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Refreshing the page doesn't work. The Adsense bot is not disallowed by 'robots.txt'. I deleted my cookies also.
Even if the page is about a topic I know there're plenty of relevant ads for, it still shows ads from this other topic.
Seems like it's decided my site is about this niche and nothing else (it isn't).
Sorry if this is a standard problem. I haven't heard of it before.
Ogletree: The ads have been up for about three months now, so they've had enough time to assess them
The only other unusual thing is that there was a surge of hits for long-tail pages on 'widgets' last month. Also, there are loads of links for 'widget'-related topics on the front page. The surge has past, but Google is still serving up these ads on _every_ page.
Now, I did pull up a page on a lucrative topic a few weeks ago, and the ad was on-topic, so it's queer.
I've not seen this before, and I wondered if the experts knew the cause.
I've found in the past if Google, for whatever reason is having difficulty crawling your site, or if you've done something like put the Adsense code in an IFrame; Adsense will drop back to its perceived site wide topic for your site.
I used to use an IFrame successfully (now years ago) for Adsense ads, then Adsense added a new feature Add Sectioning
<!-- google_ad_section_start --> etc.
When this feature was introduced all ads on the site went to the obvious generic site topic and were far less targeted. Pulling the Google code out of the IFrame and putting it back directly in the body fixed the problem.
i have ad blocks with 3 ads in, and i frequently see one of the spaces filled up with the perfect topic, and the other 2 filled with more generic ones -- so it can't be anything to do with targeting.
Eventually I will put them on their own site as there clearly seems to be a demand for ad space for that topic, but I don't want them taking over all of the ad space on an existing site with higher paying topics.
One thing which might work, but which I can't implement yet, due to having a complicated .htaccess file:
Redirect pages on the offending topic to another domain hosted to point to the same directory e.g.:
301 redirected to
Then the Google MediaPartners bot will target yourotherdomain.com with the annoying ads.