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Gaffer

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Post Re: Flash Adverts
I've had the problem (located in Oxford, UK)--using Firefox on a Mac OSX, Firefox on Ubuntu, and Opera on Ubuntu.

James, yours is not the only site where I've seen this problem (though I can't quite bring to name the other site). It's a pretty severe problem and needs to be fixed.


Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:53 am
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Could someone who's getting these ads (that means someone in the U.K.) please click on one of them (the "TV licensing" ones) and provide me with the domain name it takes you to. With that information, I may be able to block them. I'm assuming the ads are served by Tribal Fusion, which has an unfriendly publisher interface to work with.


Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:40 am
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Gaffer

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Post Re: Flash Adverts
James Berardinelli wrote:
Could someone who's getting these ads (that means someone in the U.K.) please click on one of them (the "TV licensing" ones) and provide me with the domain name it takes you to. With that information, I may be able to block them. I'm assuming the ads are served by Tribal Fusion, which has an unfriendly publisher interface to work with.


I got these three.

http://www.writeoff-myloan.co.uk/?gclid ... 4wod0ReVdw
http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/?WT.mc_id=139
http://www.voices.com/specials/movie-tr ... 4wodE2dNdA

I hope you meant the actual link link, not the mouseover (re-direct) link.


Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:55 pm
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http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/ck/6970- ... 778?97,115

which redirects to

http://www.audible.co.uk/aduk/site/offe ... BN030210UK

http://clkgb.tradedoubler.com/click?p=1 ... ols=305178

which redirects to

http://www.kitbag.com/stores/kitbag_4_5 ... network=TD

http://ad-emea.doubleclick.net/click%3B ... e=CAMPAIGN

redirects to http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/ac ... e=CAMPAIGN

http://ad-emea.doubleclick.net/click%3B ... 02chWJKDy0^~39~2~dcf_wPq1~A75QWprY~0~1~1~~http%3a%2f%2fwww.tvlicensing.co.uk/%3FWT.mc_id%3D140

redirects to http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/?WT.mc_id=140

All the above open a new window. The one below doesn't. Although clicking this ad and returning back to the site make s the ads position themself correctly.

http://www.voices.com/specials/movie-tr ... 4wodmV6Q0Q


Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:48 pm
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Zedferret wrote:
http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/ad/ck/6970-97223-3520-1?mpt=544199778?97,115

which redirects to

http://www.audible.co.uk/aduk/site/offe ... BN030210UK

http://clkgb.tradedoubler.com/click?p=1 ... ols=305178

which redirects to

http://www.kitbag.com/stores/kitbag_4_5 ... network=TD

http://ad-emea.doubleclick.net/click%3B ... e=CAMPAIGN

redirects to http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/ac ... e=CAMPAIGN

http://ad-emea.doubleclick.net/click%3B ... 02chWJKDy0^~39~2~dcf_wPq1~A75QWprY~0~1~1~~http%3a%2f%2fwww.tvlicensing.co.uk/%3FWT.mc_id%3D140

redirects to http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/?WT.mc_id=140

All the above open a new window. The one below doesn't. Although clicking this ad and returning back to the site make s the ads position themself correctly.

http://www.voices.com/specials/movie-tr ... 4wodmV6Q0Q


I have blocked "http://adfarm.mediaplex.com/" - let's see if this does anything. Give it a few hours to roll through the ad chain. If the TV Licensing ad is still showing up tomorrow, I'll have to try Plan B.


Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:50 pm
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Post Re: Flash Adverts
Working fine at the moment.:)


Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:58 am
Gaffer

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Post Re: Flash Adverts
Two more not mentioned:

http://www.britishreportingnews.com/job ... &t202kw=CW
\http://www.writeoff-myloan.co.uk/?gclid=CJr_7dvdnqACFc9k4wodwBX_aA


Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:03 am
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Tha ads are back :(

Problem ones...

http://www.affiliatewindow.com/ads/686/ ... banner.jpg - Jpeg banner not positioning properly. The flash one, I don't know, it redirects too fast. I hate flash..

If I click around your site for a bit they eventually go away. Very annoying. I can't be the only one suffering this am I?


Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:02 pm
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Zedferret wrote:
Tha ads are back :(

Problem ones...

http://www.affiliatewindow.com/ads/686/ ... banner.jpg - Jpeg banner not positioning properly. The flash one, I don't know, it redirects too fast. I hate flash..

If I click around your site for a bit they eventually go away. Very annoying. I can't be the only one suffering this am I?


No, quite a few UK readers are afflicted.

I took the somewhat radical move of deleting one of the ad servers from my chain. They are the most likely culprit although not necessarily the only one. Let's see if things improve. If they don't, I'll mass-block every URL noted here.

This is especially frustrating for me since I regularly bring up Chrome, IE, and Firefox and everything looks fine. (Seems to be the case for everyone in every country except the U.K.) It's tough to effectively fix what you can't see firsthand.


Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:28 pm
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I am getting the flash ads popping up over content. Also, page backgrounds are not rendering correctly; I don't know if this is related.

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Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:40 am
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I have done some more manicuring/pruning, so if anyone is accessing from the U.K., let me know if you're still encountering a problem.


Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:46 pm
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That seems to have fixed it.


Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:35 pm
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Working fine today.


Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:20 pm
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I've also had the problem of ads blocking content, and I live in Washington, DC. My recollection is that this happens mostly on the home page. Normally, refreshing the page gets rid of the ads, although this morning they didn't go away despite refreshing several times. I am using IE 8 on Windows 7 Home. The ads show a toothpaste ad and some Google ads covering the middle of the page. I will probably email Mr. Berardinelli a screen capture since I can't figure out how to attach it to this post in a picture image that's small enough.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:07 am
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I got the toothpaste as well but you can close that so that's not a problem.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:37 am
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Post Re: Flash Adverts
There are one or two ads that, when viewed on IE, result in a situation where the ads end up in the middle of the page. This has nothing to do with flash; it has to do with the non-standard way IE handles margins - neither Firefox nor Chrome shows this problem.

Fixes include:

(1) refreshing the page - this usually results in a new group of ads and since there are only a few that cause this problem, it should go away
(2) using something other then IE8. I'm actually surprised this is still as widely used as it is because, in the world of browsers, it's substandard
(3) send me the URL that clicking on the link directs to. With that information, I can block it. This is how I was able to solve the problem with an offending link for U.K.

I check the site regularly with IE8, Firefox, and Chrome but have not encountered any of these issues. When I find something on my own, I handle it immediately. Screen grabs are nice, but what I really need is the URL (and, if you can get it, the name of the ad refrerrer: Tribal Fusion, Burst Media, Casale, ADSDAQ).


Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:21 am
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Funny, I use IE8 and i've never encountered that problem before.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:44 pm
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Vexer wrote:
Funny, I use IE8 and i've never encountered that problem before.


It could be a location thing as well.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:48 pm
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Hopefully this is fixed for the audiobook sites!


Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:43 am
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