Offensive Google Adsense and Section Targeting

I’veoffensive-ads.png noticed that Google Ads sometimes serves up ads into my blog that I think are offensive (and bizarre). I’m trying to get rid of them by putting them in my “competitive ad filter” in Google Adsense. We’ll see how it goes. (grumble grumble)

I also just started using Google Adsense section targeting. I now put my post content inside these tags. Google should now be able to parse my posts easier.

<!– google_ad_section_start –>

My content blah blah blah.

<!– google_ad_section_end –>

Update 3-5-08

patch-image.pngAh ha. I figured out why my site has started seeing lots of penis related Google Ads. The title of the photo on my peni[nospam]s patch page is peni[nospam]s-patch.jpg. My site is apparently the most popular image site on the internet related to peni[nospam]s patches. You’ll notice that the second most popular “peni[nospam]s-patch” photo is the photo I use in the upper right corner of my blog header. Apparently, the two photos had their google-juice comingled (eiw!). And while I enjoy being a being a peni[nospam]s patch magnate, I think I’ll change the name of that file so all my Google ads aren’t so…. patchy.

Update 3-13-08: Over the last 7 days, the hit count for the peni[nospam]s patch image has fallen from 230/day to less than 25/day.


  1. […] on the internet about patches for your… well, you get the idea. So Google has been serving up ads based on that assumption. I’m not terribly interested in this distinction so I’ve […]

  2. Karl says:

    Hi Lee,

    I’m writing an article on inappropriately placed Google ads and was wondering if I might include your experience as one of the entries.

    Best Wishes,


  3. lee says:

    Yes, that’s fine as long as you include attribution to this blog.

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