It's a Google ad, I have gone through its tutorials but there doesn't seem to be an easily accessible way to actually DO it ...
I would like to remove an ad from one of my hubs. The hub is an unbiased look at a state elections issue. But there's an ad on it that discusses one side's viewpoint, to persuade viewers. As a journalist, I cannot have any kind of political ads on anything written about a political issue, otherwise it slants the piece.
How do I actually do anything about it. I have three Google windows up that talk about blocking ads but nothing that helps me actually accomplish anything.
I've never really tried to do that, so can't help much there.
On the other hand, I would suspect that those kind of ads will almost always be found on that kind of hub. If you remove one, another will take it's place.
Could you use the expected ad to your advantage? "You the reader will likely find political ads on this hub not approved by the author. They make an excellent example of why biased opinions are of little use - you should pay attention to what I have to say instead!" Or something.
When I look at that hub I only see ads that are relevant to me. The ones I saw were 3 text links about Canada. No ads were political.
As far as I know, you can block sources, but not categories, except maybe for porn, gambling, etc.
Hmm. Well, I wonder if a fellow Ohioan would see it, I'd have to assume so. Thanks for looking and letting me know.
(This applies to the NEW Adsense interface.)
1. Login to Adsense account.
2. Click on 'Allow and block ads'.
3. Go down the page and click edit on 'Sensitive Categories'.
4. Block the 'Politics' category.
In the 'Allow and Block Ads' section you can also block adverts by URL, however this is hit and miss since as Wilderness pointed out, another advert will take its place.
If you wish, you can turn Adsense adverts onto a low or off setting in the options on the right when in hub edit mode. You need to select that the hub is NOT commercial in that case.
Also remember that:
a) Adsense Adverts are often based on the geographical location and search history of the viewer, meaning they may never see the same adverts as you.
b) During the 40% of impressions that Hubpages takes, you have no say over what adverts are displayed on your hubs, since that is decided by Hubpages.
Good answer. About the only thing left to mention is that you can turn off the history part of the viewer as a tool for placing ads. I think it would site wide (for your subdomain) and I have found it to be counterproductive, but it can be done.
Thank you! I did this, we'll see what happens. The funny thing is ... political ads during Election Season probably do well, money-wise, but I can't have them on articles that are informational.
Will anyone see any article published on HubPages as professional journalism?
Whether they do or do not is not the issue. I am "old school" and that is the way it has to be.
In that case, disabling ads is the only way to do it - for the reasons that QuestionMaster mentioned. This means that the hub cannot have any outbound commercial links.
Hmm, maybe so. I'll see if the political ones don't go away on this one. I think they should.
Like QuestionMaster said, HubPages has 40 percent of the page impressions, and your AdSense filter will not influence those. But if you disable ads, HubPages will not show ads on their 40 percent share either.
I'm starting to think a disclaimer in the copy is the only way to go without messing too many other things up.
You'd be surprised. I've seen some very low quality hubs linked on 'authority' sites as references for the strangest subjects.
And don't forget the 'cure for cancer' one that went viral awhile back thanks to a few lower quality news sites.
Edit: Teri, I do however agree with WE. If you're looking to gain credibility then Hubpages is not the place to do it.
It is similar to blogging, since there is no editorial process whatsoever.
Yes, I know that ... I've seen so many pieces on HP that make me cringe. And so many sites on the web present information that frightens me to think people take seriously. No, it's not so much about gaining credibility as it is, for me, to retain my credibility. I'm not perfect at it,but I have to strive to for it, especially when I urge others to do the same. Still, it can be so frustrating.
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