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Getting Mediabot to accurately target short pages

3:51 am on Aug 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

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So I run this site that has 32,000 pages belonging to 40-odd topics. The topics have no unifying theme. I recently put Google Ads on every page. The problem is, pages are often very brief and, if taken out of context, nonsensical. For instance, let's say the topic is advice for college-bound students. One page might only have, "Save money for books and beer" on it (not a real example). Obviously Google won't be able to figure out what this is about without first understanding the context in which it's presented. In an effort to explain this to MediaBot, I'm experimenting with two solutions: One is by adding a couple lines of descriptive text to each page (beneath every entry for each topic). The other is by directing MediaBot's queries to a snapshot page that gives a full description of each topic. Both methods seem to have worked, but very sporadically. What happens is I'll get five or six targeted pages in a row, then a bunch of PSAs, then more targeted ads. I'm not sure whether it's the technique that's being used, or the fact that 32,000 pages have to be crawled. Can anyone see a problem with either of these solutions? It has been about four days since doing this. Should I wait longer? Thanks.
2:59 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)


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Acconverse, welcome to WebmasterWorld!

I think you are on the right track, and it's probably a matter of time. Adsense does seem to get "smarter" with time, no doubt through both spidering and click measurement.

You have take the key step of getting some content for Mediabot to chew on and digest so it can more accurately target ads. It should be a just a matter of time to get targeted ads on all those pages for which targeted ads are available.

3:16 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi acconverse and welcome.

I dont really understand. Are you saying that some pages only have 4 words on them? Im sure I am wrong. Or is just the title 4 words long and it have descriptive content under it but you dont want the spider to target the descriptive content but something else?

Me confuse!

3:46 pm on Aug 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Rogerd and Chiyo. Thank you both for responding.

Chiyo, as strange as it sounds, yes, some pages might only have 4 words on them. A poem perhaps, or a bit of advice. It's an unusual site and difficult to explain without providing the URL.

Basically, I'm trying to describe the page content to MediaBot by supplementing what's there with related text. I'd rather not have it directly on the page (although I have done this, too) because it would confuse and/or irritate users, so when Google crawls the site, I direct MediaBot traffic to special pages that explain exactly what's in each directory. I should probably ask Google if they approve of this approach, don't you think?

As Rogerd suggest, I will give it some more time.