I think this has been mentioned before, but I am seeing it (again - or still) and I feel certain it can't help the site. Some ads are bizarrely unrelated to hub titles and content. I have a hub on Language Immersion (and it clearly says that), and I found an ad about septic systems. I also saw an ad about a sleep aid (device, I think) on a hub about places to see in San Antonio (maybe the hub was boring and put Google to sleep?).
Is there any way to address this? Or does Google only penalize us for ads we place ourselves (Amazon, for example) rather than the ads inserted through AdSense?
While I have your attention - related to the discussions about QAP, etc. - will we ever have access to scores for our hubs? It would be great to give us enough information to inspire writers to raise a 6 or 8 to a Perfect 10!!!
I can't give you a really technical answer to this but I've read that the computers for the advertising companies, not just Google, are constantly searching out and placing ads they think is pertinant to the user. It is annoying to most of us, but it can get hilarious. My brother and I were having a very private email discusion about our mother's colon cancer. All of a sudden a big ad for hemorroid medication replaced a retailer's ad on my gmail page.
I get advertisements here and all over the internet (Facebook, gmail, etc) asking me if I'll consider placing my baby up for adoption with some random couple.
Which is odd-- mostly because I don't have a baby, I'm not pregnant and I don't plan on experiencing either in the near future.
I think Google can just be a bit of a snoop sometimes, and they get it all wrong.
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Marcy, Thanks for the suggestion on exposing ratings. It's something we are discussing. Not likely to happen soon, but stay tuned:)
Oh my - I wasn't thinking of this as 'exposing' the ratings, so much as it seems like a useful tool for telling writers how much opportunity there is for improvement. Sort of like returning a term paper with feedback and allowing a student to rewrite it and submit it again.
If there's some concern about driving people off, or something, perhaps just give the information on those who have an average of "8" - this would likely inform people who are already good writers that they can stretch just a bit and hit 10. And that would help the site. I think?
Well, I'd really like to see my scores exposed to me. I'm not interested in yours, but I'd like to know mine. And more than a general idea, too - I'd love to see how each section of the QAP has been rated for my stuff. If I only averaged an "8" is it because of bad grammar - the other areas already earned a 10? Or do I just need another gadget capsule or two?
I don't see the QAP as a top guideline for the quality of every possible style of hub, but it's a great start and could really be useful. Particularly when HP, with its access to massive amounts of data, finds that stellar hubs earn far more, on the average, than non-stellar hubs.
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