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Politcal Internet Ads | An Independent Voters View

Updated on September 24, 2010

With 38 days or so before the coming mid-term elections, I thought it might be instructive for candidates of both parties to hear from an Independent Voter on the functionality of all the banner ads I see mot only here at Hub Pages but elsewhere on the web. I tend to make my voting decision after Halloween, and in fact sometimes not until I enter the booth. So I spend much of September and October clicking on the ads of both parties and many many candidates to review their message and compare it to the known facts. It almost becomes a hobby.

Since becoming a Hub Pages writer, and gaining some understanding of how the internet ads are paid for I click now with even more enthusiasm since I know the organization involved will have to pay a small sum for each ad to the writer/publisher of the content. It makes me feel good to make sure that political money goes to some of the ‘small fry’. (Note, you cannot click on ads on your own site (not ethical) or you will be banned from Google Ads.) I also have the realization that a writer like say BreakfastPOP in New york or New Jersey will have different ads on her content depending on where the reader pulls up her article. I get political ads for the governor’s race in Georgia; I would suspect someone in Delaware will probably be getting ads on the Senate Race there instead.

The internet in general and Google in particular are masters of geographical targeting of Ads. So a reader in Georgia gets some of the same ads weather he/she reads BPOP’s articles, or Tony0724 in California, or LRCBlogger’s from somewhere else. Either way I can spread the wealth and get a good picture of what the CANDIDATES are saying, and make them spend a penny or two in the process and help them do their part to end the recession a few cents at a time; after all Billions will be spent on this process so it’s comforting to know it’s getting to some of the regular folks who take the time to have a view and share it. Sort of makes me feel like I’m doing my part too.

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    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      POP & 50 cal- I would reckon it's as safe as your bank or any other institution having it. Even if you don't online bank or other stuff trust me your bank, the IRS, your Doctor all probably have it in an online format so what's one more? Any way, even if you don't participate the host does and the adds are there anyway, and when they are clicked on the advertiser pays, if they are not clicked on the advertiser gets the banner for free.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Tom - Thanks my friend, keep checking them out.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Hammer, a fine hub, but I don't participate in adsense, 50

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Dear Hmr,

      I am so clueless when it comes to adsense. I still have not joined because I am reluctant to give out my SSN. Am I being paranoid?

    • Tom Whitworth profile image

      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I totally endorse your brain-child for getting cold hard cash in the hands of the common folks!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kudos to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!