Forgive me for asking if this topic has already been hashed out on here. I don't visit the forums often and I have tried to find the answer but since I can't...hoping someone else can help me. What are these large (quite obnoxious) Kroger ads on some of my hubs? They don't appear to be Google and they do nothing but link to Kroger's Facebook from what I see (no I didn't click on mine..I went to another hubber's page with a similar charming ad). I'm confused as to what these are? Have I never noticed them and they've been here for a while? Surely I am not profiting in anyway from having these on my hubs I'm assuming so they can only be hurting me..offering one more meaningless thing to click on?
If these intriguing displays are of some value..please let me know so I can stop growling at them. I'm hoping there is a silver lining here to make up for just how ugly they really are.
they are appearing in Hubpages impressions share, and this isnt really a new thing.. sometimes the individual advertisers are bit more obnoxious is all.
they will go away when their budget runs out
OK good...well at least I'm not losing my mind thinking maybe they were always there and I just never noticed them. Thanks for the reply!
These ads are part of the HubPages Ad Program which has been in beta test for awhile now. 500 Hubbers have been randomly selected to be part of it. In June it will be open to all but you'll need to sign up for it under your "Earnings" tab at that time. Then you will get your normal 60% impressions and you will get paid for them.
When you see them now you are catching the other 40% that goes to HP as part of the terms you had agreed to when you signed up.
There is a lot of talk in the Forums about the HubPages Ad Program. This program may help Hubbers with earnings in spite of the changes Google made in February.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, it would be worthwhile for you to keep up to date with the "Official HubPages Announcements" forum from time to time so you don't miss out on issues that are important to you.
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I know what you're talking about and I am well aware of the Ad program. I'm friends with a few hubbers who have been invited. No need to assume that I don't keep up with the announcements...I do read those but I tend to avoid these topic forums or else I just get sucked in and can never get anything done. I'm just not impressed with how distracting these awful Kroger ones are...I swear some of them look like they swallowed my hub. It's kind of ridiculous.
You're right. I made an assumption. Just because one doesn't read one forum for understandable reasons doesn't mean they don't read the important ones. Sorry for assuming. As for the Kroger ads, I have to agree with you. But then again, I guess that's why the HP Ad Program is in Beta test right now.
I have concerns about some of the more bold ads like that one, where it looks like the lady is almost screaming, and her grocery cart is spilling out things everywhere.
Its probably good to voice your concerns to hubpages like you have and to ask others about it too. Personally, I like the more subdued and classy looking adds that don't drown out the whole rest of the hubpage. Those types are ones that I think everyone will benefit from over time. I worry about the flashy ones and super bright ones, and ones like where you can cartoon yourself, etc. I think other advertisers that are investing here, and surely watching will also be concerned about. I mean, if I were them, would I want to put my more classy ad in a place that has lots of those other types of ads. I am glad I am not the only one that noticed it.
Good grief yes!! That is exactly the ad I'm talking about. One of my hubs has one on the side and the bottom and it's almost scary. Like a cartoon horror film just came and swallowed my page. I do like color ads when they are "nice" ...like those Medifast ads. They're eye-catching, yet not hideous.
For over 10 years viewers have outright rebelled against moving ads. So much so that they have reset their browsers and/or gotten free add-ons to kill them. You would think that after 10 years the advertisers would wise up.
And since Google does not like what the viewer does not like…
I'm still sickened by these ads. Just saying..... I barely want to even visit Hubpages or work on my pages because I hate the way they look.
I think in one sense, (in light of the Google changes), we should be happy to see major advertisers that want their ads on HP. Once the ad program is in full swing, you won't mind seeing those ads, as they do pay much better than many of the lower quality google ads.
It's not going to change the fact that they look trashy. As for the AD program going into full swing...that's awesome...I look forward to it if I'm still around. My concern is my earnings weren't really affected by any of this until the past couple days. I went through every hub and deleted a lot of my Amazon and now all of a sudden in the past two pages my traffic has dropped. I know that is probably random but combine that with the fact that half my hubs aren't even showing ads today and everything seems to be all jacked up...it's a little discouraging. I have always been very happy at Hubpages....now the combination of a lot of little things is really getting me down. Then...when I want to work on my hubs and I see these ads..it makes me sick. I don't even shop at Kroger..in fact...I don't like Kroger at all!
I think many have noticed a slow down in traffic the past two days. It may have something to do with the Japan tragedy, along with the changes that are being implemented. Although I do know what you mean, sometimes we just need to take a HP break and do something completely different. Hang in there, you have some helpful hubs!
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