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Anyone Else Having a Problem with Ads?

 6:10 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Is anyone having as big a problem with <snip> ads as I am? I don't see them discussed much here.

I feel these ads are really evil, as they say they are free but then make you sign up with a credit card and charge you monthly. I'm afraid these really appeal to kids who don't know any better.

I keep filtering them but in one of my niches, new ones pop up every day like weeds. My filter list is full, and 75% is <snip>.

Yesterday I filtered the ultimate <snip> ad. It was an article (probably scraped) about the dangers of the <snip> but every time the word <snip> was mentioned in the article (which was a lot), it was a link to the free <snip> site, with lists of free <snip> sites at the bottom.

Is there anything we can do about these <snip> ads?

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:23 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] no specifics please [/edit]



 6:22 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

do they pay good? if yes i wouldnt care what they do! i get paid and i'm happy.


 6:26 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Never seen one; must be niche specific. does your site have loads of 'teen' type key words?

Most <snip> sites aim to rip off teenagers (via their parents credit cards and phone accounts!).

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:33 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] see below [/edit]


 6:55 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

There WAS a thread some time ago about this--I think people with music-oriented sites were being plagued with them.

If you can figure out what keywords they are targeting, then you might be able to take action in one of two ways, without resorting to the blocklist. One would be to remove or replace those keywords wherever possible. The other would be to use "section targeting" to tell the bot to ignore the paragraphs or sections on a page that are triggering the <snip> ads....

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:24 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] see above... [/edit]


 7:20 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes and the topic of the site is nothing to do with music or really anything that should bring up a <snip>. I always go through and hunt them down and filter them. Since I have a community type site with lots of repeat visitors having one of them getting ripped off or spammed to death from an add running on the site will not look good. It won't be I got ripped off from a place I found on a google ad. It will be I got ripped off from widgets.r.us's advertiser. The other reason I doubt anyone is clicking anyway because 90% of the time the ad text is something completely ridicoulus like "Get your free Skippy Pennut Butter <snip> now"

I really wish you could just clip ads by words used in the ad that would be a handy tool and probably wipe out most of my filter list with about 4 words :).

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:24 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] see above [/edit]


 10:29 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>>The other would be to use "section targeting" to tell the bot to ignore the paragraphs or sections on a page that are triggering the <snip> ads....<<<

that won't help, because just like ebay, <snip> advertisers are apparently free to pick whatever keywords they want to target their ads at... it doesn't matter whether the keywords are relevant to <snip> or not.

blocking important keywords that are relevant to your site content will also block ads from quality advertisers.

the only fix for this problem is for google to get rid of the adwords trash advertisers that are polluting their network... or give publishers the tools to do things like stop all <snip> advertisers, perhaps as a selectable category(?).

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:25 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] see above [/edit]


 10:46 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Here's a solution I'd like to see:

Blocked Keywords Filter


Save list


 11:06 pm on Sep 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes! Car_Guy! That's exactly what we need!

Please, anyone at the Plex, if you're reading this, either give us a feature like this, or more space in our filter lists. As chance1376 said, we care about our visitors, and we don't want these ripoff ads reflecting on our sites!


 3:58 pm on Sep 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ditto, Car_Guy. I really wish they put that very feature.

More craps filter:



 1:19 am on Sep 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, IMO - the <snip> ads have come back with a vengeance. I was able to ignore them for a while towards the end of the summer with the competitive ad filter I'd built up .... but now they're really creeping in again.

I wonder if the Quality Score devastation over in AdWords forced more people into the <snip> market.

<snip> ad pushers will also tend to focus (i.e.: "Advertise on this site") on sites popular with teenagers. I remember reading a <snip> article about how he was experimenting with CPC arbitrage, and used <snip> as his vehicle. Once he focused his ads (via the method mentioned above) he was making a tidy profit.

Makes me think I want to go turn the "Advertise on this Site" option off on my account. Not that I have enough pageviews (<1,000 per day) to make anything from that anyway...

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 1:26 am (utc) on Sep. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] see above [/edit]


 1:27 am on Sep 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Apologies for not catching this right up front. Please leave specific keywords and kw 'spaces' out of the convo.

We don't outting other members here or get into specific keywords that could be the heart of another members site or ad campaign. We've never been in to the attack (intentional or not) of members here.

The idea of the thread is sound - but lets just stick to general "keywords we don't like" instead of specific sites and ads owned by fellow members.

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