I noticed today that Ghostery was blocking a couple of web trackers on this site. I hate these things and would never knowingly have them running on my own site so I had to do a bit of exploring to find out where they were coming from.
A Google search led to WordPress’s own site where I discovered that they are including a Quantcast tracker in the Stats plugin part of Jetpack. It seems there is no option to turn this off which I find reprehensible. I’ve turned WordPress Stats off.
After reloading the front page I found the two trackers, including Quantcast, were still being loaded and blocked. I was stumped. I turned off all plugins to see if any of those was the source. Nope. Still there.
I was clicking through various site pages to see if it was the same for them all when it struck me that the dodgy trackers were only appearing on pages that included embeds from Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Sure enough I found out from the respective sites that they do include third party trackers in their embed codes.
I hate this kind of thing and it really annoyed to find out that this site was, indirectly, being used by them. I’ll be linking to pages, instead of embedding, from now on if I want to share something from those sites.