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    Hackers put adsense on free wordpress.com blog?

    Does wordpress show adsense on the free wordpress.com blogs? I've just noticed ads on my blog with pub-3443918307802676.

    This is post about this on Hackers placed adsense on my wordpress.com blog - AdSense Policy Questions | Google Groups

    But still wondering about this?

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    Nah, its just Wordpress showing some ads on your site. If you google the adsense pub ID, you'll find this:
    Visitors clicking to unknown, not provided by me, link « WordPress.com Forums

    which points to this:
    On Ads — Blog — WordPress.com

    Somewhere in there is the TOS link of WP that reserves the right to display ads on the free site without notice, etc...
    Cheers,
    James

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    They say that they try not to show ads to regular readers (Kind of tricky). But it's free.

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    Yeah, I couldn't find anything that states to what frequency they get displayed, but you can't argue with free

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Stein View Post
    lol yeah guys see what you get for free .... WP being sneaky ...

    James
    You know. This could be an issue for the site owner using wordpress as their company blog and losing traffic to adsense.

    I don't blame Wordpress for posting the ads, But it's kind of sneaky that many blog owners will never know due to the manner they display the ads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Stein View Post
    Goes to show being cheap does not pay ... Spend $10 for a domain and $7 for hosting... Saves you a great deal of problems.....

    I personally do not setup free blogs but I have 2 dedicated servers also... Even if I did not though I would still spend the money on a domain and host because having things in your control will always be a better business decision ...

    James
    The free blogs are good in a way that the service does the backups and provides the security. Many business owners are using typepad.com, blogspot.com and wordpress.com for these reasons. But losing customers can be costly. So, it would payoff to put the blog in a subfolder and put someone in the office in charge of checking it from time to time to make sure it hasn't been hacked. There's free backup plugins for wordpress. So the backup shouldn't be an issue.

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    Here's a list of 8 Free Wordpress Plugins to Protect a WordPress Blog from Being Hacked

    1. How to hide your login screen : Stealth Login
    2. How to ban selected users : User Locker
    3. How to prevent brute force hacking : Limit Login Attempts
    4. How to prevent unauthorized automated access : SpiderSquash
    5. How to Encrypt Your Logins : Login Encrypt
    6. How to make your login process more secure: Chap Secure Login
    7. How to ensure stolen passwords only work with a single session: One-Type Password
    8. How to tell if your WordPress account has been hacked: Wordpress Last Login

    8 Free Plugins to Protect Your Wordpress Blog from Being Hacked

    Quote Originally Posted by James Stein View Post
    Those backup plugins are a security risk as well as the new instant upgrade crap wordpress has...
    Correct. Any plugin can cause a security risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    Does wordpress show adsense on the free wordpress.com blogs? I've just noticed ads on my blog with pub-3443918307802676.

    This is post about this on Hackers placed adsense on my wordpress.com blog - AdSense Policy Questions | Google Groups

    But still wondering about this?
    hmmm wow that's interesting. I'd imagine it wouldn't be very productive considering google would promptly close the account?

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