Blogads dropped

DMZ · December 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

We’ve stopped running Blogads today. We apologize if you saw what Dave termed “the hooker ad” but yeah… the ads you run are part of the site, for better or worse, and if we can’t do them right, we won’t have them.

There’s an obvious question about where that line lies, and why this set us off when the ad for the female Brazillian jujitsu fighter didn’t (she was wearing a sportsbra!) or, much more commonly, the PETA one. In the first case, I don’t think we had even thought about it. Female athlete promotion, all for it. We might have talked if it were more… Go Daddy-ish.

The PETA thing, yeah, if you clicked through, you got a gross ad, but it’d be pretty hard not to tell what you were getting into. And if I’m honest, I think if I’d tried to figure out why we turned down crummy text link offers and online gambling ads but ran that one, I don’t know if I’d run them again.

Ideally, you’d want to run relevant ads to Mariner fans, but we never got to the point where we’d hire an ad sales person, and there’s no The Deck equivalent for baseball or sports fans. It’s possible to create ads that are good for the site, the reader, and the advertiser, and right now for most online publishers it’s a bind.

Anyway. Sorry. Thanks for being here.


23 Responses to “Blogads dropped”

  1. Carson on December 16th, 2011 12:43 pm

    I thought it was odd, but figured you’d guys catch it soon enough.

    I’d rather see the “Buy the author a beer” links return anyhow.

  2. Dobbs on December 16th, 2011 12:53 pm

    I still think would do well to advertise HBD here.

  3. Milendriel on December 16th, 2011 1:00 pm

    I had to laugh a little at how ridiculous the ad was. Thanks for caring about this sort of thing–I know some websites that don’t.

  4. greymstreet on December 16th, 2011 1:41 pm

    I’m sorry I missed the party

  5. shortbus on December 16th, 2011 1:52 pm

    I feel as though I’m not sufficiently outraged by this ad. Someone please describe it…in detail…so that I may attain the appropriate level of fury. Or other things.

  6. et_blankenship on December 16th, 2011 1:59 pm

    Whew! What a relief! I was worried Blogads was an acronym for Mike Blowers’ gonads.

  7. Kyle in Illinois on December 16th, 2011 1:59 pm

    I never saw the ad but I echo Milendriel above. Thanks for caring enough to do something about it.

  8. BillyJive on December 16th, 2011 2:01 pm


  9. vj on December 16th, 2011 2:13 pm

    1. Damn, I missed an interesting ad.
    2. “there’s no the deck available for baseball or sports fans” This might be a business idea for someone.
    3. Agree with Carson on teh buy the authors a beer link.

  10. Westside guy on December 16th, 2011 2:21 pm

    I checked in this AM and did a double-take when I saw what amounted to a “are you female and looking for a sugar daddy?” ad. But, having had to deal with the occasional odd ad issue on a site I run, I completely understand how it can happen – and I don’t blame the site operators in the least.

    It made me laugh, to be honest. I’m offended by the sort of people who placed the ad, but not by the fact it managed to get on here briefly.

    Thanks for a great site!

  11. Mariners35 on December 16th, 2011 2:52 pm

    The bigger news to me is a DMZ sighting. We miss your posts here, man!

  12. The_Waco_Kid on December 16th, 2011 3:45 pm

    Yes, DMZ’s absence is more offensive than any ad!

  13. Lantern on December 16th, 2011 3:52 pm

    This is not the only place that struggles to police it’s own ads. search seattle weekly Mcginn

    Thanks for pulling the ad.

  14. KDC88 on December 16th, 2011 4:51 pm

    Aw I missed a hooker ad? This is the first time I have ever wished I hadn’t installed you, Adblock Plus! Joking aside, I appreciate that you guys care about what your fans think. Bravo!

  15. shopper on December 16th, 2011 7:03 pm

    As a father of two girls I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

  16. Tim B. on December 17th, 2011 10:08 am

    Obviously there’s a fine line between prudishness and common sense discernment, but thank you for sacrificing revenue to keep this site free of classless ads.
    It’s just one more reminder to me that I need to send money your way to keep this going.

  17. tmac9311 on December 17th, 2011 10:58 am

    I’m more offended that we couldn’t replace Pineda with Latos in the deal the Padres just struck.

  18. Breadbaker on December 18th, 2011 12:00 am

    What was the clickthrough rate?

  19. Westside guy on December 18th, 2011 12:09 am

    What was the clickthrough rate?

    Well, the ad was targeting women – so, given the testosterone-heavy readership of this site… pretty low. πŸ˜‰

  20. msfanmike on December 19th, 2011 10:36 am

    I completely understand how it can happen – and I don’t blame the site operators in the least.

    Westy: You wouldn’t happen to be the Westside Gardener by any chance – would you?

  21. MKT on December 19th, 2011 11:47 am

    I agree that DMZ-less USSM is to me a bigger deal than any ad, which I pretty much ignore anyway. I guess if an ad got sufficiently offensive, then yeah it’s smart to ditch it but I don’t know how big a deal it really is. I don’t even know if I saw the ad in question or not.

  22. Westside guy on December 19th, 2011 12:32 pm

    Haha, Mike, not sure I should admit it – but yeah, that’s me.

  23. msfanmike on December 20th, 2011 7:58 am

    You left a couple clues over the years and I pieced it together. Ice Probe, Sumner, Technical Background, Manage your own website. At that point, it was easy. As such, I scouted you as being a 3+tool player with an overall OFP of 51.

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