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3:03 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a forum which generates more traffic than any of my other sites with adsense. Have put a leaderboard ad on the footer which displays on every forum page, its been there for about 4 months now. However the ads that display are rarely relevant to the content, its usually charities in the US and php hosting ads. How can I get ads that are relavant to my content? The Impressions are very high but CTR is almost non existant for the forum.
4:02 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have a forum and I find my ads very relavant. It sounds like there may not be any ads that are relevant for your site since your appear to be getting Public Service ads.
4:51 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure you don't have any other issues that could be causing such a high number of PSAs, such as session IDs?
5:52 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Oh yeah, session IDs would do it. I installed a mod to remove session IDs.
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I have also installed the mod to remove the session IDs so that G can spider the forum which its doing now.

I think you're on the right track with the non relevancy for the site, there are just not enough adsense customers for my area. I guess theres nothing to be done about this then?

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Hmm... I'm not an expert, but I have noticed that sometimes the ads changed relative to what content was nearby. Furthermore, the addition of a few lines of content was enough to cause a negative or positive effect.

I'm using a leaderboard at the top of the page, but only on the actual thread pages, where there's content. I also excluded irrelevant ads.

You may want to try changing the location of the ad to the top, or somewhere closer to the content.

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there's a mod for forums that lets you display adsense ads just above the last post.
11:10 am on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Remove copyright info in the footer - ie if you have the text 'Powered by phpBB 2.0.6', you can't be too suprised if you get ads fro phpBB hosting.

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I have also installed the mod to remove the session IDs so that G can spider the forum which its doing now.

Does the mod you installed only remove the session id for guests or the Google bot? I seem to recall one of the vb mods only did that. It didn't remove the session ids for all users. If that's the case your users would still get PSAs.