Pop Up Ad


What is with the pop up ad on the homepage? Even Adblock and Ghostery doesn’t stop it. Brad/Paul, come on guys. You don’t need to piss off users with that crap.

Comments (14)

14 responses to “Pop Up Ad”

  1. jimchamplin

    Not seeing it.

  2. nicola


  3. Brad Sams

    So here is my very honest response to this:

    If you are a premium member, please submit this to [email protected] as I am not seeing it on my end.

    If you are not a premium member, I would suggest looking at that option to remove ads from the site but if you are complaining about ads on a site that is primarily supported by ads and your adblocker isnt stopping them, I dont have much sympathy, sorry.

    Adblockers are the death of every site on the planet and ads will only get more intrusive as more users try to avoid contributing to a site that is supported by ad revenue.

    • stebie_boy

      In reply to brad-sams:

      I'm seeing this Sponsored Content as well when logged in as a premium member on both my iPad and iPhone. Email with details and screen shots sent to [email protected] - I'm UK based. I've tried logging out, clearing the cache and logging in again on my iPhone but I'm still seeing the sponsored content.

      • anchovylover

        In reply to stebie_boy:

        I'm in Australia so it may be a non U.S issue. I'm seeing a 3/4 page size ad for an upcoming webinar.

      • stebie_boy

        In reply to stebie_boy:

        I've also sent this information to [email protected] in a second email but the issue may be due to the fact that I'm now using a different email address to the original one that I used with thurrott.com - I've been using the new email address for a lot of months but I did have a problem that Tim had to sort out when I first changed it. It is really annoying seeing ads when you've paid not to see them!

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to brad-sams:My main problem with this pop up ad was that it made trying to access the site on my mobile (Nexus 6P) virtually impossible as I couldn't find the close button to get to the rest of the site. I have no problem with ads that pay your bills, but they shouldn't make it hard to view the site.

  4. anchovylover

    Allow me to clarify please Brad. Once I log in the pop up disappears. It may be this is an issue here in Australia. I have had a couple of those issues. I do not use an ad blocker on this site, I'm a Premium member so why would I. My original post alluded to when I come to this site that pop up is there. Further, if I enable my ad blocker and Ghostery before I log in the pop up is still there. It isn't the welcome I assume you wan't to give to new visitors.

    • Brad Sams

      In reply to anchovylover:

      If you are logged out, you will see ads, the premium account features are only present when logged in.

      And I'm not sure that I understand, you're saying that a pop-up ad is getting by an ad blocker and that's not something we want to show new users? That's how this site pays the bills is when a company buys that ad space.

  5. MacLiam

    As a premium member I have also been annoyed by the webinar ad, but it's a problem that would disappear if an autologin procedure would sign me in the moment I first hit the page. I have my LastPass data for Thurrott.com set to autologin, but it never happens. I need to click the login link at the top of the page, then the Member Login button on the pop-up box. At least the username/PW fields are populated for me so I don't have to type them every time. I have no idea if logging in with Google or Facebook would avoid this problem, because I don't grant data scavengers unnecessary access to how I use my devices.

    It's probably work without any measurable benefit for somebody to configure this website for autologin when a member first hits the page, but it would be a welcome courtesy.

    I will send this to the "help" address as well