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Sponsored Posts – another WordPress Disappointment

WordPress is currently in the process of testing what they are terming ‘sponsored posts’. It is not enough that our WordPress blogs have advertising, but now someone else’s post will be displayed in the middle of my blog.

Of course this is not happening if you have a paid WordPress account – it appears this is only for free accounts. No control is given to the blog ‘owner’ on the content of these

I could certainly move my blog or pay to host it here with WordPress, but not everyone can afford this.

It is another disappointing step after the block editor debacle. You can read their FAQ here.

HO HO HO – Merry Christmas.

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44 thoughts on “Sponsored Posts – another WordPress Disappointment”

  1. I have a premium plan, which is kind of expensive, but I avoid ads or these “sponsored posts.” At some point, I’m sure I’ll look at installing the WordPress software and go self-hosted, but right now I’m going to stay. It does suck, and I’m sure they’ll come up with something else at some point, maybe saying you can only avoid the sponsored posts if you have a business account, at which point I’ll move.

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    1. It is unfortunate, John. I looked at the prices last night. Of course this is their end-game, but I would not be surprised if your concerns come to fruition. I already have WordPress installed on a site with my URL name. I will tackle it after Christmas.

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      1. I’m running it locally, and I have enough practice loading and unloading the database that it shouldn’t be a problem when I need to do it again. The main problem is getting the media files moved over: their URL’s all point at the wordpress.com site, and I’d have to change it so they point at the ones on my site. There might be a plugin that will do it for me, so I’ll look into that, but really, that’s for sometime down the road.

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        1. Hmmm, I need to think about the media files. I know I can export then import them to the new site. I guess I thought if WordPress redirected the Url it would all magically work. Now I am going to need to think! Dang!

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  2. Bear in mind that even paying customers don’t escape.
    I am a paying customer. If you view my blog, you presumably don’t see sponsored posts.
    However, if I view your blog, I still see sponsored posts. So in that way, I am hit.

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      1. If I have time I will post on this tomorrow. But broadly, if it was intended as a mechanism to make people stump up for subscriptions, I think it failed miserably.
        I would just say that in navigating to your original post, I saw not a whiff of a sponsored post. I only know they were even on your blog because you mentioned it. Keep posting as normal!

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  3. I got an email from them asking if I wanted to pay for sponsored posts to ‘drive traffic’ on my blog. I just deleted it.
    I pay for the ‘Personal Plan’, which removes adverts from my own site, but not when I view other sites. I mainly paid the extra to get more space allowance for photos, and will continue to do so as long as I stay blogging with WP.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Your European rules and guidelines may make this impossible for them to put them on your site, Mary. I don’t know. I think my blog is part of their ‘testing’.

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  4. Ugh. The ads are bad enough, but maybe they’ll try to do some sort of match with blog focus? The point that Mister Bump makes is well-taken, though. If you’re following an excellent blog on a free site, you’re still hit with the ads, even if you’re paying for an account yourself!

    Blogger certainly has its drawbacks and limitations, too.

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  5. I pay for the personal plan I find it suits me well. I know not everyone can afford to paid. As others have said I don’t escape as I see the adds and extra posts are I visit other blogs.

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    1. No, you cannot decline nor can you choose what ads go on your blog. Some people that receive revenue do get some choice. For example, if I were writing about make-up, perhaps a cosmetics company.

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  6. This will not bode well for WordPress. I don’t know who they have that is thinking up these things, First Guttenbug (yes I said Guttenbug), because it was nothing but bugs in the beginning.

    I’m sure if they are financially strapped enough, to start foisting adverts on free blogs, disguised as promoting your blogs, they will get around to crippling the self-hosted sites as well with adverts.

    Now if they wanted to charge me a one time lifetime license fee of $50 to keep my self-hosted site advert free, I might bite at that, but I fear they have over spent on WordPress, JetPack, and Word fence, and all the other places they are spreading to. I fear that they have become so top heavy, they can’t continue without squeezing more revenue through these stupid, thoughtless ideas.

    I self-host for $45 a year. Unlimited storage. No adverts. I’m not about to pay a monthly fee to WordPress that limits the widgets/applications you can add, and even themes, for hosting to avoid the adverts. In this day and age, where people are going to Ad-Blockers, this is a stupid idea to force adverts on self-hosted sites. Or free sites.

    If the’re not careful, some new upstart will code a great blogging platform and yank all the currently unhappy bloggers (that they don’t take notice of) to a new platform. All it will take, is some type of Crowdfunding movement for development of blogging software that rivals WordPress in community building and support. Then all the disgruntled would move there, and bring their friends.

    I can’t believe, they are stupid enough to consider this movement.

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    1. Ron, I am answering this in reverse as I just responded to your second post. I agree they are making mistakes but the only people impacted are the free accounts.

      I just keep remembering what was highlighted in the documentary, The Social Dilemma. ‘If you do not pay for a product, you ARE the product.

      I think I can self host cheaper – I just want to get some backup automated and in place.

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    2. I stand corrected, and blushing. They can only put these things on WordPress.com sites that “they” host for you. Self-hosted sites/blogs use the WordPress.org “open source” as in free. You have full control over your own self-hosted site.
      (Replied for correction)

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  7. My apologies for the rant. It appears that my site will not be affected by these crazy plans.
    After some digging, I found that I am not subject to these random whims of bait and switch. I am self-hosted. I use the “open source” version of wordpress. Not being hosted by wordpress, (free sites built on WordPress.com) It will not affect me.

    I pay for my own hosting and domain name. Of course, I had to install my WP site myself, which consisted of clicking one button on my host site. Then filling out the details of Title, database name etc.

    I like having complete control of my site, so that is why I went to self hosting. If you need more info on the differences between WordPress.com (WordPress hosted) and WordPress.org (free opensource wordpress) check out this link.
    https://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com-infograph/

    Ron

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    1. No worries, Ron. I was actually a web designer and built many WirdPress sites. I have thought about migrating to a self hosted site – I already have my domain name, but I need to research how to import/export my content and my followers. I do not want to lose all the people that gave kindly supported my blogging efforts thus far. It is just a lot of work I did not want to undertake, but I do not like the idea of diluting my posts with unpredictable posts outside of my control.

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  8. Great that you know how to do that, Maggie. I really hate the way some companies do things.
    There is a step-by-step guide on down the page in the link I gave if you ever need it. For moving a WP site to self-hosting. Best of luck.

    I also like controlling my own data backups. I have a plugin I use that schedules my backups, and emails them to me.

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    1. Thanks, Ron. Just another thing I didn’t want to mess with, but I can do it. I will live with it until after the holidays.

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  9. I don’t think this will end well for WordPress. Blogger remains an alternative, and even if you start running out of room on Google, you can buy incremental amounts for small amounts of money. I pay for the first tier of ad-free WordPress, but I would probably switch to self-hosting before paying for unlimited with WordPress – the cost is higher than it should be, and the additional benefits are not interesting to me,

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    1. It is a decision not only if bloggers will pay, but who they will pay. I can either pay WordPress and be bound by whatever restrictions they choose to implement in the future, or I can just bite the bullet and self-host. I am leaning toward the latter. But nothing until after Christmas. It might be a good project for the cold month of January.

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      1. I’m trying to avoid self-hosting because it seems too much like the job I retired from. But I don’t like the limitations WordPress puts on me, even at that first paid tier.

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