Since starting this web site almost 7 (!) years ago, I’ve used WordPress’ free service
where they run ads to offset at least some of their cost. For about 15 years I’ve used Privoxy to eliminate most advertising and tracking stuff while browsing. I recently saw what my site looks like to the rest of the world – without Privoxy – and was a bit shocked at how intrusive the ads could be.
I’ve now upgraded to a paid-for service level that eliminates the advertising. I’m sorry it took so long.