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Adsense Tartgeting Never Seems to Refresh



1:28 am on Mar 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi I have a problem. I have a site that covers a range of entertainment topics and because of that I can understand that ads are not always as targeted as I would like. Here's my problem though.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Adsense for their optimization program. They suggested some ads for my front page where previously, I had no ads at all. Now this just happened to be back when "Brittney Spears" shaved her head and went a little wacky and I had ONE little funny snippet about it out of 20 about her on my front page.

Well let's say I was less than impressed when all 5 of the ads in the one ad unit were all about Brittney Spears and all had her name in the link. Talk about overkill! So obviously I got zero clicks after hundreds of impressions. (My site is geared to more 20 somethings so these ads just don't work)

My front page changes everyday and I soon removed anything with her name on it but those same ads just won't stop! I gave it a few days and still all Brittney Spears. I removed the ads and a week later I figured I would try again with a different ad unit. AGAIN every ad is Brittney Spears all in one ad unit. It's been 3 days and I don't have her name anywhere on my site and my front page is permanently pegged to show these retarded spammy ads and I cant get rid of them.

I can't understand how how the googlebot can't decipher that the content has changed. I have a few pages with current event stories that change everyday but it seems that whatever content is on there when you first put up adsense is the ads you will get forever even though the content changes.

Im truly disappointed as now I am almost forced NOT to put adsense on my front page because the ads are so bad.

Sweet Cognac

2:42 am on Mar 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I hear you on this one.

I built a site about the historical aspect of our local town, and one year I added some cookie recipes for the holidays, and wouldn't you know, I had cookie ads on every page. They took over the whole site.

After the holidays, I removed the cookie recipes, every reference to cookies and every reference to recipes.

The cookie ads stayed for months after the holidays. I tried everything to get rid of them. I tried beefing up the keywords, I tried section targeting, and eventually just took the ads down.

Put the ads back up a month later, and they were still cookie ads, but let them run anyway, and eventually they changed to a different ad.

I wish I could tell you how long it took, but I was so upset, I just ignored the site for several months.

Maybe you can block your Brittany ads?


2:47 am on Mar 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member ken_b is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Take a screen capture of the page with the bad ads and send it to support. The screen shot is because they may not see the same ads as you if they just load the page. They may be able to help.


2:47 am on Mar 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member marcia is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Maybe try a different size ad or ad placement on the page temporarily, I've been told by someone that it may trigger a fresh look.


4:57 am on Mar 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Actually I forgot I had also tried a 3rd ad unit in there too. So that's 3 different ad units over 2 weeks and it is still the same. I will try the screenshot but in the past when I emailed about ad targeting, all I got was a form email with the usual standard suggestion.

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