Annoying Blinking Ads
A while back, folks were upset by some rather graphic content that was coming up in ads from one of the advertising networks Persona Paper uses to generate income. I wasn't too keen on these particular ads, myself. Even though I prefer family-friendly content when I'm surfing the net in general, even the sexually explicit ads that pop up here and there don't tend to shock me.
What I find much more problematic are the ads that use an animated GIF. You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones with plenty of red, that flash repeatedly while you are trying to read an article that looks interesting?
I have a serious problem with ads that blink and flash. I think that ad networks really shouldn't allow them at all. But if they are going to, I would like to see them offer the ability for a site administrator or n individual user to opt out of seeing that kind of content.
Honestly, I'd really rather see the semi-pornographic stuff than to have my eyes and my brain assaulted by these flashing nightmares! They give me a headache and make me feel nauseous. They cause a pain that feels rather like someone has stabbed me in the eye with a letter opener. And on a bad day, I worry that one of them might trigger a seizure.
Really? Do I have to keep sunglasses next to the computer, just so I can read the desired content without getting sick?
So I will attempt to reload the page, in hopes that a different ad will be served up. Sometimes this helps, but often the same ad will return again and even again a third time. Apparently, this has something to do with the ads coming from a fallback network, that is only used when the primary ad server hasn't got anything relevant to offer.
So I guess even the advertising networks know that these ads are garbage? Here's a thought: the companies that serve these ads up for web sites like Persona Paper need to raise their standards. That's all, just set a higher standard for what kind of content they will and won't display.
If a lot of folks are ignoring their ads because they are distasteful, it can't be good for business. So it's in their best interest to do something about it.
This is my Business post for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge. This entry makes twelve categories covered, or exactly one-third of the challenge completed!
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