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#1 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 03:30 PM

Hey Brock,

Any chance you can make the ads that play audio to do so on mute? Ads the play audio can discourage site visits.

#2 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 04:39 PM

Next time you see one, right click on your page. Select View Source. Paste all of that content into a .txt file and email that attachment to [email protected].

I've been trying to track down who is serving those $&%$ing ads but haven't seen one in a long time. If I can look at the generated code, I can see who is doing it.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:09 AM

will do. Got hit with a bunch yesterday. I'll follow this advice.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 06:10 PM

These ads are back. I just emailed you one. Annoying as can be!

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:32 AM

Stop. Running. With. Crappy. Networks.
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#6 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:37 AM

Stop. Running. With. Crappy. Networks.


Every network we've used has been guilty of delivering ****ty autoplay ads at one point or another... including the network you used to work for.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:38 AM

These ads are back. I just emailed you one. Annoying as can be!


Thanks. The code doesn't render from source the way I expected. Can you describe which ad slot was showing the offending ad? For example, second rectangle ad in the sidebar about half way down the page.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:17 AM

Every network we've used has been guilty of delivering ****ty autoplay ads at one point or another... including the network you used to work for.

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That was never us running those ****ty ads, that was the stupid ass networks we sold the remnants ads too.

There are networks out there that actually will not run auto sound ads. I'd suggest leaving USA Today Sports period, it's a sinking ship. You guys obviously know that landscape better than I these days, but is SB Nation or Fan Sided an option? At least you don't get stuck with the crappy ads.
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#9 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:35 AM

We're always exploring more options but frankly, it's down to opportunity cost at this point. None of us have the time to work on everything we'd like to change so we have to choose our battles.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:38 AM

We're always exploring more options but frankly, it's down to opportunity cost at this point. None of us have the time to work on everything we'd like to change so we have to choose our battles.


You should contract someone out to specifically deal with the networks. Give them like a 10-20% commission and I bet you will see a nice increase in CPM (Revenue) and zero more auto play ads.

And no, I am not nominating myself. The network game is depressing and dirty.
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#11 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:01 AM

And no, I am not nominating myself.


Like we'd even consider you at all. The last thing I want to see is this site's ads back-filled with "DEROSA FOR PREZ, BRO" banner ads.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:17 AM

Like we'd even consider you at all. The last thing I want to see is this site's ads back-filled with "DEROSA FOR PREZ, BRO" banner ads.


Yes, it would be a conflict of interest for sure.
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#13 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 09:52 AM

Yes, it would be a conflict of interest for sure.


Though the outcome would be most entertaining.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 07:40 PM

Thanks. The code doesn't render from source the way I expected. Can you describe which ad slot was showing the offending ad? For example, second rectangle ad in the sidebar about half way down the page.


It was on the right side bar about 3/4th of the way down the page.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:58 PM

Just thought I'd bump this thread up because these ads are back. Was drafting a blog post tonight and one kept running even when I'd "pause" it. I've had the same thing happening frequently lately on other pages lately.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:47 PM

What ads?

Oh thats right, I run ad blocker plus

#17 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

Just thought I'd bump this thread up because these ads are back. Was drafting a blog post tonight and one kept running even when I'd "pause" it. I've had the same thing happening frequently lately on other pages lately.


Im going to reach out to our networks this week and find out why they're back. Give it a few days and hopefully they'll be gone.

#18 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 06:43 PM

What ads?

Oh thats right, I run ad blocker plus


Yay. Good for you. Way to undermine our main (only) source of revenue. Congratulations!

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:31 PM

Is anyone still having an issue with noisy ads? I reached out to the network that I believe was displaying those awful things. I haven't heard back yet but I haven't seen any of those ads run today (but I rarely saw them at all so there's that).

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 04:53 PM

Yay. Good for you. Way to undermine our main (only) source of revenue. Congratulations!


If it makes you feel better, I check it occasionally on my mobile phone and the ads come up.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 05:07 PM

They are actually video ads and appear always at the top right box, if that helps.
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#22 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:12 PM

They are actually video ads and appear always at the top right box, if that helps.


Yep. Sure does. I'll contact that network in the morning.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:07 PM

the middle box is telling me all about how Katie Holmes is going topless for her next spread... Glad I'm not at work.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 08:41 PM

Is anyone still having an issue with noisy ads? I reached out to the network that I believe was displaying those awful things. I haven't heard back yet but I haven't seen any of those ads run today (but I rarely saw them at all so there's that).


Ive still seen them frequently today.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:51 PM

I haven't had one go off today but they've occurred I all spots for me, not just the too spot.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 01:54 AM

For me the noisy video ads are on the right side of the screen, just below the Comunity Blogs links.
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Posted 22 July 2014 - 06:44 AM

Thanks, everybody. I think I've narrowed down the offending network. I have reached out to them, waiting for a response.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:04 PM

Oops ... spoke too soon ... in the middle slot below the articles links ... an audio/video Starbucks ad for iced tea, followed by something that was too long to wait until it ended, but it seemed to be a lengthy demonstration on hair coloring. When I switched forums, it stopped, but then the Starbucks ad popped up right away again.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:09 PM

I keep seeing ads for soccer and I HATE Soccer, plz fix ASAP.
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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:22 PM

Well, I do get a lot of shoe ads, but they are silent, and I like them. :)