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I'm torn, because I normally remove ads (like weight-loss, etc.) from my site that aren't about my fan hobby niches, but these ads are for a position I support.
Besides, these ads are obviously region targeted, as I am in Los Angeles and seeing ads for a California proposition. Would filtering it even do any good, as it only makes sense the rest of the country is seeing other ads I do not, and therefore can't filter?
Anyone else seeing these region-targeted political ads on their non-political sites today?
The Ad Review center is not showing all the political ads being shown on my site. I could only remove one ad. Another ad I saw didn't show up. So I had to disable rich media ads altogether until after the election.
My political ads are text ads. I also do not see them in the ad review center.
I agree, my sites are not political and these ads are going to piss off one half of my visitors.
My only hope is that most people are in such election overload right now, that they'll totally just ignore the ads that would normally piss them off...
Because political issues can be so sensitive, should webmasters be given a way to opt out of them?
Absolutely. Or the ad should at least contain a disclaimer that the site it appears on has no affiliation with it whatsoever and that the site owner may or may not agree with it.
The one I saw was a text ad too. It took up the entire ad unit, a tower.
In general, I'm more concerned about issue ads than candidate ads. I have strong positions on some issues and will knock off opposing ads if I see them on my sites. I've gone as far as to block all visits from particular sites I abhor when I see they've added a link to my site for political reasons, like telling their people to go to my site for a list of events where they can accost people about their point of view.
Heh, I don't think there's any way to tell Google - yea, you can send me ads for this side, but not for that side, so in general, it would probably be a good thing to be able to opt out entirely.
But this also wraps around to another issue that has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time - I have a lot of vastly different sites, and what's appropriate for one isn't appropriate for others. If I had a political blog or some such, I might well WANT political ads. We really need the ability to block on a per site level.
Seriously, Google needs to do something about the lag time between a publisher declaring that s/he wants a certain ad off her/his website, and the time it takes Google to do that. Hours is not acceptable.
One of my sites, about video games, is showing targeted Prop 8 related political ads in EVERY location. My account is set to manually approve targeting of such ads but the ad bypassed that system somehow.
I set this ad to be filtered about 10 hours ago and still 100% Political Ads in ALL slots from the same place. I'm finding it VERY hard to believe this would be a glitch, Google you're stealing MY money to pad your pockets with and I'm not happy about it ! (I don't care if it's a mistake or not, it's happening - fix it)
Gamers don't click on political ads, heck most aren't old enough to vote.
[edited by: martinibuster at 1:17 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2008]
[edit reason] See TOS. [/edit]
Sure enough, on a page where I posted an event notice for a group that supports veterans I saw an ad for a senate candidate.
Text ad, in a block of 4 ads (120x600).
Fortunately this was for a candidate I support, but I still am not sure about the whole idea of running political ads on a non-political site.
I should add that the ad was geo-targeted. I was looking a page for a California event and the political ad was my midwestern state.
However, *five hours* after I put < this domain > into my filter, that ad continues to show on the one test file I have buried on my site, indicating that Google takes more than 5 hours to purge ads from domains in my filter.
That is not an acceptable performance. It should be more like five minutes. *This* needs to move to the top of the wish list the next time AdSenseAdvisor, or someone else from Google, asks us for one.
(FWIW, I'm probably going to end losing $50-100 today because I switched all my AS ads to Yahoo/MSN. But I'll eat that rather than offend hundreds, and possibly thousands, of my readers.)
[edited by: tedster at 10:49 pm (utc) on Nov. 3, 2008]
[edited by: martinibuster at 1:20 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2008]
[edit reason] no specific domains, thanks [/edit]
These ads are not targeted to our sites' content. Wasn't that the whole point of Google's ads? One of the reasons that many of us got off other ad networks was that we were sick of seeing run-of-network ads that had nothing to do with the topics of our sites.
Please listen to your publishers, Google. We do not want run-of-network ad sales on our sites. So, please, stop selling them. Let's go back to the content-driven ad selection model under which many of us were doing quite well financially, thank you. :-)
These ads are wrong in every way.
- no targeting (Thanks Google)
- filtering doesn't work (Thanks Google)
- not paying cpm
- essentially hate speach wich is against adsense tos
- the ads bypassed manual approval (Thanks Google)
Basicaly this type of sitewide irrelevant hijacking isn't supposed to be possible. I've put up with a lot including crappy payouts from adsense because of how easy their code is so this angers me a great deal.
The fact that Google, apparently, has changed the terms of the deal and decided not to allow us to filter this particular ad has me, and I can see, many other publishers steamed.
[edited by: martinibuster at 1:26 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2008]
[edit reason] Removed political comments. [/edit]
Problem is, Google won't ever give us the "opt-out" ability for political ads, because who would ever stay opted in? What sites are these ads right for? Even for political sites, chances are the ad will take a position that's contrary to your audience.
I hope that the big G sees that many of us "voted with our feet" by taking Adsense off our sites for today and tomorrow, and gets the message that these ads were a really bad idea.
I am very uncomfortable with advertisements that have a political or religious basis - using ppc is even more uncomfortable for some reason.
I would not have expected to see these type of ads before so it is an eye-opener that you would get politically charged ads through adsense - that surely needs an opt-out.