I promise, I don’t know WHY I’m getting these ads


As you probably realize, I don’t see the same Google Adsense ads on this blog that you do. Supposedly, they are tailored to our respective interests.

Really, they are guided by a couple of things. First, there’s context, if I understand the process correctly. For instance, if we have a discussion here about gun control, I will see ads about concealed carry laws.

The inferences are also drawn from my browsing history. If I looked up a product on Amazon recently, I will get ads for that product on my blog.

But folks, I promise, I have no idea what I could possibly have been looking up that caused me to get these ads. I mean it. I’m puzzled. And a little embarrassed lest someone walk up behind me while I’m checking the blog.

These are just barely workplace-safe…

I’m trying to think whether I had “bad idea” in a headline recently. Did anyone use the word “cleavage,” and I’ve just forgotten it?

Have any of y’all been getting ads such as these — without, I mean, any obvious reason why?

12 thoughts on “I promise, I don’t know WHY I’m getting these ads

  1. Andrew G

    For whatever reason, a ton of conservative websites have those T shirt ads. One reason I don’t visit them, certainly not in a public environment.

  2. Brad Warthen Post author

    In any event, even if I were in the market for these goods and/or services, the ads would be useless to me. I am strictly forbidden to click on any ads on my own site. If Google caught me doing it, they wouldn’t let me carry the ads anymore.

    I’m also forbidden to urge any of y’all to click on them. Which seems to me a departure from a century of advertising. Think how many times you’ve heard someone say, “Check out our advertisers…” I’ve done it myself, back when I was first taking ads.

    The folks at Google seem to believe strongly that all clicks must reflect totally spontaneous, genuine interest…

  3. Brad Warthen

    It just occurred to me — that’s a T-shirt ad, and what she’s wearing isn’t even a T-shirt!

    For some reason, I didn’t notice that the first few times I saw it…

  4. Dave Crockett

    “Gee, Mrs. Pearls, what beautiful cleavage you have…” said Eddie Haskell, much to Beaver’s dismay.

    Crap, now I’m gonna start getting those ads. Good thing it’s 4:20 a.m….


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