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How to stop insensitive adds?



2:16 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Long time WW reader, but rarely write. But I have a question for you Adsense experts. I recently woke up and added adsense to one of my sites and after being stunned by an average $10/day return, I decided to look at incorporating adsense into my other sites.

The problem I have is this - two of my sites have to do with - let's say "drunk driving" (they are not but the correlation is very close). So I have this memorial/advocacy site about "drunk driving" and I have a page about wrongful death lawsuits. When I add adsense, I see adds for defensive driving. Ok, not relavent to the visitor, but ok. But I get an email from a visitor within 48 hours asking me if its appropriate to have "drunk driver lawyers" advertising on the site. Of course it isn't and I kill adsense. My question is this - I am not seeing the insensitive adds, and even if I did, I do not have time to go thru and block all the lawyers who want to defend the "drunk drivers" and let the lawyers who go after "drunk drivers" advertise (although these are the adds I would like the visitor to see).

Should I leave addsense permanently off this site, or is there a way to insure that only adds "sensitive" to my visitors are allowed?

Thanks for your thoughts


2:27 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've had to take adsense off of all articles about death or war for the same reason. You may not be able to use adsense on that site.

I've never put adsense on my poetry site because it brings on the scammy ads that make people think they are submitting a poem but then they are tricked into buying a book.

Adsense works best if there are actual related products that can be sold to your visitors.

If you are making $10 on your site where adsense works on you may find that working with ad placement you will do a bit better. That may be the site you want to add articles to as well.


2:28 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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As far as I am aware you can block certain websites with the AdSense control panel. This is mainly used to block MFAs but would be just as useful in your situation.


2:28 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The reason you probably can't see the ads is because adsense is very good at targeting (well, compared to YPN) and they can target based on loaction of the person viewing the website. If I went to the site in question, I would probably see "Drunk driver Lawyer in Austin" or something. The only way to block ads is by blocking each domain name, you can't block a profession from advertising on your site. Your options are to either leave the ads up as is, manually block each one that people have a problem with (this would be hard because you couldn't tell your visitors to let you know if they see something bad because that is calling attention to the ads), or take adsense off this particular site/page.


3:16 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have a mechanism not to show ads on "sensitive" pages, which I think is the only solution.

Relevant!= sensitive.




6:30 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I had a problem with that. I had/have a website about animal conservation for a specific species, and started gettting ads about HUNTING for that species and in general.

I started blocking them, but ran out of time...


7:40 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your help all. Too bad Google couldn't have a list of advertisers that you could invite to show on your site - and limit it to just those - but I can understand why they wouldn't want to do this.

Thanks again


9:28 pm on Apr 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Section Targeting [google.com] might help but i am not sure. Anyway, you can try for some of your pages and see if it shows only "sensitive" ads.


12:25 am on Apr 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member annej is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

It's one thing to block MFAs, Ebay and such. If you miss some it won't hurt that much. But if you get ads that will really offend readers it's quite another matter. You can't possible see what will show up on all your pages all around the world all the time. That's why I simply don't put adsense there.

Usually I put related amazon book ads in place of adsense. They make less money but they fill the space and earn a little cash.


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