WordPress Pulse360 advertising: block them with NoScript and TACO with Abine on Firefox
Well, this is embarrassing – as Firefox says when it fails to restore previous tabs. I know that WordPress has started dropping Pulse 360 adverts on my, and many other, blogs. I know that I’m not happy. Two reasons:
- they are hardly the discreet adverts that WP warns it might include occasionally to defray its costs
- their positioning is downright offensive. They are added at the bottom of my text, giving the implication that I either have something to do with them, or are happy with them, or even endorse them.
But my embarrassment comes from not immediately knowing why they don’t show up on my main machine: an iMac running Firefox. I know Adblock can stop them; but I’m not using Adblock.
No, the culprit – or I should say silent friendly partner – appears to be a much-admired Firefox add-on I have installed and frequently forget: TACO with Abine 4.3. It sits quietly in the background and does the work for me. Check the screenshot below: TACO has stopped more than 4000 tracking attempts on WordPress alone since I installed it.
And now check the settings (click for full-size):
TACO opts me out of no less than 123 Ad Networks and is blocking more than 630 web trackers (I’ve seen it as high as 1500). Near the top of the Ad Networks section, flagged as ‘NEW’, is Pulse360.
So I switched off TACO. But, still no adverts – maybe it wasn’t TACO defending me after all… How about NoScript? I switched off NoScript. Low and behold, I have adverts! So NoScript stops the Pulse 360 adverts.
I switched off NoScript, and switched on TACO. No adverts again. So TACO also stops Pulse 360.
So here’s my recommendation, a very, very firm recommendation: just to be sure, use both. They’re both free add-ons with the best free browser: Firefox. And if we all block Pulse 360, maybe companies like WordPress will stop using them.
PS If you allow the ads to show, and just keep pressing Reload, WordPress logs show each reload as a separate visit, even when you’re the owner. Cheat. I’ve just had my best ever day on the blog – 10,000 visits in one day, and counting…