Mukarram Mukhtar

Word Press Unscrupulous

Hi Word Press Support,

I am very disappointed to see that there were Google Ads coming on my blogs without my consent. Then I saw Go (Even More) Ad-Free post by Matt, read almost all of the comments on his post, and his answers to different bloggers’ criticism, and I got further disappointed. I think the policy of Word Press of selling No-ads Upgrade is quite hideous. Albeit I believe Word Press’s free service to let users create unlimited blogs is just prodigious; nonetheless, adding Google Ads without bloggers’ consent and then asking bloggers to purchase No-ads upgrade is pretty similar to unscrupulous Insurance companies, selling you their “cheap insurance plans to have your back covered”, but not covering it in actuality. I see this whole scenario as:

Word Press proudly announcing: Hello everybody, this is a great new service, it’s FREE, it’s FREE come on get it!

After 10 years and having nearly a million users: It does little less than FREE now, please pay “30 credits per year” per blog.

Down the road: You can do the maths…

Ethically speaking, it’s utterly inappropriate for Word Press to earn fortune on someone else’s creativity without even telling the creator, sharing the fortune with the creator is far out of question. Personally speaking, I write technical blogs wholly solely for educational and training purposes. All of my work is completely FREE. I send free source code and design documents to my readers. I don’t want any Ads coming up on my blogs; simply because I would hate if my readers come onto my blogs regarding IT training and troubleshooting, and see offers of 50% discount on a gentlemen’s club’s membership or any other relevant offers. But what the hell, didn’t you read the complete agreement and that footnote with tiny asterisk in font size 2, saying something like, “company policies can change at any time without further notice”?

Ideally, Word Press should continue giving free promised services to the bloggers who don’t want to have any Ads on their blogs. For the people, who want to have Ads, either Google Ads or of their own, should share the fortune with Word Press. You scratch my back and I scratch yours.


1 Comment »

  1. Agree wholeheartedly.

    Comment by Alison Dennehy — August 31, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

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