Here’s What We’re Doing To Fix The Popup Madness, Please Let Us Know If It’s Getting Any Better
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Because we like to keep turtle riders updated about what’s going on with our website, we are canceling Facebook Live tonight, and we’re gonna have a Q&A at halftime of the Celtics game instead. Well, that and the fact that there hasn’t been much material the last couple of days, and we’ve been dealing nonstop with whiny naniburgers who are temporarily inconvenienced by a free website. Basically we need to rant about why these people suck, what we’re doing to fix the problem, and what you can do in the meantime to make your turtle riding experience more enjoyable. So tune in at halftime of the Celtics game and feel free to ask us anything.
In the meantime, here is an email we just received from our ad network:
Our team made some changes this morning to tighten up the ranges that providers can bid on ad space within. We’ve historically found that these bits of rogue redirect code are passed through ad code with lower value ads– the people that are writing this type of code obviously want as many people redirected as they can via the cheapest routes. So we bumped the floors for all providers up, and will pass all remaining impressions to AdSense.
Unfortunately this isn’t something your web developer would be able to solve. We have a lot of in-depth tracking and recording going on, and once a redirect happens, we’re able to get a log of it (through a file called a .HAR file) and send it to our ad providers and they can get the specific campaign blocked. Also unfortunately, for whatever reason, your site is getting hit with multiple campaigns right now. The most frustrating thing is that the redirect code is getting not only through our providers filters, but Google’s as well. Every impression runs through Google’s server, which has very complicated filters to catch this type of thing, but the programmers are able to circumvent the filters.
So, with all of that said, we’re hopeful that the changes this morning will help. It’s a fine line– we don’t want to raise floors so aggressively that you’re going to miss out on a ton of revenue, but obviously we want to do whatever we can to lessen & get rid of redirects. It also can be tricky when it’s difficult to gauge how our changes are affecting the frequency of them. So if you can do your best over the next day to see if frequency is dropping and let us know what you’re seeing, that would be super helpful. If it seems to be working, we can keep this strategy going and slowly ratchet it up. If it seems like there’s no change at all, we have a few other experiments to run. I mean, we’ll still run them, but one test at a time is the best way to go.
So keep us posted how things seem– whether it be an increase, decrease, or no change. And then we’ll adjust accordingly.
I have no idea what most of that means and we’re setting up a conference call to figure this out. But as you can see, they made some changes this morning that they think will help. A web developer wouldn’t be able to fix anything, as the issue is all on their end. But once again, without them the blog wouldn’t be able to exist. That’s what these dumb shit mother fuckers haven’t figured out. It costs money to keep this site together. They pay money. So unless you wanna buy a t-shirt for the whole fam, shut the fuck up and wait patiently for the issue to be resolved. And please let us know if the site is functioning better. They aren’t getting the redirects when they go to the site, which might mean that the issue is geographical since they’re based out of Utah. But we just wanted to let you know that we are working on it every day, as are they. Because we hate this just as much as you do.
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