I would have thought that having a Premium Membership, would give you the option of "No ads". Am I mistaken? Where would I opt out of the ads? They seem more prevalent recently.
Posted by pawkie 7 months ago
I am a pro menber and I have been seeing Banner and Sidebar ads for the past week or so. Is this now a feature of the site? I have tried different computers but the ads always come up. How can I remove them, the button works for a specific ad but new ads always come up starting the process over again?
Posted by Random_Canadian 2 years ago
Dear Instructables.com: Look, I respect Instructables.com's right to make a buck as much as that of any other site that proffers user-supplied content, so please don't misunderstand this comment. I'm not decrying the presence of ads on Instructables.com. I'm bothered nonetheless. Until recently, when I landed on the Instructables.com home page, I would see two columns of fascinating, deliciously creative projects. When I visit the site now, I find that the page is dominated by ads. Dominated? Yes. Now I have to scroll before I see *any* actual Instructables. Now in the interests of full disclosure, I'll confess that I've got a mere 800 pixels of vertical resolution to work with, but come on folks, no Instrucables above the fold? Really? And I've noticed with some dismay a growing number of featured projects from external commercial sources like This Old House (of which I am a *huge* fan, btw). I'm not calling for a moratorium on ads on Instructables, or anything absurd like that, but I do feel that the kind of projects that make this site truly great (those from individual makers, crafters, and builders) is beginning to get crowded out. Keep the ads, by all means, but please keep the spirit of personal creativity in focus as this amazing site evolves. Thank you.
Posted by jdtwelve12 7 years ago
Found this ad whilst browsing. I believe it is inappropriate for a family-oriented site (I know it's not you guys fault so don't think I'm angry at you) Ad: http://img183.imageshack.us/my.php?image=65571160vj4.jpg (didn't post it here because I didn't want it popping up below this post)
Posted by munchman 9 years ago
Dont get me wrong here but the new ads in the middle of the instructables are really annoying. I will get use to them and I am glad instructables is getting some money. One thing I have found is that in general rss feeds dont have ads so I think I might start reading instructables in thunderbird or google reader. Another idea is that maybe there could be an ad free version of instructables for $10 bucks a year or something like that. I imagine that you could get a lot more money like that then with ads. Also I was wondering, does instructables get money every time I click on an ad or every time I buy something after clicking on the ad. Thanks Joe
Posted by joejoerowley 10 years ago
Two people posted an ad on my instructable and when I asked one person to delete it they posted another ad and argued with me about it not being spam. Can someone please help me get rid of those comments? Link to Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Diamond-Puzzle-Sketchbook/
Posted by dombeef 6 years ago
The "roll over "ads that have talking messages and sound are most annoying. So bad, they will cover an area I want to click. Some of them won't close until they have there say. I was so turned off that I closed the page and left. I hope instructables will see the negative effect these have and put an end to it. Two of them popped up at the "6 cent throwie" and at the "contact us" page. I believe one was titled Hangover Days and some other concerning Microsoft.
Posted by botronics 8 years ago
I'm having increasing incidents where the right hand side of comment text is covered over by the right-hand-side Advertisements. Usually this happens when there are lots of indented replies, where it is sort-of understandable, but in this example it is happening on a top-level comment: https://www.instructables.com/community/Howto_choose_RGB_leds_/It is particularly annoying that if I make my browser window widerl nothing moves to the new window margins. Surely the left part of the Instructables banner should be all the way at the left of the window, and the ads should be all the way on the right?I see this with both Firefox 3.0.4 and Safari 3.1.2 on Mac OSX 10.5.5 (although in Safari, the ads are "transparent.")
Posted by westfw 9 years ago
I'm disappointed by your sleazy American Apparel ads featuring half-naked women. It is gratuitous and uncalled for. As a father I am doubly disappointed because I know that my children have frequented your site as well. The thing is, I really like your site and have told people about it. Now I find myself considering blocking your site at my home and at my children's schools. Look, I'm not a prude--far from it. But your site seems to be migrating from classy to trashy, and that really disappoints me. I would expect this behavior from mens magazine sites, but I thought you folks had a little more class than that.
Posted by stephmur 7 years ago
This suggestion would either eliminate the necessity for pro accounts or reduce the price to pay for one. It wouldnt bother some of us a bit if you put ads on the left hand corner of the page as well as the very bottom of it, below the copyright link. Also, I notice that there are no ads when you make/edit a new instructable or forum topic. You could put some there. If this isnt possible with you guys, or you just dont want to do it, I understand. I am not against pro accounts, But some others are, and I cant really afford one myself (I cant even get a stinkin job due to child labor laws).
