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Feature suggestion: "site" vs. "page" context

2:16 am on Aug 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Obviously, asking for AdSense to let us tell them what keywords apply to our site would be too prone to abuse, but what about this: a tag that says "Instead of using the context of just this page, show ads for the context of my site as a whole."

The reason I think this would be good is that I have a FAQ page for my site that shows really inappropriate ads because of a line that says something like "beware of 'business opportunity' scams on the Internet." Because of that, all the ads on the page are for business opportunities. Yikes!

However, if I put up a brand new page on the site, ads appropriate to the theme of the site come up. If there was some way I could have a tag in the AdSense code that says, "use site-wide context," I wouldn't have this problem, and Google could still serve ads related to my site in general.

Does that make sense? Does anyone else think it would be a good idea? Does anyone think Google would go for it? :-)

(While I'm asking for the moon, it would also be nifty if I could look through ads and have an "Inappropriate" link to click to teach AdSense what *kinds* of ads weren't cool. But I think this is a little out of the realm of what they'll do. :-))


2:31 am on Aug 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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JollyK - I don't think it would be a bad thing for a web page to have suggestions in it. The whole idea of this type of advertising is that someone may purchase something if they read something that interests them. It really would not be in the best interest of a web site to manipulate any helper words to show something unrelated and in theory never generate a click. Interesting. Wait. I know why they wouldn't do it. That would make their investment in Applied Sementics a bad one and allow more competition which would result in better advertisements which would lower their profits but increase yours ;-)