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Issues with targeted ads

 9:01 am on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've just purchased a content site, not made for adsense so I added it.

It has Joomla CMS using PHP.

The site is a few years old and well spidered.

The Adsense units are not at all targeted and I fear that because the urls constantly change each time an article is called up, Google will be unable to index and post targeted ads.

Is there anything I can do?



 1:08 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Why are your URL's changing each time the article is called? That really isn't a good idea for many reasons.

I would address that problem and AS will take care of itself.


 2:28 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

You want to install the search engine friendly URL add-in for Joomla to get around some of this nonsense.


 2:39 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Your URLs shouldn't change each time an article is called; Joomla assigns a unique item ID to each individual article.

Your best bet is the suggestion to use the SEF add-on, but I would add that some of my sites don't use this and still receive perfectly targetted ads.


 3:09 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

It would appear that SEF is installed. Is there a way I can double check this?


 11:43 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

check to see what components you have installed and configured. 2 good ones are openSEF and 404sef. I use 404sef and it works great.


 4:36 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hello Rden

Thanks for that, I've installed 404SEF and got this message

Unable to create .htaccess file in your Mambo root. Please create this file yourself and add the following lines

DirectoryIndex index.php
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}!-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}!-d
RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php

What do I need to do?


 6:17 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just what it says. create a file with the text it tells you, and name it .htaccess

Upload it to your joomla root directory.

Make sure you get rid of any file that is called htaccess.txt

In your Joomla admin section: Site/Global Configuration/ SEO - make sure "Search Engine Friendly URLs:" is set to YES.

Then, go to Components/404SEF/Configuration
Enable? = YES
Adjust other options to suit your needs.


 7:00 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for that...I'm always worried about messing with files!


 7:10 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

About 5 months ago I added adsense to Postnuke CMS site with the default url's that had been well spidered for about a year and half before with our adsense. It took almost 2 weeks before I got relevant ads. For that whole time I got some Lazer Module thing and a book about Drupel. After that ads were more relevant with a couple of odd balls here and there. Then I added the section targeting to my templates and everything has been pretty good since.


 7:30 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

My blogs (Wordpress) have static URL's and all I get is ads about "free blogs"...


 10:21 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

Mine are either drugs assistance or pulblic service!

I think I've done as much as I can for the moment, I'll wait and see.

Thanks for all your help but will keep an eye on this post to see if anyone else can throw a litlle in the pot!


 11:46 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am using Joomla and get very relevant ads for the most part. I do not use any of the outside SEF components that are available, but I do have SEF turned on in global configuration. I use the section targeting code at the start and end of every one of my content entries. I'd tried just inserting it once in my template but that didn't seem to have any effect.

Pages that are seldom viewed do seem to lose targeting, but I think that may happen no matter how the page is written - CMS or no CMS.


 5:13 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

How do you place the adlinks exactly where you want them. Mine are automatically placed at the bottom, and only one. I'd lke to place mine in the middle and sometimes more than one.

Is this possible?


 12:54 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

How do you place the adlinks exactly where you want them. Mine are automatically placed at the bottom, and only one. I'd lke to place mine in the middle and sometimes more than one.

I edit the HTML template to add more positions for modules. Then I create "user" modules that contain only the adsense code with the WYSIWYG editor turned completely off so that it doesn't mess with the javascript. I can't place the adblocks in the middle of my content by using this method, but I believe that there is an add-on component available that will do that if that is where you want to place your adblock. I follow the heat map as close as I can, and the bottom seems to be a lousy location unless your page is very long.

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