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Section targeting tags no more?

I used these tags a few years ago, not entirely with any success.

     
12:33 pm on Jun 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

I used the section targeting tags a while back, not entirely sure how effective they are. I've noticed that the Google help page describing how to use them (useful to copy/paste) seems to have disappeared. Have they now been depreciated - anyone have any knowledge or experience to share on the subject?

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12:36 pm on June 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I looked for em recently too and couldn't find them. Thinking that with personalization and interest based ads, maybe they have been deprecated.
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Thinking the same, no fanfare or warning though. Mind you, not entirely convinced that they did what they were supposed to do.
1:13 pm on June 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I think G only used them as a VERY loose "suggestion" when the bots had trouble targeting ads. Now I'm sure they are ignored.
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I dunno, back in the old days my two word domain had an issue with AdSense targeting the wrong word; I used the section targeting to emphasize the location instead of the noun, and suddenly got a flood of really great local ads. I think they must have helped with that. Kinda sad to see em go, if in fact they have. I probably still have them in my code; I'd have to look.