How Spammy Are Your AdSense Ads?

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In a world of automation, is it better if a publisher knows and trusts what their site recommends, or is it better if the ads are chose by a computer? Does it hurt the publisher if they have no idea what their website is promoting, linking to, or being associated with?

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Hyping bullshit

I know who my advertisers are, been to their sites, it's not hard to do unless you want to sit and whine and publish bullshit linkbait articles about AdSense.

Just because you can't click the links doesn't mean you can't type in the URLs displayed to see the sites, or lacking a visible URL, view the frame source of the AdSense ads and cut 'n paste the URLs to the advertiser.

Sure, it's not as simple as just clicking the ads, but you can do it.

There's also that funny thing called the AdSense Preview tool...

Trusting what our sites

Trusting what our sites recommend? I cant even trust that Google will always show relevant ads...

Ive started to move to referals to see if I can gain more control of the ads as well as the profit levels.

Knowing is easy

I agree with IncrediBill that it's stupid-easy to find out who your advertisers are, but what is not so easy is controlling the what new ads suddenly appear.

Earlier today I was on one of my sites where the content has to do with high end women's clothing. One of the Ads looked strange and when I visited the site it was about having a vasectomy. I suppose in a round about way it is related because the women that purchase these lines of clothing are generally professional, over thirty and likely have a husband. Still, I thought it made the site look desperate for money.

I think of it from another

I think of it from another way. Sites that would call your site spam and not be willing to link to something that may turn to spam will gladly sell ad space to an ad server that has lots of scams in it.

Look at how many search engine submission fraud ads appear on SEO blog AdSense ads, for example.

You're not average, IncrediBILL

doesn't mean you can't type in the URLs displayed to see the sites, or lacking a visible URL, view the frame source of the AdSense ads and cut 'n paste the URLs to the advertiser.

What percentage of advertisers do this, let alone do this as often as their ads change? Not to mention the fact that the shown url is usually a short version of the landing page url, often with different content.

Sure, it's not as simple as just clicking the ads, but you can do it.

There's a very big difference between "can be done" and "is easy to do" - and that spread is where Google is making plenty of money, because the more difficult it is to check, the less people will do it.

I'm just raising the point that a lot of people have a blind trust in Google and what it pushes out and that it may often be to the detriment of their own reputation.

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