Google Adsense advertising ('it appears to non-logged-in visitors')
Thread poster: R-i-c-h-a-r-d

R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Feb 23, 2007

Hi all,

I really love ProZ and all the member features. I spend far too much time here!

I just noticed the Kudoz section smattered with Google Adsense Advertising, top and bottom, and was quite taken aback. I can't see the advertising now, so I'm sure it was just an experiment, but have fears that it may be earmarked for inclusion at any time.

OK, why do I give a damn how ProZ makes its income? Well, because I'm a paying member and I think that advertising should be used discreetly and shouldn't be a nuisance to those that pay for a fast, reliable, intuitive and excellent service.

Any comments?

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2007-02-25 06:57]


Drew MacFadyen
Google ads never displayed to members Feb 23, 2007

Thank you for your input. We agree that paying members should not see Google ads. The program we run for ads on the forum and kudoz sections are set to only display to non-logged in visitors. It is quite possiblee that you viewed that page while you were logged out - and then when you logged in the ads disapeared as they should have.

Our goal is to provide our members with ads for goods and services from translation industry vendors and partners, which we think members would find valuable. These ads are non intrusive and displayed in banner format.

I hope this answers your questions - and assuages your concerns. We definitely do not intend to display Google type ads to our platinum members.


Drew MacFadyen
Advertising & Conference Manager


R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:13
Member (2006)
Portuguese to English
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My mistake, appologies. Feb 23, 2007


I realise now in hindsight that I'd opened up another web browser to see how the site functions and hadn't logged in. Once I had logged in those nasty adverts went away.

Thanks, I'm relieved.

That's another member benefit folks!!!



Anne Patteet  Identity Verified
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I appreciate that too, Feb 24, 2007

that members don't get to see all those ads. But I don't like the Babylon one blinking on the left side. When an ad stays for a few seconds (just enough to read it if we want to), that's all right. But that blink-blink is annoying to me.


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:13
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I don't like the blinking ads either. Feb 24, 2007

"Blinking" used to be used as a mild swear word in UK English. It is now obsolete, but you can take it in that sense too if you like.


Local time: 05:13
Re: Annoying banner ads Feb 24, 2007

I find flashing banner ads immensely irritating. For that reason I did an internet search and found excellent programmes which eliminate the vast majority of "flashing boxes". I now work and surf on the internet in blissful peace!!!
Search for the following term: "disable banner ads" or "AdsOff" software.

Hope this helps.


Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
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German to English
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Sorry to digress, but... Feb 24, 2007

Since when is the word "blinking" obsolete, Jack? I grew up with it being a very common word. What makes you say it is obsolete? Just curious.


And, by the way, those blinking ads do annoy me, too. I cannot look at the page at all then, and have to switch to another page - any page at all.

[Edited at 2007-02-24 22:32]


Vito Smolej
Local time: 05:13
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
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On obsolete expresssions Feb 25, 2007

Since when is the word "blinking" obsolete, Jack?

I guess since US' rappers started to invade the English homeland. Right, Jack?




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