Adsense Insanity

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  1. Inspirepub profile image84
    Inspirepubposted 11 years ago

    I just published a new Hub, tagged with things like "spirituality" and "meditation".

    What did Adsense think was an appropriate ad to display on this Hub?

    Tattoo Art Gallery
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    Now, we will leave aside the fact that this ad makes NO SENSE whatsoever and isn't going to get a click, no matter where it's shown - stupid advertisers are out of anyone's control.

    But how on earth do tattoos, art galleries, or tickets have any relevance to the content of a page about spirituality and surrender?

    Perhaps all the rumors about "the death of Adsense" aren't grossly exaggerated, after all ... it certainly seems to have dementia ...


  2. Misha profile image67
    Mishaposted 11 years ago

    You are lucky not to get "naked angelina jolie", there were cases big_smile

  3. jimmythejock profile image86
    jimmythejockposted 11 years ago

    Some times it takes a couple of days for adsense to check out hubs, in the process of your hub waiting to be checked by the google spiders, "public service ads will be shown" usually these ads are related to popular ads in hubpages already.....jimmy

    1. profile image0
      daflaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, that's what I've found.  I get some strange ads too.  The thing is, with so much "free" stuff on my hubs, the first ads I get are usually for "make money online" for some reason, and believe it or not, those ads get a lot of hits.

      People are greedy, what can I say?

      1. Inspirepub profile image84
        Inspirepubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        It has just dawned on me why the people who make lots of money on HubPages all write lots of Hubs on tattoos - because those are the ads that show on your Hub during the first couple of days, and that's the period of time when you get "recency" value on the search engines and are listed higher up on the organic search results.

        Having the ads match the content gets you more clicks, so it's a case of "bringing the mountain to Mohammed", making the content match the ads, since the ads won't match the content ....

        That's it - all you people wondering how to make a fortune on HubPages - write about tattoos!!


        1. darkside profile image81
          darksideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          The reason there are lots of ads for tattoos is because there's lots of hubs on tattoos.

          The ones getting a lot of attention are the tatt hubs, and that has influenced the google bots.

          So in case you thought people were writing the hubs because there was lots of ads, it's in fact the other way around.

  4. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 11 years ago

    Liek Jimmy said, it usually takes time to show relative links on your hubs. I've had hubs take a day or 2 but some only take an hour. I've even had hubs revert from relevent hubs to PSA's and then back after re-editing them (open to edit and just hit publish without changing anything).

  5. caspar profile image68
    casparposted 11 years ago

    I read advice here (sorry can't remember who from) to publish your hub, then leave for a couple of days before promoting, to give Adsense time to come up with some sensible, clickable ads.

  6. profile image0
    terrygposted 11 years ago

    Hi Jenny,

    Its usually a good practice to include in the tags section keywords directly from your text. Do not use keywords that are not in the text as this might be penalised as with any poor seo practice. The bot should pick up on the tags section and place the appropriate ads. Use more than one word keywords so you attract the long tail keyword approach.

    Works everytime.

  7. profile image51
    broalexposted 11 years ago

    On all my hubs I get weird Ads but they only stay there for no more than 30 minutes big_smile Mostly I have seen the "Famous Tattoo Ads" .. they might be some kind of broken links or something has anybody tried clicking on those ads ? (not their personal) lol

  8. bloggerdollar profile image73
    bloggerdollarposted 11 years ago

    Every Hub shows tatoo ads at start this is normal after some traffic it will correct.

    BUT there are some unfortunate cases like my PES 2008 Tricks & Moves Hub is displaying ads for magic tricks. I have traffic but won't get any clicks probably.

  9. Inspirepub profile image84
    Inspirepubposted 11 years ago

    Yeah, I'm actually pretty au fait with the whole correlation vs causality thing, it was more of a joke, really. Throwing the money-seekers into the most crowded niche here ...

    There must be a LOT of tattoo Hubs, though, because that's just about the only topic I ever see coming up on my new Hubs.

    Unless the algorithm is first-past-the-post, that suggests there is a huge weighting towards that particular topic ...

    1. darkside profile image81
      darksideposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't seen them around for a while but at one stage HubPages Inc was trialling Ebay ads (a similar contextual system to Adsense, and it they used their own share of the pageviews for the trial) and I saw an overabundance of "dog food" ads. More so than these tattoo ads. It was dreadful.

  10. outspan profile image59
    outspanposted 11 years ago

    Just wanted to add that implementing an algorithm that figures out what the page content is about is not a trivial task -- understanding of natural language is one of the greatest challenges in AI smile
    If you're interested, this is probably the most advanced company in the field:

    there's also a part of the site in which you can teach the system new things smile

    And if you're into AI, this is really a beautiful video on the subject:

  11. Mark Knowles profile image60
    Mark Knowlesposted 11 years ago

    After a few days of being published, I usually look at the ads and take that as an indicator of whether I have got the content and tags right. If I am getting inappropriate ads - it probably means I am getting inappropriate search engine traffic also - so I try to fix it....

    Having said that, some subjects are very difficult for them to find and get right. I write a blog on "cubicle culture" and am consistently getting ads for toilet cubicles. LOL - You can't win them all.

    1. Inspirepub profile image84
      Inspirepubposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good point! I'll look at the ads on my Hubs now, instead of filtering them out of my perception as I usually do.


      Perhaps Google is not so far off the mark, actually. It's a pretty shitty life working in a cube ...



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