Ethical Problem With Some Of The AdSense Ads

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  1. Robert Kernodle profile image81
    Robert Kernodleposted 13 years ago

    Hi fellow hubbers,

    I recently wrote a hub on plastic pollution, and below a tragic picture of a plastic-polluted beach, there are small ads for plastic products.

    I find this insensitive to the theme of the hub and parasitic on the cause IN A BAD WAY.

    I assume that I have absolutely NO control over this, right?

    Robert Kernodle

    1. lorlie6 profile image75
      lorlie6posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'm no expert on the technical aspect of your post, but on one of my hubs I found some of the 'related hubs' to be objectionable.  They were, in fact, contrary to my hub's message.

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        Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        i get wacky related hubs and ads all the time. Its all words...

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      BookFlameposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think you can go to your Google adsense and check the button that lets you review ads before being posted and exclude ads you don't want.  You can also do this to block certain categories of ads.  I'm not sure if this will work within hubpages, but I've done it for my blogs elsewhere.

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    EmpressFelicityposted 13 years ago

    AFAIK the only way round your problem would be to disable ads by making your hub "non-commercial" (go into edit mode and deselect the "this hub may be considered commercial" tick box).  Adsense lets you block specific URLs from all your hubs (e.g. I've blocked from mine), but doesn't let you filter out particular types of ad.

    I'm in a similar situation with one of my hubs and if I'm wrong in what I've said above, then I would love to hear about it!

  3. Mrvoodoo profile image59
    Mrvoodooposted 13 years ago

    I live within 2 minutes walk of our local beach and it becomes more like a rubbish dump with every passing day, not good.

    You can block individual ads by URL within your Adsense dashboard, but chances are they'll just be replaced by even more ads for plastic crap, and lower paying ones at that.

    The only real option would probably be to remove all ads from that hub (I believe this is possible in the edit options of the hub - set ad level: high, medium, low, none) but of course you won't be making any Adsense money from it. 

    But you could always display Amazon products, etc.

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      Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      mark it as not commercial?

      1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
        Mrvoodooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        That's the fella. wink

        I've done it on a few of mine that were a little bit too risqué for Adsense.

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          Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

          HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! YOU!? Risque? Nonsense...
          I just quit adsense, as before I only made 20 cents anyway.  smile I rely on my good looks to get me everything I wnat.  lol

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            bloodnlatexposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I looked a little bit ago, and it's only taken me almost a year to clear $10!

            1. aguasilver profile image69
              aguasilverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

              Strewth.... I must be doing something right! in my second month I made just under $15 from Adsense... and I know doohickey about keywords and stuff!

              If you don't like any advert, just tell us on the forums to visit your page and hit the add as many times as possible, that way the ad will cost the advertisers a small fortune, you'll earn some cents, and the advertiser will drop the ad when they see the CTR agaisnt conversion....

              (Just joking.... that would obviously be unethical....wouldn't it?) big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

              1. Mark Knowles profile image59
                Mark Knowlesposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                Demonstrating your ignorance once again? All that will do is get that person smart priced, and cost them money in the long run.

                If you have a problem with any advertiser, you can merely add them to your competitive ad filter and you will not see them any more.


                This will not apply to hubpages' portion of the impressions.

                1. aguasilver profile image69
                  aguasilverposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                  Absolutely right Mark, total ignorance about how these things work, glad you can tell me the correct proceedure.



          2. Mrvoodoo profile image59
            Mrvoodooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            big_smile I can see how that would work for you, but I'd soon go hungry if I had to depend upon mine. wink

            p.s. WTF is that cat doing? lol

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              Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

              Hiding in the couch. I have a part 2 pic, just waiting to make sure everyone has abosrbed this one first...
              what are your eyeballs doing?
              I was joking about my looks you know. I am going hungry...  lol

              1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
                Mrvoodooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                lol poor kitty, he's gonna get squashed, will look out for part two.

                Nothing wrong with my eyes, them be the eyes I was born with. smile

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                  Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

                  nope no squishing. my poor butt!!!will change it here for a minute?
                  Im glad I got hte chance to see yrou real eyes.  smile

                  1. Mrvoodoo profile image59
                    Mrvoodooposted 13 years agoin reply to this

                    lol, thanks, yep here for a mo, apologies to the OP for trashing your thread, but I think your question has pretty much been answered. smile

                  2. Mrvoodoo profile image59
                    Mrvoodooposted 13 years agoin reply to this


                    Could be a pain in the butt, he's probably got a whole kitty 'bat-cave' thing going on in there, gym, hot-tub, the works. smile

  4. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    yes, you can block ads as long as you know the URL.

    the search bots don't read the article, as I'm sure you know, they pick up the key words.

    did you try adding some new tags that may bring in different ads?
    or your subject headlines?

    no more plastic!! I'll be by soon to read your hub. love your writing. smile

  5. relache profile image73
    relacheposted 13 years ago

    Ad blocking will only be effective during the 60% of the time, when your AdSense codes are associated with your Hubs.  All bets are off when the HubPages codes run.

  6. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 13 years ago

    Had the same problem on a hub about how i thought it was wrong to OUTSOURCE american jobs, but then the ads were for outsourcing and ticked me off... so I added a few words like work etc. to the tag list and they jumped to first in the list. After that it started streaming ads for getting work which made me feel better, but at the same time did not want to delete the outsourcing tag since it was a main topic of my article and needed readers to find it based on that keyword... try adding evironmental cleanup or a few like that to the tags and when it reorders see if you can get one to jump higher in priority to the plastic tag and that might help . i'm pretty sure the hubmetric stat is connected to the highest paying keyword tags and thats why they reorder ,so the tag has to be a moneymaker to reorder higher than plastic. Hope this helps!

  7. lmmartin profile image70
    lmmartinposted 13 years ago

    This is an interesting subject. I wrote a hub about child sex abuse, and the adds that popped up showed almost naked breasts, and a dating service. Talk about insensitive. Another detracting article about Glenn Beck got loaded with anti-Obama ads. So it's certainly obvious no intelligence exists behind the selection.

  8. Robert Kernodle profile image81
    Robert Kernodleposted 13 years ago

    Somehow TRASHING my thread with concealed kitty commments seems appropriate.  I just hope there are no plastic bags involved with the kitty (^__^)

    When my first hub appeared, there were ads for adult videos and dating services that had absolutely nothing to do with what I was writing about.  Eventually, this straightened out, however, and the ads seemed to become more aligned with the hub's content.

    Now I'm well on my way to becomming a zillionaire through AdSense. [Audience laughs uncontrollabley]



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