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March 9th, 2009

The New Thing

Well, I’ve begun including one small ad here at The Productive Cough, just to see if I can maybe make a little extra cash to put back into the site. So, hopefully it’s not too invasive and/or annoying.

I think I should point out, however, that when I checked the site to make sure the ads were working properly, the first one that came up was about female infertility… I’m fairly certain the way Google places ads on the site is by automatically scanning content and then putting an ad up that is likely to be relevant and something your readers would be interested in.

The system makes sense, of course. But I’m not sure what could have triggered the Ad Robots to think that would be the right ad for the site.

Gmail accounts do the same thing. The email service is free because google scans your emails and put a few text-only ads on the sides of your emails. They’re usually pretty relevant. But sometimes, hoooooo boy.

An email entitled “Beef n’ Cheddar” from my friend Chris yielded ads for Ugg Boots. And email from co-worker Jody asking if we’d like to go the zoo yielded an ad for Hydrogen Sulfide removal and one for a cure for Bacterial Vaginosis.

The point I’m trying to make is: I sure do love robots.

2 comments to The New Thing

  • Lyn

    I was asked by a committee to get the kids onto one of those ‘save the rainforest by clicking here’ sites for our school’s Green School activities. Got one all set up so they could click it every day from their classrooms. The next time I tried it one of the first ads that flashed had to do with eco friendly panties. That ought to be a REAL hit in third grade on up. Heh

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