A year ago, when I moved my blogging to WordPress, I decided to purchase the “no ads” upgrade. At the time, my reasons were primarily aesthetic:
- I don’t like to read ads, and presumed you wouldn’t either
- The ad companies lump most Christians into one category and deal out ads that I would not endorse
- WordPress doesn’t charge very much for removing the ads
Ads and Tracking Cookies
- third-party ads insert tracking cookies that record your behavior from one site to another, and record what you look at
- some ads, especially flash (video) ads include code that re-installs tracking cookies you had already removed
- some ads, especially flash ads, will embed tracking code for a different third-party data collector while they’re playing on your computer
Here’s a short video that accompanied the Wall Street Journal, explaining how these cookies work:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
This blog will continue to remain ad-free. But Google probably knows that you read this article anyway.