Recently I've noticed Google ads for hotels I've been writing landing pages for when I read hubs. Is it just coincidence? Or does Google place ads based on the individual reader's search habits? Is anyone else seeing ads for recent search results showing on the hubs you read?
Google tracks everything you do and targets you. Every site I've written for, even client sites, their ads will appear on other sites I'm visiting that target visitors interests. I use an ad blocking add-on for Firefox and that helps, but yes, they track every move you make and are blatant about it. I am veering away from Google more and more and using alternative search engines.
I don't mind the ads. They appear where they should and don't block what I'm reading. They're also a part of our AdSense program here on HP. I was just curious about how they're chosen and whether or not they're static or different for each reader.
You have the ability (if you are signed-up with Google for anything) to turn some of those preferences off on their end, which you should be doing if you don't want to be tracked. Likewise, there are additional settings in your browser, and on your computer to contribute towards this.
Using ad-blocking software just blocks you from seeing ads. To not be tracked and targeted requires different actions.
yes! Isn't it amazing? I do NOT like it. I might be foraging around Overstock one day and then they stalk me (through Google ads) for several days. Same with travel plans and everything that goes with it. They'll even be on the ads in Facebook. It is a love hate relationship. I love data and how it benefits us a online writers, but I don't want to feel smothered and hovered upon. It's kind of like those employees that follow you all over a store and don't let you shop in peace, then when you need an employee you can't find one! ha!
It is targeting. I see this all the time. So far it does not bother me, for I never click on ads. It is rather spooky, though. I mean, if Google does it, who else does? Eye in the sky? We are being watched all the time on the net.
They're tracking you all right. I recently looked up a certain bra on Amazon, then I had bras popping up all over my pages. Sometimes they can get really funny. I was Googling something one day that had noting to do with intestines, and then laxative ads started popping up all over. I think the name of what I was researching was similar.
Not a coincidence. Try searching for something on Google or Amazon, you will suddenly start seeing ads for what you were searching for as you visit other sites. The power of targeted Internet marketing.
Rock, it seems Google needs to re-think how they target. It makes more sense to show ads that relate to the content, not what each individual searches for. They're doing a lot more work than necessary. And how successful is it really? I wonder what the stats are on that.
This is interesting. I don't want to get rid of Google ads, but what I don't understand is that every hub I look at has more ads for weight loss than anything else. I have never looked at weight loss sights or done searches for such, so if they are tracking my Internet usage and choosing suitable ads for my interests something is wrong.
Jodah, I don't know how they come up with that. None of your hubs are about weight loss. If your computer isn't searching weight loss info and your text isn't about weight loss, how is that topic chosen by Google? Strange.
I agree that it is annoying especially after you have already purchased a product and could get it cheaper through the google ads! On the other hand what would you prefer the ads to be about ? Something that you have never had an interest in buying?
I believe that the ads are relating to the content (in my case at least) they are just a little bit late. I don't know if it makes a difference but here Google is run by their Australian office (or so I believe) and they may serve ads differently than Google elsewhere? I have found that eBay do the same sort of advertising and to me it does make sense even though, at times it does feel creepy
Google obviously knows I live in Latvia. I have had ads about things here in Latvia, ads in Russian and Latvian. I do also see ads in English. Occasionally on other hubs which aren't poetry I have seen ads related to the content. Lately a lot of ads about investing are showing up.
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