Politcal Internet Ads | An Independent Voters View
With 38 days or so before the coming mid-term elections, I thought it might be instructive for candidates of both parties to hear from an Independent Voter on the functionality of all the banner ads I see mot only here at Hub Pages but elsewhere on the web. I tend to make my voting decision after Halloween, and in fact sometimes not until I enter the booth. So I spend much of September and October clicking on the ads of both parties and many many candidates to review their message and compare it to the known facts. It almost becomes a hobby.
Since becoming a Hub Pages writer, and gaining some understanding of how the internet ads are paid for I click now with even more enthusiasm since I know the organization involved will have to pay a small sum for each ad to the writer/publisher of the content. It makes me feel good to make sure that political money goes to some of the ‘small fry’. (Note, you cannot click on ads on your own site (not ethical) or you will be banned from Google Ads.) I also have the realization that a writer like say BreakfastPOP in New york or New Jersey will have different ads on her content depending on where the reader pulls up her article. I get political ads for the governor’s race in Georgia; I would suspect someone in Delaware will probably be getting ads on the Senate Race there instead.
The internet in general and Google in particular are masters of geographical targeting of Ads. So a reader in Georgia gets some of the same ads weather he/she reads BPOP’s articles, or Tony0724 in California, or LRCBlogger’s from somewhere else. Either way I can spread the wealth and get a good picture of what the CANDIDATES are saying, and make them spend a penny or two in the process and help them do their part to end the recession a few cents at a time; after all Billions will be spent on this process so it’s comforting to know it’s getting to some of the regular folks who take the time to have a view and share it. Sort of makes me feel like I’m doing my part too.
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