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  1. TeriSilver profile image93
    TeriSilverposted 5 years ago

    It's a Google ad, I have gone through its tutorials but there doesn't seem to be an easily accessible way to actually DO it ...

    I would like to remove an ad from one of my hubs. The hub is an unbiased look at a state elections issue. But there's an ad on it that discusses one side's viewpoint, to persuade viewers. As a journalist, I cannot have any kind of political ads on anything written about a political issue, otherwise it slants the piece.

    How do I actually do anything about it. I have three Google windows up that talk about blocking ads but nothing that helps me actually accomplish anything.

    Help?   

    Thanks!

    1. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've never really tried to do that, so can't help much there.

      On the other hand, I would suspect that those kind of ads will almost always be found on that kind of hub.  If you remove one, another will take it's place.

      Could you use the expected ad to your advantage?  "You the reader will likely find political ads on this hub not approved by the author.  They make an excellent example of why biased opinions are of little use - you should pay attention to what I have to say instead!"  Or something.

      1. TeriSilver profile image93
        TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        That's an interesting idea, thanks for your input.

    2. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      When I look at that hub I only see ads that are relevant to me. The ones I saw were 3 text links about Canada. No ads were political.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    As far as I know, you can block sources, but not categories, except maybe for porn, gambling, etc.

  3. TeriSilver profile image93
    TeriSilverposted 5 years ago

    Hmm. Well, I wonder if a fellow Ohioan would see it, I'd have to assume so. Thanks for looking and letting me know.

  4. QuestionMaster profile image90
    QuestionMasterposted 5 years ago

    (This applies to the NEW Adsense interface.)

    1. Login to Adsense account.
    2. Click on 'Allow and block ads'.
    3. Go down the page and click edit on 'Sensitive Categories'.
    4. Block the 'Politics' category.

    In the 'Allow and Block Ads' section you can also block adverts by URL, however this is hit and miss since as Wilderness pointed out, another advert will take its place.

    If you wish, you can turn Adsense adverts onto a low or off setting in the options on the right when in hub edit mode. You need to select that the hub is NOT commercial in that case.

    Also remember that:
    a) Adsense Adverts are often based on the geographical location and search history of the viewer, meaning they may never see the same adverts as you.
    b) During the 40% of impressions that Hubpages takes, you have no say over what adverts are displayed on your hubs, since that is decided by Hubpages.

    1. wilderness profile image93
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Good answer.  About the only thing left to mention is that you can turn off the history part of the viewer as a tool for placing ads.  I think it would site wide (for your subdomain) and I have found it to be counterproductive, but it can be done.

    2. TeriSilver profile image93
      TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you! I did this, we'll see what happens. The funny thing is ... political ads during Election Season probably do well, money-wise, but I can't have them on articles that are informational.

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        Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Will anyone see any article published on HubPages as professional journalism?

        1. TeriSilver profile image93
          TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Whether they do or do not is not the issue. I am "old school" and that is the way it has to be.

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            Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            In that case, disabling ads is the only way to do it - for the reasons that QuestionMaster mentioned. This means that the hub cannot have any outbound commercial links.

            1. TeriSilver profile image93
              TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Hmm, maybe so. I'll see if the political ones don't go away on this one. I think they should.

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                Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Like QuestionMaster said, HubPages has 40 percent of the page impressions, and your AdSense filter will not influence those. But if you disable ads, HubPages will not show ads on their 40 percent share either.

              2. TeriSilver profile image93
                TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                There's always a catch, isn't there, LOL

              3. TeriSilver profile image93
                TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                I'm starting to think a disclaimer in the copy is the only way to go without messing too many other things up.

        2. QuestionMaster profile image90
          QuestionMasterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          You'd be surprised. I've seen some very low quality hubs linked on 'authority' sites as references for the strangest subjects.

          And don't forget the 'cure for cancer' one that went viral awhile back thanks to a few lower quality news sites.

          Edit: Teri, I do however agree with WE. If you're looking to gain credibility then Hubpages is not the place to do it.

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            Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            It is similar to blogging, since there is no editorial process whatsoever.

            1. QuestionMaster profile image90
              QuestionMasterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Agreed. Although I'd venture that some of the hubs I've seen wouldn't even make a quality blog.

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                Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Also agreed. Some bloggers actually have built a reputation.

          2. TeriSilver profile image93
            TeriSilverposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I know that ... I've seen so many pieces on HP that make me cringe. And so many sites on the web present information that frightens me to think people take seriously.  No, it's  not so much about gaining credibility as it is, for me, to retain my credibility. I'm not perfect at it,but I have to strive to for it, especially when I urge others to do the same. Still, it can be so frustrating.

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              Website Examinerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Personal integrity is a good thing.

 
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