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5:26 am on Dec 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I thought this may have been my doing, maybe adding the wrong URL into the filter.

But sure enough, i am now getting ads on my site that i have added to the filter over 1 month ago.

For those with a few questions.

Yes, i obtained the url from both the preview tool as well as copy shortcut, they are both identical, even when i add to the list it shows in red, DUPLICATE

just how many of these so called filetered ads, are getting through i wonder now, effectively stopping the ads i need and the big biggested problem, affecting clicks and income?

this really needs to be corrected immediately

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2:21 pm on Jan 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Several of my sites (that use no advertising even) are .info - just pure PR6 content! So I wouldnt count of that.
3:46 pm on Jan 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I would really love an option to ban *.info domains!
I have a feeling that there is no useful domain with INFO tld...

I know of several national tourist offices that are using .info domains, and their sites are quite useful.

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I would really love an option to ban *.info domains!
I have a feeling that there is no useful domain with INFO tld...

I would immediately block .info as well. They take up a huge portion of my filter list (12%) and more or less follow all the same pattern. Typically they add nothing or very little to the user experience.

And, yes, I know that by blocking the .info TLD I might also block a small percentage of legitimate advertisers, but so what? When I move my business into the redlight district, then I should not be too surprised to see strange folks outside the office every night. A legitimate business should be able to get a domain name in a serious TLD.

I know of several national tourist offices that are using .info domains, and their sites are quite useful.

Nobody would force you to block .info domains. You see, it's just an option. Allow those who want to block .info to do exactly that. They have their reasons. :-)

9:18 am on Jan 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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surely this is beyond a joke now!

google should get this fixed ASAP, i mean how hard can this be! filter a domain name, and that is it?

I must wonder how much advertising $$'s from adwords clients have been wasted since this problem, as well how many millions of crap ads have shown in the last week or so to those adsense advertisers that have used the so called FILTER.

pretty rediculous if you ask me....

all the while im getting emails of bidvertizer with some code to use, not long before i totaly read their email..

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1:14 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Is anyone still experiencing problems with the filter?

Several sites still seem to be escaping the filter whereby others I added are filtered.

The offending site i cant seem to shift is ebay.

1:23 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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dj,

eBay is often NOT advertised through direct link (e.g. ebay.com) but through affiliates who redirect to eBay, i.e. the click goes to www.somewidgetdomain.com/redirect and is then redirected to ebay.com

You can only catch these affiliates by using the Preview Tool to see the destination of the click and then blocking this domain, i.e. somewidgetdomain.com

1:51 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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dj,

eBay is often NOT advertised through direct link (e.g. ebay.com) but through affiliates who redirect to eBay, i.e. the click goes to www.somewidgetdomain.com/redirect and is then redirected to ebay.com

You can only catch these affiliates by using the Preview Tool to see the destination of the click and then blocking this domain, i.e. somewidgetdomain.com

Thanks for pointing that out. Trouble is the urls dont seem to be redirects. "http://rover.ebay.com/rover/" is how they ALL start.

Keeping the rubbish out is such a time consuming task.

7:25 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've seen the URL Filter broken 5 times in the past year... :(
I mean, not just on Dec'06.
7:27 pm on Jan 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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About filtering ".info" domains:

What you're really asking for is a wild card filter!

And that would be really cool:

*best*sites.*
*.info
*free.*

and so on... ;)

12:27 am on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hiya djmick - I have the same issue and have emailed adsense support 3 days ago but no response. I'm also seeing ads for another advertiser that is correctly entered into my competitor ads filter and has been for months but as of a few days started popping up again. I would say the filter is broken again - it's only 2 weeks since they fixed it for me after the last time it was broken and it was down a good 2 weeks then. Nothing to do but wait as frustrating as that is. I am so "infected" by rover.ebay.com across all 4 of my sites that my earnings have dropped more than 50%. Ouch.
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I cant filter those either. Or any ebay.#*$! domain. I think they have a special arrangement... Filter works fine otherwise other than being too small.
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Last Thursday afternoon, eBay ads showed up on many of my site's pages with AdSense. I E-mailed AdSense Support right away.

Four days later, I sent them a copy of the same message, mentioning that the problem was still there, and that I hadn't heard back.

Today, five days later, I received a reply from someone saying that they had looked at my site and didn't see any eBay ads. I replied with links to the pages that the ads were appearing on. They replied saying they had referred things to someone else. That person wrote me saying they had a technician looking into it, and by the time I read the message tonight, the eBay ads were gone.

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Last Thursday afternoon, eBay ads showed up on many of my site's pages with AdSense. I E-mailed AdSense Support right away.

I thought I'd banned eBay months ago. The bitch is back. Instead of just complaining to Google, somebody should turn up the heat on eBay. Write to their ad dept or get a newspaper/mag to confront them. A publically traded business should know better than to use dodgy ads. They are fundamentally fraudulent, not to mention cheesy. What's the name of the person at eBay who came up with the idea to run their bogus ads? And who in leadership approved it?

p/g

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It's a regular problem that absolutely needs to be fixed. If they aren't going to give us filtering options to remove the crap they should at least make sure the options they do offer work properly.

I know there are issues with deliberately mis-spelt names, ebay affiliates and so on, but I too have had targeting problems over the same period, and it's most deffinitely NOT my end. I've examined the landing page url's and compared them to the filter list and it's their end. However, it's currently working OK, so I guess whatever the problem was is now fixed for the minute. I've given up emailing support on most occasions, as they don't usually answer the question unless you are persistant, and by that time they have (coincidentally) resolved the problem anyway!

What particularly hacks me off is that my site is top of the serps and gets only organic traffic, the advertisers are clearly happy to pay high click prices and yet what do Google choose to display? Rather than show high payers with good, steady CTR they choose to show ebay affiliates and other scum that pay 1c per click! What sense is that?

11:27 am on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Seems this morning the ebay ads have gone, both .com & .co.uk versions.
3:08 pm on Jan 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Looks like Car_Guy got it fixed for all of us! Thanks! ;-)
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