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'Funny' ads served by adsense
Want to check this idea for a thread...

 11:46 pm on Aug 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

I had an idea (it had to happen):
I thought a thread of 'funny'adsense ads would be interesting (and might even provide valuable feedback to google).
The thread would simply be posts from publishers with 'funny' adsense ads relative to thier sites topic.

My site = widgets
Ad = moon rock cleaning equipment
totally unrealted - I think worthy of noting..

A really 'funny' combo came up on my site this morning which made me think of creating this thread.

Anyway - just wanted to check a that posts like this would not be breaking any forum rules. Any feedback?



 1:57 am on Aug 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

This isn't exactly a funny ad, but--earlier today--a former colleague's page about caning (as in cane seats for chairs) had a "Related searches" link to a SERP with BSDM listings.

Maybe angry Webmasters aren't the only reason why Google is giving "Related searches" a breather. :-)


 6:20 pm on Aug 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a page about guide dogs for the blind... with four ads for products for the hearing-impaired.


 6:45 pm on Aug 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a page about beds. The one ad on the page is for pencils.


 7:20 pm on Aug 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a page about beds. The one ad on the page is for pencils.

Because they are both wooden items?


 11:47 pm on Aug 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have a page about free games and I got "high velocity metal targets for shooting at"


 12:03 am on Aug 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

The most amusing ads I've seen so far are:

- ads for Christian dating services on a review of Paul Feyerabend's autobiography Killing Time (could it have been the presence of the words "moral" and "womanizer" on the page?)

- ads for hair loss products on a review of Breadwinning: New Zealand Women and the State (I have no idea with this one)


 8:19 am on Aug 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

OK, here are some funny AdSense ads from my web sites:

- on a site where I mention a name of the person, AdSense serves an ad to the software that has the same name as this person, but nothing to do with the topic of the page

- AdSense sometimes shows ads of competitors of gadgets I actually describe on given page, although I am very sure that no keyword related to competitor is present on my page (maybe AdWords advertisers on purpose do it, to show their ads on pages related to competition? I would call it anti-targetting = targetting but exactly opposite to what is given page about - I am not sure whether it is funny or regretful)

- on my pages related to scientific stuff, not at all mentioning anything religious, I see AdSense ads from religious organizations, that seem to be saying "this whole scientific cr~p is nonsense, read about God"

- on one page I was describing certain software program and the AdSense banner has taken literally what this page was about - I cannot betray details, but it was like it: I am describing a game/simulation about managing football team, and AdSense offers me in the banner "buy your kid a good ball and football shoes"... it was funny and tricky.

................ but generally I am quite satisfied with google targetting.

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