Monday, February 11, 2008

Scratching my head over Google AdSense

So, I've added Google AdSense to my page. It's not exactly a bonanza of cash coming my way through the ads, but still, someone *did* apparently click on one of the ads today, which garnered me $0.67. (That's not so bad for one click! Must have been one heck of an ad!)

But I'm still observing this phenomenon from a very curious academic standpoint. Last night I posted an entry titled "Hoot." This discussed weather, high winds, a kid getting slammed into my car by said high winds, an owl on my balcony, and, briefly, the Grammy Awards. Yet, the ads that Google AdSense choice to feature with that entry were about supplies for a recently celebrated holiday that embraces just about every vice known to man. You'll notice I did not name the holiday. I think if I use said holiday's name (which rhymes with "tardy bra") it may cause a whole new wave of outdated ads to pop up. But, all in all, I'm a little baffled here. Did Google AdSense see the word "hoot" and the big computer brain do a little twisted math magic like this:

hoot = hooters = boobies = tits = show us yer tits = that holiday associated with a level of debauchery usually only seen on "Girls Gone Wild" videos?

I just don't know.

When I signed up, I checked the box for "no adult content" (although that would surely bring in more moolah) and the ads have been very clean. Squeaky, even. I'm not sure what this entry will generate in ads. I can only imagine what the adult ads would have been. Eeeek!

Rightfully so, the Sasquatch did point out to me that my blog isn't exactly family friendly. While I'm not aiming to be lewd, crude, and rude, sometimes, it just happens. It is, apparently, just who I am: one part drunken sailor to two parts wanna-be artiste. But I try to do it all with a measure of humor and keep things work safe. I'll hold onto my $0.67/day ad income. Eventually, the "tardy bra" ads have to fade out, right?


E :) said...

The ads on the side of your page when I read were all for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras!!!!

Merujo said...

That's so funny! Right now, I'm showing ads for spas and hair salons in DC. The wonders of Google never cease. :)

Heather Meadows said...

heheheh. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it takes Google awhile to get relevant ads to show up. It has to "learn" your site first. So at first it starts out just showing stuff that has been popular lately in general.

You'll have to let us know if it gets more accurate later on!

Anonymous said...

I had the choice of two cheating wives-related ads (like that applies to YOUR blog?), and something about heart palpitations. I figured I'd click on it, see if you get .67 again. I don't care about cheating wives lol.

Yeah, interesting ad sense stuff. Wonder what it'll be in about a year.