- Singletrack site issues : redirecting to iOS app store
Just had this again twice in the last hour, both on the site and off the sites’ FB presence.
Based on a bit of digging, it’s a well known and thorny issue – almost 100% with the ad networks. There are suggestions here about blocking categories of ad, like games – makes sense as these are all the redirects I’ve had yet…Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got so many categories blocked already it’s crazy. The problem is that there’s networks feeding ads into other networks who feed ads into other networks that it’s impossible to track anything down. I’m going to start turning networks off one by one over the next few days. Starting with Google. Please keep reporting any of these popups so I know if I’ve found a source or not.Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
UIn UK using a HTC get redirected to an Amazon page when I click on a thread. This is the address http://www.amazon.co.uk/b?node=3012216031&tag=singletrackma-21&camp=1698&creative=25778&linkCode=ez&adid=03ZCRJ3CK8TP3HHG4KFA&&ref-refURL=http%3A%2F%2Fsingletrackworld.com%2Fads%2Fiframes%2Fleaderboard.htmlPosted 4 years agoRopeyReignRiderMember
Me too. IOS7 and this is the only site it ever happens on. I’ve just been redirected to a William Hill app in the AppStore 3 times in the last ten minutes.
The obvious answer would be for STW to remove the offending adds or add stream but I guess that wouldn’t please the bean counters :-/Posted 4 years agoRopey Tracer Rider (previously known as Ropey Reign Rider) wrote:
The obvious answer would be for STW to remove the offending adds or add stream but I guess that wouldn’t please the bean counters :-/
They are already trying to do this but it seems to be difficult to identify and remove only the offending ads, hence the request for more info.Posted 4 years ago
5 minutes ago, redirected to App Store direct from STW in safari on iOS 7.0.4.
Was redirected to Mecca bingo app, Mecca bingo ad was advertising app at top right of sidebar on site at the time.
Here’s where I was: http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/cotic-soul-touch-up-paint
Happy to give more info if I can but it’s a bit of a pain getting much out of Safari, unlike my lovely blockered up Firefox on the *nix laptop…Posted 4 years ago
Yes I am trying to do this. It’s a lot more complicated than you may think. If I pull the ads (all of them) we breach many contracts and lose lots of money – money that doesn’t line our pockets by any stretch of the imagination but in a very real sense keeps the website running. Singletrack is not a company that makes lots of profit. Last year our profit margin was around the 5% mark. Since 30% of our revenue comes from networked ads simply stopping them from appearing is something that would be financially very damaging for us. We need to get to the root of the problem and with that in mind I’ve been working my way through the individual networks, adding filters, more category blocks. As far as I can see all of our settings in all of our network ad accounts with Criteo, AOL, Microsoft, Google, Lijit, SwitchAdhub are all set to block everything from gambling, adult, health, downloads, games, financial, apps etc. With our Google account I’ve reached the maximum categories I can actually block. For some reason they only let you block a total of 50 categories and I’ve hit that limit and I’m now unblocking one to block another. It’s real needle/haystack stuff and I’ve been working on for several days now.
You should see a lot of Amazon ads at the moment. That’s because I’ve verified that these are not the source of the issue and so I’m temporarily replacing the ads served from networks with these as well as our own house ads to try and narrow down my search. Those ads pay us nothing unless they are clicked and someone buys something from Amazon. They are our lowest yield ads on our system and I try not to run them if I can help it.
So, please bear with me while I try and solve this (We are not being targeted – it’s a global ad network problem). I’m in touch with all our network providers and they are searching too. If it was easy to solve it would have been by now. This problem is a massive nightmare for everyone involved in advertising. Some arse out there is deliberately making this happen and it’s helping absolutely no one.
I think I can rule out Google Adsense now and I’ve already ruled out Criteo. I’m going to switch them back on now and turn off one of the others. Microsoft next.
I’m really sorry for the PITA that this is. I’m determined to fix it but please don’t give us a hard time because ads earn us money. That’s how it all works.Posted 4 years ago
It’s a single ad that rotates through Empire: Game of Four, Mecca Bingo and William Hill. It rotates through them every few minutes and with each rotation it triggers a redirect to their app. I’ve managed to replicate that here. It’s also targeting mobile users, which is why I can’t get it to happen in a desktop browser. At least I know what I’m looking for now.Posted 4 years agoMark Alker wrote:
It’s a single ad that rotates through Empire: Game of Four, Mecca Bingo and William Hill. It rotates through them every few minutes and with each rotation it triggers a redirect to their app. I’ve managed to replicate that here. It’s also targeting mobile users, which is why I can’t get it to happen in a desktop browser. At least I know what I’m looking for now.
Sounds like you are making some decent progress in tracking it down. Perhaps if you beat everyone else to the solution you could sell it on to others 😉Posted 4 years ago
No need to apologise. The more reports we get the better our chances of finding out where these ads are coming from. I’ve just disabled all ads from our SwitchAd network so I need the reports to keep coming so I can tell if its’ their issue.
My fear is that it’s not going to be that simple though. There are literally thousands of different ad networks out there and many of them take ads from each other so it is possible that the same ad is coming through many different networks.
If I am forced to turn off all the networks we will be in quite a bit of trouble.Posted 4 years ago
+1 on it being a global issue.
It came up in a discussion on /. earlier that was ‘based’ on the ethics of ad blocking and how sites might try to shut down the blockers of their visitors. I say ‘based’ because /. tends to stay about as focused as STW does…
Hope you get to the bottom of it soon. The only real good thing is that the amount of interest this is getting from sites that can be arsed (IGN was getting hit with it back end of last year) it’s likely that the guys at the network/s serving up these iffy ads will conclude it’s not in their interests to run them if they get too much blocking. Interesting the ads that are cropping up here though. Previously it seems to have been low rent ads on the basis that malware authors didn’t really want to spring teh big bucks…Posted 4 years ago
Using Chrome on Android and there are certain threads that give a “too many redirects” error rather than opening. Haven’t yet got into these threads once, so could these have some permenant content causing the same issue? I haven’t been sent to the Google Play store but if it only targets iOS… Shall I try and find a couple and post them here?Posted 4 years agoMark Alker wrote:
If I am forced to turn off all the networks we will be in quite a bit of trouble.
Yes, I’ve suggested this before but…..would an ad-free, forum-only subscription make financial sense to you guys? By that, I mean would you make more from subscriptions than you would lose through having a smaller number of users being targeted – or does a subscription only make sense at the current price (and taking into account you then have magazine advertising space you can sell)?
I’d understand if supplying a full answer to that might be giving away too much 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Well, in the absence of a functioning memory an extended read has found the first “too many redirects” thread…
Will post any others that I stumble upon.
Edit, which now apparently redirects… To this thread whilst on my phone? Now I am confused!
Edit 2- presumably a copy/paste issue on the phone…Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Just happened for the first time on my iPad using wifi, as I was scrolling the page up using my thumb on the left-hand side, so no obvious advert links down there. I got taken to this page:
which lead to this:
when I came straight back here. It’s the fact that I was scrolling down the left side of the page that strikes me as odd, as there is no obvious advertising on that side, so I can’t understand how it manages to re-direct.Posted 4 years ago
But I’m an incompetent idiot when it comes to IT stuff anyway. 😀
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