Posted by DJ Radio 8 years ago
Some of these new ads are incredibly obnoxious. When I came to the site today, I was greeted with a rather loud recording of "Wouldn't It Be Nice", that wouldn't go away until I managed to find the tiny gray X on a slightly lighter gray bar, on the bottom of the screen. Now there's one from the Washington Sports Club that expands to three times its normal size whenever I mouseover it - and it's right below the topic bar. This is obnoxious; if these horribly intrusive advertisements continue, I will definitely stop using this site. I've been a fan for years, but this is just too much. ...and now that I look around a bit more, that expanding ad is on just about every single page. Get rid of it, please.
Posted by aklyatne 7 years ago
The Redneck and Rockets ad, which takes up 100% of the page, cannot be dismissed. I PAY FOR A MEMBERSHIP and don't want to be forced to see an ad EVERY SINGLE time I visit a page. If this is the case, refund my membership and let me deal with advertising.
Posted by idomagic 6 years ago
The new verizon ads are good for the site! But now there getting on my nerves. My regular routine is to click on the forums button. But now it's higher up, so now I'm hitting the verizon ad and going onto their site. Maybe if they were on the side it would be better. Is this getting on anybody else's nerves?
Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago
I'm a Pro member and I'm signed in. (signed out and then in again) The front page banner is all grey and I'm getting ads in the grey box. Has someone hacked or broken the site? I have to turn on a banner blocker to stop the ads.
Posted by switch62 2 years ago
We typically only allow ads to contain audio if the audio is user-initiated. Within the last hour, I noticed ads from Woolite, AirWick, and Lime Away with audio that started as soon as the ad loaded. I apologize for these, they should not be on the site. They are coming through one of our indirect ad networks, and I think I have stopped them (though it might take half an hour from now until the change takes effect). However, if you see any more, please let me know. If you ever see ads that don't fit with our values, make a note of the URL they link to, and where they are coming from by looking for an "Ads by Google" or by looking at this Instructable to see which network is serving them:https://www.instructables.com/id/Instructables_Ad_Networks/
Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago
I know instructables pays the bills with targeted ads. That's cool, and useful. No problems there. The problem is putting a 5 minute video in the ads. That gets downloaded when I look at an Instructable. I'm on a satellite link, and my bandwidth costs me quite a bit. If I'm going to have to pay to download a video to look at an Instructable, I either won't look at it, or I'll install ad blocking software. If I want to look at videos I'll go to Vimeo, or YouTube. Don't let poor choice in ads drive away the users.
Posted by rallen71366 7 years ago
I was just startled by the popping up of some football video ad. Pretty misplaced if you ask me. But just jarring and unappreciated. I know that Instructables has to support itself somehow. Just wish there were a less jarring and invasive way to do that.
Posted by Ricardo Furioso 7 years ago
For a long while, the only ads I was seeing on Instructables pages were internal -- mostly examples of highly rated/featured I'bles, or contest announcements. Starting today (24 Mar 2010), I am seeing banner and sidebar ads. This isn't a big deal, except that a lot of them have been those really annoying rollover-giant-box type. This makes it quite cumbersome to navigate on the page, and in particular, to do anything where your mouse has to go near the masthead.
Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago
The rollover ads are making me crazy. I can't do anything on the pages without having to close the same rollover window 10 times, 20 if there are two rollover ads on the page. Yes, I am a bit uncoordinated. I saw in Eric's post (the one that started the flame war) that one of the ad windows goes away for Pros, but unfortunately it's not one of the windows that keeps littering my screen with expandavideos. It would be worth the cost of the Pro membership if the rollovers were just disabled. Not even gone, just prevented from activating. I don't want to cripple Java in my browser, and I don't want to hose Instructables out of ad revenue by installing a blocker, but I also don't want to pay for the upgrade and still have to dodge the stinkin' rollovers. What's the sitch, pros?
