I noticed at about 9am today that each time I look at any Hub, I get an ad filling my screen at first. Is this a new feature of HP? Thanks. I'm not clicking ads, honest!
This happened to me today while reading different hubs from different authors.
It's happening to me on certain hubs and each time it does that there's a wide skyscraper ad on the right...
K12.com is the site whose ad I'm referring to - the one that says "why choose online public school"
But what I get is a pop up that grays out the rest of the screen so all I see is this white box with an X to close it... nothing shows up on the pop up
I'm now seeing the same ads. It happens when I finish editing or reading and it takes the whole page.
I don't like it
It's popping up on about every 3rd or 4th Hub I read, so I think it might be part of the program, not sure.
Pop ups are the worst user experience on the web. They come just under the fake virus scanners in terms of saying "I'm a spam site".
I'm not even going to say in my opinion. If it looks like crap, smells like crap... it is crap.
Oh there's autoplay videos as well I suppose...
This ad is being run as part of a direct campaign for the Ad Program, with an enhanced CPM. It is running only in four states (OH, PA, AZ, and CO) and should be capped to display a maximum of 1 time in a 24 hour period (per user). It looks like the cap was not set correctly for Ohio, Patty, which is why you were seeing it so often. This is now fixed. Let us know if you notice a difference!
Marina, I too see it several times a day, but in PA.
Thanks for letting us know. A bug with the ad server (a third-party service) we use could explain why the settings did not take effect. We're going to file a report and find out.
This sounds like a separate issue, though it also has to do with the ad settings. The campaign is not targeted to Kentucky. How often have you seen it, Stacie L?
I cant go through every hub but currently showing on a few school-related ones almost every time
Could you send a screenshot the next time you see the ad to email@example.com? I want to make sure that this is the same campaign and not another ad (possibly through Google) for K12. Thanks!
Its on the Advantages and disadvantages of single gender gender schools hub
Since this particular campaign is set up to target only 4 states (Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Colorado), checking that Hub from California cannot show me that the ad is/is not displaying in Kentucky. It's possible that the ad you've seen is similar (same company, another popup, etc), but I'll need to see a screenshot of the ad live to confirm.
To take a screenshot using Mac OS X, press cmd+shift+3. The screenshot should be saved to your desktop. For Windows, press Prt Sc. This should put the screenshot in the clipboard. If you can, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an image of the ad the next time you catch it. Thanks!
Good to know, thanks. I saw it several times, even when editing a hub.
Patty, have you been noticing this problem still? If a user has cookies disabled, the frequency caps for ads will not work.
Well I managed to capture it and sent it twice..maybe it will come through
The only clarification I could get on why you were seeing these ads in Kentucky is due to some overlap in metro regions that were targeted in Ohio. This is something we have little control over, unfortunately. The problem should be intermittent. Have you seen the ad in the past week?
I thought pop-ups were prohibited.
What types of advertisements are considered unacceptable under the HubPages Ad Policy Guidelines?
In case you were wondering, the following is a list of some of the types of advertising that HubPages will not accept:
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If you come across one or more of these types of advertisements while perusing HubPages, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know. Within your message, please try to include any or all of these:
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Though they are very similar in nature, popups and interstitials (the K12 campaign) are technically different ad formats: interstitial ads are full-page ads that remain on the page of content being viewed, usually open in a lightbox or overlay, and require a click (which opens a new window) to view the ad. Popups on the other hand, open in a new browser window on their own. We look at interstitials and other nonstandard ad formats on a case-by-case basis. This was the first interstitial campaign we tried as we were able to secure a premium CPM for it.
We do appreciate feedback on ad choices and policy so keep 'em coming!
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