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Do you think these full page drano ads are hurting your hubs?

  1. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    Just saw a Drano ad for the first time. Pretty in your face and obnoxious. May have been less noxious if it wasnt on  a hub about kids toys sad

    So are these full pagers only appearing on HP's impressions? Have you seen them?

    What do you think ?, Im feeling like I would be instantly turned away and Im wondering how that background works with the impression share system I thought I was working with.

    Guess I know why hubs made a new design. Im thinking its to highlight sponsored ads outside of shared adspace.

    Not really new news though ... http://hubpages.com/about/advertise

    The media kit has been up for almost a year and has had mockups of these ads, I tried to get some convo going about this eventuality months ago but was unsuccessful. Now that the ads are real ... how will this effect HP.

    have to add that the "unrelated products" witch hunt is even more laughable now.

    Hey kids! Buy some drano with that plastic toy!

    1. skear profile image97
      skearposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think HP went overboard with the Drano ads.  Do people really want to see the exact same ad in 3 places on the same hub, plus huge Drano ads along both sides?

      I understand their goal is making money but in my opinion these invasive ads really detract from the hubs themselves.

  2. Maren Morgan M-T profile image91
    Maren Morgan M-Tposted 6 years ago

    Sunforged, are you expecting intelligent ad placement?  I had to add a disclaimer to one of my hubs because an ad for bacon was put into a Jewish recipe hub.  Hello? !!!  Just keep laughing.

  3. GmaGoldie profile image78
    GmaGoldieposted 6 years ago

    Sadly, ad placement is not always appropriate.  There needs to be a "do not post ad" for a few extreme circumstances.  My article about not buying coral in order to save the environment was counter to the key terms - this does sometimes happen.  Drano doesn't bother me but I wish the ad campaign had a plumbing company tied to it also.  It is a great start but I would like to see more variety for the ads within the industry.

  4. lisabeaman profile image82
    lisabeamanposted 6 years ago

    I have one of those drano ads on a hub about organizing housework (I guess it's a little more applicable than plastic toys for kids). I hate it. It looks obnoxious. I think the way it sits in the background looks like there's a glitch in the system. In fact, the first time I saw it I thought HP was trying something new and hadn't worked the bugs out yet. But no... it's real.

  5. wilderness profile image98
    wildernessposted 6 years ago

    I have a lot of hubs with that gigantic, hideous ad.  They only go on "home" hubs, by which I assume Jason meant hubs in the "home" category.

    According to Jason they are also almost certainly the reason for the big rise in CPM I'm seeing in HPads.  Nearly 1/2 my hubs carry those monstrosities and, according to Jason, they pay well.  Thus the CPM for my hubs as a whole goes up.

    With the kind of increase I'm seeing in CPM I'll happily keep them.  Big, ugly and in your face, but money makers I can live with.

    1. Joe Macho profile image97
      Joe Machoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes the best things in life aren't always the prettiest. I hadn't seen any of these, but then again I don't have any hubs in the home category. Might have to change that...

  6. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 6 years ago

    I've seen none of that.  What I have seen after having hit "edit" on something is that my entire browser was attacked by Jack N The Box.

    I had one of those Poltergeist moments the first time my browser was taken over by Jack.  "Stem into the light, Wesman. . . ."

    I had to open another tab, and try again, as my edit screen had clearly been sucked into the light closet of everlasting doom.

  7. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 6 years ago

    Not really, no.  I only have two hubs that could fall into the "home" category to begin with, but I h have not found them to be very distracting as long as they don't interrupt browsing. Most similar advertising strategies haven't seemed to effect other websites.

    I do find it very odd that it would show up on something for kids toys, though.  I haven't seen them show up in "wrong" places before, so that is a major concern!  I wouldn't want my Halloween articles to have a lot of Valentine's day crap or my video game stuff advertising fabric softner.

    edit: sorry this was kind of incoherent.  I had some minor surgery yesterday and I'm a little loopy on meds.  Legally I think you can diregard anything I've said so read at your own risk.

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The key here is to get it out of the "home" category.  I just tweaked a hub about baby blankets that I had in that category and found a different, more appropriate one.

      If HP is going to assign ads based on the category we've chosen, it may pay to put some real time and effort into properly categorizing it.  I know I've been a little delinquent here.

  8. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 6 years ago

    Anyways, I think having specialized, "extra" ads using the new whitespace is a good idea.  I really dislike moving ads or ads with sound, but turning the background into an ad has never bothered me. As long as the right products are going to the right topics, I am all for it and am confident readers won't be upset by it.

    1. lisabeaman profile image82
      lisabeamanposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I really dislike the moving and ones with sounds as well. I never know what to do when that happens on my own hub. I'm afraid if I hit "pause" on a video ad that that will count as clicking. One day I clicked on a link from one of my hubs to another one of my hubs and a FULL page ad took over. I did summon up the courage to click on the teeny tiny "skip ad" link at the bottom to reveal my hub. But... if I had been a reader... I would have clicked away thinking the link wasn't good or was spam. What can we do about those? Those seem worse than the ugly drano ones.

  9. theherbivorehippi profile image78
    theherbivorehippiposted 6 years ago

    I find them no more obnoxious than those Kroger ones that appeared to be swallowing the page months back. lol hmm

  10. WriteAngled profile image84
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    I wish there was an option to select the type of ads that appear on our hubs.

    I would like the option to exclude anything that is very large, garish, moves or produces sounds.

    I feel adverts like that cheapen our work.

    What I have heard about these drain cleaning adverts is enough to ensure I will never produce any hubs for the Home section.

  11. Barbara Kay profile image90
    Barbara Kayposted 6 years ago

    I hope covering our pages with ads like the Drano one want doesn't hurt our Google ratings. They almost covered the entire page.