Posted by RavingMadStudios 8 years ago
Ads pop up when using the embedded link to jump from the instructable email to any particular instructable shown in the email. My avatar is up, showing that I am logged in, yet the ads are still there. In fact, the whole experience is very non-Pro: won't show all steps at once and ads are all over the place. Logging out and logging back in doesn't help because finding the particular instructable becomes difficult. Logging in and then switching back to the email to click the particular instructable used to be the work around, but now it just opens a new window as if I am not logged in. Help a brother out? macbook pro, Safari 9.1.2, OS X 10.9.5 Thanks
Posted by pedalmonkey 1 year ago
The mobile site for Instructables has been presenting rather unpleasant popup advertising. This twitter thread captures it rather well: https://twitter.com/winkleink/status/897077681443024899 Attempting to close these, or go back, results in more pop-up. The instructables content cannot actually be got to. It's not that users don't appreciate the need for ads. advertising maker sites - places for buying stuff, perfectly cool, and likely to get attention. Pop ups like this really make makers not want to avoid Instructables on phones. Seen on both Android and IOS.
Posted by dannystaple 8 months ago
One thing that has really annoyed me lately is that when you search an istructable half of the page is taken up by ads. I used to be able to look through 20 or so pages but now I have to look through 30 or 40 and it has really slowed down my computer. I was wondering if there is anything you can do to stop this. I liked how it used to be up in the top out of the way but now I don't go on this site as much because it really annoys me.
Posted by Redneck2 9 years ago
Drafts have been all wonky lately. I've been getting ads on my draft URL pages even though I'm a pro member. I can't rollover image notes on drafts unless in edit mode. Images are sometimes very small or cropped funny. When I look at the ible in full preview mode, the images are correct. I can't click on an image to enlarge it at the draft URL. When I published an ible recently that had some of these issues, everything worked and looked fine after publishing. These issues are present in both Chrome and Firefox on my Mac (OS X 10.9.2).
Posted by Brooklyntonia 2 years ago
A couple times recently I've been scrolling through featured projects on the mobile app (Android) and noticed one that had some suspiciously prominent Mike's Hard Lemonade in it. It wasn't until I checked in a normal web browser that I could confirm that these were sponsored content: https://www.instructables.com/id/Mikes-Marinade/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tent-stake-marker/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiki-Torch-Bottle/ I do appreciate the efforts for transparency on the site and how these are clearly marked as sponsored. It would be nice to get that same transparency on the mobile app - unless I'm missing something, right now there's no way to tell the difference between a regular featured project and a sponsored one.
Posted by Ben Finio 3 years ago
I logged in to my pro membership account this morning and saw that there was not one, but several ads being displayed on the Instructables homepage. The worst of them is a giant video ad promoting a new show at the top of the page! Can anyone explain to me why I'm suddenly seeing ads even though I'm a pro member?? I know that the organization needs revenue, but they got it in the form of membership money from me, so I should't have to see these ugly ads. This disappoints me tremendously...
Posted by He11uvaCook 7 years ago
So I just opened a few instructables from the latest email newsletter, which is always fun. I have about 8 tabs open. And then... some random audio ad starts playing at full volume. Something about oxygen network. Of course I have no idea which instructable page is playing the ad, so I can 1) wait it out while the audio ad plays, or 2) close tabs one by one to see which is the offending page. Why in the world would instructables.com allow audio ads on their website? I understand if they require user interaction (explicitly clicking to start audio). But instant audio as soon as the page loads is an awful web faux pas. If this were more common place, I'd either block all instructable ads (which would be detrimental to the site, I'm guessing), or just stop visiting (which would be detrimental to me :( ) I really hope this is just a mistake and gets fixed.
Posted by jumpfroggy 7 years ago
Why are you allowing ads with sound? Perhaps you should have your ad agency go here http://www.langoor.com/ethics-in-internet-selling-and-advertising/ and learn some ethics. There are ad placement firms who adhere to guidelines that help to maximize a user's experience rather than irritating the crap out of them. They seem to be doing pretty well. Reducing a user's experience may generate you and you ad service some short term revenue, but it will ultimately reduce the user's willingness to buy the product of the offending advertiser, and will drive eyeballs off of your site. I clicked on the "First Aid Kit for Hostile Environments" 'ible in my Mail app. My browser opened, as usual, and opened my instructable page. Then the music started. Thinking that I might have lingered over something too long, I closed the tab, went back to the mail, and clicked again. Same story. This happened three different times. ALL of the ads in the top banner did this. Idunno what the first one was, but the second one was for some Republican politician, and the third was for Mercury (the car, not the element). I have not resorted to ad-blocking software because I believe in your site and want you guys to get paid for all your hard work. (That may soon change, though.) I haven't bought a pro membership because I don't publish anything or spend gobs of time here, and I've been a member so long that you gandfathered in most of the pro benefits for me. I'm relatively casual and limited in my use. Can you help a brother out and stop these types of ads, or are you gonna tell me to just suck it up because I'm a freeloader non-pro member?
