I have been thinking about this for 2 days now and have decided to leave. I'm sorry to the other 60dcers. I just spent the night copying all my hubs to post elsewhere.
There have been complaints about the sex ads on hubs and the explanation given is that google defaults to their own ads when there is low traffic. I am having this problem when I don't have low traffic at times. Depends on what time of day I check. I've been writing online for many years. This has never happened elsewhere. I'm just not buying it. I have blogs with almost no views elsewhere and google matches the content once a page is indexed. If anyone has any doubts, look around the web a little.
This stuff can ruin the reputation of someone writing. I don't want my writing, especially family stuff associated with this. I'm not in this to help people find "Hot Tamil Film" which was on the bottom of my kids motocross gear hub tonight along with a few other choice ones. Oddly enough the top ads mathced, these were at the bottom.
So far I've just dealt with it. But with the stuff happening in the forums lately and the hubs I looked at in the last few days, I think this place stands for a lot that I just don't and it's not worth it.
Two nights ago sort of cemented it for me. I did a google on horse racing and one of the hubs came up on google so I took a look.
On this hub there were google ads for Indian Blue films (porn) and little girls in underwear. I'm not sure what's up with this crap but I'm done with it.
I saved the screen shot but can't get it to upload here.
Jean, you can go to adsense page and choose the type of ads you want to allow, at least that's what it says, have you tried that?
Sorry to say, there are a few things you are not taking into consideration:
1. I have never seen those ads you speak of and - you are absolutely not seeing the same ads your visitors would see.
2. You can specify in your google adsense account that you do not wish certain types of ads to be shown.
This is by category, and 2 of the categories you can exclude are "Sexual & Reproductive Health" and "References to Sex & Sexuality."
Not sure what you mean about the forums, but I don't see how anything that goes on there could possibly reflect badly on you.
Jean, I'm so sorry to see you go. I'm glad that, at least, you've worked out other places to post your work, so it's not wasted.
I can understand your views on the ads, but I don't agree you should let the forums influence you. Most of the visitors to your Hubs will never see the forums!
Instead of leaving HP can you move those hubs elsewhere ? Keep product/general topic hubs here under alternate account.Don't leave HP just for ads mismatch(i know it's serious issue but still).
Sayonara, Jean. Fortunately, I've not seen the inappropriate ad problem with my own hubs, at least so far.
I do know what you mean about some of the forums, although I don't see those problems as really being something HP stands for but simply something that's likely to happen any time foolish people are given enough rope to hang themselves. There are certainly forums I avoid, most of the Religious topics being at the top of the list.
Sorry that you have decided to leave, Jean. I hope that you find success and an environment where you feel comfortable with.
Sorry to see you go I fully understand how upsetting those ads must be
I am sorry that you feel you have to leave. But, I do understand as it is very disturbing seeing advertisements that take away from your message. It is degrading and unnecessary. Best wishes in your future endeavors.
Has someone made a hub about this adsense crap? If so, where is it? Would it give Google Adsense a heads up on this if someone were to write it?
See some people here think that I complain too much, but I was the one who stuck my neck out and hand out to Jean in my report the problem of the unappropriate ads myself. Just how many are getting those ads? It IS giving the hubbers a bad reputation when the reader sees those ads on their content.
I hate to see you leave over this. I and many other have taken a holiday to HubPages on occasion because of all the negativity here as well.
I have come to the conclusion that all this is like a Fast Food place in that we are all looked upon as replacable at the drop of a hat. The goods ones can leave and others will eventually take their places.
Good Luck wherever you go. I tried to find some place else too but this is the only software that allows you to place your pictures in the right place and also ad things like videos and such. I tried Associated Content with one of my hubs and they totaly screwed it up and I cannot edited it at all, vcan't ever delete it. The way it is looks really bad on me, but I can't do anything about it.
Google Adsense just needs to be more respectful as a business.
What a shame...another great writer gone. *shakes head*
There IS an ad filter, Jean...I don't know how to use it, but you can block certain kinds of ads...sunforged or darkside or ryankett could probably tell you...
Unfortunately, there's nothing to block some of the drama and ill-will that happens in the forums. I can't say I blame you.
I wish you the best. I'm sorry your experience here has turned out this way. You will be missed.
I used the AD FILTER and still get those ads on my content!
Here is the forum in which I spoke up for Jean and a few discredited it and laughed about it.
They'll still show in HPs share of the impressions even if you've blocked them.
Whoa! I'm sorry...like I said, I don't know how to use it. I personally don't care WHAT ads are on my stuff. None of it offends me...I was just suggesting that it was there and she might look at it. Ease up.
Yes, I am sorry to see this departure, too. I can't say I've have seen offensive ads on my hubs-- but maybe I'm not paying close attention.
On forums-- you can choose to ignore certain ones, or not to participate at all.
Sometimes I am drawn in-- mostly for a silly comment or to encourage fun, but really don't want to become involved in arguments.
Many of the very best hubbers don't post in forums at all-- or only to be helpful.
Those ads are coming up right beside the words in my articles, as though they are a part of it. I don't have an adsense account so I can't block them.
I detest vulgarity.
You can make your Hub non-commercial so it won't show ads.
Maybe the original poster can tell us where she went. I like the way Hubpages channels traffic, but I don't need the ads. If there was a similar site without any advertisement, that would suit me better.
You can remove ads from a Hub by selecting an ad level of "None." However, you are only allowed to do that if your Hub is not commercial in nature.
For all those who detest advertisements on hubs, making the hubs non-commercial would be a way out.
It doesn't take much effort, hardly a couple of seconds, and you wont be saddled with any unwanted advertisements.
How do you make a hub non-commercial? I don't see that choice anywhere when I create a hub.
Edit your hub and at the top you've settings related to hub and there is option to check to make it non-commercial.
When you are editing one of your hubs, it is in the first box up the top, you can tick or untick it.
Hey guys thanks.
I have done the filtering. It's not on my portion of the ads. This is something hubpages needs to address as to why they are not filtering their portion.
Siddsingh, my hubs are commercial. I like ads, they make me money. Some ads are not the way I want to make money.And not the way I want someone else using my writing to make money.
This is site wide.
If the image doesn't work I'll put the link on my profile. And no this is not my hub.
This hub belongs to Alexander A. He has not allowed contact on hubpages. So Alexandar A, this is what your hub looked like at 4:57 Am, April 10
My reply was to those who loudly declared that they did not care for silly ads.
Who cares about ads? If you read a good content you do not look at stupid things around it! I get some stupid stuff in my mail box every day, so what? Just some free lining for my cat's litter box! Do not go for that reason. We have ads everywhere unfortunatelly. And forums? Chose the topic YOU LIKE! Or can relate to. People are different at least it is not boring or completly derogative. Some like it hot. Some like it not.
I tried to suggest HP team for relevancy on hub in this thread:
I think there needs to be some improvements with Yieldbuild as well. I'm sure they'll improve on that. I don't know how tag abuse will stop but let's see. I hope you stick around on HP atleast for commercial hubs.
A question - I thought Adsense didn't accept pornographic ads? Is it possible these have slipped through some kind of filter (the words little girls in underwear are not porn individually)? If you see it again, is it worth reporting it to Google (not sure how you do that?)
Google is a lot fussier about publishers than advertisers.
Jean sorry to see you go. If I did or said something that upset you I apologize. Please reconsider we need more people like you here don't let the forums bother you, we all have to live with the liberals here no one else wants them.
You will be missed, good luck,
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