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Google Ads - Coincidence or Targeted?

  1. bravewarrior profile image94
    bravewarriorposted 2 years ago

    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?

    Just curious.....

    1. ChristinS profile image92
      ChristinSposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. bravewarrior profile image94
        bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        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.

      2. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        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.

        1. bravewarrior profile image94
          bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          How do I do that, Relache?

          1. relache profile image87
            relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this
            1. bravewarrior profile image94
              bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Thanx, Relache.

    2. missolive profile image94
      missoliveposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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! big_smile

      1. bravewarrior profile image94
        bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah, missolive I hate those salespeople, too. But when you need one, they're nowhere to be found!

        What's funny about the Google ads is I'm not shopping for a hotel. I'm researching articles I'm paid to write. I guess it's a good thing Google can't get into our heads!

    3. vocalcoach profile image92
      vocalcoachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      So this is why I keep seeing these ads.  I don't like it.  Been wondering why a recent search for a particular item shows that item on every site I visit.

      1. Chinaimport profile image87
        Chinaimportposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        You control what you want to see.  Google allows you to opt out or modify ads setting.  Please see the link in my post above.

        1. bravewarrior profile image94
          bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanx, China.

      2. bravewarrior profile image94
        bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I didn't notice it until recently, Audrey. It is annoying.

    4. Phyllis Doyle profile image93
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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.

      1. bravewarrior profile image94
        bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I agree. It's a bit intimidating.

    5. robhampton profile image89
      robhamptonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Clear the cache and history

      1. bravewarrior profile image94
        bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Rob, I keep forgetting to do that. Thanx for the reminder.

  2. missolive profile image94
    missoliveposted 2 years ago

    my understanding is Google customizes the ads to the reader's browser habits and history.

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That makes sense. I guess I just never paid attention to it until now.

  3. MizBejabbers profile image92
    MizBejabbersposted 2 years ago

    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.

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      MizBe, that's too funny. I guess it's a good thing only you see the ads!

  4. Rock_nj profile image89
    Rock_njposted 2 years ago

    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.

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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.

  5. Chinaimport profile image87
    Chinaimportposted 2 years ago

    You can change your ad settings or completely opt out of the Google ads program using this link

    http://www.google.com/settings/ads

  6. Jodah profile image86
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    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.

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      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.

  7. janshares profile image88
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    Yes, it happens to me all the time. It's a little annoying to know that Google watches our every move and then tries to sell us something based on that.

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I guess Google is just doing their job, but it is annoying. I always thought the ads would be chosen to match the topic. At least that way there'd be a better click through rate!

  8. Marisa Wright profile image94
    Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago

    You can also sign up for disconnect.me

  9. agvulpes profile image88
    agvulpesposted 2 years ago

    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?

    1. bravewarrior profile image94
      bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The ads should relate to the content. Wouldn't that make more sense and attract more buyers?

      1. agvulpes profile image88
        agvulpesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I believe that the ads are relating to the content (in my case at least) they are just a little bit late. smile
        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 smile

        1. bravewarrior profile image94
          bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          The ads I'm seeing that relate to recent searches are on the top of the hubs and below the comments section, regardless of the content.

      2. relache profile image87
        relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Google decides what ads to serve, and whether they are going to try and get you to click based on content or recent interests is their game, so whatever we think is really moot.

        The main thing to remember is that Google is targeting ads, and what you see when you view your own Hubs is going to be really different from what each individual user sees when they visit.

        1. bravewarrior profile image94
          bravewarriorposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I've figured that out. Thanx for everyone's input. Mystery solved!

  10. Gypsy Rose Lee profile image56
    Gypsy Rose Leeposted 2 years ago

    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.

  11. rhenop86 profile image61
    rhenop86posted 2 years ago

    It depends on your google adsense account setup for ads targeting. You can always change it if you like.

 
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