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Oddball Question...

  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    I have in mind an article that is a serious criticism and warning of a certain well-known online site because they do things that are egregious violations of privacy.

    I would prefer totally un-related ads on that article.  In my corporate greed series, Google picked up on the keywords and placed ads for exactly the things I was writing against!  I don't want that to happen; I don't want any person to think I am giving that site "props" or promoting them in any way.

    So---if I don't use the name of the site, but make "transparently oblique"  references to it, (yes, I know--that's an oxymoron of sorts) and use dodges such as
    c r e a t i n g   e x t r a   s p a c e s  between letters in some words, will that keep Google from recognizing what I am talking about, (and thereby place unrelated ads) while still keeping it readable for the audience? 

    (I'd probably write a short intro paragraph to explain that to readers, so they would not think the piece was full of poor typing errors.)

    What say you all?

    1. Diane Woodson profile image58
      Diane Woodsonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Use any technique that works for you, maybe you could make a hub about it if you haven't all ready so we could see it...guess Google ad sense will too though..jeepers not sure..

      1. SandyMcCollum profile image79
        SandyMcCollumposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        I say give it a shot. It can't hurt, can it? Before, I was ad-less for using poison words in an article and it took me some time to get my related ads back. I had to change the article, even tho I wasn't writing about anything bad. But if you use spaces like that, it may confuse the program enough to not recognize the poison words as words and give you random, unrelated ads. OR, will it raise a red flag to Google that your articles contain letters that don't form words, or regard it as poor content... Geez, that's a hair twister.

        Anyone knowledgeable about this?

    2. Dale Hyde profile image87
      Dale Hydeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      It is a weird situation. If Google does NOT recognize it, it will not rank in the search engine for traffic, right? Maybe I have been up too long, but that is what jumped out at me upon reading the overall question(s) and the comments shared.

      A great point you raise however. I shall follow along and keep up with the responses. smile

    3. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Extra spaces probably won't work, because I know Google disregards spaces in some keywords (for instance, it supposedly sees belly dance and bellydance as pretty much the same). 

      How about creating a photo containing the name of the site, and uploading that as the first image?  You can then refer your readers to the photo and explain why you're not using the name of the site in the text.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
        DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hi, Marisa--
          Thanks--and I found that extra spaces didn't work very well anyway, as the capsule tool then disregarded the space between two words entirely and ran them together as one!  Grrrrr...  Oh, well, I managed to write the entire piece without mentioning the site by name, and without using ad-alert words such as "social networks."  ;-)

        Also, the < pre > (minus spaces) html tag you're supposed to be able to use doesn't work, either.  I went into the html edit screen, inserted those tags where needed to try and keep my formatting, and what came up but a dialog box saying the html needed to be "cleaned up."
        Ironically, it listed the allowable tags...among them the very self-same "pre" that I had used!  Supposedly allowed, but then ignored, and the "cleanup" resulted in the ugly all-on-one-line "preformatted" style instead of simply maintaining my preferred spacing.  I guess that's what the "pre" stands for... instead of "maintain as given," which was my intent.
        Oh, well, I'm no programmer, and I'll probably never understand all of that...there aren't enough years left in my life to learn it and still have time to put it to use..  wink
        As for using a photo--containing the name--this is the "major biggie," and I'd be fearful of running afoul of copyright issues....

        1. Marisa Wright profile image93
          Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          I don't mean an official logo. I mean, write "....... exposed" on a big piece of cardboard and photograph it.  With you holding it and making a rude gesture if you like! No copyright issues there, and neither the Googlebot, nor any checker the company might have, would be able to read it.

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
            DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            Oh--hee hee....

            1. Marisa Wright profile image93
              Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              It is a serious suggestion - I'd do it in your shoes!

              1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
                DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                OK--I will make that attempt....thanks for the idea...

                1. Marisa Wright profile image93
                  Marisa Wrightposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                  I know you can't post a link, but if you post here to let us know when it's done we can go to your profile and find your newest Hub.  Curious to see what you have to say!

                  1. paradigmsearch profile image87
                    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago in reply to this
    4. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      A lot of the ads you see are based on what you have looked at previously.

      1. Pearldiver profile image88
        Pearldiverposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile  Good point UW... But in the opening post..
        She Denies having any interest in That Issue!! smile

        Perhaps disabling your search history might be worth considering. I believe the instructions to that process can be found under the keyword 'corruption' in a standard Google search!  big_smile

  2. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 4 years ago

    If this was an evenball question I'd be able to help you...

    No, seriously. It's a good question. I don't know the answer. smile

    Bump.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      LOL--I'm mostly odd--short on evenballs, sorry.  wink

  3. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 4 years ago

    I am with Paradigm, great question do not know. ***Bump***

  4. Shadesbreath profile image89
    Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago

    This is exactly the sort of fun I have had on Hubpages writing satire. I slam the crap out of stuff and their ads show up on the article. I laugh. HOwever, I can see how what you are trying to do would make it less amusing. (I still laugh that Fiber One bars advertise on my hub talking about how they nearly blew up my as$, or the SEO advice stuff that shows up on my hub bagging on SEO, etc.)

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      True, Shadesbreath....and your satire is of the winning variety, making such incongruities actually funny indeed.

      However, I'm not doing a satirical piece; I'm deadly serious, and I would not find it amusing in the least to find ads for the site I'm slamming....   
      thanks for your input...  ;-)  It's always good to hear your take on things.

      1. Shadesbreath profile image89
        Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Just turn off ads.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
          DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Oh?   Did not know you could turn off ALL ads to an article...I thought some were still shown anyway....
          Hmmm..in fact, I just checked, and the box where you used to check "hub can be considered/not considered commercial" is gone. There is no more setting to turn off ads...maybe globally, but not for just one hub at a time...
          I think that went away with the HP ad program?  Or maybe when I first signed up for AdSense?

          1. Shadesbreath profile image89
            Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

            I just looked at one, I can still turn off ads. In Edit Hub mode, click OFF the checkmark "this hub may be considered commercial." When you uncheck that box, the drop down next to it then lights up so to speak and you can click "None" and, in theory, that should turn off ads.

            1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
              DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

              That's the thing--I never saw that button--it used to be there, but seems to be gone.  (Yes in edit mode.)

              1. Shadesbreath profile image89
                Shadesbreathposted 4 years ago in reply to this

                Weird. I still have it on mine.

  5. Beth100 profile image83
    Beth100posted 4 years ago

    Have you tried a replacement word?  For example, you might say Social Site A will now be referred to as "Bleep". Maybe choose a word that reflects what ads you would like. 

    Or, an acronym in place of the company name with one referral to what the acronym stands for.

    Like Shades, I thought that turning off the ads in the hub would work.  It's odd.... I still have access to that too.  hmm

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image90
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      if Wal-Mart claims it's "lowering prices every day..."  maybe Hub Pages slogan should be, "changing things every day..."    lol

      1. Beth100 profile image83
        Beth100posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        lol  that's too funny!!!  lol

  6. SandyMcCollum profile image79
    SandyMcCollumposted 4 years ago

    Whenever I make a new hub, that particular box is pre-checked for me, and sometimes I forget to uncheck it before I publish. I didn't really know what it meant, tho, until now.

 
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