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CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,376)
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7/5/12 2:01 A

I don't pay any attention to them

I get all sorts of weird ones

CHIHAYA SparkPoints: (4,658)
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7/5/12 12:44 A

I see ads that make me feel odd time to time... But I just don't click it if I don't like it.

They're a private company. They have to make money... and I suppose most of their revenue comes from advertisements, even though they're also selling books and DVDs.

Edited by: CHIHAYA at: 7/5/2012 (01:32)
BITTERSWEET1970 SparkPoints: (1,621)
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7/5/12 12:17 A

Yep what you say about a sports site is happening to me as far as the ads. I bought a tread climber last week so all this week I am getting ads from Bowflex lol.

THIRTEENREASONS SparkPoints: (36,067)
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7/4/12 11:47 P

Yeah, Spark uses Google ads, and Google just tries to match up your interests based on your browsing history and the current content of the site. So it makes sense that they're going to advertise a restaurant to you on a site that's all about food. Just like if you were to visit a sports site they'll probably advertise places to buy sports gear.

You can either block the ads (what a ton of people do) or ignore them.

ANNEV2012 SparkPoints: (13,528)
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7/4/12 11:42 P

One word: ADDBLOCK

I've never seen a single add on this site

KMHILLI Posts: 163
7/4/12 3:54 P

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Edited by: KMHILLI at: 7/4/2012 (16:08)
FEDGIRL4 Posts: 1,935
7/4/12 3:17 P

Folks, we are adults.

Unless it is cigarettes or some other illegal drug, we can ignore the ads.

Not trying to be mean, but in moderation pasta is fine.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/4/12 3:12 P

Spark don't pre-choose, or even authorise, the ads you see. They subscribe to an ad service which sells the ads for them, and the ones you see are driven by what key words are on the page. It's called context-sensitive advertising.

So on food pages, you see a lot of food ads, yeah.

Pasta is fine.

But if you do see something inappropriate (such as "lose 20lbs this week with this one weird old tip") then here's what to do about those ads:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=1454


CLOBBERELLA Posts: 520
7/4/12 2:45 P

Nothing wrong with pasta. Everything in moderation.
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SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
7/4/12 1:14 P

Some of the ads are advertisers, but other ads are based on the cookies of your computer. I get a lot for fashion websites I've visited, but yeah, it's not based on SparkPeople, but rather your computer

KSMITH36 Posts: 3
7/4/12 12:59 P

I logged onto this section and was greeted by an ad for pigging out at a local pasta joint for $10/person. Is this really appropriate for a diet group?

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