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A surprise piece of mail from Google

Some time ago, I signed up for the Google AdSense Web advertising program. The system is supposed to be pretty straightforward: you place a Google ad on your Web pages, the ad is context-sensitive and places paid banner listings based on keywords it sees on the page.

I then promptly forgot about it, because apparently not many advertisers buy ad keywords relevant to my site (words like "polyamory" bring up ads for PI services that specialize in tracking down cheating wives, for example--which says something about society, I suppose.) I watched the numbers for a little while, noticed that the ad results were nothing if not underwhelming, and calculated it would take four or five years to reach Google's minimum payout of $25.

So imagine my surprise when I got a check in the mail from Google the day before yesterday. For rather a lot more money than I expected.

*blink* *blink*

Either the ads that Google's advertisers buy have suddenly become a whole lot more relevant to the content of my site, or there are a lot of people in the poly community who are suddenly hiring PIs to track down philandering partners.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 1st, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
So does this mean that you guys will be able to go to Dragon*Con? I've got a couple of questions for the "Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow" panel that directly relate to your nefarious schemes!
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Well "rather a lot more than I expected" is not much considering we were expecting $5
Aug. 1st, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
So... is that a 'yes'?

I know, I know, but I can dream, can't I? :-(
Aug. 1st, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
sadly, it's about enough to cover hosting fees for a month :( yeah, it's sad about dragon :(
Aug. 1st, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
would it help if i clicked on ALL the ads every time i visit your site? i go there kind of often =)
Aug. 8th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, officially, the answer is "no," because Google really, really frowns on that kind of thing (as do their advertisers, for obvious reasons).
Aug. 9th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
i've heard they're quite sensitive to this strategy. but i think it won't hurt to click on some of them when i do visit. i'd love to collaborate in some way, even a small one, with the permanence of such great work, one that has been helping me so much lately.
Aug. 1st, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. That *is* a bit frightening. Perhaps it's cheaters looking on your polyamory site and, disgusted by all the honest communication talk, are thrilled to discover that they can get a PI to get some great footage for their Jerry Springer appearance.
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