Did TechSpot recently change their ad policy?

yRaz

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I have recently been getting popup ads on my mobile devices specifically browsing techspot. These are incredibly invasive ads. I assumed at first this was from some app I had downloaded so I deleted everything I didn't need and then cleared the cache and deleted all related data and I'm still getting them.

If this is techspots doing, stop it. If it isn't techspot then someone point me in the right direction.
 

yRaz

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Ads like these have been appearing for me on mobile only on techspot, what is going on? They are almost always tech related. Is this you or not? It's important to know because if it isnt then I have some serious security issues I need to work on across all my mobile devices and I've already done the obvious
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Julio Franco

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We made a few changes to our ad stack this week. In fact, we removed the top ad in favor of some Google formats which go in-between posts, and pages are loading faster than ever before... that's one part of the equation though.

We are indeed experimenting with this interstitial format which performs really well, but I have yet to figure out how to remove it for logged in users though (which would be the ideal solution). Worst case scenario, those ads should only show once every 24 hours to the same user. Like I said, not ideal but it's what we're experimenting with.
 

yRaz

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We made a few changes to our ad stack this week. In fact, we removed the top ad in favor of some Google formats which go in-between posts, and pages are loading faster than ever before... that's one part of the equation though.

We are indeed experimenting with this interstitial format which performs really well, but I have yet to figure out how to remove it for logged in users though (which would be the ideal solution). Worst case scenario, those ads should only show once every 24 hours to the same user. Like I said, not ideal but it's what we're experimenting with.
I just don't find ads like these acceptable for members or non-members. It is unprofessional and akin to what's seen on torrent and porn sites although with different content.

With the online presence TechSpot is getting with the amount I see it cited on othersites and in YouTube videos, this type of popup ad is simply unacceptable. When I see this stuff on other sites I hit the back button and never go there again.

I've invested over 10 years into the techspot community and watched it grow, I do not want to see it stoop so low as to have this level and type of advertising. It's understood that you make your money from ads, that's fine, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. This is the wrong way.

The worst case scenario isn't that we see them every 24 hours. The worst case scenario is that you start losing traffic and make less money in the long run.Screenshot_20210607-130113_Chrome.jpg
 

wiyosaya

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We made a few changes to our ad stack this week. In fact, we removed the top ad in favor of some Google formats which go in-between posts, and pages are loading faster than ever before... that's one part of the equation though.

We are indeed experimenting with this interstitial format which performs really well, but I have yet to figure out how to remove it for logged in users though (which would be the ideal solution). Worst case scenario, those ads should only show once every 24 hours to the same user. Like I said, not ideal but it's what we're experimenting with.
Over the weekend, I was presented with some of the pop up ads myself. I have whitelisted TS in my ad blocker as of several months ago. However, after being presented with these popup ads, it made me wonder whether I should re-enable my ad blocker for TS. I agree with @yRaz Ads like these are best left for porn sites.
 

Julio Franco

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Haha. I hear you. The ads are coming from Google, which means they are supposed to be high quality only, but... don't worry about it, they are gone for logged in members now.
 

captaincranky

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Ads like these are best left for porn sites.
Shame on you, for knowing what the ads are like on porn sites. Those things are better left to soulless riffraff like myself..

Speaking of which, I should dash over to a less reputable URL, to get my Flash Player, and all my drivers updated.. Who knows, maybe I'll download a couple of "free games" while I'm at it.

I sure hope my old XP machine keeps chuggin', so I don't have to avail myself of any M$ "customer support" popups. ::rolleyes: .
 

wiyosaya

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Haha. I hear you. The ads are coming from Google, which means they are supposed to be high quality only, but... don't worry about it, they are gone for logged in members now.
IMO, the combination of Google and High Quality is an oxymoron. ;) :laughing:

Anyway, thanks for removing them for logged in members. Personally, I thought they were annoying. For me, they popped up when I clicked links such as in the "Discuss" side-bar.