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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

I noted an AdbyGoogle on TP that I think is rather misplaced; it concerns clubsense [dot] nl, a company that hires women for erotic phone conversation.

It's not that I'm purist or anything, but I'd rather not see ads like these on here, because I think they have a risk of bringing down TP's image. I don't know how this works, but I imagine that your contract with GoogleAds could be amended to exclude ads like these?

2. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

lol
Thats cool! Lets keep TP underground!!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I've never seen that one myself, but I'm not doubting it could have occurred. Essentially Google tries to analyze what the page is about and then kick back and ad for a site that is in the same niche. Ironically, posting words like erotic and the company name are more likely to lead to such an ad being shown next to this thread :)

I do believe we can exclude sites on a url by url basis, but that's all manual updates, which of course don't mean anything if another advertiser comes along with a similar ad but under a different link. Out of curiousity, which page was it showing on (PM is fine)? If it's showing on a page with content that shouldn't trigger the ad, then they might be specifically targetting travel words which is of course not desirable!

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

It was on the Netherlands Travel Guide, which I fear (thanks to my own contributions) contains a number of 'trigger words'...

Knowing now how the system works, I agree with you that it's pointless to make manual corrections. I'm good at ignoring stuff, anyway :)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I checked it a few times since then and it hasn't shown. But it's really hit and miss as far as that goes because the of course there's a lot of content on that page that could trigger ads. You'd expect them to nearly always be travel related and G is pretty good at getting it right in general, but sometimes a weird one will pop up. You can probably also expect the ones that show up to be the best paying ones as that makes most sense for Google's wallet :) If you do see a particular site come by a lot then please do let me know. I'd be happy to edit it away as it's naturally best for all parties when the ads are as similar to the content as possible!

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y

Spotted another one: 'angels of Amsterdam', which apparently is a 'relax' service. Shows on the homepage. Made a screendump in case you want to check.

If I'm the only one who takes offense, please don't bother with this, but doesn't Google offer the possibility of simply excluding the entire category of erotic advertisement?

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting bentivogli

Spotted another one: 'angels of Amsterdam', which apparently is a 'relax' service. Shows on the homepage. Made a screendump in case you want to check.

If I'm the only one who takes offense, please don't bother with this, but doesn't Google offer the possibility of simply excluding the entire category of erotic advertisement?

Sorry for not getting back on this one earlier Niels, Easter hols got in the way :) I'm pretty sure Erotic/Adult adverts are not allowed/restricted by Google (see here) and they're definitely not switched on for Travellerspoint. So this seems to be Google missing the real intent of the ad and company advertising and mixing it in with the regular bunch. I'll file a complaint on this but what might also help is if/when you see this happening to click on the 'ads by Google' (it's actually a link-not obvious, I know!). On that page, towards the bottom there's a link "Send Google your thoughts on the site or the ads you just saw". Click on that and you'll be able to let them know why it didn't fit. I have a feeling those reports weigh pretty heavily. I'll also contact our rep and let them know about this and see what they can do!

8. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

The thing with Google Ads that I've noticed across several websites, is that they tend to be targeted according to where you're connecting to the internet at the time. That is to say, previously when I was living in the UK the ads were very much UK-based, and now since last July I'm living in Australia (Melbourne!) they tend to be Australian-based.

Chances are the ads that have been spotted by bentivogli will only be viewed by those who are connecting in the Netherlands (or possibly a neighbouring country). I've noticed when looking at websites now that are obviously UK sites, I actually get Australian specific ads show up.