Saturday, May 30, 2015

Internet advertisers "hijacked" my website

OK, "hijacked" is an exaggeration, but that's how I feel.  A while back I tried out a few different companies that put ads on the site.  One of them is  I placed the ads along the side of the page.

The other day I suddenly noticed weird ad links included within the text of my blogs.  It looks like this (a screenshot of yesterday's post, click on it to enlarge):

Notice the dotted lines underneath the word "new" in the title and "how" and "version" in the text.  Those are ad links.  And they didn't just appear in yesterday's blog, they popped up all over the place throughout entries dating back the last few years.  I don't understand how it can be deemed OK/legal for the code I inserted in a specific box on the side of the page to magically turn into that.

It's like the virus in an outbreak movie that they think is under control, but then it mutants and kills everyone on the planet.  Luckily I nipped it in the bud and removed all Bidvertiser codes from the site.  Who knows if I'll ever get the $4.77 they owe me...

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