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However, in one sentence I mentioned something to the affect of "sometimes wanting the latest gadget is worse than being addicted to crack."
And what does google serve up? Ads for Drug counselors, Cocaine addiction, etc. Heh.
Even with hundreds of other words about the real topic, and even using the "weight=ignore" flags, it still had to put up at least one ad for the drug thing.
In the end I had to nix that sentence.
So I guess the lesson here is that you need to be careful with your words and check your ads for relevancy!
I've started to move a lot of my site to a broad-tree layout using directories and long-worded-html-page-names.html to try and help google understand more :-\
Then if someone clicked through to your page, they would not get what they wanted, but the ads would be targeted to them. A much more likely clicker.
Just my $0.02.
joined:Oct 27, 2001
so we have adverts which are drug related but no alcohol or gambling allowed.
Google's Webmaster guidelines warn about artificial linking schemes, but on a contact page where I state specifically that I don't do link exchanges or participate in recipricol-linking schemes, I'm seeing ads for link farms.
I had to reword and reword it till all I got were... ads against alopecy and sound for mobile phones :(
I have a few articles about teens and sports, teens and how they relate to their parents, etc., and that term probably has negative connotations with Google's algorithm.
However, I did see a few ads for "Teen Counseling" and "Teen Help With Drug Addiction" when I first posted the articles.
so we have adverts which are drug related but no alcohol or gambling allowed. We live in a stange world
Your missing the point. Google doesn't want their ads on pages that promote alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Ads for drug rehab, quit smoking products, or recovery from alcoholism go on pages that discuss (but do not promote) those substances. Same for gambling.
[edited by: nonni at 2:55 pm (utc) on May 2, 2006]
joined:Oct 27, 2001
I guess it could be worse: Google could be showing ads for rendering plants ("We pay cash for dead dogs").
Ebay was offering "new and used Buffy" on a page that mentioned Sarah Michelle Gellar ... this generated a thread from the users that I had to kill entirely because it got x-rated and eventually caused PSAs!
Interesting... the fly in the ointment effect. I too have user generated content on my pages that I need to monitor. I already scan for profanities, but I hadn't considered the potential negative effect of specific keywords.
Maybe we should have a database or list of dodgy words to avoid... that could go with the list of MFA sites!