I know there are a lot of posts on this topic, mostly bitching about the dog food ads ( me included) but i wondered what the thinking is behind these ads. Are you planning to replace the adsense? Just looking for another option? Will they pay better? I just ask because I feel they are interfering with the look and earning potential at the moment. If there is a long-term benefit, I just wondered what that might be. And i think a few other people too I don't mind putting up with a short term loss if there is a long term gain, but at the moment I don't know what that is likely to be.
Mark -- Our objectives are to 1) keep our authors satisfied, and 2) maximize total revenue. For many author's #1 and #2 are strongly related, but we do recognize that not everyone is here primarily to make money (and we'd like to keep them satisfied as well).
The other side of the HubPages business is a technology called YieldBuild that automates ad color, position, size, shape and network choice (ie. ebay, adsense, etc) optimization in order to maximize revenue. This is what powers the ads on HubPages (as well as a growing number of other sites). In its current state, the publishers (ie. HubPages, and other sites) don't have a ton of control over what ad networks appear -- the yieldbuild engine makes most of the decisions automatically. Fairly soon, a new release of Yieldbuild will allow us a little finer control which may mean that we can eliminate an ad network like ebay altogether if we felt that was the right thing to do.
Yieldbuild would only place the ebay ads very infrequently if they did not perform well in some situations, but we certainly understand why you wouldn't want the ones that sit right in the middle of your hub and aren't at all related to your content. As soon as we can do something about those we will.
I mentioned it elsewhere but it bears repeating: we have added an ad level of 'Medium', which is the same as 'High' but does not include the ad inside and near the top of hub. That option will give authors so inclined the ability to remove that ad position at their discretion.
The point that nobody at Hub seems to want to address is the rather obvious fact that the ads are NOT working properly. With a network like Ebay, there is no reason to display about 5 different and badly chosen ads (dog food, tattoos and job search are the only ones that come to mind).
Nobody is complaining about their location or their existence, but rather the fact that they are clearly broken. We don't necessary want a way to turn them off, we want them to actually work so that they can maximize our earnings.
Hi Mark -
I've read the theory that intrusive vertical ads get more clicks, but true or not, I could wish them away, especially when the content is inappropriate. I've had dog-food ads appear in a hub about the holy month of Ramadan. That's about as crass as it gets!
I have to admit that I'm in the dark about this one.
Are Muslims offended by the existence of dogs, or do they believe they should not be fed by (presumably non-Muslim) people who keep them as pets? I actually Googled this and couldn't find an answer from an actual Muslim. Everyone was just guessing.
I have a hard time believing that Muslims would be offended/insulted by the mere mention of the word "dog" written on a computer screen. Those that would would have to be really fundamentalist, and fundamentalists of all stripes are offended by just about everything.
This is not meant to be inflammatory at all Paraglider - I simply do not understand it.
Some take it more seriously than others. Dogs are considered unclean and are banned from many areas. Some western ex-pats in the Gulf states do keep dogs, but it's rather frowned upon. I don't think many people would be genuinely offended at the advert, but it's about as appropriate as offering a bacon sandwich during prayers. I long ago stopped complaining about these ebay column ads, but as Mark had started a new thread, I thought I'd add my support.
I support the concern of whether or not the ads are good for hubpages - but I don't think the dog food ad would offend any Muslims. And if it did, they'd be ticked at ebay, not you.
I apologize for my off-topic question but thank you for the explanation.
Like I said, I don't mind a short term loss if there is to be a long term gain. I assume that by leaving the current set up, the system will be able to "learn," and hopefully provide more appropriate, better earning ads at some point in the future. I honestly don't mind what gets advertised - If it sells
If it doesn't sell, it seems pointless to have. But, if hugpages owns yieldbuild, why the lack of control?
I think they are starting to sort themselves out.
Im still seeing them, but Ive started seeing the regular adsense ads in-between capsules again.
And I noticed a new ebay ad yesterday when viewing a hub - to the right of the profile photo at the top of the page. It looked a lot like the kind youd insert into a hub yourself - it looked a lot better.
by Pat Merewether 10 years ago
i've mentioned this before, but i just checked my 84 articles and a huge number of them have ads for 'filipina girls', 'sexy singles', etc. my articles are about gradening, food, travel and family topics - there are even two ads for sex on my article about 'webkinz'! I emailed the help...
by Nathan Bernardo 7 months ago
Adsense sent me a message that says that my publisher ID is not in my Hubpages and HowTheyPlay ads.text files. My earnings are fine generally, not too concerned, just wanted to bring the issue to your attention.
by John Coviello 7 months ago
I just saw a message on Google AdSense this morning, and am wondering if HubPages is aware of this situation and if they are correcting it?ads.txt files doesn't contain your AdSense publisher IDPublisher ID missing from ads.txt filesSites with ads.txt...
by Laura Schneider 5 years ago
I've earned only $3.11 since I set up the eBay program, in contrast with a couple hundred from the Adsense program during the same timeframe. (1) is something set up wrong somewhere? If not, (2) can I opt-out of the eBay program, leaving the old EBay space free to hold Adsense content? (Or does it...
by Heather Edgens 6 years ago
Okay, I just signed up like two seconds ago, and I am seriously confused. I can figure it all out (I think for the most part) on my own, once I get reading into everything, but I have one major question that I can't seem to find an answer to anywhere.Do I have to have a google adsense account to...
by ramesh 6 years ago
paul, the new feature of displaying google link unit is good move..but its very annoying to see ebay ads replacing the google ads in my hubs..we can earn almost nothing from ebay ..adsense is the best revenue maker for any hubber i think..so give the hubbers thier choice to put ebay ads only if...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|