Who do you have on your Competitive Ad Filter (you have to be logged into Adsense to be taken directly to that page) and (if you're feeling up to it) why?
I have added scientology.org
I won't actually discuss the why on this point, because it'll become a huge rant. And I'd prefer this thread to be sharing tips and advice rather than becoming a debate.
Please people, don't answer, just do the same as he did! These ads are pretty annoying. And apart from that, they really destroy your hubs in the eyes of viewers coming from outside.
Really useful advice - I shall get onto this toute suite - thanks darkside
None were blocked because I disliked the company, they just weren't relevant to the content.
Two main examples, on a file extension site I got a lot of ads for things like loft extensions, and on a Ouija board site I got ads for things like chalk boards, getting rid of those really helped with Adsense. The main drawback is that most of them are .co.uk ads, because they're mainly what I see when I view my own content, so I assume there are probably still irrelevant ads being served to the global community, but if I can't see them, I can't block them, unfortunately.
Ages ago I used some Adwords blacklist I picked up someplace, a huge list of domains that were all basically Made for Adsense (MDA) pages that were worth .01 clicks if you're lucky. But I don't even know if that list is relevant anymore. I should probably remove them for awhile and see what happens.
I also used to ad direct competition to my Competitive Ad filter, but I've removed Adsense from most of my websites now and mostly promote Ebay and Amazon here so it's not really necessary anymore (though I do have both Ebay.com and Amazon.com in my filter).
For obvious reasons......
Mrvoodoo - On the Ouija board hub, I get adverts for motherboards, and the image ad is for an online RPG.
On my Ouija board hub? If so I'll have to get adding more sites to the competitive ad filter (if I can see them) although it could be in HP's impressions, have no control over them.
And the other thing is geography, you're in Greece right? more than likely a whole different set of ads being served up there from what I see, that's the main problem with the competitive ad filter, no way of knowing what people are seeing elsewhere, or if there is, I don't yet know how to do it.
I have blocked scientology.org after it displayed on one of my child birthday party pages. The ad wasn't even clickable and didn't say it was an ad, so it looked like I had put a scientology graphic (not a fan of that!)
I also blocked Zales.com around Mother's Day because the ads were showing up on EVERYTHING and it bothered me.
UncommonWisdomDaily.com is also blocked, although I can't remember why.
Alright..do I get the urls from the ads on my hub direct then paste it into my adsense to filter out? I dont have a real understanding of this area thanks.
Yes, the best way to do it (if you're using Firefox) is to right click on the ad and choose 'Copy Link Location'.
Next you paste it in a text document or something. And then you go to the end of the URL and you should be able to see in that string the domain name of the site that gets the traffic.
Avoid ever clicking on the ad or opening up the entire URL.
If you're not sure, paste the URL in this thread, but delete the http://www. from right at the start so it doesn't become a live link, and I, or someone else, will have a look at it and show you the bit that you need to put in your filter.
Thanks darkside for sharing this information. I blocked
Can't remember what I used...but I think I copied it ?
Is it the last part at the end where I snipped the www ...is that the URL I would use to list as block? snipped only the 2 parts with the www
Adsense uses geo-targeting system when displaying ads so I think listing ads you guys are talking about will not help everyone, hubbers who are adsense publishers from different parts of the world. Rather, every individual adsense publisher needs to find sites displaying low performance, low value ads on his own... What do you say??
I have to say I'm not a huge fan of Indian belly dancing, such as is promoted by the following:
Therefore, I quickly put that on my adsense competitive ad filter.
I'm actively trying to weed out all of the "puppies for sale" advertisements on my dog hubs. Reputable breeders don't need to advertise on AdSense, and even if they do, I don't really want them on my generally pro-rescue hubs. Here's the list I have so far.
I did not even know this feature existed!
I must say its great to be here on hubpages and get an education besides. Am going to see what it is all about this filter.
I still saw a Scientology ad the other day, even though I blocked it! Although, it might have been HubPages impression share. Hopefully, that's the reason I saw it.
I started seeing the animation and then light and ahhhhh my worst fear was confirmed: the dreaded Scientology.org.
I hate those ads because they don't say google ads on them and it almost looks like you put it there as a graphic! So frustrating.
Didnt even realise about blocking those ads even though I did when I had a website, cheers for the advice guys !
Thanks for bringing this up - didn't think much of it until reading this and then noticing those fancy ads you guys are mentioning in my hub on compassion.
I blocked scientology.org & dianetics.org
I don't weed out anybody. After some thinking I came to a conclusion that I can't stop fools from learning their lessons, so ideological motives disappeared with this decision.
I did several tests on the average cost of clicks, which inevitably resulted in the lower cost clicks when I blocked the irrelevant advertisers.
So I don't bother anymore
I sure agree with you about L. Ron Hubbard's writing skills...and thanks for the great info.
I block out ads for anal fistula treatment on one of my kids sites.
Those kids would click it and the click is good money but that site had pictures. I start thinking about outraged mothers hunting me down.
With the irrelevant ads - I read somwhere that if hubs that don't get many visitors the system starts to display the default most popular ads on Hubpages as a whole.
I've taken to visiting my own hubs once a day just so the system knows someone reads them. It does seem to correct the irrelevant ads and start displaying normal ones.
i wish I knew what you were all talking about poor me, I have not got a clue, I'll have to get a friend who knows how to do all these things for me...
I block Amazon, I'd rather send my users over to them via my affiliate links
How can we determine the value (LOW) of any particular ad we may want to block?
Putting this list in my Adsense competitive ad filter raised my daily revenue by 25% in one week and after one month the daily increase has held steady. Worked for me, might work for you.
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