Friday, 17 May 2013


The advertising I have on this blog occasionally displays ads that some people find offensive. (Thai girls seeking marriage being a recent one) Whilst I do have control over some of the ads, I cannot stop the majority. I don't like the Asian marriage ads either.

Adsense, who are part of the google empire, trawl the blog and place ads dependent on content. They usually pick up on key words, so what I write about and the comments made together determine the ad content. It would be nice if there was a tick box for certain types of ad, and indeed if this was a child’s site there would be, but by doing that some ads that would be useful to boaters would be excluded. I would much rather ask for ads that only relate to boating in the UK, but that isn’t an option.

There is not a great income from this advertising. Mainly because I don’t have ads in every available space, just the one. Later next year when my financial situation changes I might just cancel them altogether, but until then its free money and we all like free money.

If you are offended by ads that appear on your screen there is a little cross box in the top right-hand corner of the ad which when clicked on should register your dislike of such ads and hence fourth block their appearance.


John said...

Hi Maffi,

Must admit I've sort of been aware of the ads on your site, but like most web based ads have just sub-consciously blocked them out. I think most people do the same, that's why on some sites the ads now blink repeatedly or do something else to try and get people to pay attention to them.

Do you get paid, just because the ads appear on your site? or only if people click on the ad?

If the latter then I'll make sure I click on some of them for you, even though I'm not interested in what they have to say.


Christopher Proudlove said...

I believe it is possiblel to screen AdSence adverts. This from their website:
Many Google users prefer not to have adult sites included in their search results. Google's SafeSearch screens for sites that contain pornography and explicit sexual content and eliminates them from search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, Google's filter uses advanced proprietary technology that checks keywords and phrases, URLs and Open Directory categories.
Chris (nb Free Spirit)

Anonymous said...

I run the Adblock plugin in my Firefox browser - don't see any adverts full stop, just a pretty little cross where the ad would be