"You might also like" pop up box

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    A few more points about this test:

    First of all, thanks for letting us know you don’t like this feature. We do listen. Some users do like it and are discovering interesting content from it.

    We’ve tried to make the recommendations as unobtrusive as possible. The recommendation doesn’t appear until your readers have reached the bottom of your post, and there’s a close button on it.

    You’re as likely to be the recipient of traffic from this feature as you are to send someone from your blog to another blog. If content from your blog gets more clicks than other recommendations, you get more traffic than you give.

    The quality of the recommendations will improve over time.


    Hi, I’m getting a mix of emails and posts here, they aren’t all the same.

    @gibrown, thanks for replying, that’s interesting. I hope there’s an on/off button because although it might drive traffic to us, as well as away from us, it’s going to be very random. WordPress has such a wide range of sites, only a relatively small proportion are relevant to our readers. I’d prefer it if my readers were redirected to sites I choose — I have a blogroll and use links in my posts which often include other wordpress.com sites, but ones that I choose. (My current site is new but marthawilliams.org has more examples.)

    I’ve paid for premium themes on both blogs and just bought no-ads on my current site so am hoping I can opt out of the random links buttons very soon — not so that * I * don’t see them, but so that readers don’t see them on my site.
    Also I run a third site which is entirely for kids. If it’s on that site, I’ll have to close it. :((

    Pretty unhappy. When will it go live?



    I’m purchasing a No-Ads upgrade for my personal blog because I don’t need or want or trust anyone to select any which blogs I might choose to recommend that my readers visit. However, when it comes to two No-Ads upgrades may as well be heading back to self hosting and I’m trying very hard not to be bitter about that.


    I haven’t seen Staff state that No Ads will block it.



    The No Ads upgrade currently has no effect on this feature.


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    Like it? What am crazy? That would look so unprofessional on my work blog.

    Our goal is to gather some data on how well the algorithm works. This will not be the final incarnation. Any final version will come with more controls.

    I hope the controls include turning it off.



    Are you kidding me?
    I pay to have NO advertising on http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com
    That’s the contact and I expect it to be honored.



    To be clear. I’m not hoping. I’m not begging either. I have a legal and binding contract and I expect it to be honored.


    No-ads doesn’t turn it off? No way! I’m off to get my refund — that will be 1 no ads, 1 premium theme (the other’s too old) and as many domain mappings as I can claw back. Damn!


    If it’s topic sensitive (properly and accurately), I don’t see how it’s much different than the Blogroll some include or any of the other ways people link to other places.




    The No Ads upgrade currently has no effect on this feature.

    Will you please point me to the clause in the ToS that states that WordPress.com does not honor contracts such as this one?

    To eliminate ads on your blog entirely, you can purchase the No-Ads Upgrade. The upgrade is especially attractive and useful to business blogs in order to eliminate any possibility of competitors’ ads displaying on their domains. http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/




    WordPress.com provides a 30-day refund on all of our upgrades except Domain Registrations, Domain Renewals, and Guided Transfers.

    Provided you are logged in under the same username account that purchased the upgrades, you can request a refund yourself directly from the Store section of your Dashboard
    If applicable see also http://en.support.wordpress.com/bundles/#canceling-a-bundle


    To me, an ad is paid content from a commercial venture not directly associated with WP.

    This is nothing more than suggesting other free wp.com sites. People are always asking how they can get more reads and the answer is to participate more by going to other wp.com sites.

    Now, if it starts suggesting off-WP sites, that would be something different.



    Pricing Model
    Two Pricing Models:
    Ad-Supported (blending Taboola Related Ads):
    In this pricing model the publisher enjoys the Taboola service for free (no setup or monthly service fees) and lets Taboola blend highly-targeted, related ads within the video recommendation widget. No need for creating new real-estate and share in the revenue from that new revenue stream.
    Of course – the publisher keeps 100% of the revenue on all ads sold against the lift in video views generated by Taboola.

    Revenue from Lift (no Share Taboola Related Ads):
    No setup fee, no monthly fee and Taboola does not insert targeted ads as part of the recommenadation list.
    Taboola continuously runs an A/B test by presenting competing discovery algorithms to a small control group of 1% of your users and measuring the lift our product produces over that control group. Publisher pays a share from new revenue earned on video views only attributable directly to Taboola, based upon this measurement. http://www.brightcove.com/en/partners/taboola


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    As for “hoping” my comment was related to what martinremy said:

    Any final version will come with more controls.


    This “feature” won’t look very professional on a site that is being done for work. I would appreciate that it can be turned off.

    I haven’t personally seen it except for the png link the OP showed but a pop-up is just not pleasing, even on the bottom.



    Timethief – As you know I work on ads and wanted to clarify that this related content test is not an ads program. It’s unrelated to Taboola or any other ad partners that we work with in WordAds. It recommends only other WordPress.com content, and no one is paying for placement in this feature. I understand you don’t like the test but thought it might help to clarify that the purpose of the program is simply to test a means to drive traffic between WordPress.com sites so that everyone might get additional new viewers.



    @1tess I understand your point about a business site. If/when we release this feature, there will be a way for a site to opt out.


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    Thank you! My boss would thank you too, if she knew about this.

    For my personal blogs, it might be a nice feature if the suggested links are relevant to the topics I write about. Is this not similar to the old way global tags worked? Or how Reader works now?


    @timethief, thanks, yes, I can get back some.

    @notawoodpecker My main issue is with my non-premium theme which I set up for children. It’s not whether I like the pop up or not — I can’t send my readers to random sites. (I’ve already been diverted to a religious suite and blog marketing site, it’s not appropriate.)

    Here’s where my creative writing post pop-up box sent me:

    …and my blog post about school homework sent me here: http://lafleurphoto.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/gifts-of-the-magi/

    … a pop up on a post about head lice directed me here:

    …and a post advising on weather conditions and freak waves on a UK beach sent me here:

    So is it OK to subject young readers to random wordpress posts, under the heading “You might also like”?

    Imagine. “Here’s a post about the bottom of the sea. (You might also like anal sex.)”
    Could that ever happen?

    Not on my watch.


    It’s not whether I like the pop up or not — I can’t send my readers to random sites.

    That’s why I said it would have to be properly content sensitive so that, in your case, it would only show other children’s sites.

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