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post #1 of 11
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Now...about those very annoying green, underlined random words. This was done ON PURPOSE by the owners of CakeCentral to generate ad revenue. They will continue to use this horrible method of advertising unless we all send them an email and beg them to stop. There have been multiple posts by unhappy CC'rs about this issue.

You can disable the ads by clicking on the Question Mark in the upper right corner. Then click on the disable tab, then click Disable. You will have to repeat this EVERY time you clear your cookies.

If you are unhappy with this form of advertising on Cake Central, PLEASE POST A THREAD ON THIS "SUGGESTIONS FORUM" AND LET THEM KNOW!

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-forum-13.html[/u][/i]

Don't answer on this thread, go to the Suggestions Forum and give your opinion in a New Topic post. Here is the link to my new post on the Suggestions Forum.

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-7229880.html#7229880
post #2 of 11
These are Heath's words from October 8th, 2011...

"Hi everyone,

This is a new ad format we are currently testing.

I know that for some people it will initially be annoying, but surprisingly Nielsen studies show that user generally prefer this ad format over others.

We may keep it, we may not, we are evaluating it.

As someone else mentioned, since the site is free and generates a lot of traffic, it is very expensive to keep online, so we have to explore various methods to pay for it.

For those of you who hate the underlined words, you can disable it.

Hover over a link and when the ad expands click the question mark.

it will take you to an information page and you can disable the ads.

This ability to disable it is the reason we are testing it out, and that option should allow users to maintain a positive experience."

from this thread:
http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=732366&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=disable&&start=15

I'm not complaining... I feel like Heath can explore whichever options he chooses to keep this site online.
post #3 of 11
I agree with CWR41. It bothered me, but I understand why they'd want to try it out. Now that we know how to disable it, it's an easy solution for those who don't care for it. Quick and easy to disable!
post #4 of 11
I don't care either. However, I followed those instructions about disabling it, and they disappear until the next time I visit. And I haven't reset anything in my internet options. So that part doesn't work.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Apti



You can disable the ads by clicking on the Question Mark in the upper right corner. Then click on the disable tab, then click Disable. You will have to repeat this EVERY time you clear your cookies.




I'm sorry, the question mark where? I haven't seen one on the upper right corner of anything.
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
post #6 of 11
I commented in another thread where people were complaining about this and explained that in IE I installed an ad blocker add-on and NEVER get any of the ads on here, both banner OR these green underlined ads.
I can only assume the ad blocker is blocking them as well. I don't see them in IE or in Firefox.

However, the person who slapped me felt that I was only talking about banner ads and I wasn't. So if you're interested, go and google Adblock IE and you may find that blocks them permanently.
post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobwonderbuns

Quote:
Originally Posted by Apti



You can disable the ads by clicking on the Question Mark in the upper right corner. Then click on the disable tab, then click Disable. You will have to repeat this EVERY time you clear your cookies.




I'm sorry, the question mark where? I haven't seen one on the upper right corner of anything.



It's at the top right of the box that pops up when you've hovered over the word. Once you click on on the ?, you'll have to click on the far right tab (can't remember what it said, already disabled mine), then click on the disable link. Then you're done!
post #8 of 11
Not to be contrary or negative, but these ads don't bother me.
They did at first. Then I figured out what they were and how they were activated, and I have managed to not activate them ever since.
You just don't run your cursor over the green letters and you won't get any ads.
And, if they help CC support itself as a free site for us all, I think they're great.
Sorry.
Let 'em eat cake. Lots and lots and lots of cake.
Let 'em eat cake. Lots and lots and lots of cake.
post #9 of 11
I haven't seen them. But I'm on firefox and have the adblock on.
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post #10 of 11
Okay thanks! I got it now. icon_biggrin.gif
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
To find "THE RECIPE LINKS ARE HERE" thread, click on "Forums", then "Recipes" and it's the first sticky. Latest updates are on (the bottom of) page 10 here: http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-625803-135.html
post #11 of 11
http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopic-734470-15.html

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jackie

I just wanted to thank everyone that sent in their thoughts and suggestions regarding the new Vibrant Media contextual ads.

We ran an experiment to see if it was going to be a non-invasive and helpful method of advertising. The feedback from all of you was extremely userful, and as a direct response to your suggestions, we have removed all contextual ads.

Thank you again for your feedback.

On another note, some of you have posted regarding using ad blocking technology to block all ads on cakecentral.com. While this is entirely up to you, I have provided a link to a really insightful article about how ad blocking is devastating to the websites you love.

http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2010/03/why-ad-blocking-is-devastating-to-the-sites-you-love.ars

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