old laptop.

If you know of a WordPress page or forum discussing this YouTube ad policy — Is it new? — please add a comment below.

mild-mannered reporter who found computers & the Web in grad school in the 1980s (Wesleyan) and '90s (UNC); taught journalism, media studies, Web production; retired to write, make music, photograph sunsets & walks in the woods.

Posted in Blogging, communication, j-heroes, podcasting, WordPress, youtube
6 comments on “WordPress YouTube ad surprise
  1. Hi. There’s supposed to be a label above the video that says “ADVERTISEMENT”. We’re looking into why it’s not showing up on your site. Our apologies for the bug.

    • Bob Stepno says:

      Here’s where the deceptive WordPress ad wants to send my readers today.


      Today I’m using an Android tablet and the unmarked ad is doubly deceptive — presumably detecting that my device is “mobile,” the ad server has delivered a fake “3 calls missed ” icon.

      That’s ironic and dumb, since the device isn’t actually a phone!

  2. Sarah says:

    I also JUST discovered these on my blog. I too want them to go away. I’ve been searching all over the dashboard for how to make them disappear and found your blog in a Google search. So, we have to pay?! Blah.

  3. Brandon B says:

    Found the same thing to my horror on my blog. I’m trying to maintain integrity, not sell Kia’s. How much to stop this nonsense?

    • Bob Stepno says:

      Could be worse, I suppose, if the main purpose of your site was to sell Fords. A friend of mine blogs about environmental issues and is upset about having oil company ads on his page.

  4. Lisam says:

    I just noticed this and I’m not happy about it at all. It makes it seem as if we posted the advertisement since it’s attached to the post. If it was to the side of the blog I might be a tiny bit okay with it. I think this will confuse my readers and wonder why I’m sending them youtube video advertisments. I’m annoyed. Does anyone know the fee to avoid this?

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