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rolli
12-17-2001, 04:32 AM
Hi all,
one of my sites is freehosted at freeservers.com. Site name is http://4shops.4t.com

Now I noticed, when I called that site that there a popup window appears from http://ad.doubleclick.net/adi/N1684.TMP.com/B49626;sz=720x300;ord=0300?.
It is a casino site. I never agreed to that advertising method, and nobody ever asked me for that. Does someone here have experience with that, and how can I stop that. Resp. must that advertiser pay me for using my site?
Thanks and best wishes.
Jonny

Czar
12-17-2001, 04:46 AM
Jonny,

I'm afraid that when you sign up with a free hosting service, you have to expect this sort of thing. In your particular case, you'll note that FreeServers makes it very clear that banners, popups and the like cover the costs of your usage of their servers.

This from the "What's the Catch? (http://www.freeservers.com/tour/catch.html)" page of FreeServers' informational tour of the free hosting package:
Freeservers offers free, advertising-supported Web site hosting. To compensate for the hosting costs incurred with your free Web site, we display banner ads, pop-up advertising and send Freeservers Special Offers by e-mail to your account. All of which disappear once your site is upgraded. You can choose your banner type and customize it how you like: pop-up, inline, tower ads, etc.
Your options, then, are to live with the popups, or upgrade to their paid service.

HTH.

Ted S
12-17-2001, 04:51 AM
Jonny,

FreeServers, like most free hosts makes it money off of advertising. Sometimes they use banners, other times they use popups. This is well explained throughout their site (see http://freeservers.com/tour/catch.html from their about us). Also, here is a portion of their TOS (which you agreed to when you signed up)

V. FreeServers is advertiser-supported. As a result, we ask that users be supportive of our advertisers and their advertising, which helps make this service free. We require all advertising to be suited to general audiences, and make every effort to provide advertising relevant to the content of user Web pages.
a. Each page is required to display a banner. An advertising banner will be displayed by default on every page served by our servers. Any attempts to undermine or avoid the display of the banner is considered a violation of this agreement and the site will be subject to immediate removal.
b. FreeServers may make provisions for those users who do not desire advertising on their site to have an advertising-free site for a small monthly fee. In such cases, all other aspects of this Acceptable Use Policy still apply.


That pretty much explains the reasons for ads, how they work and what not, chances are you missed this when you signed up so you may want to go back and re-read their TOS to be clear on all the rules.

In order to remove these ads you would have to switch hosts,( see www.freewebspace.net for a list, note: most free hosts have ads) or you can pay your current host a small monthly fee to have your account upgraded and the banners removed (they explain this on their signup and similar pages).

In regards to your final question, you are not paid for the banners shown. The point of the ads is for your host to make back what it costs to run your site. A few hosts have run systems where the user is paid for the banners but these rarely stay around.

rolli
12-17-2001, 12:44 PM
Thanks for that. They must have their TOS changed since I signed in. At that time they only show the banner on top of the site. ( auto banner insertion ). I know some freehosts without opening pupups, maybe I will change succ. to them.
Best wishes
Jonny

SWD
12-17-2001, 03:43 PM
well, thats a pop up I have seen a lot!! it pisses me off =/