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Monetize completely off-topic hits?
Without changing theme of site to search engines?

Msg#: 7399 posted 11:36 pm on Jun 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have a widget directory, including pages on different widgets. Each of the latter links to an image page containing a picture associated with that widget.

Google images has lately been sending me a fair amount of hits to one of those picture pages. However, it's not people interested in widgets, it's because that particular widget has the same name as a long-time international cartoon character: I even found a picture of Ed Sullivan with the character. And, many of these hits are from outside the U.S., but my widget directory is U.S. regional.

I added adsense ads to that page, but they show ads relating to my widgets.

So, should I somehow change that page into something relating to that cartoon character in order to get ads relating to cartoons, or would doing so cause search engines to then think the whole site was about cartoons instead of widgets?

It's not like I'm getting thousands of hits, but I don't think any of the visitors looking for the cartoon are going to care about widgets and click on the ads.

Or, do you think google will eventually figure it out on its own?



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Msg#: 7399 posted 11:44 pm on Jun 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Could you add a comment to the page along the lines of "not to be confused with the well known cartoon character ,insert name"

That might be enough to trigger some ads?


Msg#: 7399 posted 1:59 am on Jun 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

So far I've gotten a good number of cheap clicks. I looked at the page in question using a Swiss proxy and it showed a couple of Swiss widget sites, not cartoon sites, so adsense seems to have taken where the visit is coming from into account and shown localized ads relating to my site.

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