I just noticed today that at the bottom of each hub are links to a range of articles that are not only weird but also have absolutely nothing to do with my articles. What is going on here? Is HP trying to kill the rest of us off?
Could you post a screen shot of what you are seeing?
Writer Fox I don't know how to do screen shots, but if you open any of my RV articles you will see what I am talking about. It's kind of dumb to be writing articles about living life to the fullest by RVing when the bottom shows linked photos of people with Alzheimers and other diseases. I have never seen anything like this before and it is undoing what I'm trying to accomplish.
You realise that many adverts are based on search history, not hub content? When I visit your hubs, I am getting adverts for domains and hosting, things I look up regularly.
Wry Lit posted an answer that might be correct for what you are noticing.
I looked at your most recent Hub and didn't see anything titled 'sponsored from around the Web.'
After the last line of your Hub text, there is an AdSense ad group that will be based on your search history or on your IP location. These can be totally unrelated to the content of your Hub. Then, after that, is a group of five 'Related Search' text links and another group of five 'Related Search' text links in the right column. Those ten links have something to do with the content of your Hub.
At the very bottom, below the comments, are two Display ads that are targeted to your search history or your IP address and are probably unrelated to the content of your Hub.
You can look at your Hub using the Firefox browser and probably see what a visitor from your IP location (your physical whereabouts) is shown.
Writer Fox I understand about those. This is something totally different. I have not, for example been searching for Alzheimer's Disease...yet there is a link to that with a photo of an old, ill woman on it. They are not on all of my hubs, but are random. I feel they are ruining the "aura" I am trying to share with my readers and ruining the idea of some of my articles.
I'm not liking these things too much either. I find it jarring to get to the bottom a Hub and I'm suddenly confronted with images of totally unrelated links. The area after the Hub content is becoming a no-mans land of odd links and advertising.
On the other hand I understand that HP is experimenting with different things to maximize revenue. I can't blame them there. However, it seems like if all this stuff appeared after the voting buttons, Groups links and Discover More Hubs links visitors would be more likely to click on to more Hubs and traffic might get a boost.
I'm sure there will be people ready to storm the castle on this one, but I'm not getting excited. It is what it is.
Much depends on your topic. If I were writing about health issues, there would be a match, sort of...but when I'm talking about fun or relationship issues...it's WAY off base to post this type of thing, especially with the gruesome photos.
I've seen the ads you are talking about. It seems they are taking readers off of HP to other sites. They are called Sponsored From Around the Web. There is no link directly to it, because it's 5 different ads. The first one on my screen shows up as How Cruise Ships Fill Their Unsold Cabins; the second one is Why Snoring Can Kill; 3rd is about a 100 year old marathon runner; 4th 7 things to activate alzeimers, 5th how to exercise your brain.
I haven't clicked on them so I don't know where they go.
It seems like they do take us off of HP and go to somewhere else on the web, although I have not tried them out.
They are found right about "related search" and above the ratings you can apply to a Hub (above the comments section).
AdSense is going to select the content of those "related ads" based on everything it knows about YOUR web activity outside of HubPages for the past two weeks or on certain advertisers who are paying massively to be promoted everywhere or on trends showing a huge surge in popularity for a certain ad. That's a basic explanation anyway.
I question whether these are coming from Adsense or for that reason. If I am getting the same exact grouping as Craftytothecore that can't be what is happening here.
I like it better than that nasty floating "related hubs" bar that followed me wherever I scrolled. That thing was obnoxious. I would prefer this new incarnation not be there at all, but it is an improvement over that annoying thing that chased me all over the page.
I now just noticed these on my hubs. I don't think they're always shown. I also noticed that they appear when my affiliate code is not shown on ads. They look out of place and don't relate at all to the content. These and 2 sets of related search ads is a bit much. The sponsored web ads are also not related to anything I've searched or read recently.
I noticed one yesterday on a hub I was reading and wondered why they are directly at the close of a hub. Then I checked mine and noticed that they are there. It would be nice to find out more about these strange ads as they don't appear to be google sponsored ads. And they look spammy. They have nothing to do with browser related searches.
These all appear to be links to articles in howlifeworks.com.
None of these have any relationship to the hub, "Easy Crafts to Make or Sew and Sell at a Crafts Fair or Bazaar".
Maybe HubPages should advertise our hubs like this!
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