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perldiver

7:41 pm on Nov 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When you ad a url to be blocked on YPN, should you add it with the www part or without?

I've added the ubiquitous lowermybills and vonage to my blocked list without the www and the ads haven't gone away...

7:50 pm on Nov 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I believe that LMB is an advertiser that can not be blocked as it is a run of network.
2:56 am on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I blocked them, and have not seen them since.
7:44 am on Nov 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Me too!

All gone.

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When you added them to your blocked list, did you enter them with or without the www. part?
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I've been using both - with www and without. I'm still unable to block florist.com though I've been trying for a week. Seems once I get one blocked (like Vonage) I get another - like roadrunneroffers.com. And, they appear only 2 in a 120x160 skyscraper on a niche product site that has nothing to do with flowers or high-speed internet connections. Seems YPN will target almost as close as AdSense for several pages and then pop their house ads (or whatever they're called) in wherever they feel it's convenient - and they stay there! Unfortunately, those ads do nothing for my site. I hope YPN improves targeting and will eventually allow us to block any ad. This deal with ads coming through no matter what is highly annoying.

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When you added them to your blocked list, did you enter them with or without the www. part?

In their FAQ's it doesn't specifically say to include the "www" but in their example they have it included so I would say include it.

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I found that adding the trailing slash works better.

To get rid of the florist ads block both...www.ftd dot com/ and www.ftd dot com/goto

Worked in less than 5 minutes for me. plus using the targeting tool got me relevant ads immediately.

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When I try adding

www.ftd[dot]com/

or

www.ftd[dot]com/goto

to the list, I get an error.

And when the URL trails off like

acme.widget.so...

come again how I'm supposed to figure out/guess what comes after the "so..."?

Why do they make this so needlessly complicated? Isn't everybody and his grandma trying to block (more or less successfully) these insipid florist/phone/internet service/mortgage/... ads? What exactly is the point of all this aggravation?

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And when the URL trails off like

acme.widget.so...

come again how I'm supposed to figure out/guess what comes after the "so..."?

Why do they make this so needlessly complicated? Isn't everybody and his grandma trying to block (more or less successfully) these insipid florist/phone/internet service/mortgage/... ads? What exactly is the point of all this aggravation?


Hi Berto,
Are you using Firefox or NS when viewing? I'm pretty sure I had the same problem until I viewed in IE. Then I was able to mouse over and see the actual urls. I haven't yet come across one in IE that I can't see but it's possible I haven't yet come across the one you're having trouble with.

Hope

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EarleyGirl, you're right. Most of the time I use Firefox, which doesn't show the URL. IE indeed shows the URL in the Windows status bar on mouseover.

Progress!

Now, about those infernal backslashes...

ann

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I have had to block ads about 4 times for just 2 pages. I get targeted ads, go away for a couple of hours and there is a whole new set of untargeted ads...more blocking.

Adding insult to injury some of the ads that are blocked cannot be blocked using the www and others reappear with slightly differwent name such as somedomain.com to store.somedomain.com and then you have another site to block.

That is a LOT of micro management for only 2 pages! Not sure what would happen if I dared to add another page for LOL

This is getting tiresome. Also no reporting at all for the 18th. Grrr

Ann

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Yesterday, I added YPN to whole categories of pages on one of my sites (sites where I had pulled Adsense ads weeks ago, because they were non-performers).

On initial page loads, I only observed the #@&*! unblockable ftd ads--just that single ad in what would normally be a 4-ad wide skyscraper. Only after repeated page refreshes would I finally see four semi-targeted ads pertinent to the page.

Now, the second day, I am seeing just ftd ads on many of these pages again.

I suppose I need to wait for the YPN ad bot to crawl my new pages and for the ad targeting to "settle".

I have just deleted vonage, comcast, and roadrunner from my block list. I would rather my visitors see a multi-ad wide skyscraper with those ads plus ftd than just a single-ad ftd wide skyscraper, which looks very stupid. (I continue to block ebay, yahoo, mortgage lenders, etc.)

Now, I'll just have to wait and see if vonage etc. begin reappearing on my earlier , "settled" YPN pages.

The aggravation continues...