on Nov 2, 2006
So I decided to try GoogleAds on this site. They are ugly, but small and easy to use.
Since last night the dang thing has been advertising zoot suits, stilts, and nutrition guides. What the heck? Is it that hard for them to figure out what my site is all about? Do the words Geek Culture, RolePlaying, anime, and Videogames not ring a bell? Those words are on every page, and every image is tagged accordingly. This site has a decent focus and there is just no reason the targeting should be so totally off.
I’ll give it another day or two, but if it’s still advertising random stuff nobody cares about then I’ll pull the ad. Since GA doesn’t offer any direct way to guide the content, the only thing it has to go on is the text on my site. If it can’t make sense of that, then the whole thing is useless.
I mean, z00t suits? Crimey.
LATER: They already have all of my text cached, so the content of the front page shouldn’t matter. But just in case it does, let’s see if this does anything:
Wow. That was like having Geek Tourette’s Syndrome.
If it can’t find my target demographic from that then the thing isn’t worth the 28,800 pixels I’m letting it use on my page.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.