Posted by pedalmonkey 2 years ago
Where and How to approach my ideas to advertisement companies without taking patent or copyright on them?
Asked by noquery 4 years ago
I have a pro account but I'm still getting ads on the instructables front page. Is something wrong with my account, is something wrong with the ad, or is instructables slowly beginning to add advertising to pro accounts? The ad appeared in the spot where cool instructables and new contests are usually displayed: In any case, I'm really disappointed. First, admins censor my and cammers' comments on the ikea contest, and now this! Seriously?
Posted by Xellers 6 years ago
One of my children was on a game site called "girl games", and a very inappropriate ad was displayed in the center of the screen without any prompting from my child. My children will no longer be going on this site, and I think a whole lot more discretion and good judgment should be used by the site as far as their ads are concerned. The ad was very upsetting to my children, and therefore to myself. These ads are for a website called 'IMVU', which is a 3-D avatar chat room. The ads show skimpily dressed people, usually female, in compromising positions. They are placed on all kinds of web sites, even though the website in question may contain games for small children, which is indeed were this ad was. Do we want our children looking at disgusting and perverted images like this?
Posted by peanutthegreat 9 years ago
All of the content on Instructables is freely available. An Instructables Pro Membership gives you more convenient access to that content, with fewer advertisements. Here are the types of ads that appear on each of our membership levels: No Instructables Membership (free) There are fours ads on each step of an Instructable: a 728x90 ad, a 300x250 ad in the upper right, and two 300x250 ads between the step's image and the links to the other steps. We call these our leaderboard, medium rectangle, and inline medium rectangle ads. Occasionally, we'll show a 970x250 ad in the leaderboard position or a 300x600 ad in the medium rectangle position, or test other types of ad units with video or other effects. If you find these intrusive, considering signing up for our free basic membership. Basic Instructables Membership (free) If you sign up for a basic membership, we eliminate all ad units except for the leaderboard and upper right medium rectangle ads. For example, when viewing the step of an Instructable, the inline medium rectangle ads will not appear. Pro Instructables Membership (paid) If you upgrade to a pro membership, we eliminate indirectly-sold advertising networks, like Google Adsense, from our mix of ads. You will primarily see ads for Instructables projects and any contests we're currently running -- we call these house ads -- and a very limited number of ads from sponsors we think are a really good fit for the site. In addition, you can choose to view all the steps of an Instructable on one page, so the total number of ads drops to two for the entire Instructable. Finally, you can download a PDF version of an Instructable, which has no ads. Why we're willing to remove some of the ads if you sign up for free Most people who sign up for our free basic membership opt to join our twice-weekly newsletter. Giving us your permission to email you with the best Instructables of the week, reminding you to come back to our site, is more valuable than showing you extra ads. Maybe you'll even be inspired to post your own Instructable! We respect your privacy, and do not sell or rent our newsletter email list. Occasionally we'll include a message from a sponsor in the newsletter, but all emails come from us, and you can completely remove your email address at any time. Click here to sign up for an Instructables membership and remove ads!
Posted by ewilhelm 8 years ago
Hey, longtime user here and this problem just started a few days ago. Using Google Chrome 58.0.3029.110 on a Mac Powerbook OS X 10.11.6. On pages with Flash ads, it's slowing down the pages to a crawl and several time crashed the browser. Not having this problem with other sites on this browser. Please advise....
Posted by sstanfill 10 months ago
A buddy of mine showed me this pop-up ad he got when he was looking over a guide I made recently. He had the same issue the last time I made a guide. These pop-ups are annoying enough that he never uses Instructables because of it. To be honest, I don't blame him. I know you guys use AdSense for advertising and I don't really know the solution to this issue, but I wanted you all to be aware of it. Less internet savvy people might be freaked out by ads like this.
Posted by _diyMATT 3 months ago
When I click a featured article on the newsletter I am immediately logged in and I get the ads EVERYWHERE. I don't get them if I close the tab in my browser (Safari 9.1) and then open instructables from my tool bar, but then I can't find the featured 'ible I was looking for in the first place. Help?
Posted by pedalmonkey 2 years ago
I have been trying to convince BM to make this for a while now and decided to start a poll to see if I could convince him to build it. Here is the wiki article HERE Put a yes or no answer below,some reasons of why you said yes/no would also be nice =)
Posted by Johnhall14 4 